Here’s the GW12 fantasy premier league “ones to watch”. This is a menu of fantasy premier league players to pick from for your team with factors stating why. (values as at Wednesday 14/11 PM)
If you’re not familiar with the format I’ve put the removals from last week in strikethrough to show you who has come off from last week. The new fantasy premier league players and reasons why are added in italics to make it easier to follow.
Ive added a new feature putting BUY HOLD or SELL next to players to clarify my position an all players except budget and bubbling under players. It aso makes it easier for people wanting a quick look rather than going through the whole article. At the bottom is a key if you want a bit more detail on the factors listed
Hart – £6.9m – quality fixtures HOLD
No clean sheet last week but a good defensive performance and its still 3 CSs in the last 5. The fixtures get tough but this is still the best defence in the league and he’s still the cheapest reliable route after Kompany who’s more expensive at £7.2m
Ruddy £4.5m budget
Needs home and away rotation with another GK but fewer and fewer options in the budget section. The Norwich defence again is not as bad as its painted
Jaaskelainen £5.1m budget
Fixtures are dire and its a rotation only option as the clean sheets will disappear believe me.
Begovic £5.1m budget fixtures
They’ve had the golden period of fixtures but they’re still the best defence outside the elite teams
McCarthy – £4.1m budget SELL
Now injured with no return
Mannone -£4.6m budget fixtures short term
Szczesny, every week I hear he’s supposed to be back and he isnt. Wait until it happens before you sell
Guzan – £4.5m budget
Can anybody be first choice with Lambert in charge. Defensive stats actually improving but fixtures still ordinary but if you’re looking for a filler its another option. Rotation only.
De Gea – £5.6m BUY
Great fixtures start now. Defensive stats are the worst for the elite clubs but by no means bad and lets not forget the same defence got 20 clean sheets last year. Nows the time to gamble. At this price he’s a steal. I mean Krul is £5.3m and the defence is nothing like Utd’s. Have a back up who plays as anything could happen selection wise if the season so far is anything to go buy. Maybe Gazzaniga or Tremmel at £4.0 although they both have serious game time risk.
Rafael – £6.4m – attack HOLD
Despite all the negative hype Utd’s defensive stats aren’t that bad, just not the best. However Rafael always gives you the chance for attacking points to compensate. The great fixtures start now and a presence is necessary. Smallings performance at Villa helped Rafaels case although Jones coming back from injury is another risk. However there’s no security in the Utd defence anywhere with everyone having some game time issues
Jagielka – £6.1m fixtures. HOLD
2 more games before its time to sell. The defence hasn’t performed but has the underlying stats.
Huth£5.5m fixtures attack HOLD
Maybe not the time to buy with the fixtures getting a little trickier but definitely too good to sell. Huth hasn’t delivered his attacking potential but its there especially with Adam on set pieces. Shawcross is cheaper at £5.1m and Wilkinson at £4.4m and Cameron at £4.6m. All should play after the injury to Wilson.
Simpson £4.8m fixtures HOLD
Im personally not a fan of the Newcastle defence and the stats aren’t anything to write home about but have got the potential for clean sheets at home. Fixtures arent too bad.
Santon £5.0m BUY
Same comments apply. I’m not a fan of the Newcastle defence but fixtures are good and if you’re looking for someone relatively cheap then its as good as any other option.
Cuellar £4.5m fixtures BUY
3 clean sheets over play what is a pretty poor statistical defence but a good goalkeeper has helped that. The good news is they’re forced to play defensively as they really cant seem to score.
Johnson £6.3m fixtures BUY
The class act in the Liverpool defence with the most attacking potential of any defender in the league apart from maybe Baines. The Liverpool defence is statistically very strong and unless Wisdom fixes his place he’s good value compared to Skrtel and Agger who are the only other 2 people in the defence that have some security
Clyne £4.0m– Saints attack. fixtures.
Fonte £4.1m– Saints fixtures attack
Gorkks – £4.0m Reading. fixtures
Nelsen – QPR £4.0m fixtures – International break “injury”
Davies £4.0m– Seems to be holding his place as Swansea LB. Fixtures are now ordinary. Rotation only.
Wisdom – £4.5m budget short term
The great fixtures now start for Liverpool and the Wigan game will say alot for Wisdom vs Enrique in the Liverpool line up. If he survives not being on the bench this week then hes a real value option
Pienaar – £6.9m – fixtures.HOLD
2 good fixtures before I would start selling Everton assets.
