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 – Gary Cahill (£4.5m) vs Burnley (A)
Crystal Palace top the fixture ticker with a kind run of games from now all the way until Gameweek 22.
All of the Eagles’ three clean sheets so far this season have come at Selhurst Park but this ought to change with easier away trips to come. His side next visit Vicarage Road and St James’ Park after this Saturday.
With 1.7% ownership, Cahill is a proven FPL asset after his time at Chelsea with attacking exploits part of his repertoire.
He is the most reliable of the Palace defenders due to his low cost and reliability in starting matches. This will be crucial during the busy month of December where it is likely that budget enablers will be needed more often than not.
The English centre-back therefore now represents a sound transfer move as FPL managers should have no problem with throwing him into their sides thanks to the aformentioned ease of Palace’s games over the Christmas period.
Defender – Brandon Williams (£4.0m) vs Aston Villa (H)
Starting budget defenders at Manchester United are a rarity, which is why the 19 year old merits consideration for a place in our FPL sides after his successive league starts for the Red Devils.
With Ashley Young benched on Sunday and Luke Shaw working his way back to full fitness, it looks like Williams will continue to start in the league with the other two left to compete for a starting slot in the Europa League and domestic cups.
Thursday’s fixture against FC Astana will thankfully confirm this for us ahead of Sunday’s game at home to Aston Villa.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had the following to say about the Englishman ahead of his goalscoring performance in the Sheffield United game :
“Brandon’s played really well in every game he’s played. I didn’t find any reason to leave him out. It’s a testing stadium for him to play at so it’s a good opportunity to show his mentality because his temperament is one of his strengths.”
United’s worldwide popularity translates into FPL in a sense that any of their performing players will quicky soar in ownership with many of the club’s supporters quickly looking to get on board.
A clean sheet will therefore hurt your rank if you don’t own one of their defensive assets, which is why I am tipping Williams as a budget enabler of choice ahead of an enticing home game in Gameweek 14.
Midfielder – Adama Traoré (£5.2m) vs Sheffield United (H)
In just three months, the Spaniard has pretty much transformed himself from a ‘crapid’ winger to Wolves’ chief creator thanks to his developing understanding with Raúl Jiménez. He has laid on an assist for the Mexican in successive gameweeks who is in fine goalscoring form.
With 4.3% ownership, Traoré now has two consecutive home games, first against the Blades followed by a leaky West Ham. His cheap price means that he is providing fantastic value with regular assists.
His crossing ability has noticeably improved this season as demonstrated by the two big chances he created and attacking positions that he frequently found himself in against Bournemouth last Saturday.
A big positive of Traoré is that he faces a poor Norwich City side in Gameweek 18 when Liverpool blank. FPL managers need to now start planning for then if they haven’t already started doing so and he is a great budget enabler for those looking to sell Sadio Mané or Mohammed Salah and upgrade elsewhere that week.