Salah, Henderson, van Aanholt, Sterling and Ings are picks in gameweek overshadowed by coronavirus concerns, with 33 projected points between them.

Welcome to the this week’s Foomni Five-a-Side squad, picked jointly by Algo and our staff. The rules are simple: one player in each position plus a captain which cannot be a goalkeeper!

Dean Henderson

Goalkeeper, Sheffield United, £5.2m

One of the most pleasant surprises this season goes against joint-worst attack in the league. Henderson seems a very straightforward choice this week, with a projected 52% chance for a clean sheet and 2.4 saves. He’s also currently ranked as 20th player overall this season and is owned by just 16.3% managers. If you are in need of new GK, look no further.

Projected points: 5.4

Patrick van Aanholt

Defender, Crystal Palace, £5.6m

This is generally not the name we expect to see on such lists his season, but here he is! van Aanholt is in great form right now and over the last few seasons, he scores 42% more points than average when the referee is Mike Dean, and also scores 41% more points than average when playing during busy fixtures list. This was enough for Algo to give him very healthy projections for this one, but given Palace fixture list this is likely a one-off.   

Projected points: 4.9

Mohamed Salah (C)

Midfielder, Liverpool, £12.7m

No surprises that he’s back in here. The Merseyside derby is always a tough fixture, but Salah & Liverpool will have a point to prove after going out of Champions League. On top of that, they could theoretically clinch the title there and then, depending on City result against Burnley. Keep faith in him.

Projected points: 6.7

Raheem Sterling

Midfielder, Man City, £11.9m

Sterling is a very brave choice from Algo, given that he failed to produce any FPL returns since Gameweek 19! The rationale here is actually a simple one. Numbers suggest that Burnely is very unlikely to get anything from the match, and Sterling’s chances to start and produce are boosted by current injury and rotation issues for other players. All that may, however, change between now and deadline, so tread carefully.

Projected points: 8.2

Danny Ings

Forward, Southampton, £7.1m

Ing’s stakes have taken a hit lately with three blanks in a row, but he is still a very good fantasy option at an affordable price. Algo suggests keeping him around for the next two games against Norwich and Watford, both away, and then reevaluate situation ahead of tougher fixtures in the run-in.

Projected points: 7.6