The Midfield Watchlist – Gameweek 12

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With a renewed vigor in his approach to team value @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW12 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.

Performer of the Week

Yaya Toure (7.6) he defrosted in no time at all scoring both goals to guide his team to victory. The ageless midfielder will prove an important cog in his teams title challenge. Monitor.

The Watchlist – Star Midfielders –

Eden Hazard (10.2) was subdued in what was a tight match although remains a top choice. There are often question marks about his reliability away from home so perhaps don’t captain him on the road. Buy.

Kevin De Bruyne (10.8) has proven very consistent when fully fit this season, contributed his ninth assist in a seven point haul in GW12. Strongly Consider.

Alexis Sanchez (11.3) was severely strapped up for the weekends match following his injury plagued international break. He started but was well below his usual level, lets see how he performs in GW13. Monitor.

Dimitri Payet (9.2) his side are proving extremely difficult to read with some extremely difficult fixtures I would suggest looking elsewhere at the current time. Always classy although his team mates let him down. Monitor.

Riyad Mahrez (9.0) converted a penalty, it is good to see him ahead of Jamie Vardy in the pecking order although his largely irrelevant so far this season at 9.0. Light Monitor.

The Watchlist – Liverpool –

It was a barnstorming game from Liverpool against Southampton but they just couldn’t convert on the day, leaving with only a point. The fixtures continue to be in the Reds favour in what is a fantastic team to watch on the attack. As mentioned last week the two midfielders from a single team is not a suggested strategy but this Liverpool team look to be an exception.

Firmino (8.8) the OOP option remains the strongest option, he leads the attack as a striker for the Reds. Will be disappointed that he couldn’t hit the target in a 1v1 opportunity. Buy with confidence.

Coutinho (8.7) I had a great discussion with a Liverpool fan about why I consider Coutinho injury prone. His been plagued throughout his career and has to be carefully managed so will miss minutes from time to time. With a large workload he is at a higher chance then other players in the squad of getting injured. That said he is having a stellar season, taking his game to a new level. In that kind of form niggles suddenly disappear as you ride the high of ultra performance. Buy.

Mane (9.0) carries the highest price tag at Liverpool, although his team mates are quickly chasing him down. Had a fantastic opportunity against his former side. Strongly Consider.

James Milner (6.6) returned to his role at left-back he is largely irrelevant as an FPL option relying soley on penalties for points. Light Monitor.

Adam Lallana (7.2) missed the match against his former side with an injury, disappointing from a bright spark in this Liverpool side. Avoid.

The WatchlistBreakout Midfielders

Gylfi Sigurdsson (7.2) he is an excellent option playing as the false nine with a monopoly on corners, free kicks and penalties. His ownership is under 4% with plenty of favourable fixtures ahead. Buy.

Matt Phillips (5.1) he is a sensational option in FPL given the price. Impressive at QPR, now settled at West Brom he has lit up the league in the last fortnight. Strongly Consider.

Juan Mata (7.4) the classy player faces considerable rotation this season although he chimed in with a goal this week. He is a difficult prospect within FPL without secure minutes. Monitor.

Michail Antonio (6.8) this guy is something else, his speed and athleticism is at an elite level. It allows him to explode and outmuscle opponents continually finding the back of the net from set pieces. Monitor.

Theo Walcott (7.8) His partner is about to give birth with a recent minor injury as well the new and improved Theo might lose his hard edge. He did at the weekend. Monitor.

The Watchlist – Breakout Punt –

Joe Allen (5.4) with injury comes opportunity but not for Joe Allen in this case. Moved to a deeper role in midfield his role-in-the-hole may have come to an end. Monitor.

The Watchlist – Breakouts Uncertain

Junior Stanislas (5.5) he really is developing as an FPL player, with a set piece delivery securing him an assist this week. Strongly Monitor.

Wilfried Zaha (5.3) that is four assists in a row from the winger, quite remarkable. It may be a confluence of randomness or he could be turning a corner in his development. Strongly Monitor.

Nacer Chadli (6.4) had a knee operation over the international break and might find it hard to get back into the side after a 4-0 victory. That said he is the teams penalty taker over a favorable run of fixtures. Strongly Monitor.

Yannick Bolasie (6.1) was handy against Swansea although with tough fixtures ahead and a poor record in front of goal I would look elsewhere. Light Monitor.

Nathan Redmond (6.0) the OOP prospect is having an interesting season although his not setting the fantasy arena on fire his proving valuable for his price point. Monitor as fixtures begin to turn. Light Monitor.

Ilkay Gundogan (5.8) rotation worries will stop the midfield from being a relevant option this season. Thanks Yaya…Avoid.

The Watchlist – Budget Midfielders

Etienne Capoue (4.9) he has scored some remarkable goals this season with no prior history of scoring at the highest level. Sensational volley, if you picked him up at 4.5 his worth holding. 5th Option.

Marten de Roon (4.3) appears to have a spot nailed down in the side with his contributions balancing out his sides defence. Cheapest 5th Option.

Darren Fletcher (4.4) was the most favoured 5th midfielder at the start of the season, surprisingly only dropping 0.1 in price the holding-midfielder scored his first goal of the season. 5th Option.

Oriol Romeu (4.5) is the secure budget option within the Southampton side just don’t expect any attacking points. 5th Option.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (5.1) was powerless to contribute FPL points as his side were hammered on the road. Monitor.

Harry Winks (4.5) scored on his full debut for Tottenham although I do not expect that to continue, either the selection or the goal scoring. Stranger things have happened though. Light Monitor.

Nemanja Matic (5.1) his side scored only the solitary goal, which was enough for the team but not Matic’s fantasy prospects. Light Monitor.

Dan Gosling (4.7) completed another 90 minutes, is not prolific at this level but keep an eye on him neither the less. Light Monitor.

Adama Traore (4.8) his lighting pace is causing issues although his end product is severely lacking. Light Monitor.

Leeroy Fer (5.1) is in and out of his managers plans, has not been relegated numerous times for no reason. His low defensive work-rate proving an obstacle to regular minutes. Avoid.

The Watchlist – Other Performers

Robert Snodgrass (5.6) the leading force in the Hull City side, he could not find the net as they lost to lowly Sunderland. Monitor.

Marko Arnautovic (7.2) with fixtures turning in his teams favour he is one to consider, may be back on penalties given Bojan’s miss. Monitor.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8.9) His spinning around and falling away but should appear on the radar one day. This meme summed up the situation rather well:



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