Well, that was a weird week of results… Not sure if dead rubber fixtures are beginning to present themselves or what is going on with Leicester City but some of the fixtures this past weekend were quite concerning. Previously left for dead Bournemouth and Aston Villa notched massive wins, David McGoldrick scored a brace and Manchester City scored five goals without Kevin De Bruyne being involved in any of them! What gives? If you had Michail Antonio, Raheem Sterling, or Anthony Martial in your side, then you had a good time. If not, have no fear, there will be better weeks ahead (also Mo Salah won’t miss so many chances again).
Manchester City has won their financial fair play case so that means that the top four will be the standard top four and this is bad bad news for Leicester City. Floundering and now without Çağlar Söyüncü for their next two matches, the Foxes now run the risk of missing out on the Champions League next year. They’ll be happy with Manchester United’s draw versus Southampton but a schedule that will see Leicester face Sheffield United, Tottenham, and Manchester United doesn’t look great for a team that needs wins now. They’ve been struggling all of 2020 because Brendan Rodgers has gone from naming stable lineups to embodying the Tinkerman himself but the form (and now absence) of James Maddison has been the biggest blow for the Foxes. Maddison has a chance of returning for the Sheffield United fixture but it’s going to be touch and go.
Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the rostered 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. 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!
A look at this week’s fixtures
Tuesday 14 July
Chelsea v Norwich
Wednesday 15 July
Burnley v Wolves
Manchester City v Bournemouth
Newcastle v Spurs
Arsenal v Liverpool
Thursday 16 July
Everton v Aston Villa
Leicester v Sheffield United
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Southampton v Brighton
Friday 17 July
West Ham v Watford
Players to Drop
Raúl Jiménez (FWD Wolverhampton 8.1m, 31.6%): Wolves have a lot to play for considering that they have a shot at Champions League but Burnley hasn’t allowed more than one goal in any game since the restart except facing Manchester City. Raul on the other hand hasn’t scored from open play in four matches now. Considering the firepower there is to be had in your forward line, I’d rather have Danny Ings vs Brighton this week, any United forward hell even Oli McBurnie vs a depleted Leicester line at this rate over Raul.
Free hit load up on Chelsea?
Another week, another free hit question this time from Stuart Dickson. When it comes to free hitting this week, I’m not sold on it for this week because of a few reasons. First I have zero faith in predicting who will start for Manchester City even though you’ll want to target a Bournmenth side without Nathan Ake. Second, is this Chelsea issue. I’d want whatever winger starts for the Blues, Giroud (not Abraham), and no defenders unless Marcos Alonso starts. It makes it tough to pick a free hit side without help from some early team news and not miss 1-2 players. I’m running a bench boost side this week and then I’ll be free hitting in game week 38.
Defensive targets from Southampton/ West Ham?
Andres Posada asks about defenders, I’m going to assume that this is a draft specific question as I don’t want defenders from either team in FPL. Fullbacks from each are always the chief targets as they like to bomb attacks from wide but facing Brighton, I wouldn’t go for Southampton centerbacks as Brighton are pretty adept in the air.
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):
Danny Ings (FWD Southampton 7.4m, 29.1%): Danny “Fixture proof” Ings, has been stoppable since the restart blanking versus Arsenal, City and Manchester United. But that doesn’t matter this week with Brighton on the schedule. The Seagulls have allowed 11 goals in their past four games and even without the fivespot allowed to City, that’s a lot of goals. Add in that Southampton are playing well when they used to be Ings plus 10 guys, and that makes a massive difference.
Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):
Raheem Sterling (MID Manchester City 11.8m, 18.6%): I’m very conflicted here, because if Sterling starts he’ll run riot on Bournemouth but he also may not start after going 90 versus Brighton. If you’re on a free hit, I think you have to roll the dice on him but I don’t think that I’d burn a transfer on Sterling this week.
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent rostered):
The starting Chelsea winger: Christian Pulisic and Willian are almost interchangeable at this point, so I’m waiting to see if I can get early team news before making my decision. I would rank Willian slightly ahead due to Penalties which Norwich City loves to allow but Pulisic is also most likely to draw those penalties.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):
David Silva (MID Manchester City 7.3m, 4.7%): Looking for a City mid who’s likely to start in this great fixture, look no further than El Mago. Silva only played 26 minutes versus Brighton which almost guarantees that he’ll feature heavily versus Bournemouth. Add in that Kevin De Bruyne could sit as well, and this game could be the Silva show. A wonderful differential option.
Marcos Alonso (DEF Chelsea 6.1m, 3.1%): Chelsea has been bad defensively. Chelsea was a little better once they moved to a back three and brought on Alonso so there’s hope that he starts this week in a peach of a fixture versus Norwich CIty. I don’t need to say much about how bad the already relegated side is. Alonso may not have the differential upside of Antonio last week, but he comes quite close in another move reliant on early team news.
Punty McPunterson: Stuart Armstrong (MID Southampton 5.2m, .6%): when we’re talking about form and punts, a healthy Stuart Armstrong has been killing it for Southampton and will continue to do so versus Brighton as well. Add in that Bournemouth is Southampton’s GW 37 fixture, that alone makes Armstrong a good speculative mid five.