The Premier League and FPL lived up to their usual standards upon resuming. Teams like Arsenal, Newcastle, and Brighton held on to their previous forms. Besides, for some fans, the return of the club football itself was a relief. The FPL season too would parallelly run; hence, in this FPL Gameweek 19 Guide, we would be throwing light upon our top 10 picks for this week. In this FPL Gameweek 19 Watchlist 2022/23, we will be looking at 10 Fantasy players, who could become future transfer targets, carrying their good run based on their form and fixtures.
FPL Gameweek 19 Watchlist 2022/23
The watchlist is back to identify players who’ve caught the eye based on past performances and upcoming fixtures. So here are a few suggestions for your consideration.
1. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Goalkeeper) – 4.6 million
With the current injury to Mendy, Kepa has been Potter’s first-choice goalie. Featuring the team of the week in GW18, the Spaniard can be a worthwhile choice for the upcoming gameweek. Also, the double gameweek for Chelsea might convince managers to keep him on their teams.
It may also be said that among the teams having double gameweeks in GW19, Chelsea look like the ones who might just keep a clean sheet. However, it isn’t necessary that you buy him and use up a transfer, just that in case you have him as the 2nd goalkeeper, you may start him this week. Also, he has an astounding 82.8% save percentage in the PL so far this season.
2. Tim Ream (Defender) – 4.5 million
Tim Ream has been a key player for Fulham this season, playing the most minutes out of any player on the team (1437) and contributing to 4 clean sheets. He had a standout performance in GW17, scoring 14 points including a goal and a clean sheet.
In the upcoming gameweeks, Fulham has a double gameweek against Leicester City and Chelsea. Leicester ranks in the bottom half of the league for expected goals against, and Chelsea ranks in the bottom half for expected goals against when playing away. With a low ownership of just 0.9%, Ream could be a valuable differential pick for Fantasy Premier League managers if he can continue to perform at a high level.
3. Kai Havertz (Midfielder) – 7.8 million
Havertz has been a standout player for Chelsea this season, having scored 4 goals and contributed 1 assist. His versatility as a midfielder has allowed him to play as a center-forward, where he has taken the most shots (25) and shots on target (12) out of his teammates. Havertz also leads his teammates in touches in the opposition box (67), highlighting his attacking threat.
With a double gameweek against Manchester City (H) and Fulham (A), Chelsea players are worth considering ahead of the GW19 deadline. In fact, Fulham has conceded the worst xG in the league this season, and Potter’s side will be hoping to capitalize on this. Havertz is currently owned by 5.1% of managers, making him a potential differential pick.
4. Dejan Kulusevski (Midfielder) – 8.0 million
Despite struggling with injuries and limited playing time this season, Dejan Kulusevski has still managed to make an impact for Tottenham, contributing 1 goal and a team-high 5 assists in 10 appearances. In that time, he scored 43 points, averaging a respectable 4.3 per appearance.
He has been a key player for the team in terms of creating chances, averaging 5.26 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes, the most out of any other Tottenham player, and ranking 4th in the league for this statistic. Kulusevski has also had 47 touches in the opposition box, second only to Kane among his teammates.
In the upcoming gameweeks, Tottenham has a fixture against Crystal Palace and a double gameweek in GW20 against Arsenal and Manchester City. With strong attacking potential and an ownership of just 5.4%, he could be a valuable differential pick for Fantasy Premier League managers.
5. Harvey Barnes (Midfielder) – 6.8 million
Harvey Barnes has been a key player for Leicester City this season, scoring 6 goals and earning 65 points in the Premier League. Barnes’ tallies for goals and FPL points are bettered only by James Maddison, who is currently out with a knee injury.
He has also been the team’s most prolific shot taker, with the most shots (17) out of his teammates, and has had the most touches in the opposition box (63). Barnes has also generated the highest expected goals (3.78) out of his teammates, indicating his strong attacking potential.
In the upcoming gameweeks, Leicester City has favorable fixtures against Fulham and Nottingham Forest, with both ranking as the teams with the most expected goals conceded this season. With a low ownership of just 1.6%, Barnes could be a valuable differential pick for Fantasy Premier League managers.
6. Andreas Pereira (Midfielder) – 4.6 million
His relatively high ownership is mainly due to the low price. However, for this week, his presence in the first team might be worth a shot. With 2 goals and 6 assists, one can’t say that Pereira isn’t a decent choice for the week, again due to the double-game week factor.
He also ranks 2nd among midfielders in the Creativity Index of the ICT. Again, he isn’t a player whom you should buy using your free transfers, but in case he is in your team, try to include him in the first team.
7. Martin Ødegaard (Midfielder) – 6.5 million
It would be wise enough to keep Arsenal assets in your team for a while, based on their form. The Arsenal captain has already reached 101 fantasy points this season and would be a strong contender on our list. With 6 double-digit hauls already, managers can expect more from him in the upcoming days. His 12 goal involvements in the league so far (7 goals and 5 assists) have placed him in the 8th position of the overall ICT index.
Furthermore, given the importance of the fixture, it would be absolutely necessary for the Norwegian to give his best shot in there. Besides, considering his low price for a midfielder, and a double gameweek coming up soon for Arsenal, Ødegaard can be a decent pick, with a 0.61 xG+xA per 90.
8. Antony Martial (Forward) – 6.7 million
Antony Martial has established himself as a key player for Manchester United this season, scoring 3 goals and contributing 2 assists in 7 appearances. He has also been the team’s most clinical finisher, with the most shots on target per 90 minutes (1.72) out of his teammates, and has generated the most expected goals per 90 minutes (0.79) out of his teammates.
In the upcoming gameweek, Manchester United has a favorable fixture against Bournemouth, who have conceded the most goals per game (2.1) in the league. With strong attacking potential and an ownership of just 5.8%, Martial could be a valuable differential pick for Fantasy Premier League managers, particularly with his average of 4.1 points per appearance so far this season.
9. Harry Kane (Forward) – 11.6 million
The England international captain has kept up to his usual standards in the league so far. With 109 points, he is the 2nd highest-scoring forward in the game, just behind Haaland. His impressive stats include 13 goals and 3 assists so far in 1426 minutes played. With 0.82 goals per 90 and 0.6 xG per 90, he has indeed justified his high price so far.
With fixtures against Crystal Palace and then a double-game week coming, his inclusion can be anticipated as beneficial. Furthermore, he ranks 2nd among all the PL players in the ICT index, within which, he tops in the creativity department.
10. Ollie Watkins (Forward) – 7.1 million
It may be said that Villa to some extent rejuvenated under new manager Unai Emery. With only a 2.2% ownership in the times of Haaland, Toney, and Kane, Watkins might be that differential forward for your upcoming week. He has had 3 goals and 3 assists in the league so far.
However, his 33 Shot Creating Actions and 7 Goal Creating Actions can prove vital against Villa’s opponents. This week he faces a disorganized Wolves defense that has now gone seven straight without a clean sheet, conceding 14 goals over that span.
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