Welcome back, everyone! I hope that you enjoyed your international break and that you’re back ready to aim for some green arrows over the run in. Usually, international breaks aren’t welcomed but with how much of a slog this season has been, daylight savings time coming, and having the time and good weather to get out of the house over the past few weeks, on a personal level this break couldn’t have come at a better time. Add in Heung-Min Son, James Maddison and Callum Wilson using the break to rest up for the upcoming games and this has been good for FPL managers and players alike.
We come into this week reaching a crossroads as most managers will be wildcarding in this week or next week so I want to take a look at the major punts for this week who still have some long-term value like Marcos Alonso with two plum fixtures coming for Chelsea. I also want to look at fixture runs for a second as well.
Spurs may have laid an egg in Europa League but don’t let that distract you from the fact that they’ve been quietly effective in the Premier League winning four of their last five matches. Add in that they have Newcastle United, Sheffield United, Leeds United, Wolves, and Southampton as part of a double game week and you can begin to justify triple Spurs when wildcarding. Most already have Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son so it will be down to determining who the best third option is. Liverpool is another sleeping giant that gets healthier by the day. The defense has struggled since all the midfielders had to become center backs and the attack has struggled without Diogo Jota but both of those issues are now resolved!
Sprinkle in Wolves and West Ham having some good fixtures overall so we’re entering a good time to shake the template again.
Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent.
Let’s look at this week’s schedule:
Saturday 03 April
Chelsea vs West Brom
Leeds United vs Sheffield United
Leicester City vs Manchester City
Arsenal vs Liverpool
Sunday 04 April
Southampton vs Burnley
Newcastle vs Tottenham
Aston Villa vs Fulham
Manchester United vs Brighton
Monday 05 April
Everton vs Crystal Palace
Wolves vs West Ham United
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent rostered at the time of writing):
Stuart Dallas (DEF Leeds United 5.1m, 25.4%): Leeds has been an odd team lately with their defense getting stouter but their attack being blunted mainly by missing Rodrigo and the ups and downs of Mateusz Klich (who could miss this match due to Covid protocol). When it comes to Dallas he’s a great double threat and against a Sheffield United team that looked defeated against
Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):
Mason Mount (MID Chelsea 7.1m, 16.1%): As people gear up for one-week punts, Mason Mount is near the top of the list with Chelsea facing West Brom. Mount has continued to be a key cog in the attack under Thomas Tuchel and is also taking the lion's share of set plays. With Conor Gallagher being unavailable for the Baggies due to his loan agreement, West Brom will also be without one of their better players on the season upping Chelsea’s chances of hanging a crooked number in this one.
Solid if not Steller ( 10-15 percent rostered):
Luke Shaw (DEF Manchester United 5.3m, 14.5%): While a possible Marcos Alonso start is stealing the headlines this week, for those who aren’t wildcarding, Luke Shaw is an intriguing option. With five assists to his name this season and nine clean sheets, Shaw has been racking up the numbers this season to stave off competition from Alex Telles. With a matchup against Brighton, Shaw should have his chances on both ends of the pitch to come away with a return even without a clean sheet. If you’re playing for only one week though, the upside hoping for an Alonso start is higher.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):
Diogo Jota (MID Liverpool 6.7m, 5.9%): I don’t like taking international break games into account when determining club form but the most important thing to see for Jota while he was scoring goals in bunches is that he’s healthy. While he’ll be a rotation risk for Liverpool, Jota’s able to score no matter how many minutes he plays and with his price, he can be easily fit in as a midfielder five on your wildcard. I have also added Sadio Mané to my side for this week with the intentions of downgrading to Jota on my wildcard.