Here’s the GW8 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 Thursday 18/10)
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. Below each position if applicable is a “bubbling under” category for monitoring certain fantasy premier league players before they are added to the “ones to watch” list. Remember these are fantasy premier league players I would have in my team. At the bottom is a key if you want a bit more detail on the factors listed
Hart – £7.0m – quality fixtures HOLD
Quality defence will come right and the first clean sheet against Sunderland will be the start of many in my mind. Has selection stabilty where the only other option is Kompany
Foster – £5.2m quality.HOLD SELL
fixtures start to turn against them. I would sell.
Ruddy £4.5m budget
Needs home and away rotation with another GK but fewer and fewer options in the budget section.
Jaaskelainen £4.9m budget
fixtures moving away from him but same as Ruddy applies
Begovic £4.6m budget
Get Man U away out of the way and the fixtures get far better. The best of the cheap options.
McCarthy – £4.0m budget fixtures
If youre really just after someone cheap and will rely on save points then McCarthy is probably the best bet. Federici injured with no return date
Gazzaniga – £4.0m budget fixtures
Ditto for McCarthy
Mannone -£4.5m budget fixtures short term
Szczesny according to physio room wont be back until 24 November so theres a few games in this yet.
Guzan – £4.5m budget
Can anybody be first choice with Lambert in charge. No defensive stats but if youre looking for a filler its another option
Rafael – £5.9m – value. attack HOLD
A clean sheet and a strong defensive performance against a tricky fixture in Newcastle. Utd have fixtures that are improving and its essentially the same defence and 2 CMs that last year got 20 clean sheets. However even saying that you cant ignore the defensive stats which aren’t good. I personally wouldn’t touch the rest of the defence just for the moment due to this fact but Rafael gives you potential for attacking returns to cover this. Smalling and Jones will be returning soon which is the main risk
Ivanovic – £7.2m attack HOLD
Fixtures are about to get very tough. Most people will take a bath on the value of resale as well. RDM looks like he will play defensively and Ivanovic has outstanding attacking form. Dont buy but dont sell just yet
Jagielka – £6.1m fixtures. BUY
If you’ve got the cash for Baines you’ll get the returns
Hangeland £5.0m – value fixtures sleeping giant. HOLD
Fulham have reasonable defensive stats although they have benefited from good fixtures and will continue to some extent over the next 6. No attacking stats or bonus points so far so if you want to save £0.5m go for Hughes at £4.5m or Baird at £4.4m who’s playing in midfield but has a Karagounis risk. Dont sell with Villa at home.
Jenkinson – £5.1m value fixtures short term. HOLD
Sagna’s played the full 90 this week and it will be interesting to see how this affects Jenkinson. I would hold until he’s dropped as this is likely but not a certainty given his form.
Gibbs – £5.8m fixtures
Injury with no return date. Is good value in the Arsenal defence. Need more information on injury to decide on whether to sell or not
McAuley – £5.4m Attack HOLD SELL
fixtures now dont look good
Johnson – £6.4m. attack BUY
Good attacking stats. A reasonable run of fixtures continuing with Reading at home.
Clyne £4.0m– Saints attack. fixtures.
Apparently back this weekend
Fonte – saints fixtures
Demel – £4.2==m
Sell injured and fixtures against West Ham
Gorkks – £3.9m Reading. fixtures
Nelsen – QPR £4.0m fixtures. A short term batch of good fixtures coming. Seems to have held his place. Has the potential to nick a goal.
Davies £4.0m– Seems to be holding his place as Swansea LB. Fixtures moving away from Swansea
Wisdom – £4.5m budget
Enrique may return this week with Johnson going to RB. Monitor as great value for a Liverpool RB
After Man U away fixtures turn. Has the attacking potential. Wilson is the cheapest secure option at £4.5m
Hazard – £10.3m HOLD
Dont buy but not necessarily a sell just yet as worth monitoring how he copes with difficult games. Poor fixtures.
