Friday Free Agents: Gameweek 12

Each week you should be scanning the free agent market in your mini league looking for value pick ups that other managers have missed. These players won’t cost you your place in the Waiver Queue but can provide the extra few points you need on a short term basis. Here we give a full lineup of potential free agent players for Gameweek 12.

< You can learn more about this transfer tactic (called “streaming”) in our article FPL Draft Transfer Tactics: Streaming. >

Gameweek 11 could have been one of the best weeks so far for this column if it was not for Spurs keeper Michel Vorm unexpectedly missing out through injury (his replacement Gazzaniga earned 9pts) and the ill discipline of our selected defenders. Both West Brom’s Nyom and Swansea’s Federico Fernández received yellow cards but the biggest loss on the day came from Huddersfield Town’s Christopher Schindler, whose team picked up a clean sheet as we predicted but the German got sent off leaving him with a score of -2 instead of a potential 6 Points. That’s an 8 Point swing! Let’s hope that’s our bad luck out of the way and we can get back to the solid scores of earlier in the season.

GOALKEEPER: Asmir Begovic, 34.1% owned, AFC Bournemouth Vs Huddersfield Town.

The Cherries kept a clean sheet last time out and have only conceded 3 goals in their last 5 Premier League fixtures, a statistic made all the more impressive when you consider that they have faced reigning Champions Chelsea and an away test against Tottenham in that spell. Opponents Huddersfield have failed to score in 5 consecutive away games.

 

DEFENDERS: Charlie Daniels, 32.2% owned, AFC Bournemouth Vs Huddersfield Town.

Daniels has been something of a Fantasy Football revelation over the previous 2 seasons and while he hasn’t quite hit the same heights this term he still averages over 3PPG. Bournemouth will be looking for a win against low scoring Huddersfield this week.

Ben Mee, 14.8% owned, Burnley Vs Swansea City.

Mee has stepped out of the Michael Keane shaped shadows this season and has put in some impressive performances at the heart of Sean Dyche’s well drilled defence. He averages over 5 PPG on the Official FPL game since Gameweek 4 and has picked up 5 Bonus Points in the last 2 fixtures, which is what gives him the nod over fellow Burnley defensive options Stephen Ward, James Tarkowski and Matt Lowton.

Mamadou Sakho, 1.2% owned, Crystal Palace Vs Everton.

This weeks game is a crucial one at the bottom of the table with an as yet disappointing Everton side in town still looking for a permanent manager some 3 weeks after sacking Ronald Koeman. The Toffee’s have scored just one goal in their last 4 Premier League away matches and only 4 times in 9 away games in all competitions this season.

Alberto Moreno, 17.9% owned, Liverpool Vs Southampton.

Never thought I’d see the day Alberto Moreno would be in a list of recommended players but his upturn in fortunes has been undeniable. With midfielder James Milner being preferred at left back last season and the summer arrival of Andrew Robertson from Hull City an exit from Anfield looked likely for Moreno this summer but to the full backs great credit he has fought his way back into the first team picture. For all the talk of Liverpool’s dodgy defence the Reds have only conceded 1 goal in 5 home games this campaign.

Shane Duffy, 2% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Stoke City.

Brighton have been competitive in every game this season and are sitting in 8th place. Duffy has started every match for the Seagulls and has helped them to a pair of clean sheets in their last 3 outings, earning a single Bonus Point in each of those 2 shutouts.

 

MIDFIELDERS: Andrew Surman, 1.5% owned, AFC Bournemouth Vs Huddersfield Town.

Surman has quietly amassed 39 Points this season making him the 21st highest scoring midfielder on the Official site. He assisted the winning goal in GW11 by swinging in the corner that was headed home by defender Steve Cook. Another quietly efficient haul is on the cards at home to newly promoted Huddersfield this weekend.

Anthony Knockaert, 6.4% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Stoke City.

Last season’s Championship player of the year Knockaert has recently been somewhat discarded by fantasy managers in favour of teammate Pascal Groß. With hipster choice Groß likely to be owned in Draft Leagues go against the grain and pick up Knockaert who has started to fulfil his promise with 22 total pts, 1 goal, 1 assist and 5 Bonus Points in the last 4 matches.

Shaqiri, 18.8% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Stoke City.

Former boy wonder Shaqiri is perhaps showing his best form since joining the Potters. Only Christian Eriksen created more chances in the European section of World Cup Qualifying than the diminutive Swiss maestro and it is no surprise that his consistent performances have coincided with an upturn in fitness. He has started 10/11 League games this season which is his best record over any 11 match spell since joining Stoke in 2015. Over his last 7 appearances he has scored 2 goals, registered 4 assists, 5 Bonus Points and averaged 5.7 PPG.

 

FORWARDS: Mame Biram Diouf, 14.9% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Stoke City.

Like Shaqiri, Diouf has also started 10/11 games this season and he has been a consistent performer at 3rd Forward in Draft Leagues. Despite starting most matches on the right of midfield for Stoke he has still managed a respectable 3 goals and 2 assists.

Glenn Murray, 12.6% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Stoke City.

It’s no surprise that Brighton have gained some decent results now Murray is back in the team following some injury trouble. The Forward was integral to the way the Seagull’s performed last season and contributed more to the team than just his 23 League goals. Incidentally the top 4 highest goalscorers from last year are all in this season’s Premier League. As well as Murray (23 goals), Burnley’s Chris Wood (27 goals for Leeds United), Swansea’s on loan star Tammy Abraham (23 goals on loan at Bristol City from Chelsea) and Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle (23 goals) have all made the step up this summer.

 

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