Brighton Players in FPL?
Brighton are sitting 11th in the Premier League. Despite being mid-table there players aren’t popular in FPL. Here are the options for Brighton coverage in Fantasy Premier League.
Next 5 fixtures: Everton (A), Cardiff (A), Leicester (H), Huddersfield (A), Crystal Palace (H)
The top-scoring budget goalie, Ryan’s (£4.5m) averaged 10 points per game in the last 3 matches. What’s more, he picked up no fewer than 2 bonus points in each of those games he’s kept opponents at bay! The Australian has made more saves than all keepers bar Fabianksi and Hart. Therefore he gets those save points also! Brighton seem to have found some defensive resolve of late, albeit against relatively weak opposition. But that won’t concern FPL managers, as the Seagulls still have a run of 6 straight winnable games up next. A few words of warning, however. While Brighton are famously tight at home, away they’re a different prospect, and 4 of the next six are indeed away. Also, Ryan will miss early January’s fixtures as he represents Australia at the Asian Cup… But I recommend switching him out mid-December anyway, as Brighton embark on an evil run of 7 games in which they’ll find little Christmas cheer!
Unsurprisingly the most-owned asset at the club, the Irishman (£4.6m) already has 2 goals and 2 assists to his name, as well as boasting an ever-present record. Last season, he and Dunk (£4.4m) were a source of frustration as they scored only 1 between them despite a wealth of efforts from set pieces. But between gameweeks 5-8, Duffy had more touches in the opponent’s area than all Brighton players with the exception of Murray and Knockaert!
Chris Hughton is a manager in the mould of Big Sam, placing an emphasis on clean sheets before anything else. So having only picked up 5 points in the opening 7 games, for GW8 he turned to a man who’d just turned 38. In the games since, Bruno (£4.4m) has overseen 3 clean sheets, hoovered up 4 bonus points and even claimed a cheeky assist. There’s something in the water around Brighton Pier – it’s the only explanation for the form of the Seagulls’ senior stalwarts. Speaking of which…
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6 goals from 8 starts (not including a 15th minute substitution due to concussion) is almost Ballon d’Or level of returns. At the very least, a glut of goals you’d expect from the likes of Harry Kane. But not only is 35-year-old Murray (£6.5m) available for almost half the price of the Spurs striker, he’s also leading him as the top English goalscorer in the league!
He also has little competition for his place, with Jürgen Locadia (£5.3m) hardly impressing when deputising for him. Murray’s on penalties, isn’t shackled with defensive responsibilities, can score with his head and both feet… simply, he’s all you want from a striker in FPL terms.
No. There’s arguably only 2 Brighton midfielders worth glancing at, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Solly March (£5.0m) takes his shares of corners, but only has 1 assist to his name in 10 league starts. Early doors, Anthony Knockaert (£5.5m) showed glimpses of a return to the form which propelled the club to promotion from the Championship. But after 3 assists and 1 goal in the opening 6 games turned some heads, he’s blanked since and not even started the last 2… Therefore, Knockaert can be firmly put down as what the FPL community call a ‘troll’.