A lifelong Birmingham City fan, Tom relocated to Germany for five years after graduating from university, where his interest in the Bundesliga developed. He began writing about and betting on German football for FST in 2016. He's also an avid fantasy football player and closely follows the Premier League and European competitions.
OK, so you’ve got Harry Kane in your team and he could be out of action for a few weeks… don’t panic! Free Super Tips has got you covered.
Such things make Fantasy Premier League more interesting and at the moment there’s one player, in particular, that he looks an ideal swap for… more on that later.
As always, we’ve also got extensive analysis on every Premier League game which we’ve used to find some of the best long-term and differential options available for Gameweek 23.
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FST Gameweek 23 Line-up
GW22 Points: 54
Overall Points: 1,260
Overall Rank: 316,436
Total Players: 6,120,387
GW23 Fantasy Football Tips
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, £13.4m)
Mo Salah is the man who looks in every way essential at the minute. He’s just under pace to reach the record Fantasy Premier League score of 303 points set by himself in 17/18 and his 162 point total is the highest number of any FPL player. Not able to get the funds together? Maybe consider using your wildcard.
Salah’s consistency is what sets him apart in the Liverpool squad. Firmino and Mane have been hot and cold at best this season. You’d have to like Mo’s chances of continuing his form in a match at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Liverpool have scored two goals or more in five of their last six Premier League matches at Anfield.
Raheem Sterling (Man City, £11.3m)
Raheem Sterling should prove a valuable City differential in the coming weeks. He did have a forgettable December, managing just one goal from his six appearances last month, but Sterling has provided an assist in each of their last three and his underlying statistics suggest that there’s even more to come – his 10 chances created over those games were second only to James Maddison (11) overall.
Sterling has also been unlucky to have not been involved in more City attacking returns – his five shots inside the penalty area over the same run were more than any other Man City midfielder. Pep Guardiola’s side look to continue their blistering form with a trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday. The Terriers, now without manager David Wagner, have conceded the second-most goals of any side in the Premier League.
Marcus Rashford (Man Utd, £7.5m)
Five straight league wins under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Manchester United assets very much worth consideration. Solksjaer looks to have restored United’s attacking values and one of the players to have benefited – other than Frenchman Paul Pogba – has been Marcus Rashford. He has started each of the five matches under the Norwegian, scoring four and assisting two in the process.
In fact, over that period, Harry Kane was the only striker to be involved in more goals. As for shots on target, no other forward has recorded more than Rashford’s 12 over the past five matches, with teammate Paul Pogba the only player to have recorded more overall (15). Rashford has another huge opportunity to keep this form going at home to Brighton this weekend. The Seagulls have conceded an average of almost two goals per game on the road.
Lucas Digne (Everton, £5.3m)
Everton’s Lucas Digne has been an impressive creator in the Premier League this season. His 40 key passes – helped by his set-piece duty – rank him 11th overall in the league in that regard and, notably, rank him top among defenders – Watford’s Jose Holebas is next closest (31). Digne’s has been unlucky to have earned just three assists.
His desirability as a Fantasy Premier League asset should be boosted in the coming weeks thanks to Everton’s fixtures. Digne has shown to offer attacking returns even when The Toffees haven’t kept a clean sheet and they face none of the ‘big six’ in any of their next four. Marco Silva’s men start that run with a trip to Southampton on Saturday.
Luke Shaw (Man Utd, £5.0m)
Solskjaer hasn’t only rekindled United’s love of goals. New-found stability at the back should also spark interest in a United defender such as Luke Shaw (or goalkeeper David de Gea). Shaw has earned 13 points from back-to-back clean sheets over the past two weeks and he put in an outstanding shift in the 1-0 at Tottenham, which saw him collect two of the maximum three bonus points.
Facing Brighton at Old Trafford this weekend presents a huge opportunity to make it three clean sheets on the bounce. The Seagulls have failed to score in two of their last three on the road and they’re the joint fourth lowest scoring in Premier League away matches. He also looks a good long-term prospect with five of United’s next seven matches being rated 2 or lower on the FDR (Fixture Difficulty Ranking).
More GW23 Fantasy Football Tips
Felipe Anderson (West Ham, £7.3m) vs Bournemouth (A)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool, £9.5m) vs Crystal Palace (H)
Paul Pogba (Man United, £8.5m) vs Brighton (H)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle, £4.5m) vs Cardiff (H)
Dele Alli (Spurs, £8.9m) vs Fulham (A)
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