FPL Draft Tips: Friday Free Agents Gameweek 29

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 http://www.draftfantasyfootball.co.uk

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GOALKEEPER: Orestis Karnezis, 0.9% owned, Watford Vs West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom are in must win mode already, after losing 5 matches in a row they are still only half way towards the magical 40 Pts mark with only 10 games to go. Watford have won both Home matches so far under new boss Javi Gracia and have the advantage of knowing the Baggies have to attack. At the very least Karnezis should be a good bet for some save points, especially if West Brom get desperate in the second half and start shooting from range.

Alternative if still available: Loris Karius, 28.3% owned, Liverpool Vs Newcastle United.

DEFENDERS: Aaron Cresswell, 7.1% owned, Swansea City Vs West Ham United.

Daryl Janmaat, 1.5% owned, Watford Vs West Bromwich Albion.

Kyle Naughton, 11% owned, Swansea City Vs West Ham United.

Jack Stephens, 1.3% owned, Southampton Vs Stoke City.

Regular clean sheets seem to be a thing of the past in the Premier League, with non Top 6 sides mustering just 4 shut outs in the last 26 matches. As such this week I’ve gone for some defenders who have potential for some speculative attacking returns. West Ham have scored 13 goals in their last 6 away games and Aaron Cresswell can produce some output in what should be an entertaining game against Swansea (the Hammers have conceded 12 over the same period). Watford will surely be looking to counter attack bottom side West Brom which will play into the hands of flying full back Daryl Janmaat. In his own Streaming Tips the excellent FPL Robinson points out that Stoke have conceded more corners than any other side in the League this season and backs Jack Stephens to cause problems for the Potters defence from set pieces. It’s hard to disagree with that logic and the Saints man makes our back 4 too.

Alternative if still available: Andrew Robertson, 8.1% owned, Liverpool Vs Newcastle United.

MIDFIELDERS: Marc Albrighton, 10.8% owned, Leicester City Vs AFC Bournemouth.

Lucas Moura, 9.5% owned, Tottenham Hotspur Vs Huddersfield Town.

Michail Antonio, 28.2% owned, Swansea City Vs West Ham United.

Lucas Moura picked up a pair of assists midweek in the FA Cup and that may be enough to see him start on Saturday in what looks like a winnable fixture at home against newly promoted Huddersfield, especially with a crucial Champions League second leg on the horizon. Outside the Top 6 Clubs only teammate Riyad Mahrez (10) and Richarlison (8) have more Fantasy assists than Marc Albrighton (7) this season and he’s a consistently steady option in midfield for mid to large draft leagues. Since returning to the first team in GW26 Michail Antonio has managed a goal and an assist in 144 minutes of League action.

Alternative if still available: Abdoulaye Doucoure, 28.8% owned, Watford Vs West Bromwich Albion.

FORWARDS: Jordan Ayew, 17.1% owned, Swansea City Vs West Ham United.

Guido Carrillo, 3.9% owned, Southampton Vs Stoke City.

Troy Deeney, 11.8% owned, Watford Vs West Bromwich Albion.

Last weekends poor result aside Swansea have been a match for most sides since appointing Carlos Carvahal with the younger Ayew brother playing a large role in their mini revival. He’s scored 3 goals in the Portuguese manager’s 8 League matches in charge which is more impressive when you consider that 5 of those matches have been against sides currently in the top 8. West Ham shouldn’t be such difficult opposition, having conceded 12 in their previous 6 away from home. January signing Carrillo is yet to get off the mark for Southampton but he got an assist in GW28 and his physical presence should trouble a Stoke who have only enjoyed 1 win since Christmas Day. Troy Deeney divides opinion but he has scored in consecutive home games and will look to bully a West Bromwich defence that is short of confidence after 5 consecutive defeats.

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