The Watchlist Updated – Gameweek 10

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Mark

Three of the four top spots in our Watchlist rankings remain the same in this week’s refresh, although there is plenty of movement lower down, with mid-price assets still proving worthy options for the month ahead. Here’s a breakdown of the key movements this week, with the full listings in your right sidebar…


It’s no surprise to find Asmir Begovic remaining on top of the keeper rankings. The Stoke stopper returned a clean sheet against Sunderland last weekend and, with a continued run of favourable fixtures in his favour in addition to news that full-back Marc Wilson is now injured, Begovic is arguably the best option available to cover the Potters’ back four, although there remains clear alternatives.

Begovic’s fixtures are strong enough that a rotation option is hardly required until perhaps Gameweek 18; QPR’s Julio Cesar is one alternative (RDG QPR SOT FUL NEW AVL avl FUL), while Jussi Jaaskelainen – although a miserable choice for the next ten Gameweeks – offers home and away rotation with Begovic right to the end of the season; their next nine would afford you (nor QPR STO FUL NEW wba LIV EVE EVE).

Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet, in rotation with Newcastle’s Tim Krul is another attractive route for keeper rotation – albeit more expensive. Both have strong short-term fixtures and perfect home and away rotation. These two offer a particularly strong run over the next six Gameweeks (AVL WHM SWA WBA QPR WIG) before Gameweeks 16 and 17 pose a problem.


With form and fixtures still in his favour, it’s hard to see Leighton Baines being relieved of his mantle at the top of the defender rankings. While clean sheets have been scarce, Baines has returned goals, assists and bonus points in recent weeks to keep him simmering nicely and earn him further Fantasy suitors.

Rafael’s continued attacking impetus has him rise dramatically up the rankings ahead of United’s tremendous run of fixtures. The Brazilian’s ownership has been on a steady ascent in recent weeks and that should continue given his form, despite the imminent return to fitness of both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones as options. Right now, it’s difficult to see Rafael surrendering the right-back role.

Stoke’s Robert Huth is the luxury option within Tony Pulis’ back four, with Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron available for those with tighter budgets. Arguably, coverage of the Stoke defence looks essential given their run over the next ten Gameweeks; on paper, Spurs away is their only real uphill encounter in that spell.

QPR’s Ryan Nelsen enjoys a big rise up the rankings off the back of improved showings from the R’s defence but mainly due to their opponents over the next three. Mark Hughes’ side is another that face an encouraging run of fixtures, with United away in Gameweek 13 their only big test until the trip to Newcastle in Gameweek 18.

Below the R’s man, both Newcastle’s Danny Simpson and Sunderland’s Carlos Cuellar offer the cheapest routes into their respective defences, and rotate perfectly home and away; both have strong fixtures in the next six Gameweeks.

Chris Baird also makes an appearance after back-to-back goals from his holding midfield role. We’re presuming that Baird’s start is at risk but, given his form in his new position in the Fulham engine room, it seems likely that he will hold in the short-term and offer potential for those looking to take a punt on further attacking returns: given his opponents, clean sheets look a big ask. Baird picked up a knock against Reading last weekend and was subbed off on 79 minutes but there’s no indication that he is a doubt for the visit of Everton this Saturday.


Juan Mata climbs from second to the top of the Watchlist off the back of a staggering run of scoring over the past five Gameweeks. While there’s a clear concern that acquisition would now be chasing points, the allure of the Spaniard is so strong and there is no apparent sign of his returns slowing – although that does seem inevitable at some point. Mata’s climb results in team-mate Eden Hazard taking a severe decline in the rankings: clearly there is only one contender right now for those looking for investment in Chelsea’s midfield. Hazard owners, meanwhile, continue to face the dilemma of swapping and risking a switch in fortunes.

Mata’s climb knocks Santi Cazorla off the top spot but he holds in second with Gareth Bale’s tougher short-term fixtures keeping him third – for now at least.

The sheer value of Raheem Sterling, playing up almost alongside Luis Suarez in Liverpool’s lineup, has him climb into our top five. While Brendan Rodgers’ side have difficult fixtures to come, Sterling’s price makes him a hot property as the fifth midfielder in our squads.

Steven Pienaar enjoys a rise, having served his one-match suspension – he ranks above team-mate Marouane Fellaini with the Belgian just one booking away from a ban.

There are a whole host of strong mid-price options available, with Adam Lallana, Kevin Nolan, Adel Taarabt and Michu all making strong cases for inclusion. Lallana and Taarabt have the advantage of fixtures, while both Nolan and Michu are enjoying advanced roles which could bring continued returns, despite their tough opponents to come.


Robin Van Persie continues to reign supreme in the forwards rankings and Sunday’s returns at Stamford Bridge only strengthened his position at the top.

Carlos Tevez’s winner against Swansea lifts him above team-mate Sergio Aguero and has him back in our thoughts as coverage of City’s attacking potential in the forthcoming weeks. While Tevez has just one strike in six Gamweeks, he has ticked along with assists and FPL bonus and continues to look assured of starts in Roberto Mancini’s lineup. His price tag of 9.4, compared to Aguero’s 11.1, is enough to earn him preference right now, with Aguero struggling to light the touch paper.

Demba Ba’s form also continued in Sunday’s matches and, with strong fixtures to come, he remains an exceptional option up front but injury concerns are now mounting following Alan Pardew’s comments today. As discussed earlier, Ba is rated as 50:50 for the Anfield trip which dents his investment potential in the short-term.

Nikica Jelavic and Peter Crouch are your mid-price option, with the Stoke man still perhaps the preferred route to cover the Potters’ encouraging schedule. Below that pair, Luis Suarez suffers from being perched on the suspension tightrope, despite outstanding current form. Dimitar Berbatov’s recent rib injury scare, allied with a schedule that is far from friendly in the coming weeks, keeps the Bulgarian’s ranking in check.

