The Midfield Watchlist – Gameweek 6

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Continuing the new format @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW6 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.

The Watchlist – Star Midfielders –

Alexis Sanchez (11.1) is single handily leading The Arsenal in the striker role, his OOP prospects are as high as ever, pity he couldn’t covert the penalty against Hull City and steal duties from Cazorla. Buy.

Kevin De Bruyne (10.8) has been in superb form but picked up a hamstring injury and is set to return after the international break. Sell.

Mesut Ozil (9.5) has collected two goals for the season but is only just starting to hit top form after the extended summer break. If a difficult proposition with Sanchez at (11.1) the premium option and Walcott (7.5) providing a fine discounted option in the Arsenal midfield. Monitor.

Eden Hazard (9.9) much like last season he has completely disappeared after an impressive start to the season. Chelsea are changing their game style and this may have quickly seen his role change. The visit to Hull may be the final chance for his owners. Light Monitor.

Dimitri Payet (9.4) he had the season of his life last year which was overshadowed by the story which evolved at Leicester City.

The playmakers team is currently struggling for balance and although his assist threat is quite high his ability to score goals looks reduced.

Antonio (7.3) looks the wiser option into a team which is staggering badly in the early stages of the season. Light Monitor.

Other performances

Liverpool’s midfield is the bane of many fantasy managers with another superb round of performances from a scattering of talent.

Coutinho (8.2) is my preferred selection here, although he is extremely injury prone when his on form he is a sensational option at a good price. Buy.

Mane (9.0) carries the higher price tag, with a consistent goal threat, less chance of injury in a team creating plenty he is perhaps the safer option at Liverpool. Strongly Consider.

Firmino (8.4) has only returned once this season although after a slight groin injury he hasn’t quite been at his best. If you own him I would continue to hold as he is an OOP option leading the Liverpool attack. Monitor.

James Milner (6.5) is scoring plenty of penalties from left back whilst Adam Lallana (7.2) is propping up the mid-range price bracket for Liverpool. Headaches persist…

Pogba (8.3) opened his account with a bullet header, most of his efforts on goal have been from quite a distance which makes goal scoring difficult. Light Monitor.

The WatchlistBreakout Midfielders

Raheem Sterling (8.6) the breakout player of the season so far has scored consistently in the most potent attack in the league at a discount price. Buy.

Adam Lallana (7.2) the former Southampton midfielder has added an extra gear to his game. With three goals and three assists to his name this season he is a strong discount option in a jam packed Liverpool midfield. Strongly Consider.

Theo Walcott (7.5) his back seemingly better then ever, the 27-year-old has added an extra gear to his game this season and is in white hot form. Has the right-wing role nailed down in the medium term. Strongly Consider.

Michail Antonio (7.3) he is in the form of his career unfortunately his team are not, with strong fixtures ahead perhaps West Ham can turn it around. Although Antonio may return to right back after Masuaku went down injured. Monitor.

Dusan Tadic (7.2) is a real tease this season as his price continues to drop but his performances start earning fantasy points. May have lost penalty kicks to Austin which does reduce his prospects somewhat. Monitor.

The Watchlist – Breakouts Uncertain

Everton are also creating headaches with Mirallas (6.6) and Bolasie (6.1) and having the potential to break out.

With favourable fixtures investment is suggested although bypassing the midfield entirely could be the best option (Baines (5.6), Lukaku (9.3) instead)

Bolasie (6.1) although his goal threat is always questionable. Strong Monitor.

Andros Townsend (6.3) continues to get a lot of focus after he produced a fortnight ago. He is a player of high frequency (lots of shots, lots of crosses) without much end product.

I would not expect more then 5 goals and 5 assists from him this season, interestingly enough he has a bet with Scott Dann (5.5) for who will score the most goals between them.

He is a player who is captures the imagination visually but is one to avoid when looking into his match data. Light Monitor.

His team mate Jason Puncheon (5.5) comes in at a more favourable price with excellent dead ball delivery. Crystal Palace are experts from set pieces with Puncheon a worthy budget midfielder. Monitor.

Roberto Pereyra (6.0) has been quite dangerous in-between the lines for Watford, although he doesn’t appear the most lethal in-front of goal. Monitor.

The Watchlist – Budget Midfielders

Etienne Capoue (5.2) has absolutely taken off as the budget midfielder of choice this season. It is not too late to invest with extremely favourable fixtures ahead for the Frenchman. Buy.

Harry Arter (5.0) has a couple of assists to his name this season with increased goal threat he is an option in this price bracket. It is unfortunate he hasn’t come in at 4.5 though. Monitor.

Demarai Gray (4.9) his minutes have been limited but he has performed when given the opportunity. Monitor.

