TOP 5 FPL MIDFIELDERS: Best Value Tips and Picks
Posted by FFPundits
4:52pm Aug 28 2020
Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Arsenal’s Aubameyang are two of the most-selected premium midfielders on FPL, but who are the best value options to go alongside them?
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5. Tomas Soucek – West Ham [5.0]
Opening fixtures: Newcastle (H), Arsenal (A), Wolves (H)
Tomas Soucek started all 9 games since the 2019/20 season restart, where he scored each of his 3 Premier League goals.
Amongst FPL midfielders, priced at £7.5m or below, only Greenwood and Foden (each 5) found the back of the net more often, during that period.
The 25-year-old ranked joint-3rd for goal attempts (18) and shots in the box (14) amongst the same group, while only Ward-Prowse (2.34), Trossard (2.42) and Foden (2.64) exceeded his 2.31 expected goals figure (xG).
West Ham have one of the least attractive opening schedules, taking on Arsenal, Leicester, Spurs and Man City in the first 6 Gameweeks – all of which have a difficulty rating of 4.
But it is encouraging that 2 of the 3 goals Soucek scored came from corners; Leicester conceded 36% of their goals from set pieces last season; only Man Utd (39%) and Arsenal (46%) fared worse.
4. Stuart Armstrong – Saints [5.5]
Opening fixtures: Palace (A), Spurs (H), Burnley (A)
Featuring more regularly in the second half of the campaign than the first, Stuart Armstrong picked up 8 of his 9 FPL involvements last season during this calendar year, from Gameweek 21 onwards.
With 5 goals and 3 assists in 16 appearances since then, the 28-year-old has averaged 4.8 points per game.
Only 5 FPL midfielders attempted more than his 17 shots on target; a figure that was just one fewer than the amount teammate Danny Ings produced.
Southampton’s kind opening schedule can help them kick on from their impressive end of season form.
Chelsea away in Gameweek 5 is the only fixture with a difficulty rating higher than 3 during the first 9 Gameweeks.
3. Phil Foden – Man City [6.5]
Opening fixtures: Blank (-), Wolves (A), Leicester (H)
Phil Foden featured in 9 of Man City’s 10 Premier League fixtures since the 2019/20 season restart, where he amassed 5 goals and 1 assist to average 5.6 points per game.
Amongst teammates, only Sterling (9) scored more goals over that period, while only Jesus (12) and Sterling (15) fired more than Foden’s 9 efforts on target.
Only Mahrez (54), Willian (55) and Pulisic (57) returned more than his 50 FPL points, amongst midfielders priced below £10.5m.
Man City begin the season with a Blank Gameweek but could be worth investing in for their run between Gameweeks 3 and 6.
They face Leeds and West Ham – each rated a 2 on the FDR – while home ties with Leicester and Arsenal have a difficultly rating of 3.
2. Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle [5.5]
Opening fixtures: West Ham (A), Brighton (H), Spurs (A)
After making a fairly slow start last season, Allan Saint-Maximin picked up 6 of his 8 FPL involvements during the second half of the campaign.
With 2 goals and 4 assists in 14 appearances since Gameweek 21, only Dubravka (67) and Ritchie (66) – then classified as a defender – earned more than his 61 FPL points amongst teammates; an average of 5.2 per 90 minutes.
When compared with all FPL midfielders across that period (GW21-38+), only Mahrez, Salah (each 10) and De Bruyne (14) created more big chances than his 6.
Newcastle begin the season with favourable matchups against West Ham and Brighton but that’s followed by tougher opponents in Spurs and Man Utd – each given an FDR of 4.
1. Mason Greenwood – Man United [7.5]
Opening fixtures: Blank (-), Palace (H), Brighton (A)
Following his breakout season, where he reached double-figures for goals scored in the Premier League (10), Mason Greenwood has been reclassified from FPL forward to midfielder.
He can provide value, even at the increased price of £7.5m, if he continues to occupy the right-wing spot, as he did towards the end of last season – though the arrival of Jadon Sancho would see his gametime reduced.
The 18-year-old started 8 out of 9 matches since the 2019/20 season restart (GW30+), amassing 5 goals and 1 assist and only Martial (78) and Bruno Fernandes (79) earned more than his 50 FPL points amongst teammates; an average of 5.6 per game.
Although Man Utd begin the season with a Blank Gameweek, meetings with Crystal Palace and Brighton in Gameweeks 2 and 3 may be worth targeting, each rated a 2 on the FDR.
None of their first 10 fixtures have a difficulty rating above 3.
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