With a renewed vigor as we approach the new year @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW18 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.
Performer of the Week
Pedro (7.0) he has faced considerable rotation throughout his entire career which puts a dent in his impressive 13 point haul for FPL managers. Monitor.
The Watchlist – Star Midfielders –
Alexis Sanchez (11.9) is extremely valuable in FPL as an OOP prospect this season which is marked by his current price. Buy.
Eden Hazard (10.4) a 10 point haul was a return to form for the Belgian after a minor injury in recent weeks. Write him off at your peril. Buy.
Kevin De Bruyne (10.7) has collected a large amount of assists this season although has failed to score enough goals to fully justify his price. Monitor.
Dimitri Payet (9.1) his a constant threat although he does not have the clean air of being the only FPL option at West Ham with Ayew (7.1) and Antonio (6.7) accumulating points. Light Monitor.
The Watchlist – Liverpool –
Adam Lallana (7.4) is back on track after an injury spell and looks set to have his best FPL season ever in the prime of his career. Strongly Consider.
Coutinho (8.2) is on his way back to fitness although he surely won’t be rushed into action given his importance to the side. Monitor.
Mane (9.5) it is almost time to let Mane go as he departs to the African Cup of Nations on the 2nd of January. Hold / Sell.
Firmino (8.5) the OOP option has struggled to provide the points in the last six weeks whilst picking up a DUI charge over the Christmas period. It may be the final straw for owners. Hold / Sell.
The Watchlist – Breakout Midfielders
Christian Eriksen (8.6) his been in immense form with all of his expected goals for the season finally coming between GW13-GW16. His a frustrating asset to own but is in his best goal scoring form under Pochettino. Strongly Consider.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (7.5) his role continues to change in the side which has impacted him over his sides ‘favourable’ run of fixtures. Monitor.
Theo Walcott (7.9) a slight knock not the first of his career. His form is strong but his a real chance of rotation given the work rate required of the wide players at Arsenal. Monitor.
Raheem Sterling (7.6) three consecutive 90 minute appearances has heralded a constant flow of points. Potential rotation is the issue. Monitor.
Michail Antonio (6.7) this guy is something else, his speed and athleticism is at an elite level. It allows him to explode and outmuscle opponents continually finding goals in aerial situations. Monitor.
Matt Phillips (5.5) it will be interesting to see if his strong form continues after a slight loss in momentum against the better sides in FPL. Monitor.
Wilfried Zaha (5.8) it is likely he will head to the AFCON with the Ivory Coast in January so start planning to offload the youngster if you own him. Hold / Sell.
The Watchlist – Breakout Punt –
Paul Pogba (8.3) he is beginning to settle within the United side although it could take more time to see consistent performances from him. Monitor.
The Watchlist – Breakouts Uncertain
Jay Rodriguez (6.3) his an OOP as a midfielder with the injury to Charlie Austin his taken his chance to once again be the lead striker. He has had his injury troubles which leaves him underpriced. Buy.
Joe Allen (5.3) scored yet another goal he appears a changed man this season and could well be worthy of the tag as your forth midfielder. Monitor.
Junior Stanislas (5.1) he has returned from injury in a 25 minute cameo with some favourable fixtures ahead he could again be an option. Monitor.
Nacer Chadli (6.1) has struggled to find his way back into the side with the form of Brunt (5.0) and Phillips (5.5). Light Monitor.
Nathan Redmond (5.9) the OOP prospect is having an interesting season although his not proving sharp in front of goal. Light Monitor.
The Watchlist – Budget Midfielders
Marten de Roon (4.4) appears to have a spot nailed down in the side with his contributions balancing out his sides defence. Buy.
Jordon Mutch (4.2) the 25-year-old was frozen out under Pardew the attacking midfielder has great potential though with seven goals and six assists at QPR in 2013/2014. Big Sam Monitor.
Nemanja Matic (5.1) his role in the side has changed slightly with the re-introduction of Fabregas which has seen his flow of assists come to an end. Light Monitor.
The Watchlist – Other Performers
Yohan Cabaye (5.6) was able to get forward and influence the attack looks quite exciting when he does this. Another Benteke penalty miss may put him back in line for spot kicks. Strongly Monitor.
Cesc Fabregas (6.9) the classy midfielder has returned FPL attacking points in his last four appearances although remains a rotation risk with Matic. Strongly Monitor.
Yaya Toure (7.7) looks to have secured his role in the side given the long injury to Gundogan. Only on penalties due to Aguero’s absence. Light Monitor.
David Silva (8.7) four consecutive returns for the diminutive midfielder in the absence of Aguero. It will be interesting to see his role in the side with Aguero back in GW19. Light Monitor.
Ross Barkley (7.0) has found a grain of form in recent weeks perhaps after being left out of the starting XI. Light Monitor.
Andros Townsend (5.9) could suit Big Sam’s style of play, looks guaranteed to get starts until his defensive work rate gets found out. Light 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. Light Monitor.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8.9) His arrived. A scorpion kick has resulted in goals in back-to-back matches for the attacking midfielder after yet another injury. Strongly Monitor.