FPL Review | Gameweeks 25 & 26
By Sachin Dholakia
Gameweeks 25 and 26 saw a return to winning ways for the Hornets as a 0-0 stalemate at Stoke was followed up by an outstanding 4-1 win against Premier League holders Chelsea at Vicarage Road.
New signing Gerard Deulofeu (13 points) was the star man, picking up a goal and assist in an explosive home debut. Only priced at £6.0, the Spaniard will almost certainly see his stock increase over the week as managers quickly transfer him in.
Roberto Pereyra (10) also contributed with a goal and assist from the bench while Abdoulaye Doucouré (12) continued his fine Fantasy form with 2 assists. Daryl Janmaat (8) scored an excellent goal after linking up with Pereyra and captain Troy Deeney (6) gave the Golden Boys the lead with a first-half penalty.
It was the defenders, however, who claimed the points at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night. Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (10) was the pick of the bunch, claiming all 3 bonus points after making some excellent saves. Adrian Mariappa (6) and Sebastian Prödl (6) also impressed, and will look to keep their places in the team following consecutive starts.
Elsewhere in the league, Swansea’s Sam Clucas and Everton’s Theo Walcott (15 points) were the high scorers in Gameweek 25 as they both scored twice against Arsenal and Leicester respectively.
It was a week for low-ownership players to shine, as Emre Can (14) picked up a goal and assist in a 3-0 win at Huddersfield, while Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake (14) scored against former club Chelsea as Bournemouth scored three at Stamford Bridge. Other Bournemouth players Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson also impressed with 12 points apiece.
In a quieter Gameweek 26, Arsenal were the dominant source for Fantasy points as they put five past Everton at the Emirates Stadium. Aaron Ramsey (20) grabbed a hat-trick, helped out by Henrikh Mkhitaryan (13) who provided three assists on his home debut.
Mo Salah (15) demonstrated again why he was the Fantasy go-to player this season with a brace in an enthralling 2-2 draw against Tottenham, while Pascal Groß (13) returned to form with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 home win against West Ham.
The January transfer window has provided an opportunity to shake up your Fantasy squad, and players including Theo Walcott, Gerard Deulofeu, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have returned Fantasy points for their new clubs. Keep an eye out over the next week for any more potential acquisitions.
Rish Nadarajah held firm at the top of the Watford global league with a total of 1642 points. Daniel Crichton was the highest points scorer in the top 10 courtesy of captain Salah. Congratulations if you made the top 10 this week!
Tip of the week
With the Champions League returning this month as well as the League Cup final to be played, watch out for any players who could be rested. The games come thick and fast until the end of the season and Premier League managers will look to maximise using their large squads. Keep hold of players who are too important to drop or certain to start due to injury elsewhere, such as Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero.
Players To Watch
1) Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, £8.9) has already scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season, and will look to continue his fine form with a home game against Leicester. Will almost certainly start after a lengthy injury to Leroy Sane.
2) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth, £5.9) has started the last eight games for the Cherries, scoring four goals in the process. Favourable fixtures ahead and is unlikely to be dropped from the starting XI.
3) Cuco Martina (Everton, £4.4) has cemented his place in the starting line-up for the Toffees. Will not play a top 6 side until Manchester City in six weeks’ time and remains excellent value for an attacking defender at £4.4.
Best of luck for Gameweek 27, FPL managers!