Having low-priced players in your FPL team is essential to free up cash for the big guns AND the right low-priced players actually do make a key difference in your overall performance in the season.
It is not simply about picking a 4.0 DF and keeping up parked at the third bench spot for the rest of the season. There would be unforeseen circumstances that necessitate the use of this substitute and furthermore, team value matters. Having a 4.0 player whose value will rise over the course of the season will raise the value of your team and free up some cash for other players. Take Wolves’ Raul Jimenez last term – his value rose by 1.0 over a season, benefiting all managers who put faith in the Meixcan.
We take a look at some of the popular (in terms of TSB) low-priced players and predict if they would do well in the season to come.
GK – There are five goalkeepers priced at 4.0 and two of them are already out on loan outside the Premier League – Woodman (NEW) and Norris (WOL). There is strong interest on Button (BHA), owned by 25.1% of all the managers. Button started a few games last season with Matthew Ryan was away for international duty but judging by the pre-season, he is likely to be second fiddle again. Stekelenburg (EVE) is owned by 7.3% but also has no chance of usurping Jordan Pickford.
DF– 14 defenders are available at the rock bottom price of 4.0 and only Navarro (WOL) is a dud has he is on loan to the La Liga. There is very strong interest in Kelly (CRY) at 25.1% – a smart guess is that managers believe that he would replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right back. However, pre-season seems to suggest that Joel Ward is the club’s first choice and Kelly is likely to be third of fourth choice center-back. However, with injuries and new signing Gary Cahill still unfit, Kelly may get a few games in the first 5 GWs.
Lundstram (SHU) is an interesting pick as he has started some games (as a midfielder!) and may make appearances for the Blades.
Hanley (NOR) is the club captain at the Canaries but has been limited to just 9 league appearances last term. However, regular center-back Zimmerman is out with a knee injury so Hanley may get a look-in at the early stages of the season.
MF – The base price of a midfielder is 4.5 and there are 39 players (5 duds) to choose from at this price. Overwhelmingly popular is Dendoncker (WOL), at 13.6%. Interestingly, Wolves’ competitive campaign had already started in the Europa League and Dendoncker has played 180mins of both their qualifiers so far. He stands a good chance of starting again on GW01 so he is almost a must-have, even though he plays deep.
Another likely starter from this pool is Romeu (SOU). The Spanish played 31 games for the club last term, 4 of which as the captain. He is not likely to score or assist by has a good chance of scoring those 2 (or 3) pts for you weekly.
In a similar category is Stephens (BHA).
FWD – Like midfielders, the base price is 4.5 and there are 8 players (including 2 duds) to choose from. An honest assessment is that there is almost no value to pick anyone from this pot. Greenwood (MUN) sounds like a sexy pick but he is not likely to be rushed into first team action soon. The same can be said of Brewster (LIV), who is probably fifth or sixth in the club’s pecking order.
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