Wow. I don’t know where to start with the last game week. A record-breaking 44 goals, five red cards, and more injuries than I could count led to a roller coaster for FPL managers who either hit some of their highest highs, or lowest lowes if they transferred out Heung-Min Son. Wildcards have been triggered en mass as managers look to catch up and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been swapped for Kevin De Bruyne faster than you can blink.
Eventually, the scoring will level out but the mantra to always captian fantasy assets facing Fulham seems to have spread to all the promoted teams as West Brom and Leeds United are both leaking goals left and right. I’ll be following this new rule with Timo Werner getting the armband this week.
Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent. This article will also include players to offload, some due to injury or being dropped by their teams, and others due to performance.
Let’s look at this week’s schedule
Saturday 26 September
Brighton v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Everton
West Brom v Chelsea
Burnley v Southampton
Sunday 27 September
Sheffield United v Leeds
Spurs v Newcastle
Manchester City v Leicester
West Ham v Wolves
Monday 28 September
Fulham v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Arsenal
The 40 percent club is made up of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kevin De Bruyne as wildcards have destroyed the selection tiers in FPL. Mo Salah is also 37.6% selected so he’s on enough teams to not merit mentioning.
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent rostered at the time of writing):
Timo Werner (FWD Chelsea 9.5m, 35.8%): In two games, West Brom have allowed eight goals, good for worst in the league behind Fulham and Leeds United. While Werner hasn’t hit the back of the net yet for Chelsea, it isn’t for lack of trying as he has drawn two penalties so far this season. With Slaven Bilic and Kieren Gibbs suspended for the Baggies this weekend, that should only give Werner more space to operate as well. Kai Havertz beginning to find his footing will only help as well. I’m anticipating a minimum goal and assist from Werner this weekend.
Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):
Raúl Jiménez (FWD Wolverhampton 8.5m, 21.9%): I don’t like going back to back with recommendations this early in the season but Raul should not be ignored. He now has two goals in two games as Wolves are entering a good run of fixtures with West Ham, Fulham, Leeds, Newcastle, and Palace upcoming. Get Wolves cover in ASAP.
Adama Traoré (MID Wolverhampton 6.5%, 16.4%): See, Jimenez, Raul. With Wolves signing Nélson Semedo, Traore should return back to the front three sooner than later. While this could end the Daniel Pondence/ Pedro Neto show, it also brings a wonderful asset back into the fold in Traore. This is a guy who scored four and assisted nine goals in only 27 starts last year. That number can for sure rise this season especially since Semedo isn’t the attacking force that Matt Doherty was.
Wilfried Zaha (MID Crystal Palace 7.1m, 16.3%): Not sure if Zaha is playing for a January move or if he’s playing like this because he wants to stay at Palace and frankly it doesn’t matter. Zaha looks much more engaged than he did last season and that can only spell good for FPL managers and Palace fans alike. Zaha turning the clock back to the 2018 form that saw him score 10 an assist on five more goals makes him quite an appealing option at 7.1m.
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent rostered):
Richarlison (FWD Everton 8.0m, 11.4%): I thought hard about putting Son in this spot this week until I ran the numbers and saw that Richarlison has similar underlying stats even after Son’s stellar game versus Southampton. Richarlison doesn’t have a league goal on the season yet but it isn’t for lack of trying as he has taken 5+ shots per game in the first two fixtures for Everton. For what it’s worth, Richarlison has a higher xG (1.45 v 1.31) and xA (.37 v .32) than Son while also playing in a team that’s more likely to attack. While the positions may not line up and the best option may be both, downgrading a midfielder to add Richarlison to your front line makes sense.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):
Phil Foden (MID Manchester City 6.5m, 6.8%): The biggest concern with Foden was his playing time this season but if Gabriel Jesus is actually injured then Foden will either become a false nine for city moving forward, or he'll be locked into a wing spot as Raheem Sterling would be a false nine. That's good enough for me to add him to my squad especially considering that he has a low enough price tag that you can stomach some rotation.
Ruben Vinagre (DEF Wolverhampton 4.4m, 6.0%): Did you hold Vinarge in your beginning of the season draft? Well you're possibly about to be rewarded as Marcal is out injured and Vinarge has had a price drop so you can get him in now for this good Wolves run. Cleans on the cheap are always good.
Punty McPunterson: Matthew Cash (DEF Aston Villa 5.0m, .5%): Facing Fulham, Cash will be able to get forward at will swinging in crosses. Every attack went down his side versus Sheffield United and with better finishing, I’d expect him to get an attacking return this time around.