FPL Players to avoid- Gameweek 5


Throughout this weekly piece, I will be providing you with the players you need to avoid, to make sure you avoid any unnecessarily dropped points. Even if they play for Liverpool.

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First up on the docket is Newcastle’s skipper Jamaal Lascelles. With Newcastle registering 1 clean sheet from the first 4 league games. Lascelles has not provided the clean sheet bonuses other defenders offer. And with a 5.6% selection rate. Here’s why I think you should avoid the English Centre Half.

Newcastle’s upcoming fixtures offer little chance to add to their tally of 3 league points. With trips to Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea facing the magpies, not to mention a home fixture against Man United. Lascelles is likely to not register many defensive contributions, as clean sheets will come few and far between. The only hope of recieving returns from him would be from attacking contributions, which are even less likely.

Despite his price sitting at a low £4.5m, there are many Centre bacls who sit at a similar price, which offer higher returns, e.e. Mings, Ward, Soyuncu and Diop. Therefore, you should invest your money into any oneof these defenders over Lascelles.

Considering his fixtures , price, and form. I rate Lascelles, a 3/5 in terms of how urgent it is that you avoid him.

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Rather controversially, the next player you should choose to avoid is Welsh Winger, Daniel James. Despite scoring 3 goals in 4 premier league games so far for the red devils, his meteoric rise to stardom is sure to slow down soon. Going off his last season for Swansea, where he scored 4 goals and provided 7 assists in the league. We are likely to see his form slow down to the pace he’s previously shown.

Currently his xG stands at 1.05 for the season, which means he’s outperforming his xG by 65%. This heavily hints towards that, his meteoric rise in form will come crashing down soon enough. Also Man United face a testing set of fixtures, Leicester (H), West Ham (A), Arsenal (H), Newcastle (A), Liverpool (H). And with United only winning 3 in 15 games. We’re unlikely to see James be able to make an impact in a struggling United side.

That concludes this weeks, Players To Avoid, if you found any of my tips helpful or if you disagree with anything that was said feel free to let us know on our Twitter @AnfieldEdition, and we’ll be more than open to a debate. Good luck to everyone in the game-weeks ahead.