Fantasy Premier League Tips – Gameweek 4 Punts of the Week
Posted by FFPundits
7:15pm Sep 6 2017
Every FPL Wildcard team needs a cheeky punt or two…right?
Each Gameweek this season, we’ve tasked Simon from @FPL_Connect with finding you THREE Punts of the Week to consider for the upcoming weekend fixtures.
Whilst aiming to stay below the 5% TSB (teams selected by) mark, this week, Simon has managed to find 3 hidden gems which are way below the set threshold (5%).
At first sight, these weekly punts might not seem attractive to you, however, if you’re set on owning the likes of Kane, Lukaku, Eriksen and other premium-priced attackers, something has to give.
One forward and two midfielders are up for selection this week, but will either make their way in to your Gameweek 4 Fantasy Premier League squads?
Christian Atsu – Newcastle [£5.0m | 3.6%]
With set-pieces on his side, Ritchie still looks the best FPL asset from Newcastle in terms of total points scored in the long run, but value favours their Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu.
At £0.9 cheaper than his midfield counter-part on the opposite side of the Magpies wing, Atsu represents the best value and has been the bright spark in an average start thus far.
Though Ritchie outdoes Atsu on a lot of stats, one particular stat that greatly favours Atsu in comparison to Ritchie, is his penalty area touches of 14 in comparison to just 5 for Ritchie so far.
This, for me, is telling, as it suggests that Atsu is tasked slightly more with the role of getting into the box in an attempt to score a goal, whereas Ritchie is the more creative outlet, operating outside the confines of the penalty area to influence play.
After watching both of Newcastle’s first two matches live, Atsu also passes the eye-test with his energy, skill and pace not wavering despite the poor overall team performance.
His enthusiastic runs driving Newcastle forward coupled with a few decent shots, shone through in those games and he was impressive again against West Ham in the 3-0 win, where he bagged himself an assist.
With Swansea, Stoke and Brighton up next for Newcastle, Atsu could be set to profit after a promising 3-0 win last time out.
Spirits will be high and with 14 penalty area touches, as well as the fact that Swansea have conceded a massive 33 goal attempts in their penalty area so far, we could see Atsu begin to fulfil his FPL potential sooner than later.
Tammy Abraham – Swansea [£5.5m | 3.8%]
Another potential gem from the same fixture this weekend is Tammy Abraham.
With Bony not quite fit yet, Tammy should be given the nod this weekend at the very least and may even stay involved over the next 3 fixtures, where they play Watford at home after a tough away game at Spurs.
Considering they’ve played Southampton away and Man United at home in the first 2 fixtures this year, both teams solid defensively and who like to keep possession, Tammy’s underlying stats make decent reading; 6 goal attempts, 5 of which inside the box.
The downside to this, is that only 1 of those goal attempts were on target and 3 of them got blocked, which suggests he’s not getting clear-cut chances.
Again, this is most likely down to the difficulty of the first 2 fixtures they had.
The positive is that he not only scored in his last game for Swansea, but managed a goal and an assist for the England under 21 international side in their latest match against Latvia – so he’s in form.
Swansea also won 2-0 last time out against Palace and will equally be in high spirits off the back of that.
Abraham is a real handful in the air and if Swansea can get the crosses in with the quality of Carrol’s delivery, Abraham could cause Newcastle some real damage.
Robbie Brady – Burnley [£5.5 | 1.7%]
One you might not have thought about before, based on Burnley’s limited attacking potential, but one I think deserves some consideration, is Robbie Brady.
Brady takes direct free kicks and corners for Burnley, which puts him at the height of creativity for Burnley and boasts his potential to us as an FPL asset.
That part, most of us knew, but what a lot might not know is the impressive underlying stats Brady is now boasting.
Brady has had 7 goal attempts so far, 3 of which coming inside the box and a ‘minutes per attempt’ rate of 36.9.
Even more impressively, he’s out performed Kevin de Bruyne for assist potential so far, with 10 chances created compared to KDB’s 8 – a ‘minute per chance created’ rate of 25.8 compared to KDB’s 33.8.
Because of this, Brady is always likely to do well with the BPS system too, which was shown by his domination of the bonus points in the match against Spurs for his assist for Burnley’s late equaliser where he netted maximum bonus points ahead of Alli.
Regardless of how deep KDB is now playing, Brady’s stats are impressive and call for serious consideration, more so when you take his price into account.
With a struggling Palace side up next at the fortress that is Turf Moor, Brady looks a shrewd punt at just £5.5m and 1.0% ownership.
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