With the FPL deadline at 11am GMT on Saturday, 13 February, here are some of the key players you should consider for your team – and perhaps think about handing the armband to…
Emi Martinez, Aston Villa (£5.2m)
The Villa star is the highest-scoring keeper in the Premier League this season with 116 points. He has kept two clear sheets in the last three games, and will fancy his chances of another as Villa head to Brighton this weekend.
Ederson, Man City (£6.1m)
The City shot-stopper is expensive, but worth it given the League leaders have a double gameweek. City face tough tests against Tottenham and Everton, but Spurs are struggling for goals while the Toffees will be without Calvert-Lewin – and that offers the real possibility of two clean sheets.
John Stones, Man City (£5.2m)
It’s a case of take your pick for City’s defenders over the double gameweek, but Stones just edges Ruben Dias with the latter returning from injury. Stones picked up 21 points in gameweek 19 and could pose a threat at set-pieces against both Spurs and Everton.
Luke Shaw, Man United (£4.9m)
Well priced given his resurgent form this season. Shaw is now one of the top attacking left-backs in the Premier League, and having had a rest in midweek, will fancy his chances of pucking out Edinson Cavani against a West Brom side leaking goals.
Aaron Cresswell, West Ham (£5.7m)
Another attacking left-back worth the price, especially given the Hammers can take a well-earned rest before a plum tie against a struggling Sheffield United side on Monday night. If Michail Antonio plays, Cresswell is a good bet for an assist (or two) and a clean sheet.
Ilkay Gundogan, Man City (£6m)
It’s no secret that the German midfielder has stepped up in the abence of Kevin De Bruyne, but not even Guardiola could have hoped for the sort of returns Gundogan is posting. Since gameweek 13, the 30-year-old has posted double figures in five gameweeks – and he is the least likely City midfielder or firward to be rested in either game as well.
Tomas Soucek, West Ham (£5.3m)
Plenty of FPL managers rested Soucek in gameweek 20 after two blanks, but he scored twice against Crystal Palace – and a goal against Aston Villa shows he’s on the way back. He scored zero in the last gameweek after being sent off against Fulham – harsh considering the red was overturned by the FA – but he’ll be fit and firing against Sheffield United.
Bruno Fernandes, Man United (£11m)
Like Gundogan, Fernandes is a banker for pretty much every FPL boss – and with United heading to West Brom on Sunday, the Portugal international will be chomping at the bit. Fernandes had to come on in midweek to help United over the line against West Ham in the FA Cup, but he’ll be fresh – and that’s bad news for the Baggies.
Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa (£6.4m)
The Villa forward has scored in each of the last two gameweeks, and with Villa heading to Brighton, Watkins will back himself to continue that streak. With FPL forwards going through something of a fallow period compared to midfielders, a cheaper option like Watkins is a good bet if you want to spend big on playmakers.
Gabriel Jesus, Man City (£9.2m)
The Brazilian is always a difficult choice, particularly considering he is not even a nailed-on starter despite Sergio Aguero’s injury problems. Still, City have a double gameweek so Jesus will almost certainly get minutes. If you are selling Calvert-Lewin and have the budget going spare, Jesus could be a difference-maker.
Danny Ings, Southampton (£8.4m)
The Saints forward has blanked in the last five gameweeks as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s saide have been beaten five times, but a 2-0 FA Cup win over Wolves in midweek points to an upturn – especially as Suthampton host those exact same opponents this weekend. Ings scored at Molineux on Thursday, and will be confident of finding the net once again with Wolves lacking confidence.