International Break really makes you realize how amazing Premier League is. It is time to come back from your break managers and I hope you had a good rest because you are going to make some tough decisions today. There are a lot of managers who have played their wildcards already and I am one of them. I have pulled the trigger to assemble the best possible squad I think would help me climb the ladder in my mini league and global rankings. I will tell you about all of the players in my personal team and why I have included them and it is up to you to add them to your squad or not, but honestly please listen to my advice, I promise you will climb the ranks!
If I was a Premier League manager right now, I would instruct my players to just shoot the ball into the box at any given time and win the match with dozens of goals. That’s how ridiculous the new handball rule is this season, as any contact by the hand with the ball is an immediate penalty without any context. Jose Mourinho, Steve Bruce and Jürgen Klopp openly criticized the rule this week in their interviews and I am sure others are fuming backstage too, but as far we FPL managers are concerned this might be the big change we needed to climb the ladders and get some major overhaul in our mini leagues. This week we will make sure to highlight the players that are going to benefit most from this absurd yet valuable rule for us FPL fanatics.
The Defenders Dilemma
This season has been all about goals, the number of clean sheets from those we deem to be reliable (Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea) are literally three out of thirteen possible shutouts. The new handball rule also plays a significant part in this statistic and its time all of us adjust our defense to counter it. There are so many players that are constant threats on attack despite their mediocre defensive skills and we will tell a few that you should consider instead of premium defenders.
Emiliano Martinez (4.7): The Aston Villa man has some pretty difficult fixtures coming up for him but from what we have seen this season, he is an absolutely reliable protector between the sticks. Martinez also averages almost four saves per game and would reward the managers for trusting him despite Aston Villa not having the best defense in the league.
David Button (4.0): The former Brighton GK would want to replace Sam Johnstone as soon as he could for some game time under his belt and from what we have heard, he has impressed in the training sessions. West Brom struggles in defense might give him a chance to prove himself and cement his place in the starting 11.
Tariq Lamptey (4.6): Lamptey should be a must buy for every manager out there right now, he provides a lot more than what his price expects him to. He is all over the ground causing all sort of troubles for the opposition offensively and is also a pretty decent defender that helps the three at the back whenever they are caught out.
Tyrick Mitchell (4.1): There are relatively easy fixtures coming up for Crystal Palace and you can expect Mitchell to get his first clean sheet while continuing his attacking performance and with just a price of 4.1 there is no better option in the game than him right now to have in your squad as a budget option.
Romain Saiss (5.1): The Wolves defender is one of the most bought players this year and he justified it by giving returns every single week. He is a threat on the set pieces too and with fairly favorable fixtures coming ahead, Wolves and Saiss would look to cement their stature as defensive powerhouses like they were last season.
James Justin (4.7): Justin has cemented his place as a starting 11 member of the team and with Leicester playing around their full backs a lot since Rodgers took over, you can expect the points to pile up for him with Maddison back in the squad too now.
Kyle Walker Peters (4.5): KWP is one of the most reliable defenders this year, he was amazing at Spurs but never really got the chance to prove himself and this looks like the season he be right there with the likes of Reece James and Aaron Wan Bissaka as rising young English right backs. Southampton also likes to play through Ings and prefers a direct counter attacking style which allows the full backs to contribute a lot more than a team with deep block would allow.
Bruno Fernandes (10.5): The Manchester United playmaker has given big returns to the managers who trusted him especially in away games and he will continue it for sure. The handball rule also favors him a lot as he is an amazing penalty kick taker and would probably not give you any negative points if given the opportunity. United and Bruno would look to recover from the humiliation they received from Spurs, and Newcastle could be in for some rough time.
Mohamed Salah (12.2) Salah looks like a completely different player this season. He is a lot more active on the ball, more efficient in finding his teammates and a lot better off the ball movement could be seen from him. There are difficult fixtures coming ahead for the reds but whatever they are creating up front is coming from Salah this year and I won’t bet against the Egyptian winger to stop anytime soon,
Heung Min Son (9.0): JUST PUT HIM IN! NO QUESTIONS ASKED NO REASONS GIVEN! If you still want any logic behind the pick then I would give you one. Kane is practically playing as a false 9 this season for Son and now with Bale returning to training, the threat posed by wingers is a lot more than before and Son will give assists and goals every gameweek!
Pedro Neto (5.5): The Wolves winger played every game this season and with an assist and goal to his name, he looks like a good budget option that might be a threat here and there a lot. I expect him along Podence to contribute to Jimenez’s tally a lot this season.
James Rodriguez (7.6): The Everton playmaker finds his teammates out of nowhere and with him being on set pieces duty too, he is a must have this season. You don’t even need to worry about his fixtures at this stage because Everton looks like a squad on a mission this season and with Liverpool in very shaky form, you can expect him to cause more problems for them.
Harry Kane (10.5): Kane is not playing as the advanced forward he is used to playing this season, but he is an absolute menace for teams to handle thanks to Jose playing him as more of a false nine. Kane has gotten assists out of nowhere and you can expect that to continue.
Calvert Lewin (7.5): DCL is probably one of the biggest surprises this season, we knew he was good but never expected him to be this lethal in front of the goal. He is really good in the air and can cause problems for team playing high defensive line with his pace, Liverpool is exactly that.
Rhian Brewster (4.5): With Sheffield already low on prolific strikers, Brewster could immediately become the man upfront and is the best 4.5 option right now since he would play a lot of minutes and there is no worry of his price dropping anytime soon
I am going for Harry Kane again this week as my captain and you should too!
It is a weird season for most of us and I completely understand the frustration most of you are going through right now. It has been unpredictable and completely the opposite of what we expect after researching a lot the whole week. That’s why we are going to go for goal threats for the next few weeks which is looking like the most effective tactic available right now. As far the captain of this week is concerned KdB looks like the safest bet but if you still don’t have him in your team, someone like Aubameyang or Calvert Lewin also might give a big return. That’s all for this week but we will see you in the next gameweek with hopefully a lot of new signings and a lot of new plans, stay safe and climb the ranks!