Game Week 9 Budget Picks
Whilst the expensive FPL forwards are firing on all cylinders right now, the midfield and defensive options do offer some real alternatives when it comes to picking some cheaper players in your squad. Trying to fit in two or three premium strikers can have dire consequences on the rest of your squad so we are looking to assess the top budget picks in each position ahead of game week 9.
The out and out budget pick has to go to Rob Elliot at Newcastle. At just £4.1m he is the cheapest playing keeper in the league and although he has only managed two clean sheets in the opening 8 games he has picked up extra bonus points and save points along the way.
Their next three home games all represent excellent clean sheet potential against Palace, Bournemouth and Watford and with the exception of a tough trip to Man Utd in GW12 Newcastle have very favourable fixtures until GW15.
If you are in need of freeing cash up for elsewhere in your side then there is no better pick.
He may not be the best pick for GW9 but Heurelho Gomes at Watford is only £4.5m and has enjoyed a good start to the season with the Hornets. 3 clean sheets and a couple of bonus points have given him 27 points (the same as Elliot) over the opening part of the campaign and he could be a good rotation option with Elliot if you fancy two cheapies in goal.
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At this stage of the season it is easy to look at the defenders player points table and become easily deceived. A goal or two for a defender will massively skew the table and can be more than misleading so it is always worth considering this when picking your cheap players.
In terms of the top 4 clubs, the out and out best pick remains Phil Jones at £5.3m and although not strictly speaking a budget player, he is when compared to the high prices of other top 4 club defenders – unfortunately, he is hardly a secret so you probably already have him.
Jo Gomez has started the last three games for Liverpool and looks dangerous going forwards, if Liverpool can add more clean sheets to their game then he would be a very decent pick indeed, as would Alberto Moreno with both of these players costing just £4.5m. Again, very good players to have on your bench and to bring in as and when the fixtures demand – sadly that is probably not going to be at Wembley this weekend.
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Our top pick for the next few weeks is Kyle Naughton. The Swansea defender is valued at just £4.6m and has some excellent fixtures coming up. The Swans have kept clean sheets in 50% of their games so far this season and their run of games reads Leicester (h), Arsenal (a), Brighton (h), Burnley (a) and Bournemouth (h) which makes for a pretty decent chance of keeping that 50% run going.
Kiko Fermenia at Watford is another decent pick at just £4.5m for similar reasons to our Gomes selection above.
When choosing a cheap midfielder for game week 9 and beyond the table can be trusted a little more and the player that stands out is Richarlison at Watford. At £6.2m he is on the fringes of becoming a mid-priced player but you can’t get much else at that price and he looks the real deal. 3 goals, 3 assists and 4 bonus points from his first 8 games is a very decent return and he is still present in less than 10% of FPL teams.
Some managers will be put off the young Brazilian due to their fixture this weekend but Chelsea had a tough game in midweek at The Bridge in a week that has seen them ship 5 goals – could there be another upset on the cards this weekend?
We are going with the table again for our next pick with Pascal Groß being our second midfield pick. At £5.7m the influential playmaker looks at home in the Premier League and with a set of promising fixtures ahead he could well be adding to his 2 goals and 3 assists so far this season. The official FPL fixture tracker rates the next three games with a difficulty rating of 2 so he could be a top pick for GW’s 9 to 12.
Our final pick is between Wilfred Zaha (£6.7m) and Andros Townsend (£5.7m) and it really depends on how much of a budget you have. It looks like Roy has managed to get this team firing again and with Benteke out for some time it will be down to these two to starting punching through teams. The signs were good last week and if budget allows the clear preference would be for Zaha who looked very much back to his best last weekend.
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There is only cheap FPL striker that everyone is talking about ahead of game week 9 and that is of course Tammy Abraham. At just £5.7m we had seen glimpses of what he is capable of in the opening 7 games with 2 goals in that time, but a brace in GW8 at home to Huddersfield is really what caused eyebrows to be raised.
His ownership is now just over 10% but choosing a cheap striker is where you will really see the biggest impact on the rest of your squad with the savings you will enjoy.
Put it this way, if you dropped a player like Lacazette (£10.4m) for Abraham you will have £4.7m to reinvest elsewhere – that could allow for the purchase of Hazard, KDB, or taking one of your £4.5m players to a Sterling, Sane or Silva!
Again, we come back to the favourable Swansea fixtures and the player who is on loan from Chelsea looks like a real bright spark in this team – he could be a bright spark in yours if you have the balls to put him in – but would you captain him? That’s a whole other article…