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.
Performer of the Week
Leeroy Fer (5.0) he continues to bobble on the radar as a fifth midfielder with a 14 point haul at the weekend taking him to six goals for the season. Monitor.
The Watchlist – Star Midfielders –
Alexis Sanchez (11.3) collected a 14 point haul as a central-forward with his direct competition (Giroud) finishing the game injured. Buy.
Eden Hazard (10.3) a two pointer for the star-midfielder in what was an encouraging team performance. Don’t be deterred by a single blank for someone with his skill set. Buy.
Riyad Mahrez (9.0) another converted penalty takes him to three for the season with no goals from open play in FPL. With favorable fixtures and progression secured in Europe he could start returning FPL points. Strongly Consider.
Kevin De Bruyne (10.8) was rotated in GW13 which is a great dent to his fantasy prospects if it continues. Monitor.
Dimitri Payet (9.2) collected an assist with a superbly whipped free kick, the schedule remains unkind though. I would argue he is fixture proof although his team mates continue to let him down this season. Monitor.
The Watchlist – Liverpool –
It was a difficult game for Liverpool against Sunderland with Coutinho going down with a suspected long-term injury early in the match. David Moyes deployed the ‘double decker bus’ yet Liverpool still found a way through with a couple of goals late on to seal a win and a clean sheet for our FPL teams.
Firmino (8.8) the OOP option remains the strongest option, he leads the attack as a striker for the Reds. He picked up a minor knock to his calf late in the game but should recover by the weekend. Buy.
Mane (9.2) the explosive attacker is well placed to be a consistent performer in the weeks ahead. Strongly Consider.
James Milner (6.6) collected his fifth spot kick of the season leaving him 9th for points in midfield after GW13. If you invested in him early in the season congratulations on Liverpool’s consistent yet unpredictable flow of penalty kicks. Monitor.
Adam Lallana (7.1) remains injured although his energy has been missed in the previous few weeks, one to watch when he returns. Light Monitor.
Coutinho (8.6) It is extremely disappointing that he has succumbed to injury after a fantastic start to the season. It is unfortunate but it is part and parcel of football, I did warn readers. Sell.
The Watchlist – Breakout Midfielders
Gylfi Sigurdsson (7.3) the 27 year old is up against his former side this weekend, he will surely be fired up for the occasion. He is in top form with FPL returns in four consecutive matches. Buy. My #1 choice for Coutinho.
Theo Walcott (7.9) he scored his second ever header in the Premier League that speaks volumes for his improvements this season. Certainly one to consider especially if you can’t afford Sanchez. Buy.
Pedro (7.3) one of my weakness within FPL has been present recently in overlooking the discussion of the winger. I suffer from a condition known as ‘big club bias’ where I can overlook ‘fringe’ performers at the largest clubs in favour of players breaking out further down the ladder. I thought Willian would find his place back in the side but Pedro has been sensational across the last five fixtures. Given his stellar form and generous fixtures after GW14 I suggest investment. Buy.
Matt Phillips (5.3) collected another assist he is on a tear at the moment, right at the top of his game. Strongly Consider.
Wilfried Zaha (5.4) that is five assists in a row from the winger with a goal as well, remarkable. He appears to be developing into a well-rounded player although his team is in a ‘Pardew’ spiral. Strongly Consider.
The Watchlist – Breakout Punt –
Christian Eriksen (8.1) scored an absolute peach with his left-foot from outside the box. His FPL impact has been significantly reduced in recent seasons with so many attacking midfielders at the club. Monitor.
The Watchlist – Breakouts Uncertain
Nacer Chadli (6.4) made his return off the bench against Hull City, he couldn’t find a goal but will be better for the minutes moving forward. Monitor.
Joe Allen (5.3) was suspended for GW13 with Charlie Adam (4.7) putting in an impressive showing yet again. Joe should return to the line-up but it could well be in a deep-role in midfield ending his FPL potential. Monitor.
Junior Stanislas (5.5) he is developing as a player under Eddie Howe but Wilson returned to penalty duties dampening his FPL prospects. 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.
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. Light Monitor.
Yannick Bolasie (6.1) things are starting to return to a level similar to seasons past at Everton in which case Bolasie loses his appeal. Avoid.
The Watchlist – Budget Midfielders
Nemanja Matic (5.1) returned another assist and its another case of ‘big team bias’ his collecting points at a great price. Strongly Consider.
James McArthur (5.0) he has scored some very odd goals this season. I am surprised he only collected an assist against Swansea given the scoreline. Consider.
Etienne Capoue (5.0) remains a fifth midfielder for those who have kept the faith. Hold.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (5.1) he was just starting to fit in well at this level but a hamstring injury takes him off our radars. Avoid.
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.
The Watchlist – Other Performers
Jordan Henderson (6.4) collected an assist in a nine point haul with his continued contributions important during the absence of Coutinho. Monitor.
Yaya Toure (7.7) he collected his second successive 90 minutes as KDB rested his legs after a midweek fixture. Rotation Threat. Monitor.
Robert Snodgrass (5.6) he runs hot and cold the expected nature in a team with minimal goal threat, great from set pieces though. Monitor.
Marko Arnautovic (7.2) he appears undroppable in the side as Stoke City rotated this week although his end product is down on previous years. Could be back on penalty duties given Bojan’s miss. Monitor.
Joshua Sims (4.5) the Southampton youngster collected an assist on debut and the ‘Man of Match Award’ via the local broadcaster. Light Monitor.
Victor Moses (5.6) scored his third goal of the season from right-wing-back I am looking forward to next season when his selectable as a defender. Avoid.
Juan Mata (7.4) his a top contributor but looks to be a rotation threat like no other this season. Keep your distance. Avoid.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8.9) His back in contention boys and girls after seven matches on the sidelines. Impressive in the Europa League with a bright cameo off the bench against West Ham. Strong Monitor.