Joe Allen (4.8) after a strong Euro 2016 with Wales the midfielder has opened his account for the new season. Is playing a slightly advanced role in midfield so could be one to keep an eye on as fixtures turn for the better. Monitor.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (4.5) extremely talented youngster who has had some good chances on goal this season. If he can nail down a starting position he has the potential to be a good 5th midfielder this season. Monitor.

The Watchlist – Other Performers

Heung-Min Son (7.5) the Spurs midfielder has found his way into the side in superb fashion with some excellent performances of late. He has earnt his spot in the short term with a real vain of form. Strongly Consider.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (7.2) a fantasy mainstay in the mid-priced bracket with free kicks and penalties in his locker he is always an option. Is currently a bit of a sleeper due to Swansea’s poor form if fixtures improve keep him in your thoughts. Monitor.

Juan Mata (7.4) the attacking midfielder had a day out against Leicester but his role within the starting XI is far from secure. He is one to keep an eye on if he becomes a regular within the side. Monitor.

Nacer Chadli (6.4) exploded with a 21 point haul before picking up a knock and returning to Tony Pulis 1.0 level, is one to keep an eye on moving forward. Monitor.

Steven Defour (6.0) the classy midfielder has a goal and three assists to his name this season. Is slightly overpriced given the low-output expected of his team but remains one to keep an eye on. Monitor.

Alex Iwobi (5.8) the Arsenal youngster has been impressive in the last few matches but I do expect Giroud or Perez to return to the striking role in the future (with Sanchez moving to the left). Light Monitor.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan (9.0) is at an extremely favourable price yet the signs do not look promising for the attacking-midfielder. Having picked up another injury he is not settling quickly and may drop further in price.

Look to pick him up in the second half of the season at this rate, a ‘sleeper’ if I have ever seen one. Monitor.

The Watchlist for Forwards will be up tomorrow as always if you wish to have a player profiled leave a comment below, all feedback is welcomed.

5 comments on “The Midfield Watchlist – Gameweek 6

  1. The Swan and Paedo

    In a bit of a quandary over the Arsenal mids, namely Sanchez and Walcott.

    I have neither and feeling like I could get smashed to pieces not owning at least one of them.

    Walcott is such a huge bargain and allows me to maintain a strong player in each position. Sanchez would require some restructuring and I would have to play either Snodgrass or Puncheon as a 4th mid. So it’s kind of like Walcott + Payet/Mahrez/Mane vs Sanchez + Puncheon/Snod.


    • Liam Post Author

      Payet and Mahrez are not in my good books at the current time that said it is still an extremely tough decision.

      Sanchez’s place in the side is more secure but with an international break looming he could be rested after it which is not great for someone of that price.

      I don’t think you can go wrong with either it totally depends on your team structure around them.

      Owning Sanchez and another heavy hitting in midfield limits your striking options.

      It is a delicate balance and unfortunately their is no way to guide you towards a correct answer as it is all quite random.

      A personal perspective might help.

      I have Ibrahimovic-Benteke-Rondon whilst in midfield Sanchez-Hazard-Sterling-Antonio-Capoue

      To get Aguero in I have to downgrade probably two players in that midfield for team balance or if I wanted Ibra & Aguero a straight downgrade of Hazard to say a 4.5-5.5 option (I would have 4.7 to play with on a straight swap with Benteke out).

      Really depends on who you see as your #1 player in your side and if you have plans to change that how you are going to create a pathway to get their.

      Having missed out on Aguero last week I am not going to chase the points, United bagged four goals and Ibra has been a shot machine. His going to be handed the C whilst I look to restructure elsewhere.

      Hazard is under the spotlight so he is most likely to come out of my side, I have to consider for who and when to hopefully rebalance the funds for my forwards.

      I need Liverpool coverage myself that is an issue you already have covered, your issue is Arsenal coverage.

      Sanchez-Walcott-Ozil-Cazolra-Iwobi in that order for me currently.

  2. ed24f1

    I think Snodgrass is a great option not mentioned with set pieces and excellent fixtures to come. I’m bringing him in on my wildcard this week, only other midfield change probably Lallana in for Antonio, happy with Sanchez/Sterling/Capoue

    • Liam Post Author

      Snodgrass is a decent option although Hull will struggle to score a lot of goals this season. I see him being a 5 goals and 5 assists type of output this season (which is handy at his price).

      Not sure if he is number one for penalties but his free kicks are deadly, it is extremely hard to score free kicks regularly though, have to be in certain locations which are preferential to your technique and you have to win the free kicks first of course.

      I don’t see him as a player of great value in FPL, he is fairly priced but FPL aside he is a fine player and one I truely enjoy watching.

      Hull City are going to struggle to stay in this league with reduced play in and around the box putting a limit on the amount of penalties and free kicks Snodgrass will get his hands on let alone open play shots.

      A worthy selection, I am just expressing the other side of the coin here for your consideration, as always back your gut decision.

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