Continuing the new format @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW3 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.
The Watchlist – Star Midfielders –
Alexis Sanchez (11) there is much debate surrounding the selection of Sanchez or Ozil after the two week departure of Sergio Aguero.
With enticing fixtures ahead investment in one of the two is likely to be extremely beneficial over the coming weeks. The benefit to Aguero suspension is that funds can be used elsewhere in new and unique ways without the risk of Aguero bagging a hat trick.
Think about how you can maximise your team in the absence of Aguero but also how you can make a two trade jump back to the Argentine.
Eden Hazard (10.2) is becoming a one man wreaking ball with a superb goal in GW3. Has returned to his brilliant best with sharp movement and inspired finishing. Is extreme value in his current form with penalties to win over any doubters. Buy.
Riyad Mahrez (9.5) from this weeks wildcard piece:
‘I’ve had a review of Riyad Mahrez and his statistics are down on last season which is understandable. He had a truly amazing season and is unlikely to match those heights.
If he is removed from penalty duties I seriously doubt his ability to match the asking price of 9.5 that said he is still a fine, fine player.
We are looking for the best value in FPL not the best performers of last season. Don’t overvalue last season over the current form of the player.
With all that said the transfer window threw his international team mate and proflic goalscorer Slimani (8.5) Leicester’s way. How he fits in for the Foxes will prove interesting. His effect on Mahrez is at this stage is unknown.’
The Watchlist – Breakout Midfielders
Raheem Sterling (8.2) having had time to look deeper into Manchester City’s attack the results look encouraging for all involved. Whether Sterling continues to be the leading light is questionable. He is the best value asset and is enjoying a return to form so enjoy the bandwagon people. Buy.
The Watchlist – Breakouts Uncertain
Southampton has largely complicated matters with Tadic (7.4), Rodriguez (6.4), Redmond (6.1) and Sofiane Boufal (7.0) all tempting us as budget options. Whilst Oriol Romeu (4.5) and Hojbjerg (4.5) prop up the budget bracket.
Steer clear of Southampton until the waters begin to clear on their team selection. Such potential yet so little known about positions in the team in the short, medium and long term.
Everton are also creating headaches with Barkley (7.7), Mirallas (6.6). Bolasie (6.0) and Deulofeu (6.4) all having the potential to break out.
With favourable fixtures investment is suggested although bypassing the midfield entirely could be the best option (Baines (5.5), Lukaku (9.0) instead)
Mirallas (6.6) is the recommendation here after digging into the highlights his goal threat looks enticing. He is an impressive player when fit and boy he looks sharp at the moment. Strong Monitor.
The Watchlist – Past Performers –
Nacer Chadli (6.4) has made the move to West Bromwich Albion the wide man has been freed from the Tottenham bench only to enter the evil clutches of Tony Pulis. The results main a mystery. Strong Monitor.
Jack Wilshere (5.9) nothing to see here with an ankle made of glass and numerous other knocks his chances of staying fit are extremely low. Add to that his less then impressive attacking returns over his career and you have a very irrelevant FPL pick. Avoid yet be willing to change your opinion if he stays fit for a moderate period of time.
Yohan Cabaye (5.9) is entering a strange part of fantasy land with the arrival of Benteke and Remy potentially changing his role in the side. Keep an eye on him, only one though not two. Light Monitor.
The Watchlist – Budget Midfielders
Etienne Capoue (4.7) excited by his positioning in a 3-5-2 he is likely to be the standout option in this bracket this season, early call I know. Buy.
Shaun Maloney (4.5) I thought I was hearing things as Hull City opened the cheque book late in the window. Apparently the major decision maker at the club had been quite ill for sometime hence the disorganization at the club.
Alas the impact on Mr Maloney means he now faces competition for places at the KCOM Stadium. Monitor.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (9.2) the invisible man should be his new name having picked up a knock on international duty. He is likely to miss the Manchester Derby.
An extremely slow start for the attacking midfield it will be a test of his character to see him battle his way into the United lineup and FPL contention.
As always discussion is encouraged below and please leave a question if anyone you are interested in has not been covered. ‘The Watchlist’ on strikers will be up tomorrow.