The international break is finally over — It’s time to forget about national teams and focus on your fantasy squad for EPL GW-9.
If you went into the break carrying a red arrow, I know how horrible it is to have to look at that for an extra week without the ability to change it. Your chance has finally arrived: The chase for points and FPL bragging rights is about to kick off again.
Below are some players who could help you leapfrog your rivals; as usual, the TSB threshold is 10%.
Thomas Strakosha (£3.9m, BRE VS BUR)
How about a £3.9m goalkeeper? We haven’t had any viable £3.9m starting goalkeepers yet this season, but the news that Mark Flekken might still be recovering from appendicitis surgery means we may have one now.
Flekken’s absence would present a lovely chance for Strakosha and FPL managers, as Brentford doesn’t concede many goals and Burnley doesn’t score many. Just realize that this will be a short-term play that will only last until Flekken returns to fitness.
Hwang Hee-chan (£5.4m, BOU VS WOL)
HHC has five goals in eight games, and four in his last five. Wolves have three good fixtures coming up too.
Dejan Kulusevski (£7.0m, TOT VS FUL)
Tottenham’s attack may not be in top form, but they’ve still managed to pip Arsenal for the league lead based on total goals-scored. Looking ahead to GW-9 and GW-10, Spurs have favorable fixtures against Fulham & Crystal Palace, which makes them attractive options for FPL managers seeking to rotate into the league’s surprise top-of-table club. Kulusevski has racked up 31 points so far this season with three bonus points, which is excellent for only £7.0m and 2.3% selection.
Gabriel Martinelli (£7.7m, CHE VS ARS)
Wow! Out injured for a spell, his ownership cratered and it has been a little while since we’ve spoken about this guy. The Gunners attack was mostly running through Saka, but now Martinelli is fit and Saka is questionable. I think GW-9 is when Arsenal’s best finisher goes big in a big London derby against the Blues.
Pedro Neto (£5.7m, BOU VS WOL)
Neto hasn’t blanked in his last six games, making him one of the FPL’s fastest rising stars. Indeed he is rapidly approaching the threshold where he will no longer be a differential. As the .7 on his price suggests, his salary has been rising too, which means he has been punching above his weight — and that production has even come against “tough” opponents. With decent fixtures going forward, you cannot look past him without at least adding him to your watch-list (and wishing you had bought him six weeks ago!).
Are any of these players viable options for you? Who else should join this list? Please log in and comment below!