FPL DGW25 Picks
In an ideal world, I would write this article with full knowledge of the DGW26 fixtures but, alas, the big wigs at Premier League Towers seem determined to force us FPL managers into making our decisions in the dark.
Accordingly, I will take a rather narrow view of the future in this week’s article.
FPL DGW25 Picks – BUY
Danny Ings (£8.5m / 14.5%)
His underlying stats may not make for great reading (although he is 3rd amongst all forwards for xA over the last four game weeks) but I still believe Danny Ings could be a great pick for DGW25.
Foremost, he is one of the few forwards who have a double game week. Southampton are playing Chelsea at home and Leeds away. Not the easiest fixtures, but beggars can’t be choosers and double game weeks offer twice as much opportunity for returns. Leeds’ defence is notoriously leaky so I would expect him to get some joy there, if not at Chelsea.
With a goal and 2 bonus points against Wolves’ tough defence in GW24, this could be a perfect time for Ings to enter a patch of form. I would probably fall short of giving Ings the armband, but I think he is a good pick for a free transfer and this is probably the move I will make myself this week.
Raphinha (£5.4m / 7.1%)
Form – tick! Fixtures – tick! Double game week – tick! What more is there to say about Raphinha? He has been in electric form of late and, for me, he is one of those players who passes the eye-test more than the underlying numbers would suggest.
As with Gundogan, it is wise to get players in when they are riding a wave of confidence. I was fortunate enough to bring Raphinha in with my WC1 in GW16 and have kept him ever since. I still can’t believe that his ownership is sub 8%. He is an ultimate differential.
Leeds play Wolves and Southampton, a mixed bag from a defensive point of view, but I find, with Leeds’ style of play, there is always the chance of a return no matter how well drilled the opposition is.
I will probably go for Bamford as my captain, but Raphinha will certainly be VC.
FPL DGW25 Picks -SELL
Michail Antonio (£6.6m / 15.3%)
I am not sure what is happening with Antonio’s injury but, if I were an owner I would be worried about his immediate future. Even if he is fit to play, there seems to be an air of inevitability of him getting crocked again.
Even if this is not the case, West Ham’s fixtures are about to turn ugly. West Ham are one of the few teams who won’t double in the coming game weeks and will play (TOT, mci, LEE, mun) in the next four games.
Bukayo Saka (£5.3m / 8.9%)
Arsenal are another team with a tough run of fixtures (MCI, lei, bur, TOT) and are also not due a double in the coming game weeks.
Despite an assist in his last 3 games, Saka’s numbers haven’t been up to much and there are currently better options in his price range.
FPL DGW25 Picks -KEEP
Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m / 32.2%)
Owners and captainers of Gundogan were both well rewarded and unfortunate in DGW24. After a big haul versus Tottenham, owners were hoping for more of the same against Everton. Unfortunately, a groin tweak forced the German midfielder to ask to be substituted as a precaution. The extent of the problem seemed to be enough to prevent him from travelling to Merseyside, but all the comments are pointing to a return against Arsenal.
“He is much, much better, better,” said Pep. “It is not a big issue, but to avoid risk today, we have given him a few more days to recover, but for Arsenal and Borussia Monchengladbach he should be ready.”
Ben Mee (£5.1m / 6.9%)
Likewise, owners of Ben Mee were unlucky for him not to feature in the 2nd game of the DGW against Fulham. What looked like a horrendous injury at the time appears not to have had any lasting effects.
In accordance with concussion protocol, Mee was unable to play against Fulham but should be in contention for Burnley’s home match against West Brom on Saturday. If he is fit, there is a high probability of him getting a clean sheet there.
“He’s fine, but we still have to follow the protocols, the medical protocols, so he won’t be available,” said Dyche. “He’s fine in himself, but we understand why they (the protocols) are there to safeguard the players.”
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