fantasy premier league best midfielders – “ones to watch” GW8


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Here’s my fantasy premier league “ones to watch” for midfielders over £6.0m for GW8.  There’s a table of stats, including some new ones and narrative plus fixtures in the article.

fantasy premier league best midfielders – “ones to watch” GW8

Now we’ve had 7 games I’ve reworked the table but there’s a key below to avoid any confusion.  There’s no need now for last years stats so they’ve gone.  I’ve introduced a form gauge by including the points from the last 4 games.  I’ve also introduced a new stat which is the % of games that the player gets 10 points or more.  That gives you an indication of a players potential explosiveness and the ability to get big point hauls.  I’ve included the ownership % as regualr readers of the website will know that I tend to pick the players with over 30% ownership even if I’m scpetical about them in some way.  However that doesn’t mean my assessment of the players stats and prospects necessarily follow that.  I just prefer to neutralise the high ownership players affect on my ranking and fight the rankings battle elsewhere.  However there’s enough stats to make up your own mind on who to pick.

 

RankName/ ownership %valueMinute per FPL point 14/15Consistency14/15% of 10pt +Last 4 gamespointsfixt ease top 10 FPL managers own
 1. Sterling (53%) £8.9 13.8m 4/7  57% 2/7  29% 18 pts 6/(3) 8
 2. Chadli (12%) £6.4 10.9m 4/6  67% 1/6  17% 25 pts 3/(11) 0
 3. Fabregas (52%) £9.6 15.1m 5/7  51% 2/7  29% 20 pts 8/(8) 9
 4. Sanchez (11%) £10.3 16.8m 3/6  50% 1/6  16% 19 pts 4(2) 1
 5. Di Maria (39%) £10.1 9.4m 3/5  60% 3/5  60% 40 pts 17/(20) 9
 6. Hazard (14%) £9.9 15.1m 4/7  57% 1/7  14% 23 pts 8/(8) 0
 7. Tadic (3%) £7.5 23.6m 3/7  43% 0/7  0% 15  pts 2/(7) 4
 8. Siggy (45%) £6.8 13.4m 4/7  57% 3/7  43% 17  pts 15/(10) 10
 9. Eriksen (8%) £7.8 16.8m 2/7  29% 2/7  29% 26  pts 3/(11) 0
 10. Silva (12%) £9.1 20.9m 2/7  29% 0/7  0% 14% 12/(12) 0

Player/FPL ownership %: self explanatory at the time of the article
Value: At the time of the article
Minute per FPL point 14/15: This seasons minutes it took to earn an FPL point. The lower the better obviously
Consistency 14/15 : This seasons % of games where the player got a goal or assist
% of 10 + pts:  The % of games where the player has got 10 FPL points or more
Last 4 games points:  Self explanatory
Fixture ease: The rank of the 20 FPL teams easiness of the next fixtures from an attacking point of view. The next 6 are first with the next 3 in brackets. See article
Top 10 FPL managers ownership: How many of the top 10 FPL managers I follow own this player. See article

 Sterling

Rested after complaining of feeling tired for the 2nd England Euro qualifier the midfielder will welcome the return of Sturridge to bolster the attacking and his assist prospects.  It will be interesting to see if he plays in the front 3 or behind a pair of strikers.  Also whether the rotation continues with the Champions league next week and Liverpool playing Real Madrid.  What isn’t in doubt is good fixtures, good form and possibly the best overall shooting and creating chances underlying stats.

QPR (A)
Hull (H)
Newcastle (A)
Chelsea (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Stoke (H)

Chadli

Been a real surprise after an ordinary year last year.  Playing virtually as a 2nd striker he’s getting the best shooting stats of anyone.  Doesn’t create chances so not as multi dimensional as Sterling.  Good fixtures after Man City away next.

