If you are short on funds and looking for an “enabler” for game week 4, we have a few budget priced picks that may help.
Joe Hart – 1.99 Fantrax – 4.5m FPL
A starting keeper for 1.99m but is he better value than ken’s famous 1m keeper who doesn’t start?
In Fantrax, he has earned a head-spinning negative-19 points in the opening 3 games, so he’s not for the “feint of Hart”. That alone may make you walk away from him. In addition, he hardly showed confidence in the England World Cup Qualifiers either.
Still, those opening games were all away from home, and this week he faces his opening fixture at London Stadium.
Aaron Creswell – 4.42m Fantrax
West Ham played the fashionable back 3 last season which was a benefit in FPL but a hindrance under Fantrax rules. The Hammers are playing a back 4 this season, and I don’t think they have the players to change again easily.
We have the potential clean sheet chance in week 4, and even in 3 away games, Cresswell had 3 efforts on goal, suggesting that he can also offer some attacking points.
Kieran Gibbs – 4.12m Fantrax
A good move for WBA, solving a problem position from the last couple seasons and granting the player a second chance before a World Cup year. We can’t be 100% sure he starts, but if Pulis suggests so in Friday’s press conference, then Gibbs is a great price in Fantrax.
Sead Kolasinac – 6.61m Fantrax / 6m FPL
The Tank looks a perfect fantasy type and a solution to the left wing-back role now that Arsenal have moved to the system.
In the Charity shield and their opening fixture, Arsenal had an immediate fans’ favourite presented to them. Seeing him shifted first to the left side and then to the substitutes’ bench means Wenger warrants some of the criticism he faces from his own fans.
Wenger didn’t want to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the good news is that, assuming Wenger sticks with 3 at the back, the Tank then takes the left wing-back role, or I think he does. If so, then he will provide the Gunners the drive they need. If Sanchez isn’t fit, then Kolasinac may even play the role in the left the Gunners’ attack.
Mathias Jorgensen – 4.6 in FPL
3 clean sheets and 1 assist for 22 FPL points in the opening 3 games means his asking price is way undervalued.
Ben Mee – 4.5m in FPL
Crystal Palace have failed to score in 7 of their last 8 games. De Boer is under real pressure already, and Burnley are stubborn at home. Meanwhile, Sean Dyche has done a brilliant job. If he can repeat last season’s joy, then bigger jobs surely follow.
Mee’s a danger in set pieces, thus offering earnings at both ends of the pitch.
Francisco Femenia 4.5m in FPL
2 cleans sheets on the spin and bonus points in both make the Watford right back one to keep an eye on. Southampton haven’t found their shooting boots yet.
Kyle Naughton – 6.37m Fantrax – 4.5m FPL
playing at right back where already he has 2 clean sheets and 1 assist this season, the Swansea man has a great one-week fixture and a nice run of fixtures coming up. In my view, Kyle is the best one-week value pick-up in FPL this week.
Robbie Brady – 5.5m in FPL
Brady has settled into the starting 11 this season and provided 1 assist, but it could have been much more. He has a brilliant direct free kick in him, and as Burnley have decent home fixtures coming up, so he’s a great option.
Anthony Knockhaert – 5.94 Fantrax
Brighton had a disappointing transfer window, and it may be a tough season for them. What they are is well organized and hard to beat, and in Knockhaert they have a match winner.
WBA are not the defensive force on the road that they are at home. I fancy Knockhaert to open his account this week if Brighton do score.
Kevin Wimmer – 1m Fantrax
I don’t think he starts this week or gets a clean sheet if he does. Still, for those whom it suits, you get a 1m gamble (perhaps as light bench cover?).
Tammy Abraham – 6.76m Fantrax – 5.5m FPL
You can look at this pick a few ways: Firstly, in 3 weeks he has earned 1, 1 and 15 fantasy points. Second you can wonder if the new, old signing Wilfred Bony will deeply effect Abraham’s minutes played or even his starting status. Then again, you could choose to view it by including the League cup game played before game week 3 plus the under 21 game on Tuesday evening and see 3 goals in 3 games for the on loan Swansea forward.
Me, I’m a fan of the player based mainly on his performances for the England under 18, 19 and 21 sides and think he has looked comfortable as he moves up the levels of club football at Bristol City in the Championship and now at Swansea.
Swansea are in a feel good place right now, so I think they will have too much for Newcastle and that Tammy will score in the win.
Wilfred Bony – 1m Fantrax
If you are yet to be convinced on Abraham, then you can roll back time and believe that Bony will do a Siggy by rebuilding at his true home after failing at a bigger club. For 1m, even one SOT off the bench will earn you triple in points what you paid in cost.
Jay Rodriguez – 6.04m Fantrax– 5.9m FPL
Jayrod was never an aggressive player, but when you play for a Tony Pulis team, you are expected to close down the ball and work hard whomever you are. The result has been 10 fouls and 2 yellows, which has taken the shine off of a very positive start at WBA.
While his work off the ball needs improvement, with the ball he has had 8 efforts and scored 1 goal so far. If you think Brighton are to be opposed, then Jayrod can be your cheap front-man filler.
Chris Wood – 6.21m Fantrax – 6.5m FPL
He is constantly improving, and his move from Leeds to the Premier League can help develop further. In 33 minutes against Tottenham, he provided 3 shots and an injury-time goal. I think he starts against a Palace side in trouble and will receive decent supply from his teammates. I’m very tempted to go with him this week.