Top Transfer Targets: Week 24

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There are doubles among us again as beginning with this game week we will see four straight game weeks with at least two teams playing twice. It raises the need to talk about single game week players versus double game week players while planning your transfers. Especially taking a look at muscular injuries running rampant through the league, getting double game week tunnel vision can cause you to end up with flagged or rotated players instead of the points from Manchester United as they face West Brom.

Personally, I prefer to target defenders in these doubles as they’re less likely to be rotated and the second fixture is more likely to become a defensive slog. After that, I look at the number of rest days between the games. Manchester City and Burnley lead the way by having four days between their games but it’s important to note that they also played in the FA Cup so anyone to feature there could be rotated as well. Everton and Fulham going on Sunday and Wednesday make their assets less desirable. Everton especially with the niggles carried by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez among others. After those things, I look at fixtures. City has the hardest games on paper but they’re also Manchester City so they get a pass there. Burnley at the other end of the spectrum has the easiest fixtures with Everton and Fulham falling in the middle.

Looking at all of that, Manchester United’s fixture, Leeds versus Arsenal, and Chelsea versus Newcastle could all have players who outscore the doublers this week while other games make it a bit of a pick your poison situation.

Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent.

Let’s look at this week’s schedule:

Saturday 13 February

Leicester vs Liverpool
Crystal Palace vs Burnley
Manchester City vs Tottenham
Brighton vs Aston Villa

Sunday 14 February

Southampton vs Wolves
West Brom vs Manchester United
Arsenal vs Leeds United
Everton vs Fulham

Monday 15 February

West Ham vs Sheffield United
Chelsea vs Newcastle United

Wednesday 17 February

Burnley vs Fulham
Manchester City vs Everton

The 40 percent Club is made up of Bruno Fernandes, Heung-Min Son, Patrick Bamford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mohamed Salah, and Jack Grealish. As the fixtures pile up, quite a template is forming to build your team around.

Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent rostered at the time of writing):

Ilkay Gundogan (MID Manchester City 6.0m, 26.9%): An excellent example of form versus fixtures, Gundogan has done nothing but score during these past few game weeks. One of my biggest regrets is transferring in Phil Foden over Gundogan a few weeks back but luckily Foden at least got his 16 point return last week. With two tougher games on the docket, all signs point to Gundogan as his positioning and late runs into the box make him close to fixture proof.

Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):

Ollie Watkins (FWD Aston Villa 6.4m, 20.5%): With Michail Antonio being a doubt this weekend, Watkins is back to being the top forward priced under 7.0m. It’s a simple slide for people who were rostering Callum Wilson as well. Watkins is going on another scoring run and as Villa prepares for their make-up games it’s a good time to get in on them. Add in that Watkins could have a game in blank game week 29 and that’s plenty of upside for me. Brighton’s defense has been a lot better lately but Villa scoring generally comes through two avenues, Jack Grealish and Watkins. You should monopolize both.

Solid if not Steller ( 10-15 percent rostered):

Stuart Dallas (DEF Leeds United 4.8m, 14.9%): Nothing but Boom or Bust options when it comes to Leeds United “Defenders”. 12, 1, 7, 2, 2, and 1. Those are Dallas’ last five fantasy outputs, most of which he was in midfield for. Outside of clean sheet machines like Rúben Dias, that beats most defenders over the same stretch. Why Dallas isn’t on most teams is because you have to pick when you think he’ll do well. I was talking to a friend about this situation and he said it best that you have to stick Dallas in your lineup and forget about it. Will he make you sad when you see points on the bench and he bombs? Of course. But will he average out well enough to other defenders over a five-week period? Also, yes. Wind Dallas up and watch him go!

Nick Pope (GK Burnley 5.5m, 14.4%): My captaincy option this week, I like a short term rotation between Pope and Emi Martínez over the next six weeks or so. It’s expensive but Pope’s next two weeks are worth it facing Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Brom. With his saves and clean sheet potential Pope has a solid floor this week.

Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):

Matthew Lowton (DEF Burnley 4.5m, 2.4%): See Pope, Nick. The only reason I’m going with Lowton over the cheaper Erik Pieters is that Charlie Taylor could feature in one of these matches dropping Pieters to the bench. Lowton on the other hand has no competition for his spot.

Punty McPunterson: Kenny Tete (DEF Fulham 4.3m, 0.2%): Fulham’s double is sneaky good with a hamstrung Everton side and Burnley. Kenny Tete is their defender most likely to jump into the bonus due to passing as well. With a late flurry versus West Ham, Tete was able to clean up with all nine points, and over two games, I could see him in double digits with good odds for an assist versus Everton. It’s a punt for sure, but one that can pay off with Fulham’s upcoming schedule.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Manchester United
+525+2O 2.5
Manchester City
-176-2U 2.5