Champions League returns this week! And with it so does the need to hold your transfers until the end of the week. Mason Mount owners who made early transfers are holding their breath until pressers this week in order to see when he will be available again. With key teams to everyone’s FPL sides playing twice per week now, transfers during game weeks and Monday transfers should slow down leading to prices beginning to settle as well.
I’d also like to take a second to congratulate Daniel Farke and Norwich City on the most unlikely win of the weekend (and likely of the season). Manchester City didn’t respect the Norwich attack and the Canaries made them pay. Teemu Pukki has established himself as being fixture proof, Todd Cantwell is the budget midfielder to own and Emi Buendía is turning some heads of his own while already being a must own in draft leagues.
Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers breaking down the best option for each. The tiers will be broken down into 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent and will also include each week’s Punty McPunterson who is a player under five percent that I’m backing to score each week. This article will also include players to offload, some due to injury or being dropped by their teams, and others due to performance.
I would like to offer a few takeaways from last gameweek:
- Outside of Pierre-Emrerik Aubamayang, Arsenal players are only to be trusted in draft leagues
- Watford, and Gerrard Deloufeu will offer some value under Quique Sanchez Flores, we’re just unsure how much at this time
- Heung Min-Son is the must own Spurs attacker
- Owning one West Ham and Everton player in your team is likely a good idea, two of either team and you’re playing with fire
- The lawfirm of Fraser and Wilson is a-okay
- Aston Villa’s defense is legit and Sheffield United needs to figure out the attacking side of things sooner rather than later.
Let's look at this weekends fixtures. Please note that we have an early deadline on Friday.
Friday 20 September
Southampton v Bournemouth
Saturday 21 September
Leicester v Tottenham
Burnley v Norwich
Everton v Sheffield United
Manchester City v Watford
Newcastle v Brighton
Sunday 22 September
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton
West Ham v Manchester United
Arsenal v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Liverpool
Players to Offload:
Harry Kane (FWD Tottenham 11.0m): I'm not sure what's up with Kane this season. But watching him struggle to find the back of the net while the other premium forwards are bagging goals left and right means that you can't continue to hold Kane with the hope that he scores sooner or later. This week I transferred Kane out of my team in route to adding two players who will be mentioned later and I'll recommend that other managers do the same. Life without Kane is scary due to his explosive potential but we can worry about that when it happens.
The template is forming as Virgil Van Dijk, Raheem Sterling, Teemu Pukki and Mo Salah make up the group of players with over 40 percent ownership. Kevin De Bruyne is also closing in at 35.7 percent himself.
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent owned at the time of writing):
Lucas Digne this is the final chance rank: Everton's defense has flirted with being good this season but their performances also haven't been sustainable. But while they have struggled, Dinge still gets into good positions and they're also facing Sheffield United this weekend. The Blades are a team that will give Digne acres of space to operate in so he should pick up either a goal involvement, clean sheet or both!
Sergio Agüero (FWD Manchester City 12.1m 27.6%): Manchester City, Aguero included, laid an egg versus Norwich City and Aguero still bagged a goal. That's just how dangerous he is around the ball. Going into a game versus Watford rested thanks to Gabriel Jesus' start in Champions League, Aguero will be back to his usual tricks making him my odds on captaincy pick again this week.
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent):
Roberto Firmino (FWD Liverpool 9.5m, 12.4%): One half of the hit that I've taken this week it's the forgotten member of the Liverpool front three. While all the talk is about who to own out of Mane versus Salah, Firmino is keeping pace in his own right. Playing Chelsea won't be an easy fixture for Liverpool but it's not like the Blues are known for their defense. Cheap enough to own alongside Salah, Firmino will provide great value at his price to those willing to roll the dice.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent):
Richarlison (MID Everton 8.0m, 8.7%): There may not be a streakier player in the Premier League than Richarlison but he now has three goal involvements for Everton in his past two games. With 12 tackles on the season, Richarlison is also a good bet for bonus points when he scores because anything that doesn't come through Lucas Digne for the Toffees comes through Richarlison. Sheffield United doesn't have an answer for the Brazilian and the Toffees are almost unbeatable at home. Prepare to ride the Richarlison wave for a little longer.
Heung-Min Son (MID Tottenham 9.6m, 6.2%): The second half of my hit this week brings us to the Spurs attacker to own long term. I had to wait until after champions league to make this transfer so I couldn't add Son at 9.5 but I'm okay with the comfort of seeing Lucas Moura start in Europe. Son came in like a wrecking ball versus Crystal Palace and while Leicester is a step up from Palace, open games lead to Son goals.
Diego Rico (DEF Bournemouth 4.1m, 9.0%): I'm expecting Bournemouth to keep their 4-4-2 shape versus Southampton which would hopefully keep Diego Rico and Josh King linking up on the left side of the field. It caused a lot of damage and could give fantasy managers two 4.0m defenders to play with this season.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (DEF Arsenal 5.1m, 7.5%): I don't particularly like Arsenal defenders and Maitland-Niles isn't a great long term option due to the pending return of Hector Bellierin but AMN’s ball into the final third is what makes him appealing to fantasy managers. In a game that the Gunners can push forward in
Punty McPunterson: Emi Buendía (MID Norwich 6.0m 1.8%): Lost in Pukkimania is the fact that Buendia is second to Kevin De Bruyne in assists with four. Outside of Pukki Buendia has the most sustainable output of Norwich attackers due to being on set plays. I’m backing him for a goal and an assist versus the Clarets.