This new weekly article profiles budget FPL players that you may wish to consider for selection in your Fantasy Premier League starting eleven when looking to enable funds to be spent elsewhere in your team.
Defenders (max 4.5m)
John Lundstram (4.1m) vs Leicester City (H)
The Blades OOP defender has always been a midfielder in his career and is a gift that ought to be snapped up with glee by FPL managers. In addition to his demonstrated goalscoring capability, Lundstram also has per 90 minutes figures of 1.6 key passes and expected assists of 0.61.
Sheffield United defend very well as a team meaning that Lundstram can be called upon for a position in your starting XI whenever his side have reasonable fixtures at home.
The Foxes haven’t quite clicked into gear from an attacking point view as of yet leaving Lundstram owners with realistic hopes of grabbing more returns; be that defensive or attacking.
Çağlar Söyüncü (4.5m) vs Sheffield United (A)
The Turkish centre-back represents the cheapest option into the Leicester City backline and therefore stands a good chance of being excellent value for money with frequent clean sheet points in easier fixtures.
The Foxes so far stand in the top half of the table for the least amount of expected goals conceded (2.04) and the next 2 matches against the Blades and Bournemouth (H) are further opportunities for defensive shutouts.
Midfielders (below 6.5m)
Todd Cantwell (4.6m) vs Chelsea (H)
Attacking midfielders at Cantwell’s price point are very rare in FPL, which is why the Norwich City man is included this week despite a seemingly tough set of fixtures to come.
His passing prowess is backed up by figures of 4 key passes per 90 minutes and the fact that he can play on both the left and right strengthens his appeal.
The Canaries player can be used in your FPL side as either a 5th midfielder or as a rotation option with a cheap defender such as the aforementioned John Lundstram.
His side will look to attack a defensively suspect Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime and Cantwell will be charged with adding to his collection of two assists.
Mason Mount (6.1m) vs Norwich City (A)
Chelsea’s young Englishman looks to have seen off Ross Barkley in the battle for the #10 position in Frank Lampard’s side and merited his manager’s continued support with a lovely goal and 5 shots in his last game against Leicester City.
Mount is on both free-kick and corner duties, which raises the prospect of adding assists to his attacking game.
Starting off with a leaky Norwich City side, the Blues’ only face one other ‘top 6’ side in their next ten fixtures, which means that Mount is worthy of a start in your FPL team on a weekly basis if he continues to build upon his attacking potential.
Leandro Trossard (6m) vs Southampton (H)
Brighton look to be relying on the young Belgian for goals judging by his goal and 4 shots on his debut last Saturday against West Ham. He is stationed on the left of a front three but his heatmap shows that he drifts inside on many occasions.
Trossard is also charged with taking corners and indirect free-kicks so he has a chance of adding assists to his goalscoring exploits (he also had a goal disallowed on Saturday). Looking forward, he is not yet guaranteed of regular starts both home and away and the Man City fixture in GW4 is cause for concern.
However, there is no way that he will not start again against the Saints and he therefore represents a good punt before possibly playing a wildcard shortly afterwards i.e. between GWs 4-5 during the first international break.