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 – Mason Holgate (£4.4m) vs Brighton (H)
With the joint third lowest amount of league goals conceded (five) in the past month and a new manager in Carlo Ancelotti, the cheaper route into the Toffees’ defence merits consideration as a budget enabler after two consecutive home clean sheets.
The Englishman has mainly been deployed at centre-back but has also been pushed forward into central midfield areas at times this season.
Now is the time to invest in Everton ahead of their five nice fixtures starting from this Saturday, which includes three home fixtures with shot-shy Newcastle and Crystal Palace the next to visit Goddison Park after the Seagulls.
Holgate has two assists to his name to date and is well on the way to a price rise, which means that early buyers should hopefully be able to profit from him when the time comes to sell. At 0.8% ownership, he will do wonders for your rank if he can help keep another home clean sheet.
Midfielder – Ismaïla Sarr (£6.2m) vs Bournemouth (A)
Since Nigel Pearson took over, the Senegalese is averaging 2.64 shots per 90 minutes from his advanced right-wing position. With two goals and assists each under the Pearson reign, Sarr represents a cheap differential with just 0.9% ownership.
Watford’s run of great fixtures continues throughout January with the GW23 visit of a poor Tottenham Hotspur side not looking as daunting as it once was. Sunday’s trip to Dean Court provides hope of further attacking returns with the home side having not kept a clean sheet there since GW11.
The Hornets have scored the third highest amount of goals (8) amongst all league sides during Pearson’s five matches with both Sarr and the overall team adapting well to a new 4-2-3-1 formation.
Forward – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.9m) vs Brighton (H)
The in-form Englishman has five goals in his last six matches and looks set to add to that tally ahead of an attractive fixture run with all of his next five opponents sitting in the top half of the highest amount of expected goals conceded so far this season.
Ancelotti has helped the Blues’ frontman to maintain his recent high confidence in front of goal by admitting that he wanted to buy him when he was manager of Napoli. With 5.5% ownership, he is a perfect budget enabler for those FPL managers looking to double up on both Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah ahead of Liverpool’s GW24 double.
For the next five games, I think he is a better option than the similarly priced Neal Maupay (£5.8m) because he has one more home fixture and has played the whole 90 minutes in his past six matches, unlike the Frenchman.