Gameweek 10 arrives after a Gameweek Nine which was most significant for Mohamed Salah’s absence.
For many FPL managers, Salah’s absence was a huge loss. For others, it was saved by Bruno Fernandes’ 11-point haul or Son Heung Min’s 10 points. However, while Salah, Son and Bruno Fernandes are highly-owned stars, there are some lower-owned players who can add value to any team.
For those looking for a differential, here are five players owned by less than 5% of FPL managers who should be on our watch lists.
Joao Cancelo – Defender – Manchester City – £5.5m
Joao Cancelo is becoming a more attractive option with every week that passes. He looks to have cemented himself in Pep Guardiola’s first XI, making him a very appealing defender. He’s completed 90 minutes in each of his last five league matches.
Manchester City’s fixtures are the main appeal with home games against four bottom-half sides in their next six. Cancelo, therefore, could reasonably be expected to provide returns at both ends of the pitch. Despite just one assist, the Portugal international has averaged three key passes per game, highlighting creativity from the full-back area.
Cancelo is owned by a mere 3.3% of managers yet provides a route into a defence likely to keep plenty of clean sheets in the weeks ahead. It could be a great time to own the £5.5m defender.
Scott Dann – Defender – Crystal Palace – £4.4m
Scott Dann would be a hugely unfashionable selection. However, Crystal Palace is a side renowned for their defensive organisation under Roy Hodgson.
In Gameweek 10, Palace play the worst attacking side in the league in Newcastle. The week after they visit West Brom. Dann is sure to start in defence. He should muster defensive returns at least once from these next two games.
With Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey suspended, a short-term fix of Dann for Lamptey (owned by 12% of managers) could be fruitful. Dann has a goal to his name this season, highlighting a threat in the opposition’s box.
While undoubtedly an unfashionable, boring choice, Dann provides returns potential at both ends in two winnable fixtures for Palace. At 1.0% ownership, he’s likely to be a safe choice.
Youri Tielemans – Midfielder – Leicester – £6.4m
Leicester’s Belgian midfielder has completed 90 minutes in all nine matches so far this season. He has returned points hauls in four of these games.
Tielemans has scored three times in his nine games and always provides a goal threat from the heart of Leicester’s midfield. Despite playing in a more withdrawn midfield role, Tielemans averages 1.1 shots per game whilst demonstrating a keen eye for a pass.
The £40m man, owned by a mere 2% of FPL managers, benefits from favourable upcoming fixtures. With three nice fixtures in upcoming weeks, Tielemans could be a worthwhile punt in the mid-range midfield price bracket at 6.4m.
Theo Walcott – Midfielder – Southampton – £5.8m
Following his goal last-time out, a riskier yet potentially more interesting low-owned midfielder is Southampton’s Theo Walcott, at only 0.5%.
Walcott looks somewhat revived at the moment, seemingly enjoying his football under Ralph Hasenhuttl after a few years of struggle. Having started the last three matches and four of the last five, Walcott appears to have found home to be a happy place indeed.
The 31-year old has a goal and two assists from his four Southampton appearances thus far. In an exciting Southampton side full of goals, Walcott’s pace always lends itself to creating opportunities for himself. Playing as a central striker in Danny Ings’ absence, Walcott has registered three shots in each of his last two matches.
Fit and healthy again, Walcott could prove an understated FPL bargain at just 5.8m. For those willing to take a punt, Walcott could reward you handsomely with reasonable fixtures on the horizon.
Gabriel Jesus – Forward – Manchester City – £9.3m
Picking Manchester City’s attackers is always a minefield in FPL. However, Gabriel Jesus has started the last two league matches for Guardiola’s star-studded side.
Therefore, Jesus becomes an appealing selection in a side with excellent upcoming fixtures as advised with the profiling of Joao Cancelo.
The Brazilian’s numbers look good for potential owners. Two goals in his three matches along with three shots per game on average indicate both service and ability to finish.
Sergio Aguero’s pending return to fitness is always a worry for potential Jesus owners. However, at present, he has the trust of Guardiola and at 1.3% owned, those willing to take a gamble on him ahead of another premium striker could be rewarded. The attraction with Jesus is mainly due to fixtures but I think it could be a gamble worth taking.
Three of the previous five low-owned players we looked before Gameweek Seven at have achieved significant points hauls since then.
If this week’s selections are as successful, plenty of managers could find themselves ahead of the curve in picking an asset to gain a march on the rest of the FPL community.