Each week you should be scanning the free agent arket 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 27. The rules are that only one player per club can be selected at each position (Eg. Can’t name 4 Burnley defenders etc). All ownership stats from www.draftfantasyfootball.co.uk
< You can learn more about this transfer tactic (called “streaming”) in our article FPL Draft Transfer Tactics: Streaming. >
Gameweek 26 was a tough week all round with Manchester United the only Club in the division to record a clean sheet. Pascal Groß was our stand out tip with 13 points (he was also tipped by my colleague FPL Robinson).
In a difficult week for clean sheet hunting it’s a challenge to make a totally convincing case for anybody despite there being many contenders. Huddersfield Vs Bournemouth, Stoke Vs Brighton and Swansea Vs Burnley all have the potential to be low scoring games but looking through the stats none really stood out. I had Asmir Begovic (BOU), Mat Ryan (BHA), Nick Pope (BUR) and even Lukasz Fabianski (SWA) on the long list but rather than make a relatively weak argument for any of them I’ve decided to point readers in the direction of Burnley’s Tom Heaton.
Burnley have had some harsh fixtures of late but they also have a gentle run in of just 2 Top 6 opponents in their remaining 12 matches. The Clarets have a 63% clean sheet rate against non Top 6 sides this season and England international Heaton (32.9% owned) is pencilled in to return once he has played some matches for his Club’s U23’ side. The developmental squad have 3 fixtures before Burnley’s first team face Southampton at Turf Moor in Gameweek 28 so now is a good time to pick up Heaton if he is still a free agent in your league after his injury absence.
If Heaton isn’t available it’s worth noting that Liverpool also have 12 League games remaining and 10 of those are against teams currently in the bottom 12 places in the table. The Reds have a 63% clean sheet rate against non Top 6 sides at Anfield where they will face West Ham, Newcastle, Watford, Bournemouth, Stoke and Brighton before the season is out. Loris Karius (27.4% owned) may be a free agent in your league due to his perceived rotation risk but the German has been given the chance to make the starting goalkeeper’s spot his own with 4 consecutive starts at an average of 4.5 PPG. Bear him in mind if you are in a larger league where streaming goalkeeper’s can be difficult.
As he is expected to play this weekend I’ll make Karius my rather shaky pick up for this week away at Southampton, but be aware that it’s more with an eye on the Home fixtures against West Ham and Newcastle in GW’s 28 & 29.
DEFENDERS: Charlie Daniels, 30.7% owned, Huddersfield Town Vs AFC Bournemouth.
I like Huddersfield Town. I also think they will get relegated. Opponents Bournemouth certainly won’t be fearing a trip to Yorkshire after winning their last away game at Stamford Bridge and although Club stalwart Daniels hasn’t hit the heights of last season (134pts at an average of 3.94 per game) he still carries the potential for attacking returns.
Ben Mee, 21% owned, Swansea City Vs Burnley.
As mentioned above Burnley achieve a clean sheet in 63% of games against teams outside the Top 6 and they haven’t conceded more than one goal against these opponents all season.
Kurt Zouma, 18.2% owned, Stoke City Vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
This game could well be 0-0 but I thought that about the reverse fixture and that was a cracking 2-2 draw before Christmas. In a week without any true standout clean sheet options I’ll opt for a consistent performer for the home team in this potentially close match up.
MIDFIELDERS: Jordon Ibe, 0.3% owned, Huddersfield Town Vs AFC Bournemouth.
Former Liverpool starlet Ibe had a slow start to life on the South coast but is now beginning to live up to his promise. He has 9 consecutive starts and has 3 assists and a goal in his last 5 Premier League matches.
Jose Izquierdo, 3% owned, Stoke City Vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
We could easily take the easy option of fellow Seagull and regular in this column Pascal Groß (24% owned) and he certainly is worth checking out (he’s currently my own 5th Midfielder) but in the interest of variety we shall choose Colombian winger Izquierdo. The former Player of The Year in Belgium averages a goal or an assist every 107 minutes in 2018.
Theo Walcott, 24.2% owned, Everton Vs Crystal Palace.
Walcott was Everton’s best player in their heavy defeat at former Club Arsenal and was unlucky not to come away with a pair of assists. He’s looked a threat in every game for his new team and that can continue against a Palace side that have conceded 9 in their last 5 away games in all competitions.
Xherdan Shaqiri, 22% owned, Stoke City Vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
This is actually the 9th time Shaqiri has featured in this column and he averages 4.1 Pts Per Game over the previous 8. Nuff said.
*Gerard Deulofeu, 0% owned, West Ham United Vs Watford.
Deulofeu is listed as a MID on the Official Premier League website but is a FOR on both Draft Fantasy and RealFF. Hugely talented, he is the record holder for both caps and goals for Spain’s U21’s. Likely to be deployed as a wide Forward he is a decent pick up as a Midfielder for this week and GW’s 28 & 29 as well, when Watford face Home fixtures against Everton and West Brom respectively.
FORWARDS: Callum Wilson, 9.4% owned, Huddersfield Town Vs AFC Bournemouth.
Still riding that Wilson train mainly due to my doubts over the quality of this weekends opponents Huddersfield. The fact that he’s made 8 consecutive starts scoring 4 goals and grabbing 2 assists along the way doesn’t hurt either. Nor does Bournemouth’s 7 match unbeaten run in the division during which they have averaged over 2 goals per game.
Olivier Giroud, 31.7% owned, Chelsea Vs West Bromwich Albion.
With Alvaro Morata still expected to be absent and Chelsea suffering a feeble defeat to Watford last time out their beleaguered boss Antonio Conte may hand a start to the Premier League’s best groomed Frenchman against bottom of the table West Brom. Despite only starting one PL match for Arsenal all season he averages a goal every 100 minutes of League action.
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