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 – Jack Stephens (£4.4m) vs Crystal Palace (A)
As one of the cheapest starting FPL defenders around, Stephens has recently been of some minor interest but that has now ratcheted up with Southampton having the second lowest figures for xGA (9.4) in the league across the previous ten games. They are only behind Liverpool.
The Englishman has only kept two clean sheets during that mixed fixture run but his upcoming fixtures indicate that he could be a good replacement for Martin Kelly or Diego Rico who are no longer assured of their places. He also has some attacking threat with one goal and two assists.
With just 2% ownership, he has just one hard fixture on paper (Liverpool in Gameweek 25) in his next seven when his budget price allows him to be benched.
Encouragingly, all of the Saints’ three home opponents in this run sit in the league’s bottom eight across the previous three away games for xG. With the Southampton line-up seeming so settled right now, Stephens will be hopeful of adding further to his clean sheet tally.
Defender – Japhet Tanganga (£4m) vs Norwich (H)
After three consecutive starts, Tanganga seems to have now cemented his starting status in the Spurs’ back four. His flexibility in both the full-back and centre-back positions should mean that his run of starts continues going forward.
Set for an imminent price rise, his 1.3% ownership is only heading one way so early buyers stand to profit from his selling price further down the line. As the ultimate budget defender, he would present fantastic value if he can keep another clean sheet on Wednesday at home to the Canaries.
Norwich City have only scored twice in their past four away games and will be without the injured Emi Buendía. The Englishman can easily be thrusted into FPL sides this week before being benched for tougher matches in the future.
Midfielder – Aaron Mooy (£4.8m) vs Bournemouth (A)
Fresh after his return from injury, the Australian was stationed on the right side of the Seagull’s midfield in Saturday’s draw with Aston Villa. He is underperforming in both xG (1.33) and xA (1.5) so far this season, which suggests that he is due some attacking returns.
With his corner and indirect free-kick duties coupled with the fact that Brighton have a sea of green in their next six fixtures, Mooy merits considerations as he prepares to face a Cherries side who haven’t kept a clean sheet at home since Gameweek 11.
Mooy had eleven attacking returns during his Premier League days at Huddersfield Town so the history suggests that the goals and assists will come during the remainder of the season if he is able to stay fit.