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FPL Gameweek 18 Tips: Best Players to Transfer In

Multiple postponements have altered FPL GW18 drastically, with only 5 matches currently going ahead.

As a result, you’ll need reliable assets this week in order to field 11 players, so bare in mind when making transfers that any game could yet still be off.

We advise to leave transfers until the very last minute to have the best chance of fielding a full team.

Best Players for FPL GW18

The best assets to bring in this week are Phil Foden, Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney.

The most transferred in players ahead of GW18 are Ollie Watkins, Phil Foden and Mason Mount.

NameTeamPositionPricePick %GW17 scoreTotal Points
Phil FodenMan CityMidfielder£8.1m12%1261
Emile Smith RoweArsenalMidfielder£6.0m28%675
Emiliano MartinezAston VillaGoalkeeper£5.5m14%767
Kieran TierneyArsenalDefender£4.8m6%755

Phil Foden

  • Price: £8.0m
  • Picked by: 8%
  • Fixtures: Newcastle (a), Leicester (H), Brentford (a)

With four goals and four assists this campaign, Foden could become an essential player in the next few weeks.

He’s providing 0.78 goals and assists per 90 in a City team at the summit of the table, with a non-penalty xG per 90 of 0.5 (5th highest in the league) and an xA of 0.39 per 90 (fourth highest).

The versatile attacker is also taking 1.33 shots per 90 and supplying 0.78 goal-creating actions per 90 (fourth highest).

Facing Newcastle in GW18 is a perfect fixture for him, as they’ve got the highest xGA in the league (32.51) and have conceded the second most shots per game (15.8).

He is rotated now and then, but if you hold onto him the returns will come in high numbers.

Emile Smith Rowe

  • Price: £6.0m
  • Picked by: 25%
  • Fixtures: Leeds (a), Norwich (a), Wolves (H)

Smith Rowe has 6 goals this season, scoring 26% of his total shots in what has been a breakout campaign for the youngster.

He’s also had 14 shots on target (second most in the Arsenal team) and is outscoring his xG by 3.6, the biggest margin in the league.

As well as scoring he gets the ball into dangerous areas, therefore creating chances, making 39 carries into the final third (5th most in the league).

However, he’s not started Arsenal’s last three games, but for two of those he was injured and after scoring in his last game he will be involved again. Whether he’ll start remains to be seen though.

Emiliano Martinez

  • Price: £5.5m
  • Picked by: 14%
  • Fixtures: Burnley (H), Chelsea (H), Leeds (a)

Update: Aston Villa vs Burnley has been postponed, so do NOT transfer in Martinez.

With a lot of the game’s most popular goalkeeper picks with blank gameweeks, Martinez could make the perfect replacement.

He’s kept 5 clean sheets this season whilst making 47 saves along the way too, saving 69% of shots overall.

Playing Burnley in GW18, Martinez could get another (40% chance of a clean sheet). The Clarets are averaging only 8.3 shots away from home (third fewest in the league).

At £5.5m he’s not the bargain he was last season, but if you can spare the extra £0.5 – 1.0m he is still a quality shot-stopper.

Kieran Tierney

  • Price: £4.8m
  • Picked by: 5%
  • Fixtures: Leeds (a), Norwich (a), Wolves (H)

Returning from injury recently, Tierney has reclaimed his place in the Arsenal team.

Assisting two goals in his last three games, he has been racking up the points (31 points in last three), averaging 5 per game this season.

He’s also made 10 crosses into the penalty area (5th most in the league), showcasing his attacking intent as a full-back.

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  • In his next three games he faces Leeds, Norwich and Wolves, with the latter two scoring the fewest goals this term (8 – Norwich, 13 – Wolves).

    There’s still an outside chance Nuno Tavares gets recalled but with Tierney’s form in recent games he certainly appears to be at the front of the queue. A potentially busy fixture schedule (postponements aside) could result in rotation, however.