Fantasy Football

FPL best midfielder picks: Gameweek 13 Budget, differential and premium tips

By Andrew Francis

Published: 11:58, 20 November 2023

Which midfielders are the best options this week? We’ve crunched the numbers to identify the best picks ahead of Gameweek 13. 

Among the higher point-scorers in FPL are the players who pull the strings from the middle of the park, whether they excel in making or scoring goals.

Our FPL rating system — Squawka Score — has been engineered to identify the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, judging a player’s output per 90 minutes for a group of specifically selected stats.

What is the Squawka Score? You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here

If you think you can beat our FPL boffins, you can join the Squawka Challenge League here.

Best FPL midfielders
Top midfielder pick for Gameweek 13
Best cheap midfielders for Gameweek 13
Best midfielders with easy fixtures

Salah tops midfielder list

Here are the top 10 Premier League midfielders based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023/24 season.

Player FPL Squawka Score 23/24 Team 23/24 FPL Price
Mo Salah 86% Liverpool 13.0
Bukayo Saka 80% Arsenal 8.6
Leandro Trossard 77% Arsenal 6.5
Bryan Mbeumo 73% Brentford 6.8
Phil Foden 72% Man City 7.5
Bruno Fernandes 70% Man United 8.3
Cole Palmer 69% Chelsea 5.2
Eberechi Eze 68% Crystal Palace 6.1
Martin Odegaard 68% Arsenal 8.3
Leon Bailey 67% Aston Villa 5.5

Which England winger is the key play?

Every week, we will bring you a Differential Duel to highlight a player who both ranks well according to our Squawka Score system and isn’t being picked by the vast majority of FPL managers.

We will then crunch the numbers and pit the chosen differential against a comparable asset who is proving popular — it is then on you to choose your fighter.

This week, we’ll be comparing Jarrod Bowen (30.1%) and Cole Palmer (8.0%)

Both players have been in great form in the final third this season but is there a reason to switch from Bowen to Palmer this week?

Palmer, who is owned by fewer players, is also 2.5m cheaper. As you can see by the Comparison Matrix below, Palmer is also ahead of Bowen in most of the key metrics when it comes to conversion and accuracy.

Here’s how their 2023/24 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix


Plenty of cheap options to mull over

We all want to load up on premium picks, but your £100million budget must always be in the back of your mind.

This is where bargains come in handy to balance out your squad. Using our Squawka super computer, we have picked out some budget midfielders for consideration who fare best according to the key fantasy football metrics.

The best 5.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Cole Palmer, Chelsea (69%)
  2. Leon Bailey, Aston Villa (67%)
  3. Anthony Elanga, Notts Forest (58%)

The best 6.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Anthony Gordon, Newcastle (66%)
  2. Rodri, Man City (56%)
  3. Douglas Luiz, Aston Villa (46%)

 Best midfielders with easy fixtures

Is your midfield almost set and ready to go? Hold fire for a moment — we have only more factor for you to consider before submitting your team.

Below, using our Squawka Score system and the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR), we have the identified the top selections from each of the Premier League clubs deemed to have an ‘easy’ fixture in Gameweek 13.

Team Top pick FPL Squawka Score 23/24 FPL Price
Bournemouth David Brooks 59% 4.9
Brighton Kaoru Mitoma 57% 6.6
Burnley Jóhann Gudmundsson 35% 4.8
Crystal Palace Eberechi Eze 68% 6.1
Fulham Willian 42% 5.3
Luton Ross Barkley 21% 4.9
Man United Bruno Fernandes 70% 8.3
Sheffield United Gustavo Hamer 23% 5.0
West Ham Jarrod Bowen 47% 7.7
Wolves Pedro Neto 58% 5.6