I am wildcarding this gameweek ahead of a Free Hit in Blank Gameweek 18 before deploying the Bench Boost in Double Gameweek 19. I am ranked at 480,000 ahead of the GW15 fixtures.
Sam Johnstone & Alphonse Areola (both £4.5m) These two represent the cheapest combination of shotstoppers with a double in DGW19. I am expecting far more save points than clean sheet points here, which still represents good value.
My back-up keeper is normally £4m, which is why I only want to spend an extra £0.5m here as it’s a waste of money on the bench otherwise.
Sam Allardyce has proven himself to be adept at shoring up defences, which ought to mean that Johnstone has an opportunity to add clean sheet points to the four save points he has racked up in his last 3 starts.
Fulham have started to tighten up defensively, with Areola picking up 2 clean sheets from his past 3 appearances.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) We all know what he is capable of. The fact that he is cheaper and less owned by the equally magnificent Andrew Robertson sways it for me.
His ownership and price can only go in one direction now.
John Stones (£4.9m) Although he seemingly starts in every other match for Man City, I still think Stones provides excellent value and I have ensured he is covered with a decent substitute defender for when Guardiola rests him.
I expect him to start in DGW19 at home to Crystal Palace when many teams will have one, if not two, Man City defenders. If it doesn’t look like he will start, then I can take him out on a hit for a defender with two fixtures.
Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.7m) I have owned the Saints right-back since GW1 and I’m reluctant to sell arguably the best £4.5m defender of the season so far. Southampton have always had a mixed run of fixtures since GW1 so I am not put off by the tricky DGW19 matches (lei, lee) as well as some of the games either side.
Expect Walker-Peters to nick bonus points whenever Southampton keep a clean sheet or notch a third assist of the season soon. Worth adding that he is on 3 yellow cards.
Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) Despite a mixed pair of DGW19 fixtures (whu, liv), the Clarets’ attractive fixtures either side of the double scream clean sheet potential.
Burnley are in excellent defensive form as it stands with 2 clean sheets in 3.
Fabián Balbuena (£4.4m) I think the Hammers have the best defensive double in DW19 (BUR, WBA), which makes the Paraguayan an excellent value pick after a recent price drop.
Mo Salah (£12.6m) Self-explanatory, he will be my DGW19 captain and is a strong contender for GW16 too.
Bruno Fernandes (£11m) Again, he picks himself for my side with a double away to Liverpool and Fulham in DGW19.
Son Heung-Min (£9.7m) Despite only one match in DGW19, the South Korean has outstanding fixtures at home to Fulham and Leeds Utd in GWs 16 & 17.
Having bought him for £9.1m, I have a lot of value tied up in him and he also faces Sheffield Utd in DGW19.
Raphinha (£5.4m) I have plumped for the Brazilian over the equally priced Jack Harrison because he has a higher amount of shots/90 (3.65) and seems to be more involved overall in the build-up of Leeds’ attacks.
The Whites have demonstrated that fixtures don’t matter for them in an attacking sense so it makes sense to have at least one of their attackers with a double on the horizon at home to Brighton and Southampton.
Tomáš Souček (£5.1m)
The Czech is the fourth highest-scoring sub £5.5m midfielder who is still underperforming in xg (3.53) so far this season despite scoring three goals.
For me, he’s the best budget midfielder in FPL, which is why he’s not just for the double.
Harry Kane (£11m) My second Spurs attacker is very highly owned amongst the top 10k, which means my rank will drop heavily if he does well in his two attractive home fixtures in GWs16 & 17.
His price allows for an easy switch down to Jamie Vardy ahead of DGW19 and he is a viable captain contender for the Fulham and Leeds matches.
Patrick Bamford (£6.4m) The enormous amount of chances that Leeds create for their number 9 shows no sign of stopping, which is why it makes sense to own Bamford now.
He is still very well priced, which is why it made it easier for me to cash in on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Ché Adams (£6.1m)
Saints’ leading man in the absence of Danny Ings is capable of obtaining FPL points from both goals and assists and represents excellent value as a member of one of the league’s better teams.
He faces an attractive double away to Leicester City and Leeds United in DGW19.