Fantasy Football

FPL best midfielder picks: Is there a new English superstar about to break out?

By Andrew Francis

Published: 10:03, 29 September 2023

Midfielders could hold the key to FPL success this weekend. We’ve crunched the numbers to identify the best picks ahead of Gameweek 7. 

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 7
Best cheap midfielders for Gameweek 7
Best midfielders with easy fixtures

Salah still the man despite price tag

Here are the top 10 Premier League midfielders based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023 calendar year.

Player FPL Squawka Score 23/24 Team 23/24 FPL Price
Mo Salah 82% Liverpool 12.5
Solly March 80% Brighton 6.5
Bruno Fernandes 79% Man United 8.4
Bukayo Saka 77% Arsenal 8.7
Phil Foden 77% Man City 7.6
Jack Grealish 75% Man City 7.3
Gabriel Martinelli 73% Brentford 7.8
Bryan Mbeumo 71% Arsenal 6.9
James Maddison 69% Spurs 7.9
Eberechi Eze 67% Crystal Palace 6.3

Gordon to step up for Rashford’s crown

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 England star, Marcus Rashford (30.8%) and the man who won player of the tournament at England U21’s successful Euro 2023 campaign, Anthony Gordon.

Rashford was one of the leading FPL players last season, with his incredible scoring run in the new year putting him in a league of his own. It hasn’t happened for the Man United forward this season, although he still has a whopping 30% of players backing him.

Much was made of Gordon’s big money move to Newcastle but he’s starting to live up to the hype, scoring 32 FPL point so far, eight more than Rashford. Not only that but the Newcastle winger costs a mammoth 3.3m less.

A cost effective move but possibly one that could also pay dividends in points?

Here’s how their 2022/23 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix


Leon Bailey the best cheap option this week

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 5.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Jacob Murphy, Newcastle (66%)
  2. Alejandro Garnacho, Man United (53%)
  3. Harvey Elliott, Liverpool (47%)

The best 5.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Leon Bailey, Aston Villa (52%)
  2. Willian, Fulham (48%)
  3. Manor Solomon, Spurs (47%)

The best 6.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Anthony Gordon, Newcastle (63%)
  2. Said Benrahma, West Ham (58%)
  3. Dwight McNeil, Everton (50%)

 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 7.

Team Top pick FPL Squawka Score 23/24 FPL Price
Arsenal Bukayo Saka 77% 8.7
Brentford Bryan Mbeumo 71% 6.9
Burnley Luca Koleosho 11% 5.0
Chelsea Mykhailo Mudryk 44% 6.3
Everton Dwight McNeil 50% 5.4
Luton Marvelous Nakamba 11% 4.4
Man City Phil Foden 77% 7.6
Man United Bruno Fernandes 79% 8.4
Newcastle Jacob Murphy 66% 4.8
West Ham Jarrod Bowen 59% 7.1