This weekly article profiles budget FPL players that you may wish to consider for selection in your squads when looking to enable funds to be spent elsewhere in your team.
Defender – Romain Saïss (£4.4m) vs Aston Villa (H)
The Moroccan centre-back is set to play in three home games out of Wolves’ next four in the league with his side embarking on an attractive run of fixtures from this Sunday onwards. There is no tough fixture until Spurs in Gameweek 17 who aren’t even in the best of form at present.
Despite their European exertations, the Molineux outfit have still kept things tight defensively in the league and they haven’t conceded more than one goal in a game since Gameweek 5.
Saïss is nailed on to play with the injured Willy Boly on the sidelines and his budget price means he can be rotated with another similarly priced defensive option by FPL managers.
He already has two goals in all competitions so far this season making him a promising differential with just 0.4% ownership.
Midfielder – Jack Grealish (£5.9m) vs Wolves (A)
Since being moved from a CAM position to the left of Aston Villa’s front three, the exciting Englishman has come up with two goals and one assist in the four gameweeks in which he has played.
Villa’s captain and talisman is set to return from a one week injury absence ahead of Sunday’s derby with him looking to add to his tally of 25 chances created so far – the sixth-highest of any league player.
Grealish is also fighting for inclusion in the next England squad as if he didn’t already have enough to play for. He is only selected by 4.3% and could be a decent punt with Newcastle to visit Villa Park after the international break.
Forward – Joshua King (£6.3m) vs Newcastle United (A)
At 0.2m down on his starting price, the Cherries’ penalty-taker has moved into the budget category of FPL strikers. Against Manchester United, he had another shot on target and an attempted assist in addition to his match-winner versus his old club.
The Norwegian’s ownership is now under 10% despite being the highest scoring sub 6.5m striker in FPL (48 points).
King has been a proven FPL asset for four seasons now at Bournemouth, which is why he ought to now be on the enabler watchlists of FPL managers.