Budget Enablers in FPL: Gameweek 15

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.

*Please note that this particular article uses stats from before Gameweek 14.

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Defender – Chris Basham (£4.5m) vs Newcastle United (H)

With the joint-second highest amount of clean sheets amongst all Premier League teams so far this season, the Blades’ defence is one that we should not be hesitant in doubling up on with Basham the joint-cheapest option to pair up with Sir John Lundstram (now £5m).

The English right-sided centre-back has started every game to date and is a better option than John Egan (also £4.5m) because of the overlapping runs that he makes with the right wing-back, George Baldock (£4.6m). This is backed up by his superior expected goals (0.22) and assists (0.47) figures.

Despite his FPL classification as a defender, Lundstram ought to be viewed as a £6m midfielder who gets clean sheet points and is why FPL managers should have no real qualms in selecting Basham as well. Newcastle United have the worst xG record in away games in the league so doubling up on Sheffield United’s defensive assets looks a smart bet.

Long-term, Basham has four successive good fixtures after Newcastle including an away trip to Brighton in Gameweek 18 when Liverpool blank.

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Midfielder – Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m) vs Sheffield United (A)

With the Magpies now embarking on a kind run of fixtures, there is only really one attacking player that is worth considering from Newcastle, which is the 0.5% owned Frenchman. As the below graphic shows, his excellent dribbling skills have allowed him to end up having as many as twelve shots.

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Stats from Opta’s ‘ball-carrying’ metric as published on a BBC Sport article

A tough trip to Bramall Lane is one in which FPL managers could definitely bench him at his low price but following home games against Southampton, Crystal Palace and Everton are cause for optimism.

Aside from set-pieces, the side is heavily reliant on the winger for creating goals, which makes him the standout attacking asset at the club in FPL terms.

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Forward – Lys Mousset (£5.0m) vs Newcastle United (H)

The Blades’ frontman is averaging three shots every ninety minutes at present and seems to be the ideal third striker for FPL managers looking to downgrade Tammy Abraham to a cheap option.

In his past five matches, the Frenchman has racked up five bonus points and three goals and assists each. Sheffield Utd have a great run of fixtures from now until Gameweek 20 when Mousset’s price would easily allow him to be benched in our FPL sides.

His excellent form means that Chris Wilder’s side are reliant on him for both goals and assists and all of his next five opponents sit in the top seven for the highest amount of xGA in the league.

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