Fantasy Premier League GW23 – All You Need to Know
Gameweek 23 is almost upon us after a two week hiatus and we can’t wait for it to recommence after some of those cup fixtures! Even with a pause in Premier League football, our minds have been on FPL and whether or not to play the mid-season Wildcard that January has brought with it…
Below you’ll find the Gameweek 23 starting lineup for the Free Super Tips Fantasy Premier League team, candidates for the captain’s armband, and some other potential transfer options worth consideration.
Team FST Gameweek 23 Line-up
GW23 Deadline – 13th Jan 14:00
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FST – GW23 Captain
Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.9m
Harry Kane surpassed Alan Shearer’s record for Premier League goals in a calendar year in 2017 and his haul of 56 goals in all competitions make him the top scorer in Europe for club and country and arguably the best forward in the world at the minute. Kane’s most valuable attribute in FPL is that when he does find the back of the net, he tends to bring in those coveted bonus points with him. He’s earned 22 of these so far this season – more than any other player – and looks the best shout to add to that tally against Everton this weekend.
Other GW23 Captain Alternatives
Kevin De Bruyne or Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £10.2m or £8.9m
Manchester City are running riot at the top of the Premier League and Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have arguably played the most important roles in their success. No other Premier League player has created as many chances (68) or provided as many assists (12) as Kevin De Bruyne and the Belgian has only failed to produce either of those in 5 of his last 16 Premier League outings. Sterling, meanwhile, is the 3rd highest scoring player in the Premier League (14 goals) and the second highest-scoring player in FPL. In Man City’s last Premier League outing against Watford, the pair tallied a combined 21 point haul! No team seems to be able to stop Pep Guardiola’s men at the minute and a 5-0 thrashing in the reverse fixtures mean either of them should be worthy of the captain’s armband against Liverpool on Sunday.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) – £6.3m
Jesse Lingard is Manchester United’s form player ahead of gameweek 23 and looks to have well and truly have established himself in Mourinho’s starting XI. The Englishman has scored 7 goals and assisted 2 since returning to the line up against Watford in GW14, averaging around 8 points per match after calculating in the impressive 10 bonus points he’s collected along the way. Manchester United are at home to an out-of-sorts Stoke City on Monday, a match in which the Reds are favourites for both goals and the clean sheet.
FST – Ones to Watch
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £9.3m
Sadio Mane’s last outing against Manchester City saw him earn negative points for a dangerous (but not malicious) high boot against Brazilian keeper Ederson. Even though we like the look of City to win this weekend, Liverpool should prove dangerous going forward on their own turf, and with Philippe Coutinho freshly off to Barcelona, we’re expecting a lot more from the Senegalese midfielder going forward. With 5 of the Reds’ next 7 Premier League outings rated 2 or lower on the FDR, he should also prove a decent long-term investment.
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £7.3m
Chelsea’s raiding wing-back has shown exactly why he is the most expensive defender in FPL fantasy over recent weeks – and why he’s in our team. His goal in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal last time out earned him 7 points and kept his average at just under 8 points per match over his last six outings for the Blues. Alonso has shown huge potential in both his offensive and defensive performances and has also proven to be a danger from direct free-kicks.
Heung-Min Son (Spurs) – £8.0m
It’s probably fair to say that Heung-Min Son is one of Spurs most underrated players, overshadowed by the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and of course Harry Kane. In times when Spurs are struggling and Alli is short of scoring form it is more and more the case that the South Korean international is the man who pulls the team forward. Not only is he now getting consistent game time, but he has scored 4 and assisted 4 in his last seven Premier League outings, as well as tallying 6 of those all important bonus points along the way.
Richarlison (Watford) – £6.4m
Watford’s Brazilian winger has fallen out of form since becoming a must-have player earlier in the season. Despite a drought since gameweek 12, Richarlison is still ranked fifth of all midfielders in terms of points-per-million value and his total of 22 shots in the penalty area is bettered only by Mohamed Salah (31) and Raheem Sterling(23) among FPL midfielders. The Hornets’ opponents this weekend, Southampton, have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League outings, so Richarlison should have ample opportunity to rekindle that flame.