Son too hot to ignore? Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Gameweek 23
Posted by FFP-Danny
7:05pm Jan 9 2018
Happy New Year FPL bosses and welcome to ‘Who’s Hot, Who’s Not’ ahead of Gameweek 23
After the chaotic festive period, normal service is resumed in the world of FPL, providing us with the opportunity to draw breath and take stock.
What’s more, the second wildcard of the season is now available – are you eager to press the button now? Or are you holding off until the home straight?
Either way, there are some early-season favourites which are not as hot as they once were, and some recent standout performers who have become difficult to overlook – some of which are discussed here.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts ahead of Gameweek 23. As always, I wish all of you the very best of luck.
Ahmed Hegazi vs. Brighton (H)
West Brom host Brighton in Gameweek 23, in a fixture which sees two of the Premier League’s lowest scoring sides go head-to-head.
Only Swansea have managed fewer goals than these two, so it is difficult to envisage a classic unfolding at the Hawthorns – bad news for the purists, but great news if you’re after some FPL clean sheet points.
Ahmed Hegazi is perhaps the pick of the bunch, having started in all of West Brom’s Premier League fixtures so far this season. At just £4.5m, the Egyptian defender is well worth taking a punt on for Gameweek 23.
Jesse Lingard vs. Stoke City (H)
With seven goals in his last nine Premier League appearances, ignore Jesse Lingard at your peril. The Manchester United winger is in the form of his career, and is a real FPL bargain at just £6.3m.
Jose Mourinho’s side face a beleaguered Stoke City in Gameweek 23, who dismissed manager Mark Hughes after they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Coventry City.
The Potters have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 12 Premier League outings, so this is a great opportunity for another bumper Gameweek for the growing number of Lingard owners.
Heung-Min Son vs. Everton (H)
West Ham looked like becoming only the second team to beat Spurs at Wembley in the Premier League in Gameweek 22, until Son popped up with a leveler that was equally as stunning as Pedro Obiang’s opener.
The South Korean is in excellent form, with five goals and four assists in his last eight Premier League appearances, and he’ll nudge his FPL points tally over the 100 mark provided he’s involved against Everton in Gameweek 23.
At £8.1m at the time of writing, the midfielder is reasonably priced and is keeping pace with some expensive, big name FPL favourites.
Who’s NOT? (hot)
Hector Bellerin vs. Bournemouth (A)
Arsenal are on a dreadful run defensively, having conceded eight in the last four Gameweeks – due in part to a severe injury crisis.
The Gunners travel to Bournemouth in Gameweek 23, who have found their shooting boots in recent weeks, with seven goals in their last three Premier League fixtures.
At a cost of £6m, there are far better defensive options available than Bellerin, such as Manchester United’s Phil Jones, who is £0.3m cheaper, and has been part of a side which has recorded back-to-back clean sheets.
Richarlison vs. Southampton (H)
Watford are slipping down the table after just one win in nine. Richarlison remains their stand-out performer, but his lack of goals has coincided with the Hornets’ poor run.
The young Brazilian is still weighing in with a reasonable amount of assists, but there are now better options available for the same price or less, such as the aforementioned Jesse Lingard, who is £0.1m cheaper, and is on a superb run of goal-scoring form.
Still owned by 15%+ of overall Fantasy Premier League managers, Gameweek 23 could be the week to switch out the Brazilian for a new recruit.
Alvaro Morata vs. Leicester City (H)
I’m still at a loss as to why over 17%+ of FPL bosses consider Morata to be a viable FPL prospect at £10.5m.
The Chelsea forward has averaged just one goal every four Gameweeks since scoring a hat-trick against Stoke back in Gameweek 6, and missed a hatful of golden opportunities as the Blues were held to a draw by Arsenal in Gameweek 22.
Despite his sky-high cost, Chelsea’s record signing is yet to reach 100 points, and is being outscored by far cheaper options, such as Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, and Jamie Vardy, whose Leicester side travel to Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 23.
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