Gameweek 27 FPL Q&A with FPLTips and FFPundits
Posted by FFPundits
2:52pm Feb 25 2020
Tottenham Boss José Mourinho has said he fears Son Heung-min will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his right arm
As the longest Gameweek in history comes to an end, it’s time for another FPL Q&A video!
Here’s a look at some of the questions that have been sent in ahead of the Gameweek 27 deadline:
Please note that all player prices and ownership percentages were correct at the time of writing and recording.
We plan to open some new online slots for questions next week, so keep your fantastic questions coming in to us via Twitter and YouTube.
For now, though, he are some of the brilliant questions sent in to us via Twitter this week in which we’ve answered.
Santanu Roy (@SantanuRoyF9) asks:
Q – “What to do with Leicester City players?”
After their 0-0 draw with Wolves, the Foxes are left with just one win in the last 5 Gameweeks.
They’ve scored 8 goals over that period; on par with Arsenal and behind Man City (9), Everton (10) and Liverpool (12), while 7 teams have registered more than their 11 big chances.
This has coincided with poor FPL returns from their most popular assets, with Jamie Vardy failing to score in his last 6 outings, while James Maddison has just 1 goal involvement from his last 10 appearances.
Worryingly, 6 Leicester players have taken more goal attempts than Vardy (4) in the last 5 Gameweeks.
However, all 4 of his efforts were deemed to be big chances, for which, he ranks top amongst teammates; indicating that the highest quality chances that the Foxes produce are still falling to the 33-year-old.
The two like-for-like replacements in Aubameyang and Agüero both face a Blank Gameweek 28 shortly, so now doesn’t seem to be an ideal time to bring either of those in.
Especially given the kind schedule for Leicester, after their meeting with Man City this Gameweek, which sees them face Norwich, Aston Villa and Watford.
Despite failing to provide an assist over this period, no midfielder has created more chances than James Maddison (18).
However, 7 midfielders have created more than his 2 big chances and 18 midfielders can better his 1.09 expected assists (xA) figure.
One of those players is Wolves midfielder Adama Traoré; only Salah (5) has created more big chances than his 4 during the last 4 Gameweeks and no player has earned more assists than his 3.
Orange Cassidy (@ClarenceKibii) asks:
Q – “Should I transfer in inform Everton assets despite their hard next four fixtures?”
The Toffees have lost just one game since Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as manager, scoring 14 goals in the last 8 Gameweeks; only behind Man City (15) and Liverpool (19).
That run has seen both Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison excel as FPL assets, picking up 47 and 41 points respectively.
But whilst there’s no rush to sell either of the pair if you already own them, I’d argue that there are stronger alternatives to transfer in at this moment in time, given those tough upcoming fixtures for Everton.
Amongst the forwards, Danny Ings and Raúl Jiménez have both the fixtures and form to warrant consideration.
No player has had more big chances than the Mexico international (8) over the last 6 Gameweeks.
Amongst midfielders, Adama Traoré provides a cheaper alternative to Richarlison, while Heung-Min Son continues to impress in the price bracket slightly above.
Jacob (@MonreaIity) asks:
Q – “What is your plan to tackle Blank Gameweeks 28 and 31?”
Gameweek 28 should be fairly straight-forward to navigate, with just 2 matches having been postponed.
But Blank Gameweek 31 looks set to be much more hectic, with only 2 matches confirmed as things stand.
The rest will depend on the outcome of the next round of the FA Cup – any teams that make it through to Quarter Final are likely to see their Gameweek 31 match postponed.
So, there are two main strategies to consider here:
Firstly, using the Free Hit chip that Gameweek is an option that would mean no real planning is necessary.
But it does give you one less tool to attack the Double Gameweeks with later on.
Alternatively, you can load up on players with a fixture in Gameweek 31 using any future free transfers and then look to play the wildcard in Gameweek 32 perhaps, to reset back to a more balanced team.
It’s hard to commit to a strategy at the moment, when so much remains unknown, so in the short-term, bringing in players from Burnley, Watford, Wolves or Bournemouth, who have a guaranteed fixture in Gameweek 31, is a good way to keep your options open.
Wai Leung Chow (@WaiLeungChow1) asks:
Q – “Should I sell KDB for Son?”
With 4 goals in the last 4 Gameweeks, Heung-Min Son has averaged 7.8 points per game.
He ranks joint-top for big chances (6) amongst midfielders during that period, level with Dele Alli, while no player has fired as many as his 11 shots on target, across all positions.
Man City travel away to Leicester and Man Utd, either side of their Blank Gameweek 28 but there is a possibility of them getting a Double Gameweek 29, with either their postponed fixture against Arsenal or their Gameweek 31 fixture against Chelsea being moved forwards.
For that reason, I’d be tempted to hold off from selling De Bruyne until we get more information.
UPDATE: since writing and publishing this piece, Spurs and Sky Sports have since announced that Son is likely to miss the remainder of the season, after undergoing surgery on his elbow.
Tony Andrè Uppstad (@TonyUppstad) asks:
Q – “When is the best time to use wildcard?”
If you still have the 2nd wildcard remaining, the time to use it will largely depend on your strategy for tackling Blank Gameweek 31, as mentioned earlier.
If using the Free Hit chip that week, it might be an option to use the wildcard ahead of Double Gameweek 34, with an eye also on Double Gameweek 37.
Alternatively, if you can save your Free Hit chip until Gameweek 34, you could then use the wildcard in Gameweek 36, directly before using the Bench Boost chip for Double Gameweek 37.
And the final question for this episode comes from FPL Stray (@FilipStray):
Q – “Who are the best defenders to look at outside Liverpool?”
Burnley and Wolves have shown some defensive form in the last 4 matches and, as mentioned earlier, bringing in players from those teams can help navigate Blank Gameweek 31.
The Clarets have conceded just 2 goals in their last 4 matches, with only Liverpool (1) faring better, while only Man City can match Wolves with 4 big chances conceded; no side have allowed fewer than the pair.