GW-21 kicks off on January 12, overlapping with AfCON and AFC (continental tournaments for national teams in Africa and Asia respectively). As we’ve warned here at NMA over the festive season, FPL managers face player losses to these tournaments. Asia: Jan 12-25, Africa: Jan 13-Feb 11.
And on top of that turbulence, the January transfer window is now wide open — Not only can new stars come in to vie for our attention, but even more of your roster may be sucked out to the cold, hard vacuum of deep space (oder vielleicht die Bundesliga, which may as well be).
So here are some picks that could get you ahead of your rivals.
Alfie Doughty (£4.4m, BUR vs LUT)
Doughty has racked up an awesome 33 points in five matches, quite something for a Luton player. He has been doing well both at the back and going forward, with five assists and a goal this season – pretty impressive, right? The real kicker is that Luton is up against another team in the relegation boat, a showdown between the 18th and 19th on the table.
Mario Lemina (£4.9m, BHA vs WOL)
Without Hwang Hee Chan, Lemina is worth considering – but at just a 0.1% ownership, clearly not many are. He has racked up 18 points in his last two games and sits at 3rd in expected goals (xG) in the Wolves squad. Brighton’s defense has been shaky lately, and Lemina, with his aggressive play, could exploit that. This looks like a perfect match for him, in my opinion.
Richarlison (£6.8m, TOT vs MUN)
Richarlison has been on fire since GW-16, and the stats back it up. While facing Man United might seem tough, if the Tricky Trees could net three, then why not Spurs? And with Son away on international duty, Richarlison becomes the go-to guy, receiving all opportunities – and we know what that means for us as FPL managers. Caveat: Tottenham just borrowed forward Timo Werner for the remainder of the season.
Diogo Jota (£7.7m, BOU vs LIV)
While Jota’s playing time has been limited this season due to injury, his recent form as a substitute is outstanding – with just 32 minutes of play in two games, he tallied two assists plus a goal. With Salah away on international duty, Jota should get more starting opportunities, especially after his impressive recent performances. The upcoming match against Bournemouth adds to the potential.
Elijah Adebayo (£4.8m, BUR vs LUT)
I’ve been eyeing Adebayo for about three weeks, but I still haven’t taken the plunge to add him to my squad. In my view, he’s delivering way more than his price suggests, posing a massive threat at goal and constantly giving defenders a hard time. The Burnley game, in particular, makes him a tempting pick for me.
Are these guys on your radar for GW-21? Any other sneaky picks crossing your mind? Please log in and spill your thoughts in the comments!