Budget Enablers in FPL: Gameweek 26

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.

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Midfielder – Harvey Barnes (£6m) vs Wolves (A)

Since Gameweek 22, the English winger is second only to Mohamed Salah for both highest xG (2.11) and goals scored (3) amongst midfielders. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he is top for the Foxes’ regular starters in average shots per 90 minutes (2.74) in that timeframe.

Leicester City also benefit from the easiest fixture away to Norwich City in blank gameweek 28.

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Barnes’ heatmap vs Chelsea

Barnes’ heatmap above shows how often he is breaking centrally into the box from out wide and he really should have converted a Jamie Vardy cross when well placed in the middle.

He has now scored in three consecutive league matches for the first time in his career and has fond memories of Molineux from last season after making his first start there and coming away with an assist.

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Forward – Diogo Jota (£6.1m) vs Leicester City (H)

On the brink of a fifth price drop of the season down to £6m, you may want to hold off until Saturday morning until bringing in the Portuguese attacker. Why bring him in now then, I hear you ask?

Allow me to wind back to exactly this time last season, when Jota hit a hattrick against the Foxes before going on to finish the season strongly with five more goals. Leicester have conceded seven goals in their last four so they are not as strong defensively as they were earlier on in the season. Only four teams have conceded more in that time.

After making his first start back from injury since Gameweek 20 last Sunday, Jota is well positioned to pick up some form as Norwich City are the next side after Leicester to visit Molineux in Gameweek 27.

Wolves also neither blank in Gameweek 28 nor 31, which means he could be an even greater option for those FPL managers who have already used their Free Hit chip or are waiting to play it in another Gameweek.

 

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Forward – Gabriel Martinelli (£4.6m) vs Newcastle United (H)

After three successive league starts each lasting 90 minutes, the 18 year old has usurped Mason Greenwood as the ultra-budget striker of choice with two goals and five shots overall in that run of starts. He even kept his place after Aubameyang returned from suspension.

Despite a blank in Gameweek 28, the Brazilian has a very attractive fixture at home to a Magpies outfit who sit third overall in the league for the highest amount of xGA and just conceded two to a League One side in the FA Cup (Oxford United).

The 3.9% owned striker could be a good option for FPL managers looking to adopt a 3-5-2 formation going forwards especially now that Aguero, Vardy and Aubameyang currently seem less attractive than beforehand.

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