15/04/2024

Luke Shaw is one of the most in-form assets in FPL. (Image: Official FPL/Twitter)

As the 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League season reaches toward the halfway point, managers have mouth-watering fixtures to deal with immediately.

Following DGW19, managers have an abnormal 12 fixtures to worry about, rather than 10, to cater for a quick turnaround.

The final DGW19 game was played between Fulham and Chelsea on Friday morning and the DGW20 deadline is Saturday morning.

Unavailability Updates

Since the last time, we covered FPL (GW17), some significant assets have fallen and are still yet to return.

Players with significant ownership are currently ruled out for multiple gameweeks. Those are Virgil van Dijk (hamstring), Nathan Patterson (knee), Reece James (knee), and Gabriel Jesus (knee). All are expected to return in GW22, except for Patterson, who is expected back in GW24.

Brighton’s Leandro Trossard took a knock in a 3-1 win over Southampton in GW17 and is currently still flagged. With 17 per cent ownership, Trossard leaves plenty of managers in limbo regarding his selection, currently a 75 per cent of playing.

Leicester’s James Maddison leaves 3.8 per cent of managers in a similar position. He is a 50 per cent chance of playing in DGW20.

Leicester has a few decent upcoming fixtures, with Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Aston Villa in their next three games. Maddison won’t be prioritised however, compared to those who have two fixtures in one game week.

The yellow card reset is due to occur after DGW20, with a number of highly-owned players a chance of suspension. Those include Kieran Trippier, Bukayo Saka, and Harry Kane.

Chelsea’s new loanee Joao Felix had an eventful club debut against Fulham. Felix copped a red card at the hour mark, leaving Chelsea with 10 men. He will now be suspended until GW23.

Who’s Hot?

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw is one of the most in-form players in the league right now, and it shows in FPL.

Shaw has scored 32 points in his past three games, more than half of his total points this season. His past three games include three clean sheets, a goal, and eight bonus points.

He features in two games in DGW20; at home against Manchester United and away against Crystal Palace.

Shaw along with United teammates such as Diogo Dalot, Marcus Rashford, and Bruno Fernandes should be targeted for DGW20.

Throughout 19 game weeks, Harry Kane has only blanked four times, as he continues to be a shining light for Spurs.

In his past three fixtures, Kane has scored three goals and provided one assist, completed with four bonus points. From that, he has amassed 25 points from his past three fixtures.

With two fixtures in DGW20, Spurs assets will be targeted; Matt Doherty, Son Heung-min, and Dejan Kulusevski are among those.

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Manchester City has a plethora of options for selection ahead of DGW20. Some should be approached with caution after being victims of ‘Pep Roulette’.

Ederson is a certain starter in goal for the Cityzens, and due to their good clean-sheet potential, he could collect points.

Joao Cancelo has not played more than 60 minutes in four of his last five Premier League starts. If he does not play 60 minutes, he is ineligible to record clean sheet points.

Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are obvious selections in the midfield, but the latter, like Cancelo, is struggling to get minutes.

A decent differential selection may be Riyad Mahrez, who is only owned by 2.2 per cent of managers.

Erling Haaland is owned by 85 per cent of managers and continues to break records throughout the season. He should be the first asset in everyone’s team, despite tricky fixtures upcoming.

Captaincy Selections

Haaland is the number one option for captaincy ahead of two games within DGW20. He scores for fun, despite blanking as of late.

De Bruyne could be a viable option if multiple City scorers are expected to net goals, including himself.

Marcus Rashford is in immense form, scoring in his last seven matches at Old Trafford, and is coming up against City in DGW20. He could have a field day against Crystal Palace in United’s second DGW20 fixture, with plenty of opportunities arising.

Kane is a risky option, yet could have some differential benefits. He is on four yellow cards, meaning a suspension against Arsenal, in a feisty North London derby, would see him miss out on the Manchester City game.

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