Bale – £9.5m – Quality.HOLD
Fixtures now against him. Shown quality to ride out fixtures. Not sure I would buy him due to the fixtures especially as he may not be the flat track bully that suits captaincy.
Pienaar – £6.8m – fixtures.HOLD
Fellaini – £7.3m form. fixtures.
Played in an advanced position continually. Top of the underlying stats and maybe only out 1 week possibly 2.
Nolan – £6.3m form HOLD
Still as a few good fixtures left with Saints at home this week before they turn against him. Bit dearer than I’d like but plays in such an advanced position you always think he will score. Carroll returning will help immeasurably. Don’t sell not sure I would buy at this stage.
Morrison – £6.0m HOLD SELL
Scored last week but fixtures now are not good. I would sell.
Cazorla – £9.4m quality. form. fixtures BUY
Doing surprisingly well in the shooting stats although the final effort has been wayward but getting into these positions far more. Fixtures improved. Shoots far too much outside the box and a bit assist based but the Chelsea and West Ham games game was encouraging.
Lallana – £6.0m – fixtures form BUY
Good underlying stats.
Gervinho – £7.5m – form. fixtures
Giroud in the team has pushed him out wide and the West Ham game was not encouraging for this change of position. Walcott out should mean he will start away to Norwich but may even lose his place. Monitor to see how this all pans out.
Dempsey – £9.2m. quality BUY
Still a bit of a game time risk but this is eroding every week. Doesn’t have fixtures with him. Has the ability to be fixture proof though
Silva – £9.6m quality form fixtures BUY SELL
Likely to be out a few weeks with mid week injury
Ramirez – £6.0m fixtures BUY SELL
Injury. Out to November 19
Budget £4.5m ish
Guthrie – £4.4m fixtures
losing his place
Schneiderlin – £4.5m Saints
Sterling – £4.8m a risk with Assaidi being purchased but with form shown maybe worth it
Kacaniklic – £4.7m lost his place to Ruiz. Although will get 1 more game against Villa as Ruiz unlikely to play
Ben Arfa. – £7.9m Quality. form. BUY
Fixtures start after the Sunderland game. Im not wild on his shooting stats but has the ability to score for any range
Hoilett – fixtures. £5.9m. SELL
seems to have fallen out of favour
Tevez £9.5m – quality. form fixtures. HOLD
Has been sold consistently in FPL but I would hold until after Swansea at home in GW9. I still believe him and Aguero are the best partnership. I wouldnt buy but dont sell with fixtures coming up
RVP – £13.4m – QUALITY. HOLD
Rotation is the only risk
Jelavic – £8.4m – fixtures quality form BUY
Lethal finisher, with surprising ability to create chances for others as well
Berbatov – £7.0m quality. form.HOLD
Good value and quality
Lambert – £6.3m form. Fixtures. value BUY
Defoe – £7.8m – Form. quality. value HOLD
Fixtures are against him but you cant argue with the price. I wouldn’t have seen him as a lone striker but has showed real quality. Adebayor is back but will take something to do this.
Ba – £8.3m form. BUY
Fixtures getting better and has shown real quality. Has the ability to score against any opposition.
Podolski. – £8.6m HOLD
I wouldnt buy him now for Arsenals coverage, I would go for Cazorla in midfield but with the fixtures he wouldn’t be a priority sale.
Aguero – £11.1m. QUALITY BUY
Fixture proof. Role seems assured. Injury layoff should see him fresher and less rotatable.
Suarez – £9.6m fixtures BUY
Top of the shooting stats despite the hard fixtures start. Just the final shot that has been the difference between being world class. Another return to infuriating form at home to Stoke but surely home to Reading he must score.
Giroud – £8.4m fixtures BUY
You have to believe he will start after the West Ham game
I’m not putting a budget section for strikers. I just think the position is too important and theres too much quality to put a filler in. However Pogrebnyak at £4.7m is the best option if you really must.
Crouch £6.7m form value
Wait until after Utd away because fixtures improve then
Lukaku – £6.4m
needs to start to be viable. monitor
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