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FPL Draft Bargain Hunter-GW22

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Looking back on the last month, it’s incredible that we survived seven gameweeks and 70 Premier League matches. But if you were like me, you felt a Premier League-sized void in your life over the last week with Cup season upon us (yawn). But now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming of one game a week.

 

It was difficult to keep track of all my recent picks with more bargains that days between games through the entirety of December. But at least looking at last week’s picks, we can see that Mamadou Sakho recorded a clean sheet and bonus points while some of my recent picks in Ricardo Pereira (assist, clean sheet, three bonus points), Nathan Ake (goal) and Victor Lindelof (clean sheet, two bonus points) all excelled.

 

Without further delay, here are the bargain hits and misses ahead of Gameweek 22. I’m welcoming all suggestions and debates on Twitter (@gastelumEPL)— I would love to include your thoughts here in this column next week and throughout the season. If you don’t want your name mentioned, just let me know; otherwise, I’ll be sure to give your Twitter handle a shout-out.

 

 

All of the stats used in this column come straight from the good folks at Fantasy Premier League on a weekly basis. Our friends at FPL.com take the data from a thousand private leagues, all of which consist of eight teams, in order to minimize the impact of data from public leagues where autopick drafting is more prevalent.

 

 Of course, it’s just a sample size, so it’s not hard and fast; but it should give us a good idea of the tendencies of FPL Draft leagues and managers. Remember, the waivers deadline is a full 24 hours before the first game of the week, and the lowest-placed team in your league gets the first pick.

 

One-week Pick (OWP) - When a regular is suspended for a match, ineligible to face his parent club as a loanee, or his fill-in looks to deputize for only a week while the regular nurses a minor injury, this is where to find some replacements. They should only be looked at when you really need help at a position that week alone, and not looked at as long term plays. Best for salary cap leagues with unlimited transactions, not so much for draft leagues.

 

Short-term Pick (STP) - When a regular faces a multi-game suspension, an injury layoff lasting 2-5 weeks, international commitment, etc., this is where you look for players that can offer more beyond one week but do have a limited shelf life in most cases. Worth using a waiver claim or spending a bit more of your free agent budget (FAAB) than the One Week Buys. Can be useful in salary-cap format as long as you are comfortable with possibly needing to transfer them out in a few weeks.

 

Long-term Pick (LTP) - When a regular is either facing a month or more out or has lost his spot seemingly to someone better, these are the players that emerge as potential long-term investments and are therefore the most valuable of the group and worth paying up. Great for any format, but especially valuable in draft leagues with limited waiver claims.

 

 

BARGAINS:

 

 

GK – David Button (Brighton)

When it comes to keepers, more often than not my job is to inform you of options at your disposal rather than recommendations to start in your side, since any new starter is basically a bargain in FPL Draft leagues based on the fact that they go like hotcakes. Well with usual starting goalkeeper Mat Ryan away on international duty with Australia at the Asian Cup, David Button comes onto the scene to get his first taste of Premier League action for an in-form Brighton side that is unbeaten in its last three Premier League games.

 

However, the going is about to get pretty tough for the Seagulls with Liverpool and a vaunted Manchester United attack up in the next two games. However, Button has impressed in his last two starts with eight saves in total and a clean sheet in his Premier League debut, a 1-0 win over Everton in Gameweek 20. With his ownership so low, by all means you should sit on Button for the next two weeks unless you’re absolutely desperate for a keeper (maybe Ryan and Joe Hart were your keepers), but don’t forget about Button for the near future.

 

 

 

DEF – Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton)

Under the leadership of new manager Ralph Hassenhuttl (formerly of RB Leipzig), Southampton has begun to turn things around and now sit only two points away from leaving the relegation zone in their wake. And the upcoming schedule will only benefit Saints after a daunting last month that featured Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea. Through the second weekend in February, Southampton will face Leicester City, Everton, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Cardiff City, and that bodes well for any starting defender.

 

This spot would usually be reserved for Maya Yoshida as the club’s leader and most reliable player, but Yoshida is playing for Japan at the Asian Cup. While the club will certainly miss his experience, its defensive performance in a scoreless draw with Chelsea in Gameweek 21 should do enough to convince you that Hasenhuttl has focused on righting the ship in defense before anything. And with Jannik Vestergaard as one of his newfound favorites, Hasenhuttl will surely have his sights set on more clean sheets this month.

 

 

 

MID – Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)

I really hope this is the year for Alex Iwobi to have his breakout season, because we’ve seen it coming over the last couple of seasons. And with injuries severely affecting the club’s creative nucleus of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey, Unai Emery has looked to other options from within the club’s setup, and Iwobi has taken advantage of his opportunities. In his last five appearances in all competitions, Iwobi has recorded two goals and two assists, including a goal in the FA Cup over the weekend.

 

It’s this consistency and form that Iwobi has never shown before that should get fantasy managers excited about his prospects. Iwobi has already tied a career high in assists this season and has partners in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that can take his game to the next level. If you have a fifth midfielder spot open and want to take a risk that could have big returns, Iwobi is not a bad option available in nearly 90 percent of our latest sample of FPL Draft leagues.

 

 

 

FWD – Chris Wood (Burnley)

It’s pretty clear how Burnley strikers operate as over the last year or so the club’s production has swiveled between Ashley Barnes, Sam Vokes and Chris Wood. The form usually lasts a month per each striker so now looks to be a pretty good time to move on Wood, who has scored three of the club’s last five goals in all competitions including the match-winner in the FA Cup over the weekend (which is even more valuable because it shows that Wood is the club’s penalty taker, for now).

 

But with three goals in his last three games, the streaky forward is right in the thick of his run as he looks to replicate his 10-goal season last year. The Kiwi striker won’t face a formidable defense until Tottenham in mid-February, if you don’t count Manchester United in Gameweek 24, and is taken in only 30 percent of FPL Draft leagues, making him a valuable short-term option as a third striker at the very least.






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