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.
Defender – Martin Kelly (4.1m) vs Aston Villa (H)
The Eagles’ centre-back makes the list this week after confirmation on Saturday that he is ahead of Scott Dann in the pecking order.
With no timeframe set on the injury returns of both Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins, it is reasonable to assume that Kelly will have at least a few weeks left in the starting line-up alongside Gary Cahill.
Throw in the fact that he can also act as cover for Joel Ward at right-back and Kelly is a suitable bench fodder option who FPL managers can rely upon to get minutes for the forseeable future.
Palace have three reasonable home fixtures in their next four with Wolves and Norwich City following Saturday’s visit of Villa. Kelly will be looking to add more to his clean sheet collection.
Midfielder – Harry Wilson (6.0m) vs Leicester City (A)
Although the Welsh maestro came off the Cherries’ bench against Man City, his side won’t be set up in a defensive 5-4-1 formation every weekend. Expect Eddie Howe to revert to their usual 4-4-2 formation with Wilson most likely slotting in on the right.
Wilson has a credible record of 4.74 shots and 1.35 key passes per 90 mins from his 2 games so far. He had already proved his prowess with direct free-kicks with Derby County last season and Bournemouth only face one ‘top 6′ side in their next seven games.
He was brought in on loan to make up for David Brooks’ injury absence and will therefore be expected to deliver the same attacking returns as his fellow Welshman did last season.
Forward – Jordan Ayew (5.0m) vs Aston Villa (H)
The first striker to make my in-season compilation is the Ghanian because he is the cheapest starting forward in FPL at present. 5m is great value as he is cheap enough to be rotated with a cheap defender/midfielder for tougher fixtures.
Roy Hodgson was singing the praises of his number nine after his heroics on Saturday, which ought to mean that he will continue starting ahead of the out of form Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham.
Indeed he was benched for Tuesday night’s league cup tie with the Villa fixture in mind.
Ayew did manage double figures in all competitions for a relegated Swansea City side in the 2017/18 season so he is capable of continued returns.