Is it time to retire the fantasy penalty league moniker? It seems like it unless a team is playing Manchester United. The shift in handball interpretation has slowed down the awarding of penalties leaving us with our standard number of pens in the last few weeks. This seems to be something to monitor moving forward but as of now, I don’t believe that there’s a need to include penalty takers into every spot possible in your FPL side.
Injuries and the torrid pace of Harry Kane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Heung-Min Son, and James Rodriguez have forced people into early wildcards but if you can hold off, a late wildcard can be a massive advantage. A fixture turn is coming for West Ham United (along with other teams), Injuries are coming thick and fast and we’re still waiting to see what teams are good. Along those lines, whenever possible SAVE YOUR TRANSFERS. Making moves with the slightest assurances from managers' press conferences will allow you to not wake up in a cold sweat hoping that your transfer in starts. Isn’t peace of mind worth possibly having .1 less in the bank? I like to think so.
Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the roster tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent rostered, 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
Friday 23 October
Aston Villa v Leeds United
Saturday 24 October
West Ham v Manchester City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Manchester United v Chelsea
Liverpool v Sheffield United
Sunday 25 October
Southampton v Everton
Wolves v Newcastle
Arsenal v Leicester
Monday 26 October
Brighton v West Brom
Burnley v Spurs
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent rostered at the time of writing):
Harry Kane (FWD Tottenham, 10.8m, 36.8%): It is impossible to mention Son without immediately following up with Harry Kane and that’s a double-up that has/ will continue to see massive points potential. Kane won’t break the assists record this year, but taking a secondary role as a creator has also led to him rediscovering his shooting boots. With seven assists, Kane has already hit his career-high for assists in a season with seven. Harry Kane is an elite finisher who wasn’t shooting as he did in his best years. His shots per game declined each year since his 30 goal season in 2017/18 where he averaged five. This fell to a paltry 2.8 shots last season. Now, Kane is back to five shots per game and the goals are returning as well. Small sample sizes still come into play, but this is a trend that I’m willing to back.
Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):
Emi Martínez (GK Aston Villa 4.8m, 24.6%): With all of the additions to Dean Smith’s side, Martinez may be one of the biggest. Three clean sheets in four games have seen Martinez’s salary rise by .3m this season. With upcoming fixtures against Leeds, Southampton, Arsenal, Brighton, West Ham, and Newcastle, Martinez will have a good shot at clean sheets and is worth the extra cash if you’re wildcarding.
Bruno Fernandes (MID Manchester United 10.5m, 21.8%):
Penandes seems to be finding his footing even if keepers are beginning to wise up to his run-up. Manchester United has had a rocky start to the season but Newcastle and PSG were just what the doctor ordered. With Anthony Martial back soon and Edison Cavani also coming into the mix, now seems like a good time to bring in Bruno if you didn't keep the faith at the beginning of the season. There's too much firepower for him not to be involved moving forward.
Timo Werner (FWD Chelsea 9.3m, 21.2%): Werner is a tough case. It was tough to keep the faith with options like Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin banging in the goals but Werner is the reason that I feel like I can go Kane-less until my wildcard. We finally saw Werner at forward and what a wonderful performance it was grabbing 16 points on the back of two goals and one assist. And this was without Hakim Ziyech flanking him and Christian Pulisic. Chelsea won't face a good defense until mid-December so loading up on their attack seems like a smart play.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):
Christian Pulisic (MID Chelsea 8.3m, 3.9%): Pulisic is finally back and now at a lower salary too! While there is a little rust to shake off, Pulisic and Werner will be a dynamic duo moving forward for Chelsea. I'll be looking to replace Riyad Mahrez with him.
Pascal Struijk (DEF Leeds United 4.0m, 2.1%): Did I hear 4.0m defender? Struijk is likely to replace the injured Kalvin Phillips in midfield for Leeds United and while he's no John Lundstram, an out of position defender is a valuable defender.
Punty McPunterson: Ademola Lookman (MID Fulham 5.0m, 0.3%): It's fantasy crush time. Lookman grades out close to Harvey Barnes for me and playing second fiddle to Alexander Mitrovic, Lookman should have a lot of opportunities. His ability to shoot off if the dribble will make Lookman a valuable mid-five during Fulham's soft fixture run.