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 – John Egan (£4.5m) vs Crystal Palace (A)
The Irish centre-back’s price tag still remains unchanged from the season’s start, which makes him an attractive proposition with John Lundstram possibly losing his starting place in the Blades’ eleven. He is the leading points scorer in FPL for defenders priced at £4.5m or under.
Sheffield United also have a sea of green fixtures over their next five games as all their opponents sit in the bottom eight of the league table for goals scored since the start of last December. Bear in mind that he will now blank in Gameweek 28 however after Aston Villa reached the League Cup final. With just 1.2% ownership, he makes for a great differential too and his price will finally rise before too long.
Despite no goals and assists to date, Egan has an xG of 1.07 so you would expect him to score a goal or two from a set-piece before the season ends. He has managed to do so in each of past three seasons.
Midfielder – John Fleck (£5m) vs Crystal Palace (A)
With five goals and two assists to date, the Scotsman is second only to the injury doubt Todd Cantwell (also £5.0m) in the FPL standings for points scored by midfielders at or below their price. Yet his ownership stands at just 5% compared to Cantwell’s 23.4%.
He is actually underperforming on the assists front as he has a xA of 2.87 with one recently coming in Gameweek 22 and he will be hopeful of more attacking returns from his corner and free-kick duties ahead of the Blades’ excellent upcoming fixture run apart from the Gameweek 28 blank.
I think Fleck could be a great replacment for the injured Sadio Mané ahead of this weekend for FPL managers looking to transfer funds up front to the likes of Aguero or Aubameyang. Aside from Salah and KDB, there are no other premium midfielders who stand out to me this gameweek and Palace haven’t kept a home clean sheet since Gameweek 15.
Forward – Troy Deeney (£6.3m) vs Everton (H)
Watford’s number nine has five goals from his last seven appearances and even missed a penalty back in Gameweek 23. He has the sixth-highest xG (2.62) in the league for January and it should only be a matter of time before he adds assists to his attacking repertoire with a xA of 2.17 for the season.
The Hornets have hit some form since Nigel Pearson took over and will be hoping to maintain that in reasonable upcoming fixtures against the Toffees before a trip to the AMEX in Gameweek 26. Both teams sit in the top half for highest amount of goals conceded to date.
With just 1.9% ownership, he is still £0.2m below his starting price of £6.5m, which strengthens his budget enabler status. His good form is backed up by the knowledge that he was top for xG and joint-top for big chances (two) in Gameweek 24.