NMA – EPL GW-13 FPL Player Picks

Liverpool brought Arsenal back to earth with a damaging 4-0 win that marked the thrilling Premier League action last weekend. Arsenal weren’t the only team to be brought back to earth, as top-flight West Ham were also beaten by Wolves. And of course Watford sealed the fate of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by beating Manchester United 4-1.

In FPL, GW-13 was another week that highlighted the importance of investing in its defense. Premium FPL TAA defenders Joao Cancelo, Reece James and Ben Chilwell all generously rewarded managers while top-of-the-line forwards Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang all left fantastic managers down.

This season, better value has been found by spending “big” on defenders and relying on budget-friendly attackers to produce the goods in advance at all times. This assertion is supported by the fact that two of the three main employees of the FPL are defenders.


Aaron Ramsdale (£ 4.8 million Arsenal against Newcastle)

Arsenal’s recent improvement in defense is in large part thanks to Ramsdale’s promotion to first-choice goalkeeper. Despite conceding four against Liverpool, Ramsdale kept the Gunners in the game for long stretches with many saves. The England international has also helped the Gunners clean five sheets in nine games.


Ederson Moraes (£ 6.0million City of man v West Ham)

Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson is behind Mendy and Alisson as the third most productive goalkeeper in the FPL this season. Ederson has helped Man City‘s backline rack up eight clean sheets in just twelve Premier League games. The next step for Man City is a West Ham side that failed to find the back of the net against Wolves last week.


João Cancelo (£ 6.6 City of man v West Ham)

Cancelo outside of the start pass to create City’s first goal for Raheem Sterling was a sight to behold. The attacking ability of the defender sometimes makes you forget that he is first and foremost a defender. One of my biggest FPL regrets so far is not having Joao Cancelo on my team. Cancelo has been nothing short of phenomenal this season. The left-back showed his versatility by helping the Citizens fill in the left-back when needed. He’s part of a Man City defense that has eight clean sheets in twelve games. Going forward, the Portugal international also has five assists to his name.


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Trent Alexander-Arnold (£ 7.8 Liverpool against Southampton)

Does anyone still think AAT is too expensive for a defender? I really hope not. He was the best joint GW-12 player alongside Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa (15). The England international helped the Reds separate Arsenal by providing assists for the first and fourth goals. His harvest of two assists and a clean sheet saw him take the lead with Man City’s Cancelo as the best defenseman in the FPL with 79 points.


Sergio Reguilon (£ 5.1 vs Tottenham)

Antonio Conte’s double rear wing formation makes Reguilon an attractive FPL option. Reguilon has scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Leeds and has an excellent streak to come. Spurs are set to face Burnley, Brentford and Norwich in the next three game weeks.


Reece james (£ 6.1 Chelsea against Man United)

Chelsea winger James is starting to claim his status as a must-have for FPL managers this season. In the last four weeks of the game, he teamed up with Ben Chilwell to produce an impressive 100 points total. Each provided an assist in Chelsea’s last game against Leicester. The competition between the full-backs is reminiscent of the healthy competition between Liverpool’s Arnold and Robertson two seasons ago, a race that pushed both to higher levels. Sadly, Chilwell suffered a serious knee injury last night which could see him miss the rest of the season, so between the two James is now the obvious choice.

Next up for the Blues is a home game against a Manchester United side not at all embarrassed by a 4-1 loss to Watford last weekend, but bolstered by the Champions League success under the keeper’s guidance Carrick midweek. If the Red Devils backline without a suspended Maguire produces the kind of appalling performance it did last time around, James has a good chance of adding to his goals and assists.

Plus, if you can predict who will start in Chilwell’s place, this man might be a good option as well. Chilwell’s natural assistant is Marcos Alonso, but last night Cesar Azpilicueta replaced him.


Shane duffy (£ 4.3 Brighton against Leeds)

Priced at just $ 4.4 million, Duffy is a budget advocate who has proven to be a wise investment this season. The center-back has appeared in eleven of Brighton’s twelve Premier League appearances this season. The back line of the Seagulls can also boast four clean sheets.


Maxwel cone (£ 6.1 Burnley against Tottenham)

Four goals in his last four Premier League games tell you everything you need to know about Cornet. The former Lyon winger has added something new to a Burnley front that previously relied on set pieces for goals. His cunning and ability to keep the ball made him an instant favorite with Clarets fans. Priced at just 6.1m, Cornet is an economical midfielder who could prove to be a profitable investment in the long run.


Emile Smith Rowe (£ 5.9 Arsenal against Newcastle)

Just 365 days ago Emile Smith Rowe was a member of Arsenal’s Under-21 squad, but within a year he has become one of the first names on Arsenal’s roster. The England international took his game even further by adding the only ingredient missing from his game: goals. Having recorded two goals and four assists in 20 appearances last season, the Hale-end graduate has already contributed four goals and two assists in the league this season.


Conor Gallagher (£ 6.0 Crystal Palace against Aston Villa)

FPL third midfielder Gallagher had three straight match weeks with at least one goal as he provided the assist for the Eagles’ second goal against Burnley. Priced at just 6.0, the Chelsea player has been one of the biggest reveal of the season. The Eagles are now welcoming an Aston Villa team still in a period of transition after appointing Steven Gerrard as their new manager.


Sadio Mané & Mo Salah (£ 12.0 & £ 13.0 Liverpool against Southampton)

What a great time to invest in Liverpool’s assets. Salah and Mane are the two highest paid FPL midfielders with 125 and 71 points respectively. Salah’s outrageous 125 points racked up in twelve match weeks shouldn’t make us think less of Mane’s numbers, as Salah is a monster in his own world.

Mane improved from par last season to score seven goals and two assists in just twelve Premier League games. Mane’s less than five percent stake is a clear indication of his undervaluation among FPL managers.

Salah rebounded from his mini goal drought to score Liverpool’s third goal against Arsenal. Salah was led by more than four million FPL managers in Week 12 of play, and he is also the most-owned FPL player with over 72%. Salah’s excellent record of seven goals in his last eight games against Southampton is good read for FPL managers looking to trust him again with the captain’s armband.


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Raul Jimenez (£ 7.8 Norwich vs. wolves)

Jimenez is slowly starting to show signs of returning to the form he was in before his unfortunate head injury against Arsenal last season. Jimenez overcame an early season swing in front of goal to register three goals and three assists in Wolves’ last six games. The next two friendlies against Norwich and Burnley also increase his attractiveness for buying. The Wolves forward is also the game’s fifth-highest scorer.


Jamie Vardy (£ 10.6 Leicester vs. Watford)

Although he hasn’t scored in the Foxes’ last four games, a favorable schedule keeps Vardy’s appeal for the coming game weeks. Leicester are set to face Watford, Southampton, Aston Villa and Newcastle. Watford are the only team to have kept their clean sheet this season. Despite this recent fruitless run in front of goal, Vardy is still ranked second with seven goals with Sadio Mane in the Premier League golden shoe race.


Christian Benteke (£ 6.3 Crystal Palace against Aston Villa)

Four goals in the Eagles’ last five games show you the form Benteke is currently enjoying. After enjoying a seven-game scoreless streak at the start of the season, the Belgian striker rebounded to help a rejuvenated Crystal Palace to two wins and three draws in their last five matches.

The statistics and information referenced in this article are from squawka.com, inews.co.uk and fantasy.premierleague.com.


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