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The buzz of Fantasy Premier League has burst into its decisive stage with 12 gameweeks remaining and the managers are weighing up options in order to acquire some ‘value for money’ resources. It has been difficult to select a squad of 15 with popular figures due to their high base price. The FPL managers are thus often opting for budget options that have paid off at times but futile on most occasions.
We have scouted three such names who can be viewed as quality, yet inexpensive options for the upcoming gameweek. They belong to three different squad roles – one each for the backline, midfield as well as the forward line.
The Swansea City centre-back might be an unlikely choice but is one of the most underrated FPL stars of recent weeks. The Swans have upturned their campaign sensationally under new boss Carlos Carvalhal and successive favourable outcomes have taken them out of the drop zone for the time being.
Mawson has scored 22 points in the last three outings that include back to back wins over Liverpool and Arsenal. Mawson scored the solitary goal against the Reds and also provided an assist versus the Gunners. The Englishman has only been acquired by 2.3% owners but costs only £5.0m considering his form, 5.8, following his scintillating run in recent weeks.
The Swans host Burnley at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon and the probability of them earning a clean-sheet is also on the cards due to their defensive discipline after Carvalhal’s appointment. Mawson will thus be a decent pick for this gameweek.
The Watford midfield sensation is already the managers’ favourite due to his persistent goals and assists. The Frenchman assisted twice against Chelsea on Monday night en route a thumping 4-1 triumph and grabbed 10 points from the fixture.
He has surpassed the craze of Richarlison, who was a popular choice in early weeks. However his craze has faded away of late and Doucoure has stepped up to relieve the owners who were in desperate search of a budget midfield option alongside the likes of Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen, Riyad Mahrez etc. to name a few.
He has been selected by only 13.4% of owners despite having a price of £5.3m which is indeed quite affordable. Watford’s weekend trip to West Ham United is tipped to be an end-to-end clash which might allow the French midfield general to grab a few more smart points from consecutive outings.
Carvalhal has altered Swansea’s fortune and Ayew has played a pivotal role in the process. The forward will lead the line against the Clarets this weekend and has offered decent points in the past eight gameweeks ( 8,2,7,2,8,2,8,2). If we follow the pattern, it’s his turn to score against Burnley on Saturday afternoon, which is quite probable since the Welsh side are upbeat and rejuvenated once more to script another lucky escape.
He costs only £5.3m and has been selected by 12.6% of owners as of now. The player deserves more attention from the Fantasy Premier League managers.