The Best Common Players on Footstock

September 8, 2020


The Best Common Players on Footstock

Whether you are looking to craft the perfect entry to the Footstock 100k Freeroll, or adhering to the star budgets for the gameweek contests, some high-quality two-star Common players can be essential to finding the right balance. Here, we take a look at some of the most attractive options in each position.

The Best Common Goalkeepers on Footstock

Crystal Palace had a dismal end to last season, but if we assume that was mainly down to having little to play for, Vicente Guaita is a tempting pick going into the new campaign. Roy Hodgson’s sides are usually solid defensively, and indeed, Guaita managed an impressive ten clean sheets in the first 30 games of 2019/20.

While his clean sheet total was slightly lower, with nine, Brighton keeper Mat Ryan has a great knack for picking up save points, making him a popular choice both in Footstock and FPL teams.

If he can slot in quickly behind the fine-tuned Sheffield United defence, Aaron Ramsdale could also be a useful asset. Admittedly, his clean sheet stats from last season are not up to the standard of the other selections. But he was often a standout performer behind a fairly shambolic Bournemouth defence. If he gets close to his predecessor Dean Henderson’s 13 shutouts in the upcoming campaign, he may prove to be the best choice of the lot.

The Best Common Defenders on Footstock

The only ever-present in the title-winning Liverpool side, defenders don’t come much more reliable than Virgil van Dijk. Five goals is also a more than decent return for a centre back, and whilst he may not often hit the peak scores of his colleagues at full back, his lower star rating makes him a very handy tournament enabler.

Injuries make fellow two-star central defender Aymeric Laporte a less certain starter, especially with Nathan Ake adding depth in that position for Manchester City in the coming season. However, with his experience of the Pep style of play, Laporte should feature regularly when available.

Most of the Sheffield United defence can be found at the two-star level, and any could be a promising choice if Chris Wilder’s side get anywhere near last season’s heroics. The pick of the bunch might be Enda Stevens, who provided four assists as well as popping up with two goals as an ever-present in the Blades’ lineup.

The Best Common Midfielders on Footstock

He may have looked out of sorts for much of 2020, but if James Maddison can regain his early-season form he looks like a very useful budget pick. What’s more, the 23-year-old offers the potential for a Common combo with teammate Jamie Vardy.

Another one who blew hot and cold last season, this could be an ‘All or Nothing’ year for Dele Alli. A real goalscoring threat when on form, Alli may not be a Common card for long if he and Jose’s Spurs hit the ground running.

While he is a greater rotation risk than the other selections, Bernardo Silva equalled Maddison for goals scored last season, with six. The Portuguese is always a danger when selected in Guardiola’s free-scoring Man City side.

The Best Common Attackers on Footstock

When it comes to picking a Common attacker, it is hard to look past last season’s Golden Boot winner, with 23 goals, Jamie Vardy. However, there are other tempting possibilities.

Sergio Aguero will have to compete with Gabriel Jesus for a starting spot, but remains a favourite of Pep Guardiola and is the kind of player who can post mammoth scores when on form.

Carlo Ancelotti has been working hard to strengthen the Everton midfield this summer, with the likes of James Rodriguez and Allan making their way to the blue side of the Mersey. If he retains his starting place, that kind of service could make Dominic Calvert-Lewin a useful Common selection, too.

Of course, “best” is subjective in this case, and the list could have been far longer – who do you think are the most notable absentees?



Noely has been an avid Footstock player since launch, and recently became a Content Editor for the Footstock blog, quickly establishing himself as arguably the most important member of the entire Footstock team. In unrelated news, he also now edits the author biographies.