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 – Federico Fernández (£4.4m) vs Burnley (A)
Both the Magpies’ magnificent fixture run and fantastic form continue ahead of Saturday’s visit to Turf Moor and a home game against Crystal Palace the weekend after. Having previously recommended the now injured Jamal Lascelles (£4.3m), my attentions now turn to his fellow centre-back.
He may just have one clean sheet under his belt so far this season but his attacking returns (two goals and two assists) reflect his club’s reliance on the defence to contribute to their goalscoring efforts. At just 0.3% ownership, he is an ultra differential too.
The Clarets are comfortably in the bottom half of the table when it comes to xG (11.47) in home matches and they have conceded eleven goals in their last three games; a statistic which Newcastle United’s Fernández will be eyeing up after his winner versus Southampton last time out.
Midfielder – Jack Grealish (£6m) vs Sheffield United (A)
Where to start with Super Jack?? After two goals and one assist from his past four matches, his price will go up again to £6.1m this week with many FPL managers looking to start him from Gameweek 18 onwards, if not now, when Aston Villa host leaky Southampton and Norwich City sides in consecutive games. Away trips to Watford and Burnley complete the cracking Christmas fixture run.
The Englishman impressively sits joint third in the league for the most amount of key passes per game (2.6) and will be looking to maintain that record against the Blades who are without a clean sheet since Gameweek 11.
The only downside is that Aston Villa’s talisman and captain is currently on four yellow card which, crucially, would mean that he would be suspended for the tough Gameweek 18 if he was to pick up a fifth yellow of the season on Saturday.
On the other hand, his price is only going one way so early buyers will be able to cash in on his price later on in the season. Grealish is also fighting for inclusion in the next England squad as if he didn’t already have enough to play for and is still lowly owned at 6.9%.
Midfielder – Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) vs Crystal Palace (A)
The Belgian prodigy is averaging over one attacking return in every two games to date in an injury disrupted season and is now down to 0.3% ownership ahead of Monday night’s “derby” where anything could happen.
Trossard is also one of Brighton’s corner and indirect free-kick takers, which boosts his assists potential ahead of future home games against Sheffield United and Bournemouth; both of whom are leaking goals left, right and centre at the moment.
One downside is his lack of game time and he is not completely nailed on to start either so he could be a short-term punt for those looking to wildcard over the Christmas period.