As Gameweek 25 approaches, we take a look at the 3 burning questions which FPL managers should strongly consider before setting up their team.
1. Implications of Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Manchester United
The Chilean’s much-awaited transfer was made official this week amidst much fanfare. Sanchez, who started vs Yeovil Town in the FA Cup match, is priced at £11.7m but will have to do a lot to justify his price tag over the coming gameweeks. The prospective returns of Romelu Lukaku ad Paul Pogba will certainly get a boost after his arrival. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are expected to keep their places in the starting 11 but are more prone to be rotated now we reckon.
Also, Henrikh Mkhitaryan after being fairly irrelevant for FPL managers after his opening 5 GWs, will probably demand more attention from managers as he is expected to be nailed on. Play alongside Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and possibly Aubameyang will do his chances of getting on the scoresheet no harm. At £7.6 million, he could turn out to be an interesting acquisition.
2. The West Ham train falls off its tracks
David Moyes’ job of keeping West Ham in the Premier League just got more difficult as Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic injured their hamstrings against Bournemouth last week while Arthur Masuaku also got banned for 6 games for spitting. These three were the most popular West Ham targets for FPL managers and their owners will have to replace them. Additionally, Andy Carroll and Pedro Obiang also face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Without them, it’ll be interesting to see how the Hammers cope up. With injuries mounting for the Hammers, new acquisitions such as Joao Mario will need to hit the ground running if West Ham are to retain their Premier League status next season.
3. Keeping an eye out for DGW and BGW preparations
The Carabao Cup and the FA Cup fixtures were played out this week and managers should start preparing for the prospective blank gameweek in GW31. Lots of managers are planning to use the Free Hit chip for that particular gameweek with as many as 10 teams likely to not play that week.
While GW31 is likely to be a much bigger Blank GW in comparison to GW35 (FA Cup Semifinals will be played that weekend), it’ll be difficult for managers to prepare for GW35 as GW34 will be a bumper Double GW. For more information on this follow Ben Crellin on Twitter, and bookmark his spreadsheet for an in-depth insight into the specifics to stay ahead and use all the information you need to arrive at a decision.
Start planning your transfers around these blank and double gameweeks to give your teams the maximum chance to jump up the leaderboards.
That’s all for this week, may your arrows be green!