FPL Ones to Watch - £5.5m and under
Posted by FFP-Danny
10:27am Jan 17 2018
Fantasy Premier League bargain buys under £5.5m to help free-up funds for premium players
The winners and losers in the FPL are often separated by fine margins, just like with esports bets – some careful planning combined with a bit of luck is often the difference between reigning supreme, and staring down the barrel at mid-table mediocrity.
So fear not, FPL bosses – help is at hand and some e-sports tips for those who’re interested.
The perks of having the premium priced assets are clear for all to see – but you can’t have them all, so your eye for a bargain can make all the difference.
With that in mind, here are five options (two defenders, two midfielders, and one forward), all priced at £5.5m or less at the time of writing, who have recently emerged as viable ‘squad fillers’, and are well worth your consideration over the next few Gameweeks.
Andrew Robertson – Liverpool [£4.7m | 2.7%]
Liverpool’s Scottish full-back has started in eight of the last nine Gameweeks, and could be an excellent addition to your squad in the coming days, as Jurgen Klopp’s side face both Swansea and Huddersfield – two of the Premier League’s lowest-scoring sides.
Robertson – who was recruited from Hull City last summer – is excellent going forward, so has the potential to add to his solitary assist, provided he remains in the starting XI.
What’s more, with the imminent return of Virgil van Dijk, many expect the Reds improve upon what has been a relatively poor defensive record to date, so at just £4.7m, Robertson is a budget option worth keeping an eye on.
James Tomkins – Crystal Palace [£4.3m | 2.4%]
Crystal Palace have completely turned their season around under Roy Hodgson, keeping three clean sheets in their last six Premier League outings – making James Tomkins an excellent cheap differential.
The former West Ham defender currently costs just £4.3m, and has accumulated an impressive 30 points over the last six Gameweeks – more than both Nicolas Otamendi and Phil Jones.
The Eagles have some tough-looking fixtures on the horizon, but they have shown themselves to be defensively sound even against the strongest opponents, and remain the only Premier League side to have kept Manchester City at bay this season.
Marc Albrighton – Leicester [£5.6m | 3.3%]
With all the talk predominantly being about Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton often slips under the radar – despite being one of Leicester’s most creative players in recent weeks.
The winger has produced five assists and two goals in the last 11 Gameweeks, taking his points tally to a respectable 82 points – a bargain at £5.5m.
Claude Puel’s side have upcoming fixtures against out-of-form Watford and Everton, before facing Swansea, who currently sit bottom of the table.
Bakary Sako – Crystal Palace [£4.9m | 0.2%]
Bakary Sako has re-emerged as a key component of Palace’s squad in recent weeks, having been given a chance to impress under Roy Hodgson.
The Mali international produced a match-winning display in Gameweek 23, scoring the only goal as the Eagles edged past Burnley – his third goal in seven Gameweeks.
Sako’s current form, as well as the continued absence of Andros Townsend, all but guarantees his place in the Palace XI over the next few weeks – another excellent cheap differential at just £4.9m.
Jordan Ayew – Swansea [£5.1 | 7.6%]
Most of the viable striking options are priced in a different stratosphere to Jordan Ayew, who is the perfect affordable partner for the likes of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero at just £5.0m.
The Swansea forward has scored three in his last five, and provided he stays injury-free, he will be a permanent fixture in Carlos Carvalhal’s line-up, as the recently appointed boss aims to mastermind a great escape in South Wales.
The Ghana international now has just seven points fewer than Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, who has missed the last two Gameweeks through injury.