You have some major decisions to make this week regarding your Fantasy Premier League team – if you only have a few of your current squad who have league games scheduled for this week, what do you do? Play your wildcard? Use the Free Hit, if you still have it? Accept you’re in for a bad week and save your chips for the gameweeks ahead where some players will have two matches to play? There are no easy answers, but certainly you want to put out the best team you can at the weekend, so here are five suggestions for the best players to choose from the few available this week, courtesy of our friends at Armchair Fancast - the weekly podcast discussing all the latest happenings from the Premier League. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and follow them on Twitter here!
- Asmir Begovic (BOU, £4.5): It might seem a strange thing to say given that Bournemouth have not kept a clean sheet in five games (and conceded 4 goals to both Huddersfield and Spurs during that time), surely the goalkeeper with the best chance of a shut-out this weekend is Begovic. Granted, this is largely because his team are at home against doomed West Brom – a side that has lost its last three away games to zero and is on a six-game losing streak.
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV, £4.3): Liverpool’s young full-back had a torrid time at Old Trafford last week and was turned inside out by Rashford for that spectacular first goal – but Watford are no Manchester United. Expect Klopp to demand that his team plays with much more width against the Hornets, which should allow Alexander-Arnold the opportunity to run riot down the right wing. Offensive and defensive points are a strong possibility for this young man who will be eager to make a statement after last week’s events.
- Wilfried Zaha (CRY, £6.8): The best predictor this season of whether Crystal Palace will play well is a very simple one: is Zaha fit? Without him the Eagles had that historic losing streak at the start of the season, while his latest injury spell has seen them lose three in a row and drop into the relegation zone. Luckily the Ivorian winger managed 45 minutes against Chelsea last week and will probably manage plenty more this week. Not a moment too soon for Roy Hodgson, because Zaha is without doubt his team’s principal creative spark.
- Mohamed Salah (LIV, £10.6): We’ve avoided mentioning Salah for much of the season because he is such an obvious pick, but in a week like this one it would be almost criminal not to include him. 24 goals already and 10 assists, plus over 50 points more than any other player in this year’s FPL – those are genuinely breath-taking stats, especially for a debut season. And if that’s not enough for you, guess who he was facing when he scored his first goal and first assist? That’s right, it’s this week’s opponents Watford, on the very first day of the season. Captain this man immediately.
- Cenk Tosun (EVE, £7.0): Everton’s new boy was firing blanks for his first six league games after signing in January, but that’s all changed over the past fortnight. A goal against each of Burnley and Brighton, plus 5 bonus points from a possible 6, should have raised plenty of FPL managers’ eyebrows – but interestingly Tosun is still owned by less than 2% of your rivals, so why not be one of the first to jump on the bandwagon?
Author: Dave Bradshaw