FPL Players to Watch – GW13 to GW20

FPL Players to Watch GW13 to GW20 Forwards

Fantasy Premier League managers have had to deal with the FPL void that is the international break. We, however, used this as an opportunity to look at FPL players to watch for the upcoming gameweeks. This can be particularly helpful to managers who are currently on the wildcard or plan to activate it in near future. We look at the top FPL candidates and specifically their “retain potential” and “fresh pick potential”. Retain potential refers to whether you should keep a player you already own. Fresh pick potential rates whether you should bring him in or not. For example, if a player is in good form but has difficult fixtures upcoming, his retain potential would be high but his fresh pick potential wouldn’t be.

Sergio Aguero

At 52.5% TSB, the Argentinian is currently the highest owned player in FPL. His return of 8 goals and 7 assists this season along with 3 big chances created makes him an excellent captain option. His away form is a concern though,  as more than 90% of his returns have come at the Etihad. Nevertheless, we believe this is a statistical anomaly and will therefore  change soon. His high ownership and ever-reliability make him a must-pick ahead of the busy festive season with second-choice forward Gabriel Jesus still to find his feet in the Premier League this season.

Verdict: High Retain Potential / High Fresh Pick Potential

Callum Wilson

His 36.0% TSB is indicative of his form this season with 6 goals and 7 assists with a further 6 big chances created. His FPL points per million (ppm) is greater than 10, so that makes him great value for money due to obvious reasons. However, Bournemouth’s fixtures are not great. They face Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool in their next 4 fixtures.

Verdict: High Retain Potential / Low Fresh Pick Potential

Harry Kane

The England captain is having a mixed season so far. Nonetheless, he is owned by 22.6% of FPL managers, such is his reputation. At such a high price, you would like someone with more consistent returns. Though he has scored 6 times and assisted in 2 more, he has blanked in 50% of the fixtures. Consequently FPL managers can ill-afford to give him the armband consistently. However, with Tottenham’s easy run in fixtures, he is going to rise in both price and ownership for sure. We believe, he is an excellent pick from GW14, especially for those who are chasing in mini-leagues, as his ownership is still less than most of the other premium options.

Verdict: High Retain Potential / High Fresh Pick Potential (GW14 onwards)

Marko Arnautovic

The high ownership at 22.0% and a run of relatively easy fixtures for the Hammers, makes the Austrian an excellent pick. His 5 goals and 2 assists along with creating 2 big chances is an indication of his potential. He has scored more than 12% of the total FPL points scored by the West Ham players and 35% of their attacking returns. Most of the attacking returns will be shared between him and Felipe Anderson. However, his next fixture is Manchester City.

Verdict: High Retain Potential / High Fresh Pick Potential (GW13 onwards)

Aleksandar Mitrovic

The for Newcastle striker had a strong start to the season with 5 goals and 1 assist in first 6 gameweeks. This has resulted in his high TSB at 16.8% – sixth highest among the forwards despite his current lack of form that includes only one assist since GW7. As Fulham appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, an upturn in form would be expected. He is the talisman in the Fulham side and managers may get tempted to keep him at least for the next fixture against Southampton. However, we are not recommending him until he shows some consistency in form. Particularly because there are other viable options at a cheaper price.

Verdict: Low Retain Potential / Low Fresh Pick Potential

Pierre Aubameyang

Aubameyang has scored braces twice from the bench, with 7 goals and 2 assists in the season so far. He is selected by 16.0% of FPL managers. His threat as an FPL forward has somewhat decreased from the last season as he has lost the striker position to Lacazette. His price of £10.9 is certainly not worth it at the moment as managers can’t captain him even in easy fixtures. Though he has returned well so far, we believe he has not justified his price tag. He should not be considered until Arsenal’s fixtures get kinder from GW16 onwards.

Verdict: Low Retain Potential / Low Fresh Pick Potential (until GW15)

Alexandre Lacazette

The Frenchman is playing as a central forward under Unai Emery. Owned by 13.3% of the managers, Lacazette has been in decent form with 5 goals and 4 assists so far this season. His 2.4 shots per game are higher than 1.9 of Aubameyang. This is one reason that makes him better value at £1.2m cheaper. Arsenal’s fixtures are great from GW16 and we believe he is the best option from Arsenal attack.

Verdict: High Retain Potential / Low Fresh Pick Potential (until GW15)

Raul Jiminez

The Mexican is having an excellent season with 3 goals and 5 assists already. As a result 10.6% of FPL managers have selected him. His 2.9 shots per game along with creating 4 big chances are better than many premium strikers. His 9.6 points per million are more than decent. Wolves are facing Huddersfield and Cardiff City next, who are both not-so-good defensively. All these make Jimenez an excellent value for money and a good pick at least for the next couple of fixtures.

Verdict: High Retain Potential / High Fresh Pick Potential

Danny Ings

The loanee from Liverpool has been more than effective in Southampton colours. He has taken up the bulk of scoring duties for them. Owned by only 5.1% of the managers, his 4 goals and one assist along with his penalty duties make him an excellent differential budget forward. His next game is against Fulham. They have conceded the most goals this season and are still to keep a clean sheet. At such a cheap price, Ings allows managers to start him only in easier fixtures and gives them a strong bench option during the busy festive period.

Verdict: High Retain Potential / Low Fresh Pick Potential

Alvaro Morata

The Spaniard’s revival in form recently have been encouraging. His 5 goals so far this season, with 4 of them coming in the last 5 matches makes him a good differential option as he is owned by only 3% of the FPL managers. Hazard’s excellent form only increases the likelihood he will be at the end of plenty of big chances. We recommend Morata as a good differential option in the festive period, whose current form can be beneficial to his owners.

Verdict: High Retain Potential / High Fresh Pick Potential

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