Another international break ends, and Premier League football is back this weekend. Fantasy managers everywhere are trying to figure out which of their players are fit to play and who needs to be benched after an abysmal performance gameweek 8.
While last season was mostly about getting in the big names and expensive players, the newest installment has seen the cheaper options take precedence, allowing people to shift up funds to invest in elsewhere.
Here are 5 players who can act as massive difference makers in your FPL team propelling your ranks in all your leagues:
1. Tammy Abraham, (£7.7m)
Chelsea’s youngsters have been mighty impressive this season, and Tammy certainly has a lot to offer. Frank Lampard seems to prefer his youth striker ahead of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshauyi.
It’s not just this clash at Stamford Bridge which should see him get more goals for the side but the ensuing set of fixtures as well which see us make him our choice for this clash, a player who should add a rich haul of points in gameweek 9.
2. James Maddison, (£7.2m)
James Maddison marked his return from an ankle injury with a goal against league leaders Liverpool, but was forced to miss out on international duty due to an illness.
However, the midfielder is on fire at the moment with two goals in his last two appearances and should be a part of your FPL team ahead of Leicester's fixtures with Burnley, Southampton and Crystal Palace.
3. Sadio Mane (£11.7m)
The most transferred-in player for GW9 is Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. He seems to have the trust of more than half of the FPL managers ahead of his teammate, Mohammed Salah.
Given their prices (£12.5m for Salah, £11.7m for Mane) it is difficult for users to fit both stars in their teams, but Mane’s red-hot form seems to be the deciding factor, and with only 5 points average in Salah’s last 5, the price tag doesn’t justify owning the former FPL ‘must-have’.
4. Caglar Soyuncu (£4.7m)
Leicester City's Soyuncu has made an impact at both ends of the pitch, with two clean sheets and an assist in the opening eight matches.
A home encounter with Burnley marks the start of a very favourable schedule for the Foxes. According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), eight of their next nine opponents score only two.
Swapping Lucas Digne out for Soyuncu doesn’t seem like a bad idea since Everton haven’t been keeping enough clean sheets to justify the cost of Digne over the Leicester defender.
5. Raul Jimenez (£7.1m)
This is sort of a mad pick for the week, but Raul Jimenez has been a solid, dependable figure for Wolves this season. With people selling him left, right and centre, he’s someone whose not massively owned at the moment either, making him an extremely luring option at the moment.
Wolverhampton’s 2-0 triumph over Manchester City before the international break set of ties saw the striker get the two assists for his side in a result which could end up being the defining moment for Wolverhampton’s season.