Top Transfer Targets: Week Ten

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Let’s talk about captains and instincts this week as if you didn’t have Mohamed Salah or Mason Mount as your captain you got burned in a big way last week. I would be in that boat as I captained Raphinha myself and as everyone knows that didn’t end well. But not only did I captain Raphinha, I also found a way to talk myself into holding my transfer and benching Jota instead of bringing in Mason Mount and starting him. Safe to say, mistakes were made but it brings up the discussion of the perma-captain as well as acting on instinct.

Salah is one of the stronger cases that we’ve had of a perma-captain in a while as he has scored double-digit points six out of nine weeks only blanking once. And even in the week that he did blank, Liverpool kept a clean sheet, and every point counts. Salah will be almost everyone’s captain this week especially as Brighton was just hit for five goals by Manchester City and looking at Liverpool’s schedule the next time that you can make a case to not captain Salah (barring injury) is away to Chelsea on January second.

While it does take some of the fun out of the game by not moving the armband it does let you get a little more creative with differentials. When you’re not worried about bringing in a differential solely to captain them it is much easier to evaluate fringe options. For example, Havertz vs Norwich doesn’t break you if Salah is your captain but it does if you captain him.

But when adding those differentials you have to act on instinct or you’ll end up like me last week watching Mason Mount hit a hat trick but you’re sitting on the couch with no points from should-haves. If you like someone and the numbers back it, just add them. This game is supposed to be fun and few things are more enjoyable than watching a differential that you’ve backed hit it big. And if we’re all capping Salah, it's minimal risk to play around with a few spots in your side.

Sliding things over to the NBC Sports League, congratulations are due to Matt Barr with solid use of his triple captain pick. He had a good feeling about Mohamed Salah which led to a 152 point week. Also having Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, and Diogo Jota he only saw two outfield players not collect returns in route to a massive week. With a move up to 261k, this is a season-changing week as his side is set up well moving forward.

, congratulations are due to Matt Barr with solid use of his triple captain pick
, congratulations are due to Matt Barr with solid use of his triple captain pick


Top Transfer Targets will look at the roster 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 which also includes my favorite punt of the week. The 40 percent club includes players who I won’t be writing about as how many teams they are selected in speaks for itself.

Let’s look at this week’s fixtures:

Saturday 30 October

Leicester City v Arsenal

Watford v Southampton

Liverpool v Brighton

Newcastle v Chelsea

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Burnley v Brentford

Tottenham v Manchester United

Sunday 31 October

Norwich City v Leeds United

Aston Villa v West Ham

Monday 1 November

Wolves v Everton

The 40 percent club has dwindled but it includes Mo Salah and Michail Antonio. Injuries and lack of form from top strikers have led to most players not being too far above 30 percent selected this season.

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

Trent Alexander-Arnold (DEF Liverpool 7.6m, 26.9%): As Most of the talk has been about Salah, Alexander-Arnold registered his third assist of the season and kept his fifth clean sheet in nine games (seven of which he played in). If we’re talking about automatic returns, the list is essentially Alexander-Arnold and Cancelo which is why they’re tied for the most points among all defenders in the game. Liverpool’s run is unreal and every attack goes down Alexander-Arnold and Salah’s side of the field.

Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):

Heung-Min Son (MID Tottenham 10.2m, 17.1%): Figuring out who your second premium should be with Mo Salah has been a tough situation this year and while most are waiting until gameweek 12 to grab Spurs assets, Son has a strong case that he needs to be added now. A home match vs a reeling Manchester United side is good enough time to add someone with four goals and two assists that is also about to go on a solid fixture run. While Spurs are having a tough time scoring, it's clear that Son isn’t as impacted returning in five of the eight games that he has featured in.

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

Ben Chilwell is the best option here but I don’t want to write about him too many weeks in a row so I’ll be covering the second-best option for this price bracket.

Phil Foden (MID Manchester City 8.2m, 11.8%): All the firepower is shifting to the midfielders after Foden has now had an attacking return in three straight weeks and is beginning to make life worth the benching’s for fantasy managers. Foden is a threat each time that he touches the ball and while Palace, Manchester United, Everton, and West Ham would be an issue for some assets, Foden has been someone who historically steps up in big games for Manchester City.

Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (FWD Arsenal 10.0m, 4.8%): Adding to the forward logjam, AuBa is back! With three goals and an assist in his last four games, he’s finding form at a key time for Arsenal, and fantasy managers should take note. Leicester City has improved defensively but with them and Watford on the docket why not roll the dice on a former golden boot winner who is finding their form again.