Hi all, it’s been a while but we’re finally back. As Neal said best, we’re back in a limited capacity but we’ll still be doing our best to ensure that you’re as prepared for each deadline as possible to improve your rank between now and the final day of the Premier League season. Liverpool may have won the league already and Norwich can get relegated officially this weekend but there is still much to play for between now and the end of the season.
We’ve got the golden boot race, hotly contested between Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Danny Ings, Mo Salah, and Sadio Mané (Unless one of Raúl Jiménez, Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford pulls a Harry Kane on the final day to sneak a win). The Champions League and Europa League races are still going strong as well then you just have teams who are aiming to do better than they’ve ever done in recent history. This is more to say, there aren’t many dead rubber matches between now and the end of the season outside of the general game week 38 play your kids movement.
For a refresher, Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the manager tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent rostered, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent. This article will also include players to offload, some due to injury or being dropped by their teams, and others due to performance. There will also be a new section for questions as what’s most important between now and the end of the season is giving all of you content that you want to read.
Now let’s get rolling!
Let’s look at this week’s fixtures
Saturday 11 July
Norwich v West Ham
Watford v Newcastle
Liverpool v Burnley
Sheffield United v Chelsea
Brighton v Manchester City
Sunday 12 July
Wolves v Everton
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Tottenham v Arsenal
Bournemouth v Leicester
Monday 13 July
Manchester United v Southampton
Players to Drop
Truly this is a pretty short list as the most obvious candidate is Marcus Rashford who hasn’t enjoyed the same spoils as his Manchester United teammates during their undefeated run since the restart. The glaring drops are Sheffield United defenders and Dean Henderson. While they were able to subdue Wolves and John Egan has been a more prolific scorer than Harry Kane since the restart (excuse me while I cry for a second) a schedule that will see the Bladesmen take on Chelsea, Leicester City (as Jamie Vardy returns to form), a pesky Everton team, and Southampton on the final day of the season doesn’t bode well for clean sheets. With John Lundstram also not being a guaranteed starter and the fullbacks being generally expensive compared to their expected production rates, that makes all Sheffield United defenders movable at the moment.
When should I use my free hit?
FF Genie is having a flying FPL season this year and still has his free hit left. Currently, I have both my free hit and bench boost left so I can answer this with how I’m personally planning to use my chips. bench boost wise, I’m building a team to use it next week by hopefully bringing in Richarlison and Danny Ings but for my free hit, I’m waiting for the final day of the season. With no more doubles, the final matchday is the best time to use that final chip. You'll have all of the team news available, all the teams play at the same time and if FPL Rockstar gets even the slightest leak, you’ll have a chance to react to it with no issue ahead of time. It almost seems too perfect to be true honestly. But with being able to target everyone with something to play for on the final day, it can possibly give you a leg up on your opposition.
The 40 percent club is made up of Kevin De Bruyne, Virgil Van Dijk, and Trent Alexander Arnold but realistically Mo Salah and Bruno Fernandes should be included in this class of guys who need not be mentioned.
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent rostered at the time of writing):
Mason Greenwood (FWD Manchester United 4.7m, 25.7%): Starting off we’ve gotta start with a Manchester United forward. Clocking in at 4.7m Mason Greenwood has insane value now that he has beaten out Daniel James for the starting spot on the right-wing. xG may not agree that he’ll keep it up, but with the upcoming schedule being kind to the Red Devils, as well as the savings that you’ll get by rostering him, downgrading Rashford to Greenwood is a no brainer.
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent rostered):
Lucas Digne (DEF Everton 5.8m, 12%): The Toffees are pretty darn good right now and central to their effectiveness is none other than Lucas Digne. Knocking-in assists on set plays and always having a threat at goal adding Digne for the run-in. With the recent performances of Wolves and the question marks surrounding the health of Adama Traoré this week along with the fact that Villa, Sheffield United and Bournemouth are the next three teams on the docket this is a nice mix of form and fixtures.
Willian (MID Chelsea 7.3m, 11.8%): Captain America may be winning all the headlines but each week, Willian is outperforming him. On penalties and free kicks for a Chelsea team that is plugging along Willian is doing everything he can to earn a contract extension and a spot in your fantasy team.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):
Romain Saïss (DEF Wolves 4.7m, 5.7%): Wolves haven’t been great lately but the defense still holds up to the test keeping clean sheets in three of five matches since the restart. Everton will be tough customers but there is a chance at a 0-0 draw here.
Gabriel Jesus (FWD Manchester City 9.7m, 4.6%): Jesus is off the mark and we can now all pray that he isn’t rotated for a Gundoguan false nine appearance. While he won’t be a great captain choice due to the playing time concerns, I’m rooting for a crooked number versus Brighton.
Ismaïla Sarr (MID Watford 6.1m, 1.6%): He broke his duck by grabbing an assist vs Norwich and this is another good chance of getting a return versus a depleted Newcastle side. I’m not ready to give up on Sarr yet!
Punty McPunterson: Michail Antonio (MID West Ham 6.9m, 1.5%): Death, taxes, and Norwich City allowing goals. I don’t really care that Sebastian Haller is returning to health as Antonio has been the man in form. If David Moyes wants to stave off relegation, he’s gonna need to ride Antonio to do it and the road goes through Carrow Road.