By Sachin Dholakia
Gameweek 8 saw another enthralling finish for the Golden Boys as they grabbed two late goals to claim three points against Arsenal at Vicarage Road.
Tom Cleverley (10 points) was the hero for the Hornets, smashing in an injury time winner after a goalmouth scramble. The midfielder also scored 3 bonus points leading him to his highest points tally of the season so far. Troy Deeney (6) also got involved, coming off the bench to dispatch the equalising penalty and take home a bonus point.
Richarlison (5) also fared well, winning the penalty after a foul by Héctor Bellerín, while Étienne Capoue (4) registered the assist for the winning goal.
Richarlison (£6.2) is now a regular on many Fantasy teams after impressing in consecutive weeks. The Brazilian is the highest scoring midfielder under £8.0, and his low cost makes him attractive as a budget option. With the Hornets in scintillating form, it takes a brave manager to not include him in their team.
The Watford starting line-up as a whole appears to have settled, with Kiko Femenía, Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele and Jose Holebas having started the last few games together.
Femenía remains perhaps the best option with a low price tag and having the potential to get involved at the other end with his runs on the right hand side.
It was a generally low scoring week elsewhere, with the highest scoring players primarily coming from Manchester City as they put seven past Stoke. Raheem Sterling (15) fared best with a goal and two assists while Gabriel Jesus (13 points) took advantage of Sergio Agüero’s absence with a brace. Swansea’s Tammy Abraham (13) and Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini (12) also scored twice for their respective teams.
Many Fantasy managers flocked for Harry Kane (2) following his September exploits, but he disappointed his 42% ownership as he failed to get on the scoresheet against Bournemouth. Christian Eriksen (11) scored the only goal of the game in their 1-0 win.
Ray Charles had captain Jesus and Abraham to thank as he remained at the top of the Watford global league. Alex Williams was the highest scorer in the top 10, as he snuck into 10th place with an impressive 80 points. Congratulations if you made the top 10 this week!
Tip of the Week
Now could be the time to consider a wildcard with injuries, form and tougher fixtures making it harder for previously popular players to score points. With Morata and Agüero returning from injury as well as having a favourable looking gameweek ahead, it could be the chance to shoot up your league. Don’t use it if it’s not needed however, as you would want to save your second one for the double gameweeks in April.
Players to Watch
1) Álvaro Morata (Chelsea, £10.3) – is decreasing in ownership after injury and the Blues' loss against Crystal Palace, yet will return this week with favourable fixtures coming up. Could be an interesting differential.
2) Leroy Sané (Manchester City, £8.4) – could be an outstanding differential if favoured over Raheem Sterling for a rampant Manchester City side after the return of Sergio Agüero. Achieved double figures in three of his last five gameweeks.
3) Nick Pope (Burnley, £4.5) – retained his place as Burnley’s number one despite the signing of Anders Lindegaard. Good source of bonus points and could rotate nicely with budget-friendly Rob Elliot from Newcastle.
Best of luck for Gameweek 9, FPL managers!