With a renewed vigor in his approach to team value @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW13 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.
The Watchlist – Goalkeepers
Jordan Pickford (4.1) it is a rare week when the youngster doesn’t accumulate a save point. Is the value goalkeeper of the season. Buy.
Ben Foster (4.7) his side is currently pushing above its weight, always defensively minded he remains a steady option. Consider.
Tom Heaton (4.8) he is set for some time on the sidelines with a calf injury. These can typically take 1-3 weeks to recover from. Hold.
Lee Grant (4.1) collected a clean sheet with Butland still a no-show his worthy of a place in your 15 man squad. Hold.
The Ponder – Goalkeepers
Frasier Forster (5.0) another clean sheet for the giant with fixtures turning in his teams favour he is worth consideration. Strongly Consider.
Loris Karius (4.9) the cheapest way into the Liverpool defence. He is worthy of consideration given the upturn in the Red’s fixtures. Strongly Consider.
Darren Randolph (4.4) was superb in only his second start of the season denying Manchester United on a number of occasions. Monitor.
Paul Robinson (4.0) the veteran goalkeeper made his first start in many years as injury cover for Tom Heaton. Light Monitor.
Ron-Robert Zieler (4.4) his a decent goalkeeper but he doesn’t look capable of world class saves to accumulate clean sheets. Avoid.
The Watchlist – Defenders
Liverpool joined Stoke City as the only clean sheets in GW13 as the difficulties at the back continue this season. One has to sit back and seriously consider heavy investment in defenders this season given the myriad of mid-price midfielders available this season. Looking at the defending between Swansea and Crystal Palace was enough to make even Sunday League footballers cringe.
The Chelsea Run is Over, Another about to Begin?
Chelsea were denied a seventh straight clean sheet after a superb left-foot effort from outside the box from Christian Eriksen. It took something special to break down this excellent defensive line. Hats off to you Eriksen. They now face Manchester City at home before embarking on a favorable run of fixtures. My general advice is to wait an additional GW to obtain a Chelsea defender. Although I always say ‘go with your gut’ based on your individual situation, everyone’s 15 man squad is different.
Marcus Alonso (6.2) remains the standout option with his insanely high positioning providing numerous opportunities for FPL points. He does lack the required composure in the final third though. Buy.
Cesar Azpilicueta (6.2) he is a strong option although is now playing as a centre-back so Alonso remains the preferred option. Strongly Consider.
A second consecutive clean sheet for the Reds, as they kept lowly Sunderland out ahead of a favorable run of fixtures. The injury prone Dejan Lovren (5.1) is the most cost effective option with Joel Matip (5.5) providing a constant threat from set pieces. Buy.
Nathaniel Clyne (5.7) is a deceiving FPL player, his pace and forward runs look exciting but they very rarely end in attacking or bonus points. Avoid.
Having earnt their fifth clean sheet of the season in FPL the south-coast side have been remarkably resilient. Without attacking outlets in Tadic and Boufal they managed to secure all three points against Everton.
Cedric (4.9) is the standout option at the back for Southampton, the Euro 2016 champion has just returned from injury. He has attacking and bonus point potential and comes in at a cut price. Buy.
West Bromwich Albion
They crashed back to earth with Michael Dawson (4.4) snatching away our seemingly routine West Brom clean sheet.
Chris Brunt (4.9) played in midfield again, is likely to retain his role with Chadli returning from knee surgery. He is a classy player who is likely to accumulate FPL points in an OOP role. Buy.
Gareth McAuley (4.8) his goal threat combined with a boost in fixtures make him a strong option with another 10 point haul proof of that. Buy.
Allan Nyom (4.3) remains one of the best value defender on the market at the current time with the left-back role seemingly secure. Buy.
The Mid Price – Defenders
Jose Holebas & Daryl Janmaat (4.8) as impressive as Holebas has been his team mate is shaping as the better FPL product over the course of the season with a real goal threat. Strongly Consider.
Glen Johnson (4.7) collected an eight point haul in his full return to the side. He has the best attacking upside within the Stoke City defence although suffers a lot of injuries these days. Strongly Consider.
Patrick van Aanholt (5.0) the man dubbed as PVA Glue is about to embark on a favourable run of fixtures (yes Sunderland can have a favourable run) in which clean sheets look reasonably likely. He doesn’t need too many though as his an attacking points magnet. Strongly Consider.
Adam Smith (4.8) returned to action after missing a match due to five yellow cards. He was an attacking outlet playing OOP in midfield. Strongly Consider.
Robert Huth & Wes Morgan (5.0) the Leicester duo embark on a kind run of fixtures yet without Kasper in goal seem unlikely to accumulate too many clean sheets. Light Monitor.
The Budget – Defenders –
Erik Pieters (4.5) his team has a strong schedule ahead and he is the cheapest way into the Stoke City side. Buy.
The Punt – Defenders –
Nathan Ake (4.2) made his second start for Bournemouth and again was threating from set pieces. He could be a viable 5th defender as we approach the winter months. Strong Monitor.
Others – Defenders
Neil Taylor (4.3) as his teams fixtures take a favourable turn the Welsh left-back is worthy of consideration. Given he can secure a starting role. Consider.
Josh Tymon (4.0) the youngster played 90 minutes in his second match for Hull City. He is beginning to shape as a defensive option at spot five. Monitor.
Jordi Amat (4.1) is winning the battle to continue as the 5th defender given the upturn in fixtures for Swansea. Although conceding four goals is never a good sign. Monitor.
Marc Muniesa (4.2) stepped in for Ryan Shawcross obtaining a clean sheet but it should be a shortlived rotation ploy from Stoke City. Avoid.
Defence is not an area you want to be making regular trades in so the number of options here is normally a selection of the very best.
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