Written by Jønathan Kahn. You can catch him on twitter @jkisthe1. Kahn has ranked as high as 105th on the All-Time FPL Manager list!
Whether you are taking advantage of the unlimited transfers for the Premier League restart or looking to Free Hit to revert back to your old team most of us are targeting this week in a big way with it being the last Double Gameweek of the season and several popular sides having favourable fixtures. But who are the players that are low owned who could hand you the early advantage?
Aymeric Laporte (MCI) – Price, 6.3m – Ownership 2.5%
Whilst many are looking at a City attacking treble up or taking Ederson, the Frenchman could be one to turn to. He delivered in a big way in City’s last DGW and sits in just 2.5% of teams (and I’d wager many of those are dead teams). There are possibly doubts about his minutes but he’s comfortably City’s best defender and a big key to their attack (see my piece on Fantasy Football Scout or the twitter account of AbuBakar Siddiq (@BigManBakar) for more on that). He’s a bit pricey for a defender but in comparison to most City assets, he’s very cheap and has a higher points ceiling than Ederson.
Marcos Alonso (CHE) – Price £6.2m – Ownership 4%
Fun Fact, Marcos Alonso has only blanked once when he’s started and that was against Liverpool. The Chelsea left-back has a share of free-kicks and is a threat even from open play who already has four goals this season. A fixture against Aston Villa offers ample opportunity for points and Alonso has 30 from his last three games. The only question mark against would be Reece James, but he’s only just returned to training which could open the door for Alonso
Hector Bellerin (ARS) – Price £5.5M – Ownership 1.3%
The pony-tailed Arsenal man made his return just before the shutdown and marked his first start with a goal, scoring 22 points in his first three starts. He still faces competition assuming Cedric is fit but he should see minutes in both fixtures and with both opponents being weak on their left-hand sides he could see some joy. Of course, the downside is, well it’s the Arsenal defense, but let’s not talk about that
John McGinn (AVL) – Price £5.4m – Ownership 2.9%
So much of the attacking burden for Aston Villa fell on Jack Grealish in the latter stages of the season leading up to the shutdown, but not anymore. The Scotsman is back just in time to help out. He went off the boil a little towards the end but he still has three goals and two assists meaning only Grealish and Anwar El Ghazi (of the available players) have scored more for Villa this season. Once again his ownership looks mostly down to dead teams so McGinn could be a nice route to shoot up the standings.
Buayako Saka (ARS) – Price £4.7m – Ownership 5%
The Arsenal youngster had been in and out of the team all season but had featured in the3 final few games, albeit at left-back. With Keiran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac fit he won’t be required there. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t required. In the friendlies, he’s played both on the wing and as part of a midfield three. He remains a top talent and with his contract running out and other clubs circling Arsenal need to give minutes to convince him to stay. If he gets minutes there’s a good chance he gets points and ultimately he’s even cheap enough to leave on the bench.
Leroy Sane (MCI) – Price £9.3m – Ownership 0.3%
If it’s a wildcard pick you seek then look no further. Having missed the entire season to date due to injury the German is back fit and ready for the restart. He faces stiff competition but he is City’s only natural left winger and with ten goals in each of his two seasons prior (with 15 and 12 assists respectively) he has end product and he allows Raheem Sterling to move to his more favoured right-wing. Now that may improve Sterling but firstly we’re talking differentials and Sterling isn’t and Sane is £2.5m cheaper. It’s a huge gamble for anyone to take with so many other City options around but sometimes the bold are rewarded.
Eddie Nketiah (ARS) – Price £4.4m – Ownership 1.4%
The youngster returned early from a loan spell at Leeds and started all of Arsenal’s last three before shutdown and grabbed himself. He faces competition from Alex Lacazette so many not play 180 minutes across the two games but he should see plenty of minutes and if he manages to start the second game rather than the first, then he could fire. Like Saka, he’s cheap enough to sit on the bench
Mbwana Samatta (AVL) – Price £5.8m – Ownership 0.5%
If you want a forward who is guaranteed to play 180 minutes then this is your man. With Wesley still injured the Tanzanian is Villa’s only senior striker. He only has one goal so far but with McGinn back maybe he’ll get more service and he’s cheap allowing big spends elsewhere.
Marcus Rashford (MNU) – Price £8.8m – Ownership 11.1%
I’ve cheated a bit here given he’s over 10% owned but if you take away those dad teams it’s well below 10%. You may also think it’s a tough fixture and you might be right but Rashford has Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba to supply him, has 14 goals this season, looked fantastic in United’s last warm-up game and has a fantastic record in big games this season with goals against Liverpool (1), Man City (1), Leicester (1), Chelsea (2) and Tottenham (2) so fixtures don’t seem to affect him. He looks to have lost penalties which is a negative but Rashford could be primed for a strong finish.