Author: Jonathan Turner
It’s the business end of the season for Fantasy Premier League managers around the world, whether you’re fighting for the title, bragging rights or making a last-ditch effort to not finish bottom!
With that in mind, here are five players worth recruiting to give your team a push until the end of the campaign.
FPL managers love a player who’s listed as a midfielder but really plays as a forward, as it is the case of Tottenham’s Son Heung-min. The South Korean star will play a pivotal role for Spurs until the end of the season as the lead striker in the absence of injured Harry Kane.
Tottenham not only have an extra game, but three of their five remaining fixtures are at their new stadium – a place where Son has already scored once and assisted once in two Premier League games.
Apart from the trip to Manchester City (who Son scored three times against in two Champions League games to guide Spurs against the odds into the semi-finals), Tottenham’s run-in is kind, with matches against Brighton (H), West Ham (H), Bournemouth (A) and Everton (H).
With top-four still a four-way battle, Mauricio Pochettino can’t afford to rest any of his key players, and Son is set for a key role until the end of the season.
Granted, this may not be the most surprising of picks, but valued at just £5.5 million and a guaranteed starter, Liverpool’s right-back is certainly worth considering. Despite still fighting for both the Champions League and Premier League titles, Jurgen Klopp has shown in recent weeks his reluctance to tinker too much with his line-up, particularly in defence and attack. The Reds also have a favourable run-in, with Cardiff (A), Huddersfield (H), Newcastle (A), and Wolves (H).
Given how tough Liverpool’s defence has been this season, it’s not too difficult to imagine clean sheets in all four remaining fixtures, and therefore points galore for Alexander-Arnold.
He may not have raked in the points of left-back colleague Andrew Robertson, but the England international is still the sixth best-performing defender this season, is selected by 16 percent less teams and is significantly cheaper.
Far and away Southampton’s highest points-scorer in FPL this season, Redmond could be a decent pick for a number of reasons. Southampton are one of a few teams with four matches left and the South Coast club are still fighting for survival, so manager Ralph Hasenhüttl is highly unlikely to rest his best players between now and the end of the campaign.
Saints also have the best fixture list of any side in the bottom half, starting this week with trips to Newcastle and Watford, before Bournemouth (H), West Ham (A), and Huddersfield (H). Southampton may not necessarily win all of these games, but they should pick up a few points, with Redmond central to any success they have.
The English winger, who is coming off a 15-point game week following his two goals against Wolves, is also available at a bargain £5.3m, freeing up budget for more expensive players. He is only selected by 3.4 percent of teams so any points he earns are not likely to also boost your rivals.
The obvious pick when looking at Wolves players is of course Raul Jimenez, but with the Mexican striker selected by nearly 40 percent of FPL managers, he is unlikely to give you an upper hand on your competition. Portuguese midfielder Jota, on the other hand, has gone under the radar this season but has still had a hand in 14 goals (seven goals, seven assists, plus seven clean sheets).
Wolves are another side that not only have four games left, but also face a less-than-tricky run-in, with Brighton (H), Arsenal (H), Watford (A), and Fulham (H), before a tough final trip to Liverpool.
After their FA Cup semi-final heartbreak, Wolves should be focused on winning the four-way fight for seventh, which – should Manchester City win the FA Cup – would earn them a spot in next season’s Europa League. With something tangible still to play for, expect manager Nuno Espírito Santo to stick with his best players, and Jota is certainly one of them.
Valued at just £6.2m and selected by only 6.9 percent of managers, Jota could be the sneaky dark horse your team needs to stand out in your league.
It’s been a strange few weeks for Manchester United, indeed it’s been a strange season as a whole. Still, even after a poor run of form that has seen them lose two of their last four league games, United are still firmly in the hunt for a top-four place.
Central to their hopes of earning a Champions League spot will be French forward Martial, who has thrived since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.
United have a mixed bag of remaining fixtures, with Everton (A), Manchester City (H), Chelsea (H), Huddersfield (A), and Cardiff (H), but with only the league left to focus on, Solskjaer is expected to field his strongest side.
Since returning from injury, Martial has scored once and assisted in his two starts, and he has a good record against the big teams, so a telling contribution against both or either of City or Chelsea would not be a surprise.
Also, at £7.2m and selected by just four percent of FPL teams, Martial is definitely worth considering.