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FPL GW18 Transfer Tips: Who Are the Best Picks?

FPL returned with a bang on Boxing Day, with over 30 goals scored across the 10 matches.

There were some high-scoring performances too, including Aleksandar Mitrovic (15 points) and Mohamed Salah (12 points).

With an incredible pick percentage of more than 84%, we won’t bother featuring Erling Haaland here, and instead, assume he’s already in your teams!

The question is, which FPL asset will enjoy a fruitful GW18? Here are the best picks.

Best Players to Transfer in for FPL GW18

NameTeamPositionPricePick %GW17 PointsOverall Points
Mohamed SalahLiverpoolMidfielder£12.8m33%1294
Mason MountChelseaMidfielder£7.5m7%1063
Aleksandar MitrovicFulhamForward£6.9m21%1576
Martin OdegaardArsenalMidfielder£6.4m17%1188
Said BenrahmaWest HamMidfielder£5.6m1%741
Marc CucurellaChelseaDefender£5.1m8%637

Mohamed Salah

  • Price: £12.8m
  • Picked by: 33%
  • Fixtures: Leicester (H), Brentford (a), Brighton (a)

The general conception around Mohamed Salah is that he’s having a poor season. However, 7 goals and 5 assists say otherwise.

His xG is 9.2 (7th highest), taking the third most shots this season (53 including 22 on target).

Additionally, he’s creating chances as well as scoring them, supplying 33 key passes (5th most) and 59 shot-creating actions (7th most).

Liverpool face Leicester next, who have the third-highest xGA in away matches this campaign (15.1).

The Reds have won their last three league games and could make it four this Friday.

Mason Mount

  • Price: £7.5m
  • Picked by: 7%
  • Fixtures: Nottingham Forest (a), Man City (H) + Fulham (a), Crystal Palace (H)

Mount is another who receives a lot of unnecessary criticism.

The Chelsea player has three goals and assists each, with the second-highest xA in the Chelsea team (1.9) with the most key passes (21) ahead of some good fixtures.

In GW18 they face Forest, who have a leaky defence conceding 33 goals and an xGA of 26.5, before a double gameweek in GW19 against City and Fulham.

Mount’s also expected to play every game, playing the second minutes in the league this term for his club (1,120).

Aleksandar Mitrovic

  • Price: £6.9m
  • Picked by: 21%
  • Fixtures: Southampton (H), Leicester (a) + Chelsea (H), Newcastle (a)

Mitrovic continued his fine form this season by scoring and getting two assists on Boxing Day, taking his tally to 10 goals (fourth most).

His xG is 9.5 (fourth highest), taking the most shots in the league (59).

The Serbian is also prolific from the penalty spot, scoring three in total (joint most).

His assists against Palace this week were his first of the season, but he has the third most goal-creating actions per 90 (9).

Fulham host Southampton in GW18, who are bottom of the league, before a double gameweek against Leicester and Chelsea in GW19.

Martin Odegaard

  • Price: £6.4m
  • Picked by: 17%
  • Fixtures: Brighton (a), Newcastle (H), Spurs (a)

Odegaard has quietly gone about his business this season, scoring 6 and assisting four goals.

With 88 points this campaign, he has outscored Arsenal teammates Gabriel Martinelli (£6.8m) and Bukayo Saka (£8.0m).

The Norwegian has the third highest xA (4.6), making 30 key passes (9th most) and 63 shot-creating actions (4.9 per 90 – 6th most).

The Gunners have some tough games coming up for their title challenge. They’re top for a reason though, and consequently Odegaard could return against anyone he faces.

Said Benrahma

  • Price: £5.6m
  • Picked by: 1%
  • Fixtures: Brentford (H), Leeds (a), Wolves (a)

West Ham’s top scorer (three goals) is only selected in 1% of FPL teams, making him a great differential.

Per 90, Benrahma has averaged 3.2 shots (10th most) and 4.8 shot-creating actions (7th most), resulting in one assist.

The Algerian is also on penalties, scoring twice from 12 yards this term.

The Hammers have decent fixtures, including Wolves who are in the bottom three, with Benrahma being a very affordable option for their run.

Marc Cucurella

  • Price: £5.1m
  • Picked by: 8%
  • Fixtures: Nottingham Forest (a), Man City (H) + Fulham (a), Crystal Palace (H)

Cucurella is a cheap way into the Chelsea defence (£5.1m), which lots of FPL managers will be looking for due to Chelsea’s aforementioned fixtures.

Also, with Reece James going off injured again, a move to Cucurella will enable Chelsea defensive coverage while also freeing up the budget to be utilised elsewhere.

The Spaniard isn’t as attacking as his teammate, with an xGI per 90 of 0.1 compared to James’ 0.3, but he is a competent replacement.

They face Forest next, who have scored the second-fewest goals this season (11), then playing twice in GW19.