Honestly, it feels weird writing about fantasy soccer after everything that has happened this week. From the Super League and the lame apologies and resignations that followed to the also bad proposed changes to Champions League that add a million more games for already taxed players among other things. Sprinkle in José Mourinho being fired, Daniel Levy, leaking that Spurs *may* begin looking at a technical director to hope that would help fans forget the Super League nonsense and it was hard to watch or enjoy Ryan Mason taking charge of Spurs’ win over Southampton.
The fact that each day brought more insane stories than the last, we watched the mask get ripped off of greed in the game we watched then stomped on so it can’t be placed back on and it’s a week that can’t be forgotten. It also made the second half of quite the long game week an afterthought. Reflecting before getting into FPL this week while yes we got a, “win” with the Super League not happening, the fallout from this won’t be known for quite a while as 12 teams forming a breakaway European Competition can’t sit well with everyone else as they turn back because the reaction was more negative than they thought it would be. Owners making these decisions without letting players and managers in on things is a breach of trust that can’t be regained and there are still far too many questions to be answered.
Back to Spurs, while I’ve been trying to separate what’s going on specifically with the team from what choices ownership supported, I wasn’t able to bring myself to watch the first team managerial debut of Ryan Mason. And not supporting him has made me feel worse because from Mason’s tragic retirement, being able to manage as one of our own is such an impressive accomplishment especially since he’ll get to lead Spurs out at Wembley in a cup final. It’s unfortunate that there will likely be protests at that final and it’s unfortunate that his appointment as a caretaker manager will be in the shadow of all of this. But it’s also a masterstroke in deflection from Daniel Levy as Spurs fans can’t hate Ryan Mason.
Tactically, this managerial shift makes Spurs a lot more open at the back but attacking options get interesting with Dele Alli and Gareth Bale, who scored the opener vs Southampton, reentering the fold. I’d recommend holding Harry Kane through the break unless you have enough in the bank to transfer him out for the blank and add him back or are free hitting.
Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent.
Let’s look at this week’s schedule:
Friday 23 April
Arsenal vs Everton
Saturday 24 April
Liverpool v Newcastle
West Ham United v Chelsea
Sheffield United v Brighton
Sunday 25 April
Wolves v Burnley
Leeds United v Manchester United
Aston Villa v West Brom
Monday 26 April
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent rostered at the time of writing):
Mohamed Salah (MID Liverpool 12.6m, 33.4%): I’m expecting a rally from Liverpool after their emotional draw with Leeds United. And after Salah was benched combined with a potential injury to Jota, he’s ready for a comeback this week.
Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):
The Leicester forward: It’s hard to recommend a forward double up but the Leicester duo has shown that sharing is caring. They’ve been assisting each other and scoring in games together. While every game won’t be as easy as facing West Brom, Crystal Palace won’t offer much stiffer opposition. If you have Jamie Vardy, paining him with Kelechi Iheanacho is pretty simple and if your setup is the other way around, Vardy may be tricker to add, but with the lack of premium assets firing, moves can be figured out to add him.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):
Leandro Trossard (MID Brighton 5.7m, 2.7%): With Sheffield United, Leeds United, and Wolves in their next three, it’s time for another Brighton punt around. Fan-favorite Pascal Gross has been playing in a wing-back role so it’s tough for his set plays to offer enough value for selecting him in your FPL side. But Trossard is a good speculative pick considering what he has done in similar fixtures vs Newcastle and Southampton before their fixture gauntlet.
Wesley Fofana (DEF Leicester City 5.0m, 0.9%): This is a bit of a coverage pick as Leicester defenders have been cropping up and will only continue to do so with Jonny Evans scoring a goal this week and Timothy Castagne picking up an assist. While Fofana doesn’t offer much attacking upside, getting in if the Foxes keep a clean sheet is good enough for me.