Another gameweek gone and it was a low scoring one thanks to more than half of the top 10 captaincy options scoring five points or fewer. Pep roulette hit again featuring David Silva and Sergio Agüero and Pep Guardiola essentially promised that it will continue to happen moving forward. Unfortunately, with how dynamic the attack is, managers will have to roll with the punches and hope for the best. 

Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent and Punty McPunterson, a player under five percent owned who I’m backing for success each week. This article will also include players to offload, some due to injury or being dropped by their teams, and others due to performance.

Let’s look at this week’s fixtures:

Saturday 5 October

Brighton v Tottenham
Burnley v Everton
Liverpool v Leicester
Norwich v Aston Villa
Watford v Sheffield United
West Ham v Crystal Palace

Sunday 6 October

Arsenal v Bournemouth
Man City v Wolverhampton
Southampton v Chelsea
Newcastle v Manchester United

Players to offload: 

Adrián (GK Liverpool, 4.6m, 7.0%): Usually when transferring players out for someone returning from injury, you want to wait until the injured player makes an appearance, but with most FPL teams running one playing keeper, this isn’t a position where you can wait for Allison’s pending return. Cut ties with Adrián early and make a move to Mat Ryan, Nick Pope or Rui Patrício (all are ranked in order). Considering this weekend is a bad matchup for the Liverpool defense, why wait for the international break to divest in shares of Adrián?

Oleksandr Zinchenko (DEF Manchester City, 5.5m 9.2%): There’s a theme to this week’s players to offload and that’s fine because you don’t want to get caught out in the cold. Benjamin Mendy is coming, and you want to get off of ZInchenko before he misses another game. A straight swap to Nicolás Otamendi makes sense if you want to keep the prices in check but I’d go for an upgrade to another attacking fullback in Ricardo Periera. While he doesn’t have a great matchup this week in Liverpool, moving forward he will offer wonderful value moving forward. 

No changes in the 40 percent club this week as we have Mo Salah, Virgil van Djik, Teemu Pukki, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne. Currently, I own van Djik, Pukki, and de Bruyne.

Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent owned at the time of writing):

John Lundstram (DEF Sheffield United 4.5m, 29.6%): A defender in name only, Lundstram has a very good matchup going into the hornet’s nest. While the Watford attack is coming along, no one is starting Lundstram for clean sheets and he can get forward to register a goal or an assist versus a porous defense. 

Todd Cantwell (MID Norwich City 5.0m, 27.3%): Call it a budget bonza as Cantwell is the second name on my team sheet. While Cantwell has had two blanks since that game versus Manchester City but that’s because Norwich didn’t have any home cooking before. No team wants to go to Carrow Road for a match and the Cantwell, Pukki, Emi Buendía show is in full force at home. Start your Norwich attackers.

Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent):

Bernardo Silva (MID Manchester City 7.9m, 14.4%): While there is a chance that Bernardo may be suspended, he is still eligible to play this week. Home versus a Wolverhampton team who will need to rotate after playing most of the first-choice team versus Besiktas means that another crooked number will be put up by the Citizens. 

Marcus Rashford (FWD Manchester United 8.4m, 10.7%): I hate how Manchester United have been playing lately and a midweek draw versus AZ Alkmaar doesn’t help things either but they’re playing a championship team, Newcastle United. The Magpies are the definition of start your attackers unless they’re playing Spurs having given up crooked numbers to Leicester, Liverpool, and Norwich. Expect more of the same versus United.

Rolling the dice (under 10 percent):

Josh King (FWD Bournemouth 6.3m, 9.0%): Budget forwards tickle your fancy? Well, Josh King has a new life on the left sign of midfield as he has picked up one goal and three assists in his last three games. While Ryan Fraser may push King up top if/ when he returns to the lineup, he won’t push King out of the lineup. But even if King moves off the wing, he’ll stay in the lineup and still offer value in a clicking Bournemouth attack. 
Tanguy Ndombele (MID Tottenham 6.0m 4.2%): While he wasn’t a goalscorer at Lyon, Ndombele seems to be one of the more reliable members of the Tottenham attack. Two goals and one assist on the season and an away trip to Brighton seems like just what the doctor ordered for a Spurs squad short on confidence. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are stars of the attack but Ndombele is slowly making a statement that he should be included in all draft teams and demand entry into your FPL squads.

Punty McPunterson: Harry Wilson (MID Bournemouth 6.1m 3.7%): Bournemouth versus Arsenal has the look of a shootout to it and my money’s on Harry Wilson getting a goal. 


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