Fantasy Premier League: Newcastle players are essential – but which trio to sign?

Newcastle United players stock up in Fantastic Premier League at the moment, with Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron the most transferred players before Gameweek 15.

This confirms the trend of Newcastle players being popular in the game this season, with fantasy managers now aiming to max out three players from the club.

It’s gotten to the point where some managers have to perform major surgery on their teams to get Newcastle United’s top three players.

So should you prioritize Newcastle United player moves this week and what is the optimal line?

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There’s no denying that Newcastle are in fantastic form; they sit in the top four of the premier league is banking on an eight-game unbeaten streak, with five wins during that span.

This run of form is reflected well in the Fantasy Premier League: they have kept four clean sheets in their last seven games, scoring at least four goals in three of those matches.

Three Newcastle United players are in the current FPL Team of the Season.

Nick Pope (£5.3m) is the highest scoring goalkeeper in the game, with six clean sheets, the same as Manchester Cityit’s Ederson.

Kieran Trippier (£5.9m) leading the way among defenders: his price has also risen by £0.9m this season, the most of any player. Only Erling Haaland sits in more fantastic teams at the moment and he has four goals: one goal and three assists.

Miguel Almiron (£5.6m) is the second-highest-ranked midfielder in the game this season and currently tops the table, with double-digit returns in four of his last six appearances, racking up six goals and one assist.

We can’t ignore Callum Wilson (£7.5m) either, who has been involved in nine goals this season: six goals and three assists. Seven of those attacking returns have come in the last six matchweeks since the international break.

Defenders Fabien Scher (£4.9m), Dan Burn (£4.5m) and Sven Botman (£4.4m) also keep going around in circles in search of clean sheets. Schar managed a 15-point run in Gameweek 1 with his goal, while Botman recorded one assist this season.

Midfielders Bruno Guimaraes (£5.7m) and Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.2m) have both made the team of the week on one occasion this season: they each have four offensive returns for the season.

List of meetings

As far as matches go, Newcastle have an attractive run over the next two matchweeks: they visit Southampton in Gameweek 15 before hosting chelsea in Gameweek 16.

Southampton have kept only one clean sheet this season, while Chelsea have just scored four goals at Brighton. There is a lot of potential in this pair of fixtures.

But that’s not all: following unlimited transfers during the world Cup break, Newcastle United assets will be popular again for the second half of the season.

The list of matches starting at the end of December is also promising, with Leicester City, Leeds United and Fulham in three of the first four return matches. They are some of the most porous defenses in the league this season.

Newcastle United will have a big advantage over the traditional top six clubs after the World Cup, with only a handful of their players expected to be involved in Qatar.

Fatigue will be a huge problem for these clubs, with many first-team regulars diving deep into the tournament, in what is shaping up to be the most congested footballing season ever.

Kieran Trippier could have a key role to play as one of the Englandare just fit right-backs for the tournament as things stand. Nick Pope and Callum Wilson could also make the England squad in their current form, but there are no certainties to make it on the plane either.

Beyond this trio, Bruno Guimaraes and Fabian Schar are essential members of Brazil and Swiss teams respectively, but the rest of the Newcastle United squad should be retained.

The club have already announced that the squad will travel to Saudi Arabia for a hot weather training camp in early December. Eddie Howe plans to use this period as a mini pre-season for his players.

Key targets

For managers with free transfers this week, one of the top priorities is to move for at least one player from Newcastle United this week. A big advantage to jump on their players now is that you will get significant price increases before the unlimited transfers period.

Callum Wilson has already risen by £0.2million this week, while Miguel Almiron and Kieran Trippier have seen prices rise by £0.1million. The value of the team will be very significant in a few weeks as we enter the transition period for FPL.

The advice for fantastic managers who already have three Newcastle United players is to stick it out unless you have two free transfers this week and no other problems in your squad.

All of Newcastle United’s players have good potential over the next two games, so the change of players is unlikely to pay off in the short term, especially with injury and suspension issues plentiful elsewhere.

However, for managers who have the luxury of being able to bring in one or two of their players this week, prioritizing attack over defense is key.

Beyond Kieran Trippier, the points cap for defensive assets is low, so it makes more sense to have two of their forwards and one of their defenders, which should be the England right-back.

Trippier has multiple paths to points: he is ranked first in crosses (118), successful crosses (49) and corners (63) among all Premier League players this season.

Moreover, he took 19 free-kicks and should be considered infallible. He scored a free kick against Manchester City in a 3-3 draw.

On offense, Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson should be among the top names on our roster right now. Almiron is fourth in shots (21) over the past six matchweeks and is the top scorer in that span with six goals. He is also the best for bonus points in this spell with nine.

Meanwhile, Wilson sits second for big chances this time with seven, converting to four goals. His motivation will also be high as he seeks a place in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad. He is the essential replacement for suspended Ivan Toney.

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