Fellaini – £7.6m form. fixtures. HOLD
Top of the midfield shooting stats with Nolan by a reasonable distance. May very well be fixture proof. 2 good games to go before that theory is tested in the mean time Ive moved him to a hold
Cazorla – £9.4m quality. HOLD
Last weeks home performance to Fulham was pretty disturbing as far as Cazorla was concerned and even with the fixtures to me he is a hold rather than a buy. Still has good underlying stats if not Fellaini or Mata standard and unless you believe that Walcott will suddenly become an option again the best in the Arsenal midfield
Lallana – £6.0m – fixtures form HOLD
Hasn’t really produced actual returns or underlying stats despite early promise and good fixtures and I’ve moved him to a hold for the moment. Fixtures too good to sell though unless your team is perfect apart from him.
Ben Arfa. – £7.8m Quality. form. HOLD
Like Lallana has been a dissapointment despite good fixtures and again has fallen out of the stats tables. For me he just doesn’t shoot enough and too much outside the box however the next best Newcastle to coverage at the moment apart from Ba. Cabaye remains just an assist player and the goals are an aberration to me
Walters – £6.4m fixtures HOLD
Hasnt returned in 5 games despite good fixtures and is part of a fairly dire attacking team. Fixtures are still reasonable and the underlying stats are reasonable so I would hold on
McAnuff – £5.1m fixtures HOLD
The only certain attacking starter in the Reading midfield. An assist based player only but still the best option in the Reading midfield
Valencia £8.6m – fixtures BUY
If RVP is too expensive for your Utd coverage then he’s you’re next best bet for reliability of selection. I probably prefer Young as a fantasy premier league player but Valencia has more game time prospects. If you are having an assist based player then one who is feeding chances to RVP and Rooney is one to have.
Taarabt – £5.5m fixtures BUY
How he hasn’t scored in the last 2 is beyond totally me as he’s done everything but. Has good shooting stats and getting in the box to shoot far more often than last year. Home to Saints is a good time to start and at a reasonable price wih excellent fixtures I’m still recommending him for BUY
Mata £9.5m form BUY
Fixtures aren’t easy but he’s the closest to a fixture proof midfielder that there is. Bale is more proven after last season but Mata intuitively looks like a better captain option if needed. WBA (A) MCY (H) FUL (H) WHM (A) are tricky fixtures though apart from the Fulham game.
Sterling £5.3m BUY
Place seems assured. An attacking midfielder for Liverpool at this price with these fixtures is an absolute steal
Budget £4.5m ish
Schneiderlin – £4.4m Saints
Tevez £9.5m – quality. form fixtures. HOLD
Home to Villa could be the last game before you sell as fixtures get tough and better options could tempt you. Only on the fringes of the shooting stats tables. On the plus side didn’t play for Argentina like Aguero so should start against Villa. Longer term with City out of the Capital One and going out of the Champs league should reduce rotation.
RVP – £13.7m – QUALITY. BUY
The only really reliable coverage for the Utd team at the moment with the midfield rotation and Rooney dropping deeper. Underlying stats aren’t as good as last year but is finishing off chances when they come. Fixtures are now fantastic
Jelavic – £8.5m – fixtures quality form HOLD
Lethal finisher who returning to scoring ways last game week. RDG and NOR next before you should even think about selling good games to go before you would think of selling him
Lambert – £6.1m form. Fixtures. value HOLD
Fixtures are still holding up. Broke a 5 game non returning streak on the week with an assist. A few good fixtures yet before you should sell starting with QPR away.
Ba – £8.3m form. BUY
Fixtures are still strong although has the ability to score against any opposition. Monitor the injury position for this week before buying.
Aguero – £11.0m. QUALITY HOLD
Benn rotated far too much and has a patchy record for him but showed his finishing quality on the weekend and home to Villa is definitely not the time to sell
Suarez – £10.0m fixtures BUY
If you havent got him now is the time to do it. Great fixtures. Miles ahead of everyone in the shooting stats and now seems to have turned it in to goals
Crouch £6.9m value fixtures HOLD
Returned with an assist on the weekend after not returning in the 2 easy games before. Has good fixtures and time to sell is only when you’ve sorted out rest of the team or after the 2 home games that follow West Ham A
Holt £6.0m HOLD
Has 2 difficult games but then fixtures look very good. Seems to be an assured starter. Not in the stats table though so don’t buy.
Giroud £8.4m BUY
Now features prominently in the shooting stats tables and with good fixtures this is definitely the time to buy
I’m not putting a budget section for strikers. I just think the position is too important and there’s too much quality to put a filler in.
quality – an elite player for his position
value – a player at a value that is less than the returns I expect
fixtures – a player facing good fixtures over the next 6 games
budget – filler at the minimum price the position allows. Should play
sleeping giant – a player with past form who may have had a quiet season last year but has the potential for far greater returns than his value
YC – card magnet
DGW – has 2 games in the specified game week
pre-season – has pre-season form
pens – should take penalties
short term – will only play for a few games
Form – current form
hope that stimulates some thought for your fantasy premier league team. Heres the link to the latest fantasy premier league fixtures article if you want to look at that again