Welcome back to our FPL Focus article, where we discuss everything FPL based. In this article, we will be exploring some defensive options who could score you some vital points in the coming two weeks/month, review how our previous weeks and start of the season tips have played out and explore who is doing well in our Focus league.
In the very first article, we pinpointed 3 main men for the coming season, whilst this is not a short stay tip, more for the duration of the season or until at least January, it is good to check up on how they have been currently performing each week;
Points – 26
Upcoming matches – Watford (H), Fulham (A).
Aubameyang picked up 12 points in his last two matches, almost doubling his seasons tally. Playing with Lacazette seems to bring out the best in Aubameyang, with this seeming to be the option for Emery moving forward, the points should come rolling in.
Points – 30
Upcoming matches – Brighton (H), Liverpool (A).
17 points in his last two games! Picking up a resounding 14 points against Cardiff. Had you captained him against Cardiff as the previous article stated, he would have brought home a pretty 28 points for your team.
Points – 15
Upcoming matches – Bournemouth (A), Wolves (H).
Not much update needed here, consistently receiving 3 points each week as the last two gameweeks have shown, perfect for a bench option. Scoring midweek in the cup should help Andros find his goalscoring form.
Last Article’s Captain Choices
Gameweek 5 – Eden Hazard
Points – 40! (20 without captaincy).
3 goals for Hazard, no better call this week for points. Finally kicking on in the league this year, both goal scoring wise and for my fantasy team.
Gameweek 6 – Bernardo Silva
Points – 28 (14 without captaincy)
1 goal, 1 assist, a clean sheet and bonus points. Cracking week for Bernado and not many players would have scored you higher as captains this week. Flying through with the points!
We will now look at how our ‘bargain buys’ section of players that we had chosen at the start of the season and see how they are performing, these will not necessarily be the highest scorers, but great squad fillers who have the capability to step up for a low value.
Price – £5 million
Points – 25
Upcoming fixtures – Chelsea (A), Man City (H).
Slow last two weeks with a rest for the majority of the match against Southampton, two upcoming hard matches against Liverpool and Manchester City, we are about to learn whether Joe is up for it this season and whether Klopp wants him as his mainstay at CB with Van Dijk.
Price – £5 million (dropped to £4.8 million)
Points – 4
Upcoming fixtures – Crystal Palace (H), Watford (A).
Get rid! If you want value transfer in Medy from Leicester. Costing just £4.5Million and with only Arsenal out of the ‘big teams’ to play in the next 9 weeks, he could score you some valuable points soon.
We shall keep a tab on both of these.
Price – £7 million (dropped to £6.8Million)
Points – 16
Upcoming fixtures – Fulham (H), Leicester (A).
Not scoring highly so far, but Everton fans are happy with his performances. Goals should come.
Price – £6.5 million (dropped to £6.3 million)
Points – 27
Upcoming fixtures -Crystal Palace (H), Watford (A).
13 points in the last two matches. His last 4 games he’s been flying. A great option to have as your third striker, especially with his value dropping to £6.3Million.
Looking Ahead to the Next Two Weeks
Who to transfer in?
In this section we are going to be exploring some options in defence, there are some good gameweeks coming up with cheap options available.
James Tarkowski – In the next 8 gameweeks Burnley are playing only two of the ‘big sides’. Burnley look like this is the spell where they will turn a corner in terms of their form. Especially with home games against Newcastle and Huddersfield, paired with Cardiff away. Clean sheets should be flying in.
Matt Doherty – To begin with, Doherty is a STEAL at £4.4Million. His next four games he will be playing Southampton and Watford at home, along with Palace and Brighton away. Clean sheets could fly in for Wolves in these fixtures.
Eden Hazard – Not defensive but keeping Edens name here (check the last article). Make sure you are transferring him in now if you haven’t already.
Who to Captain
Gameweek 7 – Richarlison.
(Gulp). Fulham’s defensive fragility could be exploited by Richarlison here, coming back from his red card recently and hoping to pick up from where he left off. Richarlison is my captaincy choice this week.
Gameweek 8 – Harry Kane.
Cardiff home for Kane, personally not in my team. But if I could pick any player to captain, it would be Harry in this gameweek. Any team facing Cardiff this season could have fun.
Which teams have the easiest fixtures in the coming month?
Check out these following teams who have easy fixtures in this coming month, who will also have cheap players.
Wolves, Brighton, Newcastle.
Fulham Focus League
1 – Paul Gabb 453 points.
Paul scoring highly with Hazard, Maddison, Salah and Wann-Bissaka lately, some great picks in his team.
2 – Paul Camp 450 points.
Another Paul, staying strong in the league this season, climbing one place in two weeks. Watch out for the Pauls!
3 – Charlie Craven 436 points.
Robertson, Aguero, Alonso and Hazard are some of Charlie’s highest scorers. Great start of the season for Charlie sneaking up into the top 3.
Remember, there are 32 gameweeks left, there’s still so much left to play for! With this in mind, I am coming for you guys! Climbing the league myself personally to 25th with 156 points in the last 2 gameweeks.
Do NOT jump into anything hastily, keep your Wildcard (unless you have an injury crisis or are really behind the leaders), save your triple captain for a double gameweek AND try and keep your bench boost for a week where all of your players will start and play against appealing opposition. Trust me, there will be one week which sticks out above the rest and you’ll be gutted if you shoot too early.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to writing the fifth article in 2 weeks time! – @lukealele.