Gameweek 13 FPL Q&A with FPLTips and FFPundits
Posted by FFPundits
5:42am Nov 19 2019
Is now the time for Fantasy Premier League managers to own THREE Liverpool players ahead of favourable fixture run?
The tedious international break has come to an end and Premier League action returns this weekend with Man City hosting Chelsea, while league-leaders Liverpool travel away to Crystal Palace.
Please note that all player prices and ownership percentages were correct at the time of recording.
Here are some of the brilliant questions sent in to us via Twitter this week in which we’ve answered:
KnutFPL (@knut_mikal) asks:
Q – “I’m looking to transfer Mount OUT and bring Pulisic IN – thoughts please?”
There’s no denying that Pulisic is looking like a great option right now; he’s made starts in each of the last 3 Gameweeks, picking up 5 goals in the process.
No player has fired as many as his 12 shot inside the box or his 10 efforts on target, during that period.
The concern though is whether or not he can sustain those kind of numbers long-term and whether he can completely nail down a starting place in the same way Mason Mount seems to have.
A few weeks ago, we saw Hudson-Odoi impress, only for him to then be rotated out of the side after a few matches.
Mount has started every game this campaign, even shaking off an injury problem on a couple of occasions and Gameweek 12 was the first time all season that he’s gone 2 consecutive games without an FPL return.
So, for me, although Pulisic is in great form right now and could perhaps be a differential option to have alongside Mount, I wouldn’t be losing the Englishman for him just yet.
Daud Junaid (@Daudjunaid) asks:
Q – “Who would you say is the best midfielder on FPL going forward for under £7m?”
The man we’ve just mentioned, Mason Mount, ranks top amongst midfielders under £7m, returning an average of 4.83 points per game this season, while Tielemans is close behind, with 4.75 PPG.
Chelsea face home fixtures against West Ham, Aston Villa and Bournemouth in the next 5 Gameweeks, while the Foxes also have a favourable run in.
The Leicester midfielders in general have fared well over the last 4 Gameweeks, where Tielemans (29) was the only player in this group to return more FPL points than Barnes and Pérez (each 26).
Dan Parsons (@toothlessgibbon) asks:
Q – “What is the optimum balance of template vs. differentials in your opinion?”
My focus tends to be more on anticipating where the template could go in future Gameweeks rather than specifically looking at ownership.
If a player starts to become part of the template, their ownership is bound to increase significantly.
So, you can look for a player who’s been underperforming but who also has the underlying numbers and the fixtures to come good, knowing that, as more and more people buy him, he’ll become less and less of a differential.
If you can identify that kind of player early, it can really help you make up ground.
It’s also important to look at differentials not just as individual players with low ownership but also as combinations of players.
So, for example, Mané is owned by almost 36% of all managers while Salah is owned by around 27%.
But collectively, only 3% of managers own both and even in the top 10,000 squads, only 4.6% of managers own the pair.
Uzzal (@Uzzal496) asks:
Q – “What’s the best Liverpool trio to have for their upcoming favourable run of fixtures?”
Amongst the top 10,000 squads, Mané (70%) and Alexander-Arnold (39%) are the two most-owned Liverpool players and it’s hard to argue against the pair.
Mané has been their most in-form attacking player, with 3 goals and 3 assists in the last 5 Gameweeks.
Alexander-Arnold meanwhile has produced nearly twice as many attempted assists as any teammate (42).
But that third spot alongside them will largely depend on the rest of your squad and where the space and the budget is.
If he’s fit and if you can find the funds, Mo Salah is likely to be a strong option, ahead of home ties with Brighton, Everton and Watford in the next 5 Gameweeks.
He’s scored 6 goals in 6 games at Anfield this season, ranking top amongst Liverpool players for total shots (25), shots on target (13) and expected goals (4.59) during home matches.
Robertson could also be a contender for that third Liverpool spot, having found an attacking return in 3 of the last 4 matches.
This could be more of a move to consider for those playing 4 at the back, given the amount of in-form and good value budget defenders on offer this season, with the likes of Söyüncü, Tomori and Lundstram.
Finally, although he’s far from his best form right now, don’t rule out Roberto Firmino as a differential third Liverpool pick.
No teammate has fired more than his 32 shots inside the box this season, while only Alexander-Arnold (9) has created more big chances than his 7.
He’s failed to find a return in the last 6 Gameweeks but figures of 2.13 expected goals (xG) and 1.52 expected assists (xA) in that time, suggest he’s been somewhat unfortunate.
Chris Alexander (@chrisjalex) asks:
Q – “Are you planning for Liverpool’s blank in Gameweek 18?”
As most of you will already know, West Ham vs Liverpool has been postponed, causing a Blank Gameweek for players from those teams in Gameweek 18.
West Ham haven’t been in the best of form anyway and face 3 of last season’s ‘top six’ teams in the next 4 Gameweeks, so now looks to be a good time to start moving out any of their assets, if you own them.
As for Liverpool players, I’d suggest planning to bench one of them in Gameweek 18, selling any remaining players from the side that week.
If you own one of the fullbacks, Robertson or Alexander-Arnold, it should be easy enough to field 3 of your other 4 defenders that week.
The Reds have 6 fairly tricky fixtures in the games that follow their Blank Gameweek, taking on Man Utd, Spurs, Leicester and the likes of Wolves and Sheffield Utd.
So, this could be a good time to make the switch from Salah or Mané back to Sterling or De Bruyne. Or from Firmino back to Callum Wilson.
And finally, Gamers Addict (@TheGamersAddict) asks:
Q – “Who is the best forward option outside of Abraham and Vardy?”
Over the last 6 Gameweeks, Jiménez stands out amongst forwards, aside from the two players already mentioned.
The 28-year-old has returned 3 goals and 2 assists over that spell, to produce an average of 6.5 points per game.
No forward provided more than his 11 attempted assists during that period, while only Rashford could match his total of 3 big chances created.
The United forward has 3 goals and 1 assist in the last 4 Gameweeks, ranking top for expected goals (xG) over that period (3.96).
His total of 8 shots on target could only be bettered by Vardy (9) and Pulisic (11), while only Wood (7) was afforded more than his 6 big chances.
Danny Ings has also fared well in the last 6 Gameweeks, earning 5 big chances, while only Jesus (3.88) and Rashford (4.25) could better his 3.73 xG.
Saints face Watford, Norwich and West Ham in their next 3 home matches.
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