FPL Review: Gameweek 11
By Sachin Dholakia
watfordfc.com's resident FPL expert Sachin Dholakia reviews the latest weekend of Fantasy Premier League action.
The Golden Boys weren’t able to make it three wins on the bounce as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle at St James’ Park in Gameweek 11.
Despite many opportunities, the Hornets were not able to breach the Magpies’ defence as a header from Ayozé Perez (8 points) proved to be the difference between the two sides. Ki Sung-Yeung (4) provided the assist from a free-kick, while Federico Fernandez (8) and Andre Yedlin (7) picked up bonus points alongside their clean sheets.
A trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton awaits the Golden Boys in Gameweek 12 and Hornets boss Javi Gracia could make changes where captain Troy Deeney (£5.9) could potentially return from injury and Christian Kabasele (£4.5) could also come back in for Adrian Mariappa, following a spell out after his suspension.
The safer options are likely to be the regular point-scorers so far this season, especially Roberto Pereyra (£6.3) who has notched five goals already this season. José Holebas (£4.8) also returned to the starting line-up against Newcastle and the former Greek international will look to add more assists to his four already this season.
There were plenty of points to be found elsewhere in the league, especially at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City cruised to 6-1 win over Southampton. Raheem Sterling (21) was the standout player of the week with a brace and two assists, while Sergio Agüero (13) and Leroy Sané (14) also contributed with a big points tally.
Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata (13) scored more than six points for the first time this season as Chelsea saw off Crystal Palace while former Hornet Richarlison (15) returned to form to the delight of his 26% ownership with a brace as Everton comfortably beat Brighton.
It was another week where low-ownership players took the opportunity to stake their claim as a transfer option as Felipe Anderson (13) scored twice and could’ve scored more in West Ham’s 4-2 win over Burnley. Defender Ben Chilwell (12) also grabbed an assist as Leicester beat Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Stuart Brant’s lead shortened to only 19 points at the top of the Watford global league as the Top 10 remains close going into Gameweek 12. Matty Bousfield was the top point scorer of the week, just shy of the magic 100 point mark. Congratulations if you made the Top 10 this week!
Tip of the week
For those that haven’t wildcarded yet, don’t forget that the first wildcard deadline is on 29th December this season, with only a few weeks to go until it has to be used. One option could be to use it over the upcoming International Break as it allows time to assess options and which players are coming back from injury. As always with a wildcard, though, don’t rush into transfers as you could lose price rise benefits if you want to swap back.
Players To Watch
1) Sadio Mané (Liverpool, £9.8) looks to be back on form after a brace and 15 points last week, as well as playing well in a tough Arsenal fixture this week. A hefty £3.2m cheaper than Mo Salah and is only two points behind the Egyptian in total FPL points so far this season.
2) Marko Arnautović (West Ham, £7.1) has been scoring regularly for a West Ham side with a turnaround in both form and fixtures, with Huddersfield, Newcastle, Cardiff and Crystal Palace to come in the next five Gameweeks.
3) Bernd Leno (Arsenal, £4.8) has seemingly replaced Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal having started the last four games. He remains at a bargain price having dropped in price at the start of the season and is excellent value for a ‘big six’ goalkeeper.
Likely Price Rises:
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth, £6.7), Richarlison (Everton, £6.8), Sadio Mané (Liverpool, £9.8), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, £11.1)
Likely Price Falls:
Aleksandar Mitrović (Fulham, £6.7), André Schürrle (Fulham, £6.0), Theo Walcott (Everton, £6.4), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City, £8.7)
Best of luck for Gameweek 12 FPL managers!