Newcastle Players in FPL?
Are Newcastle a victim of tough fixtures or are they genuine relegation contenders? If you believe it’s the former then it could be time to get Newcastle players in your FPL team. Here are the top contenders.
Next 5 fixtures: Southampton (A), Watford (H), Bournemouth (H), Burnley (A), West Ham (H)
He almost single-handedly saved Newcastle from relegation last season, with 4 clean sheets in just 12 games played. But Dubravka (£5.0m) hasn’t quite replicated his feats so far in the 18/19 season. He has 2 shut-outs in 9 games to date. However, over that run, he faced Spurs, Chelsea, City, Arsenal, Man Utd and Leicester (but somehow Newcastle have still conceded fewer than the Red Devils!). Of the 3 remaining matches he may have expected not to concede, Dubravka only let one in against Brighton last week. The 0-0 vs Palace brought him maximum bonus, as well, while he didn’t have to make a single save in the stalemate with Cardiff. The team’s incoming run of nine straight games against “non-top 6” clubs offers plenty of potential for Newcastle’s top-scorer to pick up more FPL points!
If you’re happy with your rotation pairing or set-and-forget ‘keeper, or just want to save money, then consider Yedlin. Available for £0.5m cheaper, he also has the potential of points at the other end of the pitch. He has already registered a goal and assist so far. One caveat is that he only managed 2 assists last season – an average of one attacking return in over 15 games. Pessimists will claim he’s overperforming, then. Optimists will point towards his 3 assists (and 6 clean sheets) in just 1811 minutes in 15/16.
If you seek more direct goal threat from your defenders, then club captain Lascelles (£4.8m) may be more up your street. He’s dropped £0.2m since the season began, having failed to score yet. But again I direct your attention to the “Opening Fixtures Of Death”! Three goals last year, and averaging a goal in just over every 4 games the season before, it’s surely a matter of time before he opens his account for 18/19. One of the top contenders of Newcastle players to have in your team.
Kenedy £4.9m) was an FPL gift in the second half of last season, registering 2 goals and 2 assists in just 1,023 minutes played. He’s been a little off the pace this time round, but not for lack of trying. Gameweek 9 vs Brighton saw him top the table for shots by any position with a massive 8 attempts! This keenness, plus his price and upcoming fixtures, makes him a great enabler. Stick him on your bench and when the inevitable rotation strikes one of your big-hitters, he’s not a bad option to come in.
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I always include a differential or two in these squad spotlights. So how does 0.5% owned sound for someone who’s scored over 115 points in each of the last 2 years? Ritchie (£5.9m) takes the lion’s share of corners and free kicks for Newcastle. Furthermore, he is still on penalties after Kenedy missed one at Cardiff while the Scot was off the pitch. He also had 6 shots in the box vs Brighton – the most of any FPL player in GW9 (for context, Aguero had 5 against Burnley)! One ‘secret’ to FPL success is identifying bandwagons before they start rolling… If you’re looking for a Ryan Fraser replacement, you could do worse than Ritchie!
Ugh. No thanks. Pérez (£6.1m) essentially plays out of position and only has one assist to his name. Joselu (£5.0m) has played the next most minutes and has scored 2, but has fallen out of favour in the last couple of games so isn’t even worthy of bench fodder. Meanwhile, you can pick up Danny Ings or Jiménez for the same price or less as Muto (£5.7m).
Which leaves Rondón (£5.7m). He’s the only Newcastle striker who vaguely interests me, also 0.5% owned like Ritchie. Injury has restricted him to just 3 starts so far, but he’s likely to be fit again for the Southampton game. He was clearly brought in over the summer to be their number one no.9, having scored over 100 FPL points in each of the last 3 seasons with West Brom. With Newcastle racking up 20 shots against Brighton, bombarding the box with crosses just dying for Rondón to convert, he’s one to consider if you’re looking to upgrade a non-playing striker and willing to take a risk!
West Ham Players
West Ham also have a run of good fixtures. Here are the best West Ham players to have in your team: https://www.fantasyfootballpundit.com/west-ham-players-in-fpl/
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