Week nine was another low scoring affair thanks to rotation hitting again and Mo Salah missing out due to injury while Sergio Agüero sat on the sidelines. It's our weekly message that the most meticulous planning can all get blown up in one fell swoop. The weekend also had a 0-0 draw versus Bournemouth and Norwich City, two teams who had not kept a clean sheet all season. What gives?
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 and Punty McPunterson, a player under five percent owned who I’m backing for success each week. This article will also include players to offload, some due to injury or being dropped by their teams, and others due to performance.
Let’s look at this week's fixtures:
Friday 25 October
Southampton v Leicester
Saturday 26 October
Manchester City v Aston Villa
Brighton v Everton
Watford v Bournemouth
West Ham v Sheffield United
Burnley v Chelsea
Sunday 27 October
Newcastle v Wolverhampton
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Tottenham
Norwich v Manchester United
Players to offload
Sergio Agüero (FWD Manchester City 12.2m 28.8%): This one hurts. But at Sergio Agüero's price, he should be the clear captain pick on your team each week. But you can't trust him to start thanks to rotation and the form of Gabriel Jesus. Considering that you won't carry both in FPL (I hope at least) this means that you'll have to avoid both unless one gets hurt this season. In the past three matches, Aguero has come off the bench in one game, started one game, and missed out on another completely. If you haven't made your transfer yet this week, downgrading to Pierre Emrik Aubameyang or Jamie Vardy could pay dividends. If you have made your transfer, I would recommend giving Kevin De Bruyne the armband and hoping for the best.
John McGinn (MID Aston Villa 5.9m, 12.6%): With Manchester City on the horizon, the fun in the sun for McGinniesta is over. With City, Liverpool, Wolves and Manchester United in their next five, to say that a tough run is coming for the Villans would be an understatement. Add in that lesser owned Jack Grealish has actually outscored McGinn in the last two wins for the team and a pivot could be coming. Both are up to 5.9m in FPL but I wouldn’t want to own either in the next five unless it’s for a draft league. Roll the dice on Callum Hudson-Odoi or Harvey Barnes instead or wait a week and see if you can welcome Leandro Trossard into your squad.
Twitter Question of the week:
Is it time to jump off the Pukki train and back onto the Jimenez train with his price reduced?
— El Bjune (@manwiththejam) October 24, 2019
The answer is that it depends. It 100% is time to jump off of the Pukki train as Norwich City can’t supply him with consistent service and he has now gone scoreless for three weeks. While he’ll likely score soon, no point in waiting for a one in four chance of return because that’s what’s expected of forwards of Neal Maupay’s price bracket and lower. I’m still slightly concerned about Raúl Jiménez being overworked with Europa so if you can afford it I’d rather go to Callum Wilson. But if you already have Wilson, adding Raúl Jiménez is completely viable as he touches the ball in any phase of a Wolverhampton attack. If you want to go in midfield, Maupay is also a wonderful short term option with Leandro Trossard returning.
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent owned at the time of writing):
Kevin De Bruyne (MID Manchester City 10.1m, 36.2%): Oh captain my captain! Thank you KDB for picking up a yellow card and making my decision on who’s getting the armband an easy one. Its been two game weeks since KDB has had an attacking return but he didn’t play in one so I’m expecting his pre-injury to return with the game versus the stout Crystal Palace defense now behind the citizens.
Mo Salah (MID Liverpool 12.4m 30.6%): It’s attack of the premium midfielders as we hope that Salah didn’t spend his goal allowance in the Champions League this week. A matchup versus a porous spurs defense and a price/ ownership drop equals a tasty situation for fantasy managers. Own Salah, start Salah, consider captaining Salah of you don't have a ton of Manchester City assets!
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent):
Marcus Rashford (FWD Manchester United 8.4m, 10.4%): Manchester United are inching back to health. Paul Pogba may be on his way out of the door but the pending return of Anthony Martial means that Manchester United will be back to running a top-six quality front three. If Ashley Young stays in a wing-back role versus Norwich City, expect plenty of quality service to Rashford as well. Bournemouth may not have been able to take advantage of a porous defense but I don't see the same fate befalling Manchester United.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent):
Willy Boly (DEF Wolverhampton 5.0m, 6.4%): Wolves versus Newcastle is the game that I see with the best clean sheet odds and if Wolves keep a clean sheet, Boly has a wonderful chance at sneaking bonus points. While they may have allowed a goal to Southampton last week, Wolves are turning around their form and with a soft upcoming schedule, you'll want to invest in their defensive assets.
Pick your cheap forward
Danny Ings (FWD Southampton 5.9m, 2.6%): You don't shut out Southampton at home. Like at all. This season that could almost be extended to you don't shut out Southampton except that Burnley blanked them on gameweek one. Ings has been in wonderful form with goals in his last three but I do think that he's held in check versus Leicester but the next five will be more kind to the saints.
Neal Maupay (FWD Brighton 6.0m, 0.8%): The other side of the return of Leandro Trossard's return Maupay has won the starting role for Brighton. With three goals on the season, Maupay has been a good performer for the Seagulls and will face Everton, Norwich City and Manchester United in his next three. It sounds like a good short term addition to me.
Punty McPunterson: Anthony Martial (MID Manchester United 7.5m, 3.3%): Manchester United are getting healthy and Anthony Martial was back on the scoresheet with a goal in Europa League. With the run referenced above for Marcus Rashford, Martial can also benefit heavily as well esepecially if the back three persists for the Red Devils.