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Is Trippier essential to own in Fantasy?

By The Scout 2 Oct 2023
Trippier, Newcastle

The Scout says selecting Newcastle's premium defender means compromises need to be made in attack

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Kieran Trippier’s (£6.8m) recent return to form has made him a top target for managers in Fantasy Premier League.

The Newcastle United defender's ownership has soared to over 42 per cent following successive double-figure hauls against Sheffield United and Burnley.

After a slow start to the campaign, Trippier is now reminding managers just why he was the top-scoring defender last season.

Trippier's third assist v Sheff Utd

The right-back has collected 38 of his 43 points in the last three Gameweeks, combining four assists with three clean sheets. 

Newcastle’s upcoming schedule has added to Trippier’s appeal. 

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), three of their next five matches score just two. 

Newcastle's next five matches
GW Opponent FDR
8 WHU (A) 3
9 CRY (H) 2
10 WOL (A) 2
11 ARS (H) 4
12 BOU (A) 2

The underlying numbers show Trippier has been among the league’s elite creators across the opening seven Gameweeks. 

Indeed, his 22 key passes are more than any other player in Fantasy, while his five big chances created rank joint-second with Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (£8.4m).

Top creators in Fantasy
Player Chances created Big chances created Assists
Trippier 22 4 4
Fernandes 21 5 1
Maddison 21 4 4
Kulusevski 20 2 0
Saka 19 3 3
Alvarez 19 1 5

Combined with his defensive contributions, Trippier is well-favoured in the Bonus Points System (BPS), which determines the bonus points in any given match.

This has helped him collect a further eight bonus over the Magpies’ last three contests, underlining his multiple routes to returns.

See: FPL experts: Is it a mistake to overlook Trippier?

Certainly, if budget is no object then Trippier has to be the standout pick in defence at present.

He has the form and fixtures to continue rewarding his backers over the next few Gameweeks.

Compromises need to be made

Trippier’s hefty price would, however, impact how managers distribute their budgets across the positions in Fantasy. 

Bringing him in cannot be looked at in isolation, therefore, as there are a number of factors to consider.

Most managers this season have mainly ploughed their funds into midfield in a 3-5-2 formation and partnered Erling Haaland (£14.1m) with a mid-priced forward, simply handing the armband to Manchester City’s Norwegian.

Haaland has somewhat disappointed his huge 91 per cent backers recently, though, claiming just one double-figure haul in the last six Gameweeks.

That downturn comes at a time when Man City are set to embark on a tough run of opponents, whereas Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) and Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min (£9.3m) face far kinder schedules that can allow both to outscore Haaland.

Other elements include the fact that having Trippier might stop managers from owning viable captain options for the coming Gameweeks.

In Gameweek 8, for example, Son travels to Luton Town while Haaland visits Arsenal.

GW8-11 schedules
  Haaland Salah Son
FDR 4 3 2
FDR 3 2 2
GW10 MUN (A) NFO (H) CRY (A)
FDR 4 2 2
GW11 BOU (H) LUT (A) CHE (H)
FDR 2 2 3

Since being moved up front by Spurs’ head coach Ange Postecoglou in Gameweek 4, Son has outscored Haaland by 43 points to 34 in Fantasy. 

Salah also faces the Hatters in his next four outings, as well as hosting Everton and Nottingham Forest.

Son and Salah can provide strong alternatives to Haaland for the armband, which highlights the need for at least one of the premium stars in managers’ midfields.

Combining Salah and Son with budget defenders

For those keen on the Salah/Son midfield double-up, both Aston Villa's Matty Cash (£4.9m) and Spurs right-back Pedro Porro (£5.0m) offer strong attacking threat among defenders and are far more affordable than Trippier.

Cash’s 14 shots, 11 shots in the box and seven shots on target all place top in his position in Fantasy, while Porro ranks second for shots and joint-sixth for key passes.

Although Trippier has been the leading creator, he’s managed only two shots, both from outside the box.

Trippier/Cash/Porro attacking stats compared
Player Shots Shots in box Chances created Goals Assists
Trippier 2 0 22 0 4
Cash 14 11 2 2 1
Porro 9 1 10 0 2

Handily, Villa, like Spurs, have great upcoming schedules to give Cash and Porro the chance to bring in more returns.  

According to the FDR, each of Villa and Spurs' next three matches score only two. 

GW8-11 schedules
  Trippier Cash Porro
FDR 3 2 2
FDR 2 2 2
GW10 WOL (A) LUT (H) CRY (A)
FDR 2 2 2
GW11 ARS (H) NFO (A) CHE (H)
FDR 4 2 3

Essentially, Trippier, along with Salah, Son and his Spurs team-mate James Maddison (£7.9m), as well as Villa forward Ollie Watkins (£8.0m), could all prove standout picks in Fantasy over the coming weeks. 

But owning all of them, as well as Haaland, is simply impossible. 

In order to take full advantage of the fixture swings and form players, it may ultimately come down to how managers choose to balance their squads between defence and attack in the coming period, and where they decide to seek out value.

Also in this series

Part 1: Should managers sell Alvarez for Watkins in Fantasy?
Part 3: FPL experts: Is it a mistake to overlook Trippier?
Part 4: FPL experts: What to do with Brighton players?
Part 5: Why Hojlund's arrival has hindered Rashford in Fantasy

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