Midweek madness is the theme of GW14. Tuesday offers one premium match with Manchester United at red-hot Watford, while Wednesday should have a few goal-heavy affairs; Arsenal vs. Huddersfield Town, Chelsea vs. Swansea, Manchester City vs. Southampton, Stoke vs. Liverpool. FPL managers need to pay close attention to the latest news updates, as squad rotation could complicate things with injury reports coming out over the next 24 hours. Feel free to contact me on Twitter with any questions and note the injury list below...
Arsenal: Mesut Ozil (Out)
Bournemouth: Junior Stanislas (GTD)
Chelsea: Victor Moses (Should Start)
Huddersfield: Rajiv Van la Parra (Suspended)
Watford: Miguel Britos (GTD)
Before we get down to business, here’s what you need to know to maximize my advice. This column is reserved for weekly free agent adds for Togga draft leagues and features only players owned in less than 50 percent of all leagues. Players who make each column will be classified as a streaming option, (a one-week add), long-term add (worth holding for a specific duration of matches) or a must-add (should be owned in all leagues).
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Heurelho Gomes, Watford (32 percent): Gomes is coming off successive clean sheets against West Ham and Newcastle. While a third straight clean sheet will be a tough ask against Manchester United, the Brazilian should face a big enough workload to score well should he concede. Gomes is averaging 3.17 saves per match since GW8 and has three fantasy scores of eight or more points in that span. Plus, looking down the line, Watford’s schedule from GW16 through GW21 features just one club currently inside the top half of the table. He’s the goalkeeper to add this week.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool (8 percent): Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp will likely hand Alexander-Arnold a start in GW14 to afford Joe Gomez rest after the quick turnaround. The 19-year-old has been a reliable option across his four league starts this season, averaging 2.5 key passes and 1.3 crosses, with fantasy scores better than 15 points in his last two. In those two—which came against Brighton and Southampton, he totaled eight scoring chances, four successful dribbles and three successful tackles. If Alexander-Arnold starts, he’s a streaming consideration for leagues with 10 or more teams. On that note, also consider Chelsea's Andreas Christensen (28 percent) against Swansea City.
Arthur Masuaku, West Ham (5 percent): Masuaku was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI for David Moyes’ home debut, but the DR Congo international validated his selection with a fine performance. Throughout the match he was a constant source of offense from left midfield, starting a number of attacks and making a handful of very good runs down the channel into the final third. The play went through him late on when the Hammers pressed for another goal, which helped him finish with eight crosses and a match-high eight successful take-ons. If Moyes deems Masuaku as a solution on the wing for West Ham, the 24-year-old would have long-term FPL value given his classification as a defender. He has streaming value for 12-team leagues against an Everton side that has been exploited by wingers and conceded a league-worst 28 goals this season.
Marvin Zeegelaar, Watford (17 percent): Like Masuaku, there is value in adding Zeegelaar because he is listed as a defender but plays in an advanced wingback role. The summer signing from Sporting Lisbon is averaging 2.5 key passes and 2.5 dribbles in two starts since his debut for Watford. In that span, he’s won seven tackles to go with an assist from seven key passes and seven crosses. While regression is inevitable, it’s worth noting he is currently averaging as many key passes per game as Ben Davies (2.5) and more successful dribbles than Ashley Young (1.8). The smart move is add him this week and see how he performs against Manchester United (GW14) and Tottenham (GW15).
Andy Surman, Bournemouth (18 percent): With a goal and two assists in his last five matches, Surman is a consideration against a Burnley side that is allowing a league-high 17.9 shots per game this season. The midfielder is Bournemouth’s second top goalscorer (2) and assist getter (2) through 12 matches, and is averaging 9.10 fantasy points per match since GW9. He’s a safe fifth midfielder in 12-team leagues for GW14.
Alex Iwobi, Arsenal (29 percent): Arsenal will be without Mesut Ozil because of illness for Wednesday’s visit from Huddersfield Town. Iwobi did not do much starting in place of Ozil against Burnley at the weekend, but I like his chances of producing a better return given the matchup. Huddersfield have conceded a league-high nine goals in their last three away matches, while the Nigeria international has a goal from five shots on target and six key passes across five starts. If Iwobi starts, he's the top readily available boom-or-bust midfielder.
Charlie Austin, Southampton (11 percent): Austin torched Everton's defense with calculated runs and razor-sharp finishing on Sunday as the Englishman scored a second-half brace on his first start of the season. I know. Austin is a few seasons removed from his 18-goal campaign for QPR. However, before you pass judgment, consider the follow statistics. The 28-year-old has now scored three goals at a rate of one per every 73 minutes, on average, this season and nine in his last 11 Premier League starts. Austin has also scored more goals than any other Southampton player since the start of the 2016/17 campaign, with nine goals in 1,157 of a possible 4,590 minutes of league action. The former Championship standout should be your top target this week.
GK: Ben Foster vs. NEW ($4,500)
DEF: Marvin Zeegelaar vs. MUN ($3,500)
DEF: Ahmed Hegazi vs. NEW ($6,500)
MID: Will Hughes vs. MUN ($5,000)
MID: Pascal Gross vs. CRY ($8,500)
MID: Wifried Zaha @ BHA ($8,500)
FWD: Harry Kane @ LEI ($11,500)
FWD: Romelu Lukaku @ WAT ($11,500)
GK: Asmir Begovic vs. BRN ($5,500)
DEF: Arthur Masuaku @ EVE ($4,000)
DEF: Aaron Cresswell @ EVE ($5,000)
MID: Gylfi Sigurdsson vs. WHU ($7,000)
MID: Sadio Mane @ STK ($8,000)
MID: Eden Hazard vs. SWA ($10,500)
FWD: Alexandre Lacazette vs. HUD ($9,00)
FWD: Alvaro Morata vs. SWA ($11,000)