Here’s the GW17 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 13/12 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 HOLD
As per each week, the best defence and with Kompany injured hes the only guaranteed starter although Nastasic should be a more secure option as a result . Fixtures improving.
Begovic £5.5m budget HOLD
Fixtures now getting tough but with the right rotation (Bunn works nicely) he’s still a good option. Getting a bit expensive so I’m not sure I would be buying given the alternatives in defence especially Cameron at £4.7m. Stoke continue to show their defensive strength and I now rate them the 4th best defence.
Guzan – £4.6m budgetHOLD
Good rotation keeper. Defence looking stronger.
Bunn £4.0m Budget BUY
One of the better defences outside the elite. Ruddy is out until Feb and he’s cheap. A great buy
Federici £4.3m Budget HOLD
Price, save points and game time security is the only reason why you would hold this dodgy keeper in this dodgy defence. Rotation only.
Szczesny £5.3m fixtures BUY
Good fixtures good defence despite what you’re told.
Gazzaniga £4.0m Budget SELL
Injured no return date
Rafael – £6.4m – attack HOLD
Surprisingly held his place in the City derby despite the early subbing the week before and all the speculation. Great fixtures incl GW17 home to sunderland so stay for te ride because no ones safe in the defence.
Cuellar £4.6m attack HOLD
Sunderland despite my poor defensive rating do have the ability to get clean sheets at home as their home defensive stats arent bad They are the principal anomolie in this area. Rotation only. Has also shown some attacking stats surprisingly. Fixtures about to get horrible so emphasise home rotation only.
Johnson £6.3m fixtures attack BUY
Im a huge fan of this guy who plays like a winger with clean sheet potential and has the best shooting stats of any defender. He is more expensive than everyone else but has that attacking edge. I don’t normally recommend paying premiums for attacking defenders but this is one of the few exceptions. Liverpool also have good fixtures including a home game against Vila in GW17
Wisdom – £4.5m budget HOLD
Enrique is apparently back this weekend although never be that sure with a hamstring injury. Given that uncertainty and the fact that i cant believe downing has any longevity in the position means its a hold for a little while yet.
Enrique £6.1m fixtures attack HOLD(injury doubt)
Injured but expected to return this week. Unfortunately exactly the reason why I would buy Johnson and not Enrique happened last week when Enrique reverted to a FB instead of a winger. I definitely wouldn’t sell with the fixtures but given the price differential I would always go for Johnson given a choice.
Sagna £5.1m fixtures HOLD
Surprisingly returned last week. The Arsenal defence is underrated and Sagna also brings good attacking potential at a really reasonable price. Good fixtures as well. Gibbs at the slightly higher price of £5.4m is a BUY though
Nastasic £5.6m value HOLD
Poor Lescott. If it wasnt enough that a 19 year old has taken your place when the other CB is injured he goes for K Toure instead. The Kompany injury give Nastasic pretty much guaranteed certainty of game time but how much will the quality of the defence be affected by the loss of one of the worlds best CBs, thats the question. definitely done sell especially with the fixtures improving but may be worth monitoring before you pile in. Newcastle away will be a good test.
Caulker £4.9m value fixtures attack BUY
should have been in the “ones to watch” before. Great fixtures starting with his former loan club Swansea at the weekend. Seems to have his place nailed and there’s nothing wrong with the defence in my mind. Great value as well
Cameron £4.7m value BUY
Again should have been on here. For the 4th best defence he’s great value. Shawcross and Huth given the fixtures are just a step too far in cost for me but he’s great value even with diabolical fixtures as they can get a CS against anybody out side the elite teams.
Clyne £4.0m– Saints attack.
Fonte £4.1m– Saints attack
Gorkks – £4.0m Reading. SELL seems to have lost his place
Davies £4.0m budget– Seems to be holding his place as Swansea LB. Fixtures are now ordinary. Rotation only.
Turner(Norwich) £4.2m budget SELL not sure he will get place back Shorey £4.1m Budget SELL
2 game week is over. Defence is utterly hopeless and buying someone solely for possible assists doesnt work for me
Demel £4.0m Budget BUY
Maybe away to WBA is not the best place to start but he’s a home rotation buy anyway. Has some game time risk but as with all the cheapies in the West Ham team they all do. Worth the game time risk.
R Martin £4.2m budget BUY
Has game time risk but good attacking potential and great value compared to Garrido and Bassong. Fixtures aren’t great although Wigan at home this week is but its a home rotation job anyway
Fellaini – £7.9m form. HOLD
Surprisingly didn’t perform against Spurs despite Everton’s domination. Still in the last 6 shooting stats but not dominating them. Monitor the fixture proof position although if you’re a doubter which I’m not there just yet away to stoke is a great time to sell as the chances of returning arent great.
Cazorla – £9.5m quality. HOLD
Not performing and really testing everyones patiene but the fixtures are just so good. A dodgy assist quelled the pain for one week though. . He’s only still in my team due to these fixtures and for the fact that you should NEVER sell anyone before they play Reading. Here’s a reminder to keep you from pushing the transfer button
They really don’t get much better so keep patient but don’t buy.
