It’s another midweek fixture as FPL managers had less than 48 hours to finish crying over their BGW27 results before looking ahead to game week 28. The biggest news out of the weekend, the injury to Marcus Rashford and Aymeric Laporte could dampen spirits, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka appears to be set for a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury. For me game week 28 represents a great opportunity to post back to back green arrows and break that 100k barrier, which has been somewhat elusive this season.
As I eluded to last week and in a few recent FPL articles, I don’t intend on making a free transfer for game week 28. The current plan is to roll the transfer, in order to move out both Arsenal assets; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac, ahead of game week 29, when their fixtures turn, away to Spurs and home to Man United.
While I do carry AWB on my roster, I had no intentions of playing him before game week 29. If he continues to be flagged, there is a good chance I will get rid altogether when I activate my second wild card for DGW32. There is some value in Palace assets between game week 29 and 33, but I don’t believe I will continue with any when I wild card.
Other player options for this week, depending on what your current chip startegy is:
Angus Gunn (£4.3/TSB 0.2% )
Southampton have played better since Ralph Hasenhuttl has taken over. Gunn picked up his second start on the season, but unlike the 0-0 draw against Chelsea earlier in the season, he leaked two goals, which probably should have been more, but Arsenal was wasteful. Gunn looks better than Alex McCarthy and is the future for So’ton. This week they face Fulham at St. Marys and hopefully he gets a consecutive start for the Saints. He’s got the tools to be a top Premier League goalkeeper and The Cottagers don’t have much pop on offense.
Wily Boly (£4.6/TSB 4.1%)
Many budget defenders have good match ups this weekend. Huddersfield coming off a 2-0 loss at St. James’ just doesn’t look good on defense. Even though Wolves have kept a CS since game week 17, this is their best opportunity. If you can’t afford Boly, Connor Coady, Jonny and Ryan Bennett are all excellent options!
James Ward-Prowse (£5.1/TSB 2.2%)
Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch, as I back another Saints player ahead of GW28. As I mentioned with Gunn, So’ton host Fulham at St. Marys and JWP has been one of the more consistent performers. He’s posted three goals in his last six and has set piece responsibility. He could come up with a nice game this week before fixtures turn for the Saints.
Ashley Barnes (£5.6/TSB 2.3%)
Barnes and his strike partner, Chris Wood continue to fly under the radar for Burnley. The pair have combined for 15 goals on the season, with Barnes hitting for 8 goals. He’s posted four goals in the last four games and has been a machine for the Clarets. He continues to be overlooked by FPL managers on a team that is usually known for their defensive assets. I look for Barnes to continue the attacking returns they travel to St. James’ to play Newcastle.