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FPL Gameweek 17 Tips: Best Players to Transfer In

FPL GW17 gives us no time to reflect on the last gameweek, as we have our second midweek round of matches.

This week also sees us enter the second round of the FPL Cup, and if you want to increase your chances of beating your opponent it’ll be worth owning some of these players.

After writing this Brentford vs Man Utd has been postponed. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the players highlighted, which we’ll leave for information purposes, but do not transfer him in for GW17.

Best Players for FPL GW17

The best players to transfer in for FPL GW17 are Ollie Watkins, Ruben Dias and Conor Gallagher.

The most transferred in players ahead of GW17 are Emmanuel Dennis, Bernardo Silva and Conor Gallagher.

NameTeamPositionPricePick %GW16 ScoreTotal Points
Ollie WatkinsAston VillaForward£7.6m8%149
Bukayo SakaArsenalMidfielder£6.2m9%558
Conor GallagherCrystal PalaceMidfielder£6.2m27%1587
Ruben DiasMan CityDefender£6.1m25%567
Aaron RamsdaleArsenalGoalkeeper£5.0m16%1170

Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Price: £12.5m
  • Picked by: 33%
  • Fixtures: Brentford (a), Brighton (H), Newcastle (a)

Ronaldo will not be playing in GW17 as a result of the Brentford vs Man Utd postponement.

After his penalty winner against Norwich, Ronaldo moves onto 7 goals for the season, with two assists too.

He has the fourth highest xG in the league (7.2), 0.63 per 90 (second highest), as well as taking 44 shots (third highest) with 27 on target.

His run of fixtures are advantageous, including Newcastle, who have the worst defence in the league, conceding 34 times this season.

Ollie Watkins

  • Price: £7.6m
  • Picked by: 7%
  • Fixtures: Norwich (a), Burnley (H), Chelsea (H)

Watkins is Villa’s top scorer with four goals, boasting the highest non-penalty xG in the team too (4.1).

As well as scoring goals, he’s been creating opportunities too, providing 30 shot-creating actions and two goal-creating actions for his teammates.

In GW17 he faces Norwich, who have conceded the second most goals (32) sitting bottom of the table and after that he plays Burnley, who are conceding the most shots per game (16.6).

Under Gerrard he appears to have found his form again, scoring twice for his new boss and playing in a system with two narrow number 10’s he’s getting lots of chances created for him.

With a couple of leaky defences on the horizon, Watkins is an astute pick this week.

Bukayo Saka

  • Price: £6.2m
  • Picked by: 9%
  • Fixtures: West Ham (H), Leeds (a), Norwich (a)

With two goals and three assists, Saka has been one of Arsenal’s most influential players this season.

He has the highest xA in the team (2.3) and the second highest npxG (2.8) as well.

Also at Arsenal he’s ranked second for overall shots (28) and has played the most key passes (28), making 56 shot-creating actions (5th most in the league) plus four goal-creating actions.

Their next match is at home to West Ham, with Arsenal picking up 19 points at home this campaign (joint most) so this could be a good sign to bring Saka in.

After, they play two away matches but against Leeds and Norwich, who are 15th and 20th respectively.

Conor Gallagher

  • Price: £6.2m
  • Picked by: 26%
  • Fixtures: Southampton (H), Watford (a), Spurs (a)

Gallagher has been one of the most valuable players this season, scoring 14.26 points per million (second most in the league).

Originally priced at £5.5m, the midfielder has scored 6 goals and assisting three for Palace, which ranks him as the 5th highest scoring player in the game (87 points).

He’s provided 65 shot-creating actions (third most), 4.45 per 90, and 11 goal-creating actions (second most), 0.75 per 90.

Additionally he’s hit 14 shots on target and made 26 key passes, with two fixtures in a row having a FDR of two his ownership is only going to increase.

Ruben Dias

  • Price: £6.1m
  • Picked by: 25%
  • Fixtures: Leeds (H), Newcastle (a), Leicester (H)

With Cancelo suspended, you may want another Man City defender to fill in for him in GW17.

Or, you may just want to save budget for elsewhere, as Dias is £0.8m cheaper than his compatriot.

Man City rank best for shots against per game, allowing only 6.4 per match, conceding the fewest goals too (9).

As well as being part of a solid defence, Dias has attacking threat from set-pieces, scoring once both this season and last season. Additionally, he’s made 93 passes into the final third (6th most in the league).

Aaron Ramsdale

  • Price: £5.0m
  • Picked by: 16%
  • Fixtures: West Ham (H), Leeds (a), Norwich (a)

Ramsdale has 7 clean sheets now after the weekend, keeping one in 53% of matches.

He’s also made 46 saves (5th most in the league), saving 80% of overall shots faced and averaging only one goal against per 90 (5th best).

Furthermore, he’s a valuable asset, scoring 14 points per million this campaign (third most) and is the third highest scoring ‘keeper in the game with 70 points.