Trying to pick out budget options and differentials over the course of the season is a major part of having a successful FPL season. This weekly article will try to pick a few players who can help you catch up or kick on in your mini leagues.
Slim pickings this week for Punt of the week but Christian Atsu faces Brighton away this weekend, and with Newcastle in good form looks a steal at just £5M. The pacey winger is only owned by 4.5% of FPL managers so although ownership has increased, he still makes an excellent differential. Newcastle have good attacking match ups in GW7 Liverpool (a), GW9 Crystal Palace (H), GW11 Bournemouth (H), and GW13 Watford (H). At under £5.5M it is only Nathaniel Chalaboh who can rival him for shots inside the penalty area.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin provides an interesting third striker alternative. Everton schedule has finally turned past those monstrous opening five weeks. With an excellent set of fixtures over the next ten game weeks, Everton assets look primed to offer differential points and budget options. The Toffee's good run begins with GW6 Bournemouth (H), GW7 Burnley (H), and GW8 Brighton (a). DCL put home two goals in the Carabao Cup in the midweek and was brought off at the 60 minute mark, clearly with this weekends PL fixture in mind. DCL is yet to bag a PL goal but has managed to get off a shot every 33.4 minutes against top six teams. He does constitute a risk as he will share game time with Sandro. His bright showings have been one of the few bright lights of Everton's season so far, and it is expected Koeman will reward him with the minutes he deserves.
The real one to watch this weekend could be Phillipe Coutinho, he will set you back £8.8M but is one of the cheapest premium midfielders due to his early season price drop. Owned by just 3.5%, Coutinho fired off seven shots last weekend (Joint Highest) and created five chances (Joint Highest). With Leicester (a) and Newcastle (a) in the next two game weeks he should deliver a similar output. Coutinho could really punish those who ignore last season’s outstanding displays. Liverpool then face Man Utd (H) and Tottenham (a) in game weeks 8 & 9. The reds have faired very well against top six opposition (excluding GW4's Man City capitulation following an early dismissal). With Hazard and Sanchez returning it can be difficult to fit everyone into your squad, but with one club willing to spend £140M on him he must have some magic left in his feet.