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Fantasy Premier League returns this weekend after the international break, and an excess of injuries and difficult matches make Gameweek 9 difficult to navigate.
Those with a wild card still up for grabs will be grateful for the opportunity to replace some missing high-profile players, but the selection will remain a headache.
With players like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Ben Chilwell and Matt Doherty likely to miss this week, great defensive scorers are a rare commodity.
Mo Salah is Covid-19 positive, and Raheem Sterling has a calf injury, which puts question marks on some important midfield options.
Add to the mix hard-to-call matches such as Spurs hosting Manchester City, Leicester traveling to Liverpool, plus tough days for Arsenal and Chelsea, and you end up with something of a minefield.
But we’re all in the same boat, so let’s take a look at some of the key options.
Capitán – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa – 7.5m
Grealish may not be elite in terms of price, but it certainly is when it comes to one-off earnings. The midfielder has already scored 60 points this season thanks to four goals, six assists and four clean sheets in eight games, including 21 points in his last two outings.
Much of Villa’s play passes through Grealish on the left, and with him dominating set pieces, he’s never far from the action.
The Villa Surprise Package entertains Brighton this weekend, but there is great value in choosing Grealish looking at the medium term as well. West Ham, Newcastle, Wolves, Burnley, West Brom and Palace matches bring them to Boxing Day, and a few sizable casts from the cult hero would make the perfect holiday treat.
Alternative: Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United – 10.6 m
While Manchester United flatters to cheat, a reliable fixture at Old Trafford this season has been Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese has had scoring results in 50 percent of games and a home game this weekend against West Brom should have the Red Devils licking their lips.
The best player in the FPL when it comes to creativity index, Fernandes has five goals and three assists in eight games and would like me to add to that against a West Brom team without a win and averaging more than two goals. awarded per game. that term.
Bold choice: Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa – 6.1 m
Yes, we stayed with Villa, but there is certainly value there against a Brighton team that has babbled to say the least this season. Watkins has played every minute this season and has had three great scoring returns in four of his eight games. His 47 points place him sixth among forwards, and with just 7.3 percent of players owning him, there is also a neat spread option.
One to get: Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton – 7.8m
After scoring seven goals in its first five games, DCL was owned by FPL and still owns 57.2 percent.
With a goal in his last three, you might be forgiven for thinking the bubble has burst a bit.
However, those three games have coincided with Richarlison’s suspension, and with the return of the Brazilian, Carlo Ancelotti will be able to employ his favorite 4-3-3 formation, the setup that saw many opportunities created in the early part of the season.
Pair this with matches against Fulham, Leeds and Burnley in the next three weeks and the potential for some decent shots is certainly there.
Uno a evitar: Son Heung-Min – Spurs – 9.6 m
That’s right, we’re avoiding the second highest scorer in the game.
With 74 points from eight goals and a pair of assists this season, Son is the most owned player in the game with about 3 out of 5 using his services.
Dig into the numbers though, and that tally is backed up by four double-digit sets, including a monster 24 against Southampton.
Half of their matches have thrown nothing in terms of goals or assists, including the last two.
With a roster of matches from Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester in their next half dozen games, now might be the time to go against the grain and find a differential.
Bargain buy: Aaron Cresswell – West Ham – 5.1 million
With the aforementioned defensive woes when it comes to important defenders right now, West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell offers a solid option at the rear.
It is 2 million less than Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, 0.9 cheaper than Ben Chilwell and 0.7 less than Matt Doherty; however, only the Chelsea player surpasses him this season.
Statistically the most creative defender in FPL, Cresswell has three assists and three clean sheets to his name plus 38 decent points overall.
Sheffield United this week should offer an opportunity to improve that.
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