Man City (A)
Newcastle (H)
Aston Villa (A)
Stoke (H)
Hull (A)
Everton (H)

Fabregas

7 assists in 7 games has seen him become the most consistent midfielder returner.  However his points per minute isn’t reflecting that due to the bonus points not really following single assists.  Doesn’t really have much shots in the box stats or even pen box touches and his lack of goal scoring threat so far has to be a concern.  However with a 52% ownership and part of a free scoring Chelsea team where he has linked well with Costa he’s a very dangerous player to ignore for your ranking

Crystal Palace (A)
Man Utd (A)
QPR (H)
Liverpool (A)
West Brom (H)
Sunderland (A)

Sanchez

This is about the quality of the player, the good fixtures to come and the excellent underlying shooting and creating chances stats which show that he could be a gamble that will return over the coming weeks.  Certainly home to Hull is a very good time to take the plunge.  Has been rested and this remains a risk although the injuries at Arsenal of Ramsey and Arsenal at the moment should limit that.  Also the return of Walcott does cause some issues positionally and as a substitution target and will possibly see him move left.

Hull (H)
Sunderland (A)
Burnley (H)
Swansea (A)
Man Utd (H)
West Brom (A)

Di Maria

Another very high ownership player who has been on fire in recent matches.  His ability to carry the ball and get into the box has meant his supposed deep starting position has been irrelevant.  Excellent shooting and creating chances underlying stats.  The negative is the difficult fixtures to come after the WBA game.  However Man Utd have no option but to attack and score given the defensive issues.

West Brom (A)
Chelsea (H)
Man City (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Arsenal (A)
Hull (H)

Hazard

Not playing against Andorra for Belguim due to a bruised toe and will be subject to a late fitness test for the Palace game.  Great performance against Arsenal but has been inconsistent in performance even if he hasn’t in returns.  For someone who has always had good underlying shooting and creating chances stats they haven’t really been evident this year.  However there is some good fixtures in the next 6 and he can explode at anytime if last year is anything to go by.  Most teams will have Costa and Fabregas so Hazard would be an expensive luxury

Crystal Palace (A)
Man Utd (A)
QPR (H)
Liverpool (A)
West Brom (H)
Sunderland (A)

Tadic

This is about fixtures and promise rather any returns to date.  So far despite good fixtures weve just seen 3 assists and no goals in the first 7 games.  However up to the City game his fixtures are very good as are his shooting stats.

Sunderland (H)
Stoke (H)
Hull (A)
Leicester (H)
Aston Villa (A)
Man City (H)

Siggy

The negatives for Siggy are the 3 consecutive fixtures against Everton, Arsenal and Man City after 2 against Stoke and Leicester.  The other is his underlying stats.  He has little shots in the box threat and despite the number of assists his creating chances stats are good if not fantastic.  The positive are the excellent central attacking position which has him at the heart of the action and  the ownership of 45% which makes him a very ranking sensitive player not to own.  He also has a good share of set pieces so he ticks alot of boxes.  2 goals against the Netherlands shows that he hasn’t forgotten how to score.

Stoke (A)
Leicester (H)
Everton (A)
Arsenal (H)
Man City (A)
Crystal Palace (H)

Eriksen

After a seemingly poor start we’ve had 2 10 + point hauls in the last 4 games and 26 points in total for the last 4 games.  Add to that a good run of fixtures after Man City away plus a big share of set pieces and you have a player that is worth contemplating a gamble with.

Man City (A)
Newcastle (H)
Aston Villa (A)
Stoke (H)
Hull (A)
Everton (H)

Silva

A bit of a leap of faith on his underlying stats and City looking like they will start scoring goals.  However its still only 2 returns in 7 for a normally consistent returner.  Always has a problem getting a decent amount of goals which is surprising given his advanced position and number of shots in the box.

Spurs (H)
West Ham (A)
Man Utd (H)
QPR (A)
Swansea (H)
Southampton (A)

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fantasy premier league best midfielders

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2 thoughts on “fantasy premier league best midfielders – “ones to watch” GW8”

  1. So, ignoring the money side of things and seeing they’re on the same team. Chadli or Eriksen / Hazard or Fabregas?

  2. Quick question… Siggy or chadli? Since now we have to get di maria, fabregas, sterling as a protection. And 1 cheap midfield so i can invest in other department. Thank u

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