With this Matchday having only eight matches on the card (Manchester City and Everton face off in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, thus their matches are postponed), it is a very important week for fantasy owners. If you are wanting to drop players who have solid discounts in the hopes of picking them back up later--or finding a good player to replace with a bench position to take advantage of a good matchup--then you need to find some low-cost options to plug in this week. Here are a few that you should be keeping an eye on.
Fraser Forster, SOU (6000 on FT, 5.0 on BPL)
At this point, anything short of top three in price has this guy as a bargain. He has not one, not two, not three, but SIX clean sheets in a row. He has made 14 saves over the past three matches, and is in terrific form. He faces a Chelsea team at home that is feeling solid coming off of their Champions League showing, but Forster should be up to the task.
Ben Foster, WBA (3000 on FT, 4.9 on BPL)
Hosting a Crystal Palace side this weekend that has struggled to score recently, Foster and West Bromwich Albion come into the match having allowing only two goals in their past four matches. Foster has recorded 18 saves in that time frame, and he has looked like his old self in doing so.
Mark Bunn, AVL (3000 on FT, 4.3 on BPL)
Despite getting thrashed 6-1 by Manchester City their last time out, Aston Villa still has full faith in Bunn, and you should too. Prior to that match, he had allowed just three goals in five matches, racking up 9 saves and three clean sheets.
Sergio Romero, MUN (2230 on FT, 4.3 on BPL)
And as a bonus, a player who will not be playing in this slate but is worth stashing....
Joel Robles, EVE (1825 on FT, 4.3 on BPL)
Is officially the #1 keeper for Everton going forward. Since replacing Tim Howard, he has recorded two clean sheets in three matches, while registering six saves.
Aly Cissokho, AVL (3380 on FT, 4.5 on BPL)
The roaming LB for the Villains is often involved in the attack, whipping in crosses like he's on commission and has also been registering a fair amount of clearances. He faces a Stoke City team that has not scored in three matches running and has allowed six goals in their last two.
Marcos Rojo, MUN (2974 on FT, 5.0 on BPL)
Rojo is finally back from injury and is expected to be on the bench for United's Europa League fixture on Thursday. If he is fit, he likely goes right into the starting lineup for United when they face Arsenal on Sunday.
Matt Targett, SOU (5880 on FT, 3.9 on BPL)
Having a defender who doesn't actually play much in defense is a blessing. He continues to push forward in attack and deliver crosses and cheap exposure to the Southampton attack.
Christian Fuchs, LEI (4.8 on BPL)
Over his last eight matches, Fuchs has delivered six or more points on six different occassions. He has also provided two assists over that timeframe, and while Leicester is not known for holding many clean sheets, five of those eight matches have seen the Foxes keep the other side off the score sheet. While his price reflects his worth on Fantrax (over 13,000 cost), he is undervalued on BPL.
Charlie Daniels, BOU (4.7 on BPL)
Another BPL-only value player, Daniels has registered three assists over the past five matches. With AFC Bournemouth visiting a Watford side that has been shut out four times in their last six matches, a clean sheet is a good possibility and he has a great chance at another assist.
Jesse Lingard, MUN (5340 on FT, 4.3 on BPL) or Ander Herrera (6421 on FT)
If he is able to start (which we should know before Sunday), then Lingard is solid value against Arsenal. The youngster has done a terrific job filling in as a right winger in the United attack, and he should get plenty of chances to attack in what should be an back-and-forth affair. If he cannot go, then Herrera will likely slide into the #10 role with Juan Mata moving out to the right; however, he is only a value play on Fantrax at this point.
Michail Antonio, WHU (7232 on FT, 5.3 on BPL)
West Ham United unleashes their rejuvinated offense against Sunderland at home this weekend, and Antonio has been heavily involved lately with the Hammers' attack. This is a match that they should control, and with Antonio taking some of the set pieces, don't be shocked if he's on the scoresheet yet again.
Mark Pugh, BOU (6286 on FT, 4.6 on BPL)
Pugh has contributed a goal and an assist over Bournemouth's last five matches, but struggled a bit his last time out against Stoke City. Look for him to rebound at Watford this weekend.
West Hoolahan, NOR (7976 on FT, 4.7 on BPL)
One of the few players on Norwich City that warrants any fantasy attention, Hoolahan has two goals and an assist over his last three matches. When you consider that his two goals came on a total of four shots, he's efficient if nothing else. Leicester City often leaves themselves exposed at times, so he could very well get one or two opportunities to take a chance.
Wahbi Khazri, SUN (2433 on FT)
Goal in 2nd start against United, took five shots and eight crosses, including the corner for the winning goal. This week he faces West Ham and should be the key to their having any chance in the match. He is only a bargain play on Fantrax at the moment.
Emmanuel Adebayor, CRY (1217 on FT, 5.8 on BPL)
After scoring his first goal against Watford, he has locked down the starting striker goal for Palace. West Brom will provide a formidable challenge, but at his price he is worth taking a flyer on.
Benik Afobe, BOU (2501 on FT, 6.1 on BPL)
Afobe continues to provide great value for his low cost. Three goals in his first six matches since his transfer to Bournemouth have gotten him onto the radar of many fantasy managers. Watford will have trouble keeping him from burying another one into the back of the net.
Graziano Pelle, SOU (7300 on FT, 7.8 on BPL)
Since returning from injury, Pelle has yet to register a goal or an assist. However, he faces a Chelsea defense this weekend that is in serious injury trouble. His pace could very well cause the Blues some problems, and I think this is the match where he finally grabs his first goal since November 1st.
Memphis Depay, MUN (6894 on FT, 7.8 on BPL)
With Rooney out, Memphis will take Martial's place on the wing against Arsenal. And with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely out, he will have an easier time on the left flank. His confidence should be high following a goal in the first leg of the Europe League matchup, and he may be vital to Manchester United's hopes of knocking off the Gunners.
Will you be holding onto your big guns that aren't playing this week, or swapping them out for some discounted players? Is there another bargain that you are considering? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!