If you owned Bruno Fernandes (£11.7m) then you probably enjoyed Gameweek 22.
If like me you captained Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) and didn’t own Fernandes then it probably wasn’t quite as much fun.
The good news is that at the time of writing there is currently not much chaos happening in the world of FPL for Gameweek 23. No postponements (yet…), and no Double Gameweeks (yet…).
So let's dive into the key talking points.
FPL GW24 Tips:
Is Bruno Fernandes A Good Option Now?
When you come out of a Double Gameweek with four attacking returns you definitely attract the attention of a lot of FPL managers.
Manchester United actually have a really nice fixture run after West Ham (h) in Gameweek 23 with Burnley, Southampton, Leeds and Watford all to come.
It’s also worth noting that Ralf Rangnick has changed to be playing more of a 433 to offer more control in midfield, and it has coincided with the returns for Fernandes. We shouldn’t put too much emphasis on just two games, but it’s promising.
I’m still not convinced that paying nearly £12m for a midfielder who isn’t on penalties is worth it.
If you already own him I can see why you’d want to keep, but I wouldn’t be going out of my way to buy him. I’d actually prefer Kevin De Bruyne (£12.1m) for just £0.4m more.
Whatever you decide, just remember that Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) has a good chance of being back for Gameweek 24 and if you don’t own him, you’re going to need to decide how you fund that move.
What To Do With Chelsea Players
Chelsea were disappointing to say the least in the Double Gameweek. Mason Mount (£7.7m) didn’t even start against Manchester City, while defenders like Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) and Antonio Rüdiger (£6.2m) both blanked.
They face Tottenham Hotspur at home in Gameweek 23, but after that have three blank Gameweeks in the next four.
They aren’t must sell players for this week, but if you have a spare transfer then you could definitely look to sell.
Depending on how much money you have, Mount could be sold to someone like Phil Foden (£8.0m) who has great upcoming fixtures and will hopefully feature heavily.
If you want to go a bit cheaper than Raphinha (£6.5m) looks a great option or Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m) if you want to target Aston Villa.
The only thing I’d say about Coutinho is keep an eye on what Steven Gerrard says about his fitness levels as he confirmed before the Manchester United game that he’s not quite match fit yet.
With that in mind, there has to be some doubt about whether he’ll definitely start in Gameweek 23...
Aston Villa Fixture Swing
Aston Villa are about to come into a stage of the season which sees them play all of Leeds, Newcastle, Watford, and Southampton over the next six Gameweeks. Even the other fixtures in this time aren’t bad either with Everton and Brighton to play.
Gerrard has made some improvements to their defence and they definitely look a little more solid. I don’t think we need to start thinking of them in the same way we do about a Man City defence, but they’re definitely better than they were under Smith.
Lucas Digne (£5.0m) looks like the most exciting option at the back, we know from his time at Everton he can be very attacking and is likely to take some set pieces as well.
There is possibly some competition still from Matt Targett (£4.7m) but the fact Digne went straight into the team against Manchester United tells us a lot.
If you want to be absolutely sure about starts then Matty Cash (£5.1m) has started every Premier League game so far this season and has less competition for his spot.
In attack I’ve already mentioned Coutinho above. I think he fits well into the current midfield template and may see some FPL managers start to move towards a 352 formation.
We know he can score goals, and it hasn’t taken him long to get off the mark. He has great fixtures coming up and once he’s match fit you’d expect him to start most games.
Emi Buendia (£6.2m) could be a slightly cheaper option now that he’s starting to get a run of games, however if both are fully fit I would expect Coutinho to get more minutes.
Ollie Watkins (£7.7m) is probably the best option up front as I can see Danny Ings (£7.7m) having his minutes managed.
They could both play together but I expect Gerrard to trial both Buendia and Coutinho behind Watkins at some point and that might mean that Ings gives way.
There is a chance that Villa will have a Double Gameweek in Gameweek 23, but nothing is confirmed yet.
If this gets confirmed before the Gameweek 23 deadline then they look like great options to bring in as they’d play Everton and one of Burnley (h) or Leeds (a) followed by some great fixtures as already mentioned.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: 12th August 2021