Paneorder says the Englishman can trouble Newcastle United after being involved in four of Villa’s goals during the Premier League summer series tour and the pre-season matches.
Ollie Watkins (AVL) 8.0m
The Englishman has been the standout attacker over Aston Villa’s pre-season matches.
Watkins was involved in 4 of their 14 goals, scoring four times and supplying at least one assist to the assistor.
The Aston Villa striker enjoyed his best-ever FPL campaign in 2022/23.
He totalled 175 points to finish as the fourth top-scoring forward in the game.
That builds on the strong form he produced under Unai Emery last season. These resurrection replicas are immediately rejuvenated after the new boss appointment.
Watkins is the second-most popular forward in the game ahead of an encounter in St. James Park.
And the Toon Army’s poor defensive record suggests he can immediately reward his 20.6 per cent ownership.
Newcastle United managed just one clean sheet on their previous 11 Premier League matches last season.
The hosts conceded at least once in four of their five home matches under Eddie Howe.
Villa’s kind opening run of opponents further strengthens the appeal of investing in Watkins from the very start of the season.
According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), nine of their first twelve matches score only two.
This includes all five of their home fixtures in that period, as Emery’s men also welcome Everton, Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Luton Town and Fulham to the Villa Park.
That gives Watkins the opportunity to extend his recent output and bring in regular attacking returns over the opening Gameweeks.
The wholesale changes of my second and third strikers instilled more attacking impetus in my King’s Lynn Rovers’ Goalen XI side. They then offer a steady stream of goals and assists during the opening Gameweeks of 2023/24.
Paneorder assesses the leading options in the 4.0m bracket and explains why Spurs’ new No 1 could be the best pick.
Paneorder takes a look at the 2023/24 Fantasy Premier League player list, assessing the best options on the bench according to position and price.
Fraser Forster (TOT) 4.0m
Despite claiming only 3 clean sheets last season, Tottenham Hotspur’s Foester was the first top-scoring goalkeeper in his price bracket on 40 points.
That points tally was 1 more than Mark Travers (4.0m) of Bournemouth, whose 3 clean sheets earned him the loan transfer to Stoke City in the upcoming season.
The option to pair the new stopper with his deputy Vicario (5.0m) guarantees you a starting goalkeeper for a total spend of just 9.0m.
Forester’s potential for both save and bonus points further boosts his appeal as the go-to option in the lowest price bracket.
Indeed, he is currently the second most-owned goalkeeper in this price range, sitting in 5.6 per cent of squads.
Alphonse Areola (WHU) 4.0m
The Frenchman turned in a series of impressive displays after a securing a starting role for West Ham United in a short period of time last season.
It remains to be seen if Areola will continue in goal for the Irons, with regular starter Fabianski (4.5m) now back to the starting lineup in pre-season matches.
But if he does establish himself as West Ham United’s No 2, Areola can be factor in FPL this term. Both keepers’ are low. And you just need 8.5m budget to acquire both.
Thomas Strakosha or Ellery Balcombe (BRE) 4.0m
The competition for the goalkeeper’s jersey at Brentford can also help managers find value between the posts.
Players often produce their best hauls in matches which score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), so wouldn’t it be handy if Fantasy Premier League managers could guarantee as many fixtures for their No. 1 and No. 2 goalkeepers as possible?
Refreshed and with newfound gratitude, both 4.0m goalkeepers were back playing within a year after Raya heroics last season, before spending 1-2 years as understudy to Raya (5.0m) last season.
This shows why selecting two budget (4.0m) goalkeepers who offer multiple routes to returns can often be a better tactics, allowing managers to save funds and have a bumper budget to spend in attack.
There is no doubt that Forster looks a strong pick for managers who prefer to invest least money in goal and he may well end the campaign as top-scoring valued goalkeeper in Fantasy.
But as Raya showed last season, picking a 4.5m-priced ‘keeper who can offer plenty of save and bonus points, as well as clean sheets, may prove more beneficial.
The team sheets during pre-season should help clarify Frank’s preferred choice for 2023/24 FPL.
The wantaway No 1 started every match last term.
If David Raya (5.0m) stays at Brentford, I’ll likely pick another 4.0m goalkeeper, his understudy No 1 Strakosha. But if he leaves, it opens the door for his understudy No 2 Balcombe to step up and make the shirt his own. I’ll be keeping an eye on minutes played in pre-season, as these two stoppers are my first-choice goalkeeper pairings (8.0m) could start, warm the bench and shine in the early kind run of fixtures even if Raya remains at the club.
Brentford’s understudy No. 1 kept one clean sheet in pre-season summer series. This is a 4.0m goalkeeper in his prime.
For Bees’ goalkeeper bench option, the understudy No. 2 (4.0m) could prove a handy rotation pick with No. 1 for a combined cost of 8.0m.
Your whole formation potential from the outset easily makes you gain the extra initial outlay over by drafting two 4.0m goalkeepers. The funds allow for a premium attackers’ group, including Haaland, Kane, Salah, Saka and Rashford.