FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE GW21 – THE BANDWAGONS AND SINKING SHIPS

Here’s our fantasy premier league GW21 article where we outline the most transferred in players so far in the gameweek (the bandwagons) and the most transferred out (the sinking ships). There’s a table of stats on each as well as some narrative on their prospects and their next 6 fixtures

FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE GW21 – THE BANDWAGONS AND SINKING SHIPS

THE BANDWAGONS

These are the 5 most transferred in players so far in the gameweek. The fixt ease column shows the easeiness ranking of the next 6/3 fixtures. See the full article on fixture ease. Values are as per Saturday.  As of the time of writing there were no anytime goal scoring odds.

DELE ALLI

It’s very rare that I can remember someone getting over 50 points and in the last 4 games but that’s the case with the Spurs attacking midfielder or should I say support striker as you can see from his touch map below in the last game against Chelsea

There has been some doubt thrown on his prospects by various people looking at his underlying stats and over the season that maybe valid.  It’s also true that he scored with pretty much his only 2 chances against Chelsea.  However in my view no midfielder in the last 4 games has better shooting stats and his ability to get into the box and play consistently in an advanced central position is unquestionable.

Upcoming 6 fixtures overall look reasonably good

West Brom (H)
Man City (A)
Sunderland (A)
Middlesbrough (H)
Liverpool (A)
Stoke (H)

PHILLIPS

The WBA midfielder made it 2 assists from set pieces in the win over Hull to make it a goal and 3 assists in his last 2 games.  Has returned a goal or assist in 9/19 games this season which for the price is good consistency.  Certainly a role with set pieces and as a number 10 in the last games within Tony Pulis’ reborn attacking team (which also has excellent attacking set piece defenders) is a major bonus.  The only negative would be that there isn’t really much in the way of underlying stats to give you that extra layer of sustainability that you’d like

I wouldn’t say that away to Spurs is the optimum time to buy unless value is your main consideration but after that the fixtures look good

Spurs (A)
Sunderland (H)
Middlesbrough (A)
Stoke (H)
West Ham (A)
Bournemouth (H)

SNODGRASS

The Hull midfielder has everything you want except he plays for Hull.  He has all set piece responsibility and has been playing as a support striker. His direct free kick ability is something special too.  24 FPL points in his last 4 games is pretty impressive for the price.   Like Phillips his main negative is the lack of underlying stats although recent creating chances stats have shown a healthy improvement.  He certainly isn’t someone with the Dele Alli like ability to arrive in the box.  He has been a bit inconsistent too returning a goal or assist in only 7 of 19 games.

After Bournemouth next,  the fixtures are terrible

Bournemouth (H)
Chelsea (A)
Man Utd (A)
Liverpool (H)
Arsenal (A)
Burnley (H)

DEFOE

2 penalties to make it 3 goals in 2 games followed a period of 4 games with only 1 assist which must have started to sow the seeds of doubt in most FPL managers minds.  He certainly doesn’t come with great underlying stats to give you comfort in these spells and he also plays in an utterly hopeless team.  However unlike some teams he’s the only source of goals so there’s no sharing around worries.

Stoke (H)
West Brom (A)
Spurs (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Southampton (H)
Everton (A)

LALLANA

A goal and assist in his last 4 with Man Utd next is not exactly what you would call an ideal recipe for a transfer in.  Moreover his consistency return rate of 8 games in 18 starts isn’t fantastic.  Also he isn’t that advanced when you consider he plays in the 2 of 4-1-2-3 that Liverpool play.  With Coutinho coming back and Sturridge or Origi likely to play in the front 3 it’s hard to see that changing.  There’s also nothing in the underlying shooting stats or creating chances stats to to suggesst he’s going to keep returning

On the positive side he really does know his way into the box at the right time and watching him in games does really give you a bit more of a positive feel.  I did also show a touch map a couple of weeks ago which showed that he pushed his position as close to the front 3 as you could get.  He’s also a little cheaper than his other more advanced midfield colleagues if your main aim is Liverpool coverage for Swansea and Hull in the next 4.

Man Utd (A)
Swansea (H)
Chelsea (H)
Hull (A)
Spurs (H)
Leicester (A)

THE SINKING SHIPS




These are the 5 most transferred out players so far in the gameweek. The fixt ease column shows the easeiness ranking of the next 6/3 fixtures. See the full fixture ease article where the teams with the best fixtures are ranked. Values are as of Saturday

 

MANE

The Liverpool RAM is off to the African Cup of Nations which depending on progress can go to gameweek 24.

The gap in the Liverpool front 3 I imagine will see Sturridge or Origi keep there position as central striker.  Coutinho looks likely to be back for GW21 and with Firmino will make the other player in the front 3

Man Utd (A)
Swansea (H)
Chelsea (H)
Hull (A)
Spurs (H)
Leicester (A)

ZAHA

Despite playing for England in 2 friendlies the Crystal Palace RAM is off to AFCON for his country of birth the Ivory Coast.  I can see the attacking midfield 3 in 4-2-3-1 becoming Townsend Cabaye and Puncheon.  There are good fixtures but neither of them have any form to speak of.  Good fixtures though

West Ham (A)
Everton (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Sunderland (H)
Stoke (A)
Middlesbrough (H)

CAPOUE

Everybodys early season favourite cheapie the Watford CM is playing in a fairly deep position.  It’s no goal or assist in his last 8 or 1 goal in his last 14.  It goes with saying there are absolutely no underlying stats.  If you’re just looking for someone cheap to sit on your bench then De Roon is better value at £4.4m and has more attacking prospects

Middlesbrough (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Arsenal (A)
Burnley (H)
Man Utd (A)
West Ham (H)

ORIGI

I said above that I think that in Mane’s absence Sturridge or Origi will play central striker for Liverpool.  Given Sturridges recent form to me he has to be the favourite.  However the system is paramount and Origi probably suits the system better so that has to give him some hope.  However his gametime risk has to be the reason he’s being sold because his record is pretty good since coming in.  Away to Man Utd is a good time to exit as well

Man Utd (A)
Swansea (H)
Chelsea (H)
Hull (A)
Spurs (H)
Leicester (A)

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