Getting in the right player at the right time is central to doing well in FPL. Picking up form players, while avoiding chasing points which are already in the bag is the balancing act we all deal with on a weekly basis. In this weekly article from Fanfeud writer @FPLJesus, he focuses on underowned players who he believes should be considered for pickup right now, as their best is yet to come.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts on his picks in the comments below! Enjoy, and the very best of luck to you in Gameweek 7! Talk to you on twitter @Fanfeud!!
Andre Ayew – West Ham (£7m – 1.4% TSB)
With a few weeks of the season played there are some sides that have been identified as essential cover but after a poor early run for West Ham their options have mostly evaded FPL recruitment.
As a differential side it’s hard to sell them to FPL managers enjoying high ranks but those chasing ground may want to take interest in the Hammers fixture list which includes Swansea, Brighton, Burnley and Palace as the next four opponents.
An obvious but overlooked fact when picking FPL players is that you don’t need your players to win their games, just contribute goals, assists and cleans. West Ham may not win those 4 games, but I’d bet on a fair number of goals in each. Slaven Bilic needs his team to convert more chances, and apart from Andy Carroll only Andre Ayew has the ability to go on a consistent to prolific run if given the game time.
Prolific for Swansea at times, Ayew hasn’t quite managed the same goalscoring form for his new club but a goal and assist in the Hammers comfortable victory over Huddersfield suggests the midfielder has potential for more contributions in the coming weeks.
Not always being a starter will put most potential recruiters off but West Ham need goals and Andre Ayew is one of the Hammers most astute finishers. Differential hunters can take the risk knowing Ayew hit 12 goals in his first season of FPL becoming a fantasy cult hero, if he returns to that level of form his 1.4% ownership will rise significantly. If managers are feeling desperate and need a bold choice they could do a lot worse than Ayew who really is flying under the radar.
Phil Coutinho – Liverpool (£8.9m – 6.9% TSB)
Coutinho has bagged a couple of goals already since returning to the Liverpool squad and although it’s senseless to swap your Liverpool option out for the Brazilian, if you are a manager without Liverpool representation then considering the Brazilian is essential homework for GW7.
I could list his FPL achievements, his goals and assists or even tell you how some of his goals are scored at home against sides in the lower half of the table. It is also fair to say that with Coutinho back, Firmino, Mane and Salah remain solid alternatives so what you may ask what makes Coutinho so special?
One answer might be he’s less of a rotation risk, another might be he is literally better for your FPL side than those players. You could also say he has both goal and assist potential, and of course being out for a while has reduced his price saving precious value.
Liverpool also have 2 classic fixtures upcoming either side of the international break against Newcastle and Manchester United and Coutinho is likely to feature heavily in both. In principle it makes perfect sense to jump on now, we know he’s going to have a ton of shots from outside the box it’s only fair to expect a couple of them to go in.
Siggy – Everton (£8.3m , 3.5% TSB)
Similar to the Ayew pick, Gylfi Sigurdsson is a former Swansea FPL hero but now at a new club waiting to hit full stride.
Everton have been underwhelming so far but a tough run of games and a lot of summer signings have naturally conspired to leave the Toffees lurking low towards the bottom end of the league table.
Siggy is a player who can win a game with a moment of brilliance and when Everton start firing I have no doubt the Icelander will be central to the majority of FPL contributions. As Everton are currently underperforming their turnaround against equally poor Bournemouth raised few eyebrows but with Burnley and Brighton the next two opponents that victory could quickly become a three-in-a-row.
Failure in Europe also implies that Koeman is prioritising the league and he will be keen for victory in these fixtures considering their poor start. Siggy is the key man for Everton now but if he is too expensive for you right now, Niasse offers an extremely cheap pricetag for a striker growing in FPL notoriety and 2 goals on the season already. Good luck in GW7!
This article was written by @FPLJesus