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 25. The rules are that only one player per club can be selected at each position (Eg. Can’t name 4 Burnley defenders etc).
< You can learn more about this transfer tactic (called “streaming”) in our article FPL Draft Transfer Tactics: Streaming. >
Apologies for missing the previous 2 Gameweeks, due to outside circumstances I wasn’t able to dedicate enough time to the column (believe it or not it does take several hours!) and made the decision that I’d rather not put a piece out there at all than one that hadn’t been properly thought through. Huge thanks to FPL Robinson & @IPredictAPayet for keeping the site ticking over in my absence.
GOALKEEPER: Nick Pope, 16.6% owned, Newcastle United Vs Burnley.
With Tom Heaton back in training Pope’s fairytale will soon be coming to an end. With his fantastic points returns and low ownership levels I’m hoping that he keeps his place for one last Gameweek. With Manchester City coming up at the weekend now is the time to be looking around Free Agency for a Pope replacement.
DEFENDERS: 🚨 James Tarkowski, 14.4% owned, Newcastle United Vs Burnley. 🚨
Tarkowksi has had his fitness downgraded to “touch & go” by Sean Dyche for Wednesday’s fixture. The obvious alternative is fellow Clarets centre half Ben Mee, 21% owned.
Burnley will have had 11 days rest since their last match and their poor form has been blown out of all proportion. Despite being winless in 8 games five of those were against Top 6 opposition in Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United (twice). The other 3 matches were all away from home and in those the Clarets conceded a grand total of one goal.
Andreas Christensen, 14.1% owned, Chelsea Vs AFC Bournemouth.
Feel a bit uneasy about having Christensen in this column but his ownership stats are astoundingly low. He’s been a revelation this season and it’s hard to believe that managers haven’t picked him up throughout the year. Being denied clean sheet points in the last 2 Gameweeks only by some frustratingly timed injury substitutions (57’ & 57’ according to the Official site) he can bring home the bacon against the Cherries. Christensen played the full 90 mins in Chelsea’s FA Cup victory on Sunday.
James Tomkins, 13.5% owned, West Ham United Vs Crystal Palace.
Roy Hodgson deserves credit for the way he has Crystal Palace competing around mid table after their record breakingly bad start. Tomkins has been a fixture in defence for a team that has only conceded twice in their last 5 away games vs non Top 6 opposition. Opponents West Ham will be missing up to 13 players through injury or suspension.
Jamaal Lascelles, 10.3% owned, Newcastle United Vs Burnley.
This is a big week for Newcastle with them travelling to Crystal Palace at the weekend and facing a potentially stressful few days as the transfer window closes. Before their GW24 loss at the Etihad Rafa’s side had conceded just once in 3 League matches and will be looking for more of the same against low scoring Burnley.
MIDFIELDERS: Theo Walcott, 24.2% owned, Everton Vs Leicester City.
Walcott grabbed an assist on his debut for Everton last week and I’ve been really impressed with his attitude since making the move North. He desperately wants to play football again and feels like he can get back to his best for the Toffees. Theo has impressed in limited appearances averaging a goal or an assist every 96 minutes in this season’s Premier League & Europa League.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 12.6% owned, Huddersfield Town Vs Liverpool.
After Liverpool’s VAR dominated loss to West Brom in the FA Cup Jurgen Klopp’s side will be in full wounded animal mode against what I see as a poor Huddersfield side who are winless in 6 League games.
Xherdan Shaqiri, 22% owned, Stoke City Vs Watford.
Who better to get the best out of Champions League winner Shaqiri than Champions League winner Paul Lambert? (Ok I just wanted to show off that I suddenly remembered Lambert winning the CL with Dortmund in 1997). To be fair to Shaqiri he has actually been pretty decent this term with an average of 4pts per match and bagged an assist last week. With the bottom 13 teams in the division so closely bunched together any moments of quality can have a big impact on League position. Shaqiri at home and is Stoke’s best player.
FORWARDS: Glenn Murray, 13% owned, Southampton Vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
There are no sure fire hits at the forward position this week so I’ve gone for 3 guys with plenty to prove. First up is Glenn Murray who scored the winner for Brighton at the weekend and must clearly be motivated by the Seagull’s signing of Jurgen Locadia from PSV and the predicted arrival on loan of Leonardo Ulloa.
🚨 Michy Batshuayi, 34.8% owned, Chelsea Vs AFC Bournemouth. 🚨
With Batshuayi looking like he is heading for the exit at Chelsea my alternative pick is another who is attempting to show his talent in the Premier League. ⬇️
Cenk Tosun, 0% owned, Everton Vs Leicester City.
Turkish International Tosun has scored 18 goals in total in 2017/18 and found the net on every 112 minutes on average in this season’s Champions League. Yet to get off the mark for his new Club the £27M man has the potential to be a long term pickup if he can find his feet in England.
Guido Carrillo, 0% owned, Southampton Vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
I’m not 100% sure about his match fitness but £19M arrival Carrillo came off the bench for his Saints debut at the weekend and if he can’t displace Shane Long or Manolo Gabbiadini then he might as well pack football in altogether. For anyone in a larger league Carrillo is another low risk pickup as a 3rd Forward who has a potentially high upside moving on.
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