Fantasy Premier League – Gameweek 23 Tips

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Whisper it quietly, but we might have a weekend with all 10 Premier League matches ON.

Gradually we have seen less and less postponements, with sides now seemingly being urged to get their games done.

There were some high scoring players in DGW22, which included a debut goal for Aston Villa new boy, Philippe Coutinho.

Here are five shouts for your lineup in GW23…

FPL Gameweek 23 Tips – Fantasy Football Tips

Aaron Ramsdale – Goalkeeper (Arsenal), 5.1 million

While he wasn’t at his best against Liverpool in the EFL Cup, Ramsdale looks a safe bet for clean sheets in Arsenal’s next two games.

The Englishman faces Burnley and Wolves in the next week, two sides who haven’t scored many this season.

His Premier League form has been solid throughout the campaign, with nine clean sheets already.

Conor Coady – Defender (Wolves), 4.7 million

Wolves’ skipper has quietly earned 30 points in his last four gameweeks.

He’s scored once and claimed three clean sheets since GW17 began for him.

At 4.7 million, Coady is a great cheap option for your backline, with a game against an out-of-form Brentford up next.

Kevin De Bruyne – Midfielder (Man City), 12.1 million

After a stunning goal against Chelsea last weekend, KDB will be buzzing with confidence.

The Belgian is beginning to show what he can do after a stop-start campaign so far for Manchester City.

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With Mo Salah still away at AFCON, there should be funds available for you to make a marquee signing.

City travel to Saint Mary’s in GW23 before playing Brentford and Norwich after.

Philippe Coutinho – Midfielder (Aston Villa), 7.0 million

We called it last week. It was meant to be for Coutinho against Manchester United.

The Brazilian changed the game for Villa when he came on, playing a big role in the first goal, before snatching a late equaliser for Steven Gerrard’s side.

He’s up against another former enemy in Everton this week, who start life without Rafael Benitez after sacking the Spaniard.

Coutinho still may not start, but expect him to be a key figure in this interesting early kick-off on Saturday.

Adam Idah – Forward (Norwich), 4.9 million

After bagging his first goal of the season against Everton last weekend, now is the time for Idah to kick on for Norwich.

The Canaries do still have a faint chance of avoiding relegation to the EFL Championship, but they simply have to win in GW23 against Watford tonight.

At 4.9 million, Idah is one of the cheapest strikers around, so why not take the risk on someone selected by just 0.6% of players?

Gameweek 23 Deadline – Fri 21st Jan, 18:30

FPL tips FAQ

Table-Topping Tips for Fantasy Premier League Managers – FAQs

How should I pick my FPL captain?

In the world of Fantasy Premier League, your captain’s pick can be the making of you, with your skipper stacking up double points each week. One outright FPL champion accrued a remarkable 24 per cent of points from his captain’s choices alone in recent seasons. It therefore pays to think about your pick very carefully.

Aside from the usual suspects (Salah, Kane, Lukaku, Fernandes etc), if you’re out for a differential, look for when ‘flat-track bullies’ can excel on the fixture list. Seek out those players who ruthlessly prey on weaker opposition, even if they occasionally go missing in more high-profile games.

When should I play my triple captain?

Watch out for those double gameweeks – but avoid triggering your triple captain chip too late in the day.

Logic suggests the games will begin to stack up for the high point-scoring players by the final few weeks of the season, and that could prove costly.

Don’t be surprised if real-life managers suddenly become your own worse enemy as they rest key players.

That could leave your inspired triple-captain strategy lying in tatters if your main man starts from the bench.

In some seasons, it’s taken until Gameweek 25 for the first double gameweek. When it finally arrives, it’s best to make the most of it, as the longer you wait, the higher the risk of your captain being a gameweek no-show.

When should I play my wildcard?

Provided you don’t opt for the ‘rip it up, start again’ strategy after the opening few weeks of the season, there is no ‘optimum’ time to play your wildcard.

However, being bold and going early could work in your favour. Bigger clubs have free reign to play their strongest squads at the start of the season, without any major cup or European distractions currently on their radar.

Remember, the fixtures will start to pile up by midwinter.

That that could ruin your best laid-plans if your wildcard replacements are constantly being chopped and changed as managers guard against fatigue and injury.

Alternatively, the opening few weeks of the season can be misleading when it comes to judging long-term value.

Early-season form players can easily go off the boil by mid-autumn.

Many a fantasy football manager has boxed themselves in once their 6.0m summer ‘bargain buy’ starts stinking the place out in November.

For that reason, if you opt to play the long game, wait until the late autumn to make wholesale changes once form starts to level out and injuries hit hard.

Before you commit, it’s also worth scanning the fixture list to spot potential red flags.

Do the bulk of your re-tooled squad have more games away from home?

Do you have too many players from one team playing only teams in the top half of the table?

Take that moment to pause before you press to confirm your wildcard.

It could be the best tactical decision you make all season.

Remember you only have two wildcards to use per season – one before and one after Christmas.

Make sure you use them wisely.


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