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 – Daryl Janmaat (£4.4m) vs Burnley (H)
The flying Dutchman has been bombarding the opposition’s left flank in recent weeks as well as being part of an improved defence since the return of Quique Sánchez Flores to Vicarage Road. Note his presence in Norwich City’s penalty area in his heat map below from Watford’s last game:
The right-back has picked up seven bonus points, three clean sheets and one assist from his last five matches with Watford’s next two home games against Burnley and Crystal Palace. An away trip to Southampton in Gameweek 14 also looks attractive on paper.
Only Liverpool (5.63) are ahead of Watford (6.11) in terms of the least amount of xG conceded over the last six league matches.
Owned by 2.0%, Janmaat is therefore not just Watford’s joint cheapest playing defender but also an asset with clean sheet, attacking and bonus points potential.
Defender – Charlie Taylor (£4.2m) vs Watford (A)
I picked the Burnley left-back in pre-season before his injury, which is why I was excited to see him making his first league start in Gameweek 12.
He came on for a poor Pieters at half-time against Sheffield United in the prior fixture and now looks set for a spell in Sean Dyche’s starting eleven.
The Englishman is known for his crossing and dribbling prowess as demonstrated by his eye-catching heat map below against West Ham where he embarked on a total of three dribbles.
With just 0.6% ownership, he is a great option for FPL managers favouring the Clarets’ renowned defence as he is now £0.3m less expensive than the next cheapest starting defender, Matt Lowton (£4.5m), who was mysteriously benched last time out.
Crystal Palace visit Turf Moor the week after who along with Watford are in the bottom two for the lowest amount of goals scored in the league so far this season (10 & 8 respectively).
Forward – Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m) vs Burnley (H)
The enigmatic Spaniard somewhat divides opinion amongst FPL managers after his poor start to the season when he was a popular £6.5m striking option.
Now £0.4m cheaper and down to 2.4% ownership, Deulofeu certified his status as a flat-track bully with a 12 point haul in gameweek 12 against fellow relegation candidates, Norwich City.
Watford’s frontman has an xG of 2.83 at present so his tally of 2 goals suggests that he is slightly underperforming ahead of matches against Burnley and then Southampton away.
Deulofeu scored an incredible seven goals against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town last season, which is why he merits consideration when the Hornets face poor opposition.
He is also on set-piece duty to boost his attacking potential and has six bonus points from his four attacking returns (2 goals, 2 assists) so far this campaign.