The best-value FPL players for the restart
The Premier League restart is only hours away, and Fantasy Premier League managers are busy making final changes to their squads. Opinions have shifted quite a bit since the beginning of the season, with Liverpool defenders falling out of vogue and a certain Sheffield "defender" cementing his status as an FPL legend. But are there any players who might have been overlooked?
We use a quick an easy calculation to find the players who offer the best value for money: points per 90' divided by million pounds. Essentially, we're asking who offers the most points per minute at the lowest price. For example, Willy Boly has played 1,170 minutes and racked up 60 points, and he costs £4.8m. So his points per 90' per million pounds is 60 ÷ (4.8 x (1170 ÷ 90)) = 0.96. He might not be one of the biggest point collectors, but he's great value when he plays.
Of course, you need to know that your players will actually play, too. To help, here's our metric graphed against minutes played so far this season:
We took one player off this chart, because he was off the scale: Lys Mousset, who's played 1,009' and has a points per 90' per million of 1.4. But Mousset hasn't started for Sheffield United since January 18, and he was on the bench for their last two matches. Will he really play?
That's not such a big question for Mousset's teammate George Baldock; he's played every minute for Chris Wilder. Nor is it much of an issue for the likes of Nick Pope, the highest-rated goalkeeper, or his peers Vicente Guaita and Dean Henderson. As an FPL manager, your goalkeeper choice should be a snap.
There are some easy picks among the defenders, too. Besides John Lundstram, the aforementioned legend who's almost off the charts himself, another obvious pick is Joe Gomez. He's been virtually a lock in Jurgen Klopp's back line since December, and no other true defender offers the same value. A good choice alongside Gomez might actually be Boly. He missed quite a few matches early on this season, but he started the last five contests before play stopped. One more defender who demands consideration is Federico Fernandez, a starter since October for Steve Bruce at Newcastle.
Further up the pitch, things may not be quite as clear. Ayoze Perez and Robert Snodgrass are highly rated by our metric, but their minutes on the pitch can be sporadic. Even Todd Cantwell's minutes were on the decline before play stopped. Harvey Barnes is a clearer pick, as is Jordan Henderson, perhaps surprisingly. Jonjo Shelvey could also be worth a look, as he's had plenty of time to nurse his hamstrings.
Up front, Danny Ings is the pick of the bunch, but don't forget about Tammy Abraham, who'll likely be returning from injury with something to prove. Dominic Calvert-Lewin could do a job, too, though we'd strongly advise you to check these players' stats and decide whether the rates at which they accumulated points seemed sustainable.
Moreover, sometimes the choice in the forward positions is more about bulk points than it is about value – after all, if you only spent about £6m on each position, you'd have way too much cash left over. These recommendations are for filling in the gaps after you bring in your heavy hitters. We hope they're helpful!
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