FPL Budget Players
With the season days away, many FPL managers (like myself) are finalising their GW01 squads, making multiple changes and having sleepless nights.
Here we focus on Budget Players, players whose prices are the lowest for their positions. We will try to find if there are any of them worth the pick. On that note, we reckon that the next season would not be as free-flowing as before – do read up on our FPL Corona Chip strategy.
FPL Budget Players (Goalkeepers)
8 goalkeepers are priced at 4.0 and none of them are current first choice at their teams.
Nyland (AVL) – With Heaton out until October, Nyland is in line to start at least two games for Villa (vSHU | @FUL). Villa are not the best defensive side, conceding 67 goals last season (2nd worst) but there is some chance that they may end up with 1 clean sheet in the first two games. If you want budget GK to compliment your regular number one, Nyland offers the best bet.
Fabri (FUL) – There is some chat that Fabri may be Fulham’s first choice GK for the season. Fabri had just returned from a loan spell in Turkey and was not involved in Fulham’s single pre-season match to date. Rodak is most likely to be Fulham’s first choice on GW01 but Fabri may replace in the youngster sometime during the season, should results not go their way.
FPL Budget Players (Defenders)
18 defenders are priced at 4.0.
Douglas (LEE) – The left-back is already picked by 16% of FPL managers and there is justification why. He impressed in the Championship last season and has been actively involved in the pre-season. Even if he does not start from GW01, he will no doubt make some appearances as the season progresses. In our opinion, Douglas can turn out to be the differential player this season. Definitely worth a look even though Leeds has a tough start to the season.
Branthwaite (EVE) – The young Everton defender started the last few games of last season for Everton and has been involved in some of their pre-season friendlies. Keane is definitely a starter for Everton but it remains to be seen (for sure) who will partner him for the Toffees. Definitely worth a selection, Everton has winnable games from GW02-GW04 before a Merseyside Derby on GW05.
Neco Williams (LIV) – The Liverpool right-back would be TAA’s understudy this season. Not likely to start but worth a look if TAA is injured or suspended as Liverpool do not have any other recognizable right-back (other than Milner of course)
FPL Budget Players (Midfielders)
31 midfielders start the season at 4.5. However, there do not appear to be many good options here.
Reed (FUL) – Reed is Fulham’s new signing so it will be interesting to see how he will fit into Scott Parker’s team. Worth a shortlist but probable too wasteful a pick from the start.
Burke (WBA) – Burke joined WBA at 20 years of age and was touted as one of the most exciting youngsters then but his stock has fallen drastically since. He is now back with the WBA squad after 2 loan spells away. Unlikely to be a starter but he has the talent so may be used as a substitute from time to time.
Stephens (BHA) – Stephens started 28 games for Brighton last season but just isn’t the type of player to contribute actively to goal scoring. Worth a pick if you want a 4.5 midfielder that is likely to get game time.
FPL Budget Players (Forwards)
Only 4 forwards are priced at 4.5
Davis (AVL) – Davis is already owned by ~15% of FPL managers. He started 4 games for Villa last season and made a total of 18 appearances. Villa’s first choice forward Wesley still look some way from full fitness but Samatta is likely to deputise and Davis just behind in that order (until the point they sign someone else). Unless circumstance dictate that you can only have a 4.5 forward, it makes little sense to pick Davis, who has never scored in the Premier League.
Brewster (LIV) – The Liverpool forward is attracting interest from other Premier League sides for a loan move so it is worth monitoring. Should he remain a Liverpool player, it is not likely that he would be able to break into the first XI soon. Brewster appears to be at least 6th or 7th choice in the pecking order with the Reds. With the transfer window closing in October, he should definitely be on the radar – if he ends up with a club like Newcastle or WBA on loan, he would be a steal at his price point.
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