Lallana – £6.1m – fixtures form SELL
1 returning game in the last 8. still in the shooting stats but A blank this week means now’s the time to sell.
McAnuff – £5.1m fixtures SELL
with the 2 game week gone its a sell. 1 return in the last 8 and no shooting form what so ever so sell.
Valencia £8.4m – fixtures HOLD
Only if you cant afford RVP. Assist based player but probably the best alternative
Sterling £5.7m HOLD
Place seems assured. An attacking midfielder for Liverpool at this price with these fixtures is good value. Isn’t that consistent though and hasn’t shown up in any shooting or chances created stats so you’re relying on fixtures, position and value rather than consistent returns.
Bale £9.6m Quality fixtures HOLD (INJURED EXPECTED BACK DEC 16)
Apparently back this week although who knows with Hamstrings. great fixtures for Spurs so don’t sell and buy when fit.
Walcott £8.6m fixtures HOLD (INJURY DOUBT)
Apparently back this week. Not sure I would buy with the injury cloud but definitely don’t sell when Reading is the next game
Michu £8.0m form value BUY
Unbelievable form he’s in. First in the last 6 shooting stats despite ordinary fixtures and this really could be the evidence of him being fixture proof. Add to the fact that his finishing is nothing short of lethal and that his upcoming fixtures have 3 good ones out of 6 as you can see below then its impossible to ignore him. Heres the upcoming 6
Man Utd H
Nolan £6.9m BUY
Only returned 1 in 8 games but still 3rd in the last 6 shooting stats despite a ridiculous fixture schedule. I think this shows returns are around the corner and could even be a sign that he’s fixture proof.. More so as fixtures are improving greatly although WBA is not the way to start.
Here’s the next 8 fixtures. At least 4 are good
|16 Dec 16:00||Gameweek 17||West Brom (A)|
|22 Dec 15:00||Gameweek 18||Everton (H)|
|26 Dec 15:00||Gameweek 19||Arsenal (A)|
|29 Dec 15:00||Gameweek 20||Reading (A)|
|01 Jan 15:00||Gameweek 21||Norwich (H)|
|12 Jan 15:00||Gameweek 22||Sunderland (A)|
|19 Jan 15:00||Gameweek 23||QPR (H)|
|30 Jan 19:45||Gameweek 24||Fulham (A)|
Budget £4.5m ish
Schneiderlin – £4.4m Saints
Puncheon – £4.7m Saints
Fixtures arent that great nw but he’s the best value and 2nd in the last 6 shooting stats, albeit on good fixtures, says it all.
Robson Kanu £4.4m HOLD (INJURY DOUBT)
A good value cheap filler
Gardner C £4.9m HOLD
Cheap filler only.
RVP – £13.8m – QUALITY fixtures. BUY
While Utd have such good fixtures he’s an essential. Lack of production from the midfield means he’s the best option by far. Stats aren’t anything like last year but still worth buying. I personally would stick with RVP ver Rooney. You can see my reasoning in the bandwagons and sinking ships article.
Lambert – £6.1m form. value SELL
A blank is a good time to sell
Ba – £8.2m form . HOLD
Second in the shooting stats for the season and the last 6 albeit on good fixtures. unless you want to put in someone else i would just see how he reacts to the more difficult fixtures
Suarez – £10.3m fixtures BUY
Great fixtures. Miles ahead of everyone in the shooting stats and now seems to have turned it in to goals. I would go as far as saying a must have for me.
Holt £6.0m HOLD
You cant sell before a Wigan home game
Giroud £8.5m fixtures HOLD (INJURY DOUBT)
Same as all the Arsenal players. You cant sell before a game against Reading
Benteke £6.5m form HOLD
1 return in the last 5 and away to Liverpool is not the time to buy but fixtures improve although its a hard 3 before a good 3 as you will see below
|15 Dec 15:00||Gameweek 17||Liverpool (A)|
|23 Dec 16:00||Gameweek 18||Chelsea (A)|
|26 Dec 17:30||Gameweek 19||Tottenham (H)|
|29 Dec 15:00||Gameweek 20||Wigan (H)|
|01 Jan 15:00||Gameweek 21||Swansea (A)|
|12 Jan 15:00||Gameweek 22||Southampton (H)|
Berbatov £7.3m fixtures BUY
Its now 5 without returning but the fixtures below are compelling so I think he will return despite him slipping off the stats radar
He’s back in the shot stats though despite this so I expect returns. The position behind Rodallega isnt perfect but i would keep the faith
Defoe £8.4m fixtures form BUY
Personally Bale would be my Spurs exposure of choice and Defoe is a bit of a gamble given that you could possibly argue that Adebayor fits the AVB system better but its hard to see him replaced given his form and the fixtures are reasonably good if you’re willing to gamble on the game time risk . Here’s the fixtures
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.
Tevez £9.4m BUY
Nows the time to buy in my mind. Fixtures improve starting with the leaky Newcastle defence. 6 points behind Utd and out of the Champs league and the Capital One plus the madness of Ballotelli means surely less rotation
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.