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EPL GW-17 FPL Player Picks (Friday Deadline!)

Two teams blank in GW-18 (Man City & Brentford), and AFCON starts soon!

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The packed football schedule caused problems in the last round of picks, the most stunning of which was Erling Haaland’s surprise no-show (foot) for Man City against Luton.

With the GW-17 FRIDAY deadline now looming on the horizon, let’s look at the best players to have in your FPL team for this week.

But in FPL with our limited free transfers, we must also keep a weather eye out to the horizon so we can begin to maneuver around trouble — Man City (Club World Cup) and Brentford blank in GW-18, and AFCON starts January 13th (GW-21’s deadline day), rendering many African players (including a certain Egyptian) AWOL for several game-weeks.


Goalkeeper

Ederson (£5.5m, MCI vs CPL)

He’s a good deal for a top goalie on a great team. He’s cheaper than most others and facing an inconsistent Palace.


Defenders

Trent Alexander Arnold (£8.2m, LIV vs MUN)

TAA’s recent positional shift has resulted in two goals plus two assists over the last four games, making him a solid fantasy asset. With responsibility for free kicks and corners, he adds valuable attacking potential.

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Vitalii Mykolenko (£4.6m, BUR vs EVE)

Having generated two or fewer points in only two of his last nine game-weeks, Mykolenko is a defender who is stacking up points. Everton has found rhythm, and Mykolenko is right in the heart of it all. Get him now before his price goes up even more.

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Pedro Porro ( £5.4m, NFO vs TOT)

With six assists plus four clean sheets, Porro is setting himself apart from other defenders this season. Playing against Forest, there’s plenty of opportunity for more.

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Marcos Senesi (£4.3m, BOU vs LUT)

The center-back has returned 29 points over the last two game-weeks, showing prowess on set pieces. Unbeaten in five with three clean sheets, Bournemouth’s next three matches are Luton, Forest, and Fulham.


Midfielders

Son Heung-min (£9.2m, NFO vs TOT)

Initially, Son played on the wing for Spurs against Newcastle, alongside Richarlison in a successful partnership. Now confirmed on penalties, he earned 17 points. He’s in good form for the trip to Forest, whose defense has conceded ten goals in four games. Unlike most of the other top-of-the-table teams, Spurs had no European tournament exertions, allowing them to rest up and focus all of their preparations toward the weekend.

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Willian (£5.3m, NEW vs FUL)

So Willian is killing it lately, sitting as the seventh most in-form player in the league, but shockingly, only 0.9% of managers own him. Fulham has been on a goal-scoring spree, notching at least three in each of the last five games, and Willian has cashed in a cool 30 points over that stretch. Sure, visiting Newcastle is a challenge, but the weary Magpies just crashed out of the Champions League when AC Milan beat them there. Fulham will look to exploit a tired and demoralized side. Caveat: Willian is a slight injury doubt and may not be risked.

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Mo Salah (£13.2m, LIV vs MUN)

You can’t hardly talk FPL without mentioning Salah. Liverpool hosts an inconsistent Man United this Sunday, and Salah has an excellent track record against the Red Devils, scoring 10 goals and providing four assists in their last seven Premier League meetings. With both teams attacking and conceding, and with Erling’s Haaland’s status in doubt (and Man City blanking in GW-18 too), Salah is a solid captain choice this week.

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Jack Grealish (£7.2m, MCI vs CRY)

Jack hasn’t hit last season’s form yet, but he bagged a goal in the last game. The Citizens have struggled lately, but they don’t stay down for long, and Pep will figure out the right recipe. With Haaland uncertain, it looks like Pep’s counting on guys like Grealish to chip in with the goals. Caveat: Man City blanks in GW-18.


Forwards

Dominic Solanke (£6.6m, BOU vs LUT)

The rush is on to buy Solanke: He is on fire lately with two goals in his last four games, and next he plays at home against Luton Town who can’t seem to keep a clean sheet. Solanke has been a beast, topping the charts for shots in the box and big chances in the last four game-weeks. Plus he’s nailed-on to play a full 90 minutes, and he’s the go-to guy for penalties.

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Matheus Cunha (£6.5m, WHU vs WOL)

Thirty-one points in five games is an impressive tally from the Brazilian. So far, more than 100,000 FPL managers have brought him in just for this game-week, lifting his ownership up to 5.1% from 3.2%. Hop on the Cunha train before ticket prices rise!


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