The budget market in this position is far from burgeoning right now, with Rickie Lambert’s form and starts in question. Pavel Pogrebnyak and Grant Holt offer alternatives for those on a budget.

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  1. Who likes my WC:?

    Lloris Gomes
    Hooiveld Maicon Azpiculetta Ferreira Enrique
    Nani Malouda Yaya Sessegnon Siggurdson
    Borini Cisse Bent


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Clattermole for Sess and you're sorted :wink:

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Song in for yaya

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Kenny Dalglish?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. no john obi mikel?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  2. eyup laddies

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. How did it go JK?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. nothing new to report :neutral:

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Aaah... no news is bad news then :(

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. I'm not sure what to think tbh.

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
            1. Then don't. It's what I do best ;)

              • 2 years, 1 month ago
              1. :P

                I might just go the Doosra route.

                Pretend everything is just a You Tube clip :P

                • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Success?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. look up mate

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Errrr....

          I'm not too sure what to make of that :-?

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. exactly. I'm not holding out much hope for an upset here :( But at least i gave it a go.

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. hello JK,how's it going?didnt see you few days

      ur team doing well?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. team is a bit like my attempts at securing a date. At a standstill

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. my new gf is reason i can't log in so often anymore :D

          can't complaine since my season just get better since i dont overthinking about fpl

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. Who shall I dress up as for Halloween?

    Berbatov or Samaras?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Scuba mask and flippers?

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Bale.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Luke Chadwick

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. Should I replace Wilson with Cameron or wilkinson, one is 4.5 the other is .4.4

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Cameron (I did)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  5. what's your trasfer strategy?

    last year i taking pts hits like crazy and that' was one of reasons why i had terrible season(other is never C RVP ofc :D )

    this year i take 8pts hits so far only cause Rooney and jelavic get injureed

    so far i find best save FT (if you can fill decent team for that gw,without any knee-jerks) and always have 2FT's ready for next gw

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. That's my strategy. Keeping to it is tricky.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. One minute you say you make transfers when drunk, the next you say you have a transfer strategy. Get your story right Forca :wink:

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Ah there he is... Mr Brest. Nice captain choice last weekend.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Thank you kind sir!

          Unfortunately for you I had the luck with me this week!

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. Yes, not to worry .. hopefully our paths will cross again in weeks to come. Very solid week for you there, 67.

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
            1. True, but you're the one ranked at 2.5k. It's a long time since I was at that level. Good luck for the rest of the season.

              • 2 years, 1 month ago
              1. Ha, that pales into insignificance when compared against your previous seasons track record.

                • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. it was only 1 gw :D

        and i had saved 2FT,though

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. I take too many hits. Don't overly care as I'm unlikely to win this thing as I'd rather have somewhere near the team I want. Hits pay off a reasonable amount of time as well as long as they aren't inherently mental.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. Who wants to see a frog hit a high score on an iphone?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Who doesn't? Great vid.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Brilliant!!!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. I Don't like peeps that post You- Tube- Vids_ but that was funny :):

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. Haha, he tries to eat him at the end! That was the best part!

      That frog reminds me of Berbatov...so languid...but never lacks a killer instinct.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  7. how much r the expectations on rvp???

    i am thinking abt keeping him captain for the nxt 6 gamewks...!!!

    wat do u guys think???

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  8. Possibly a silly question (based on the fact he's played all games this season thus far) but is Hughes (Fulham) nailed on? Worried there could be someone coming back from injury to nab his place...

    Need a defender 4.6 or under and Fulham rotate well with Stoke. Would take Baird but his playing time looks a risk.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  9. Contemplating a 4pt hit

    Jenkinson out for Cuellar
    Lambert out for Crouch

    Opinions ?????

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. good changes but not worth a 4 point hit imo!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  10. Hey guys,

    In light of the news that aguero is called up for argentina to play on November 14th and will probably miss his game on November 17th should i just take out aguero now for tevez??

    or sit tight tight with aguero?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. I'll certainly be sitting tight for another week or 2.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. was planning that too but do you think aguero will start this weekend??

        and it looks like he defo wont play gameweek 12, home to villa!

        frustrating! dunno what to do :(

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  11. Any news on Berbatov the last few days? Has the cash to do Lambs -> Berbatov.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  12. Hey guys, first time posting, been satisfied to just lurk till now but I had 2 absolutely terrible GW's, don't know what to do with this team:





    obviously can't fix this in one week, but any ideas? What should be my priority? I want RVP but don't know how to get him

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  13. Hi Folks, I have decided to wildcard. This is my first draft. I found it really difficult to get in RVP - ended up getting rid of Tevez. What do people think?? Not keen on midfield but had to go for 2 lower priced midfielders to afford the luxuries of Mata, Bale and RVP.

    Thoughts appreciated. Cheers x

    Begovic Federici
    Baines Rafael Cuellar Cameron Nelsen
    Bale Mata Pienaar Sterling McAnuff
    RVP Ba Crouch

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  14. Az
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Had bets on Swansea, Norwich, Inter, Rangers, Chelsea and Napoli to win.

    Napoli, Rangers and Chelsea let me down but the others are looking good for now. Did trebles... who knows what my returns will be. Probably my money back, which is a shame :(

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  15. thoughts on team and captain? anything would be great!


    Baines - Vertonghen

    Mata - Cazorla - Ben arfa - Toure - Bale (c)

    Tevez - RVP - Giroud

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  16. Begovic
    Riise Baines Walker
    Hazard Mata(C) Pienaar Ben Arfa
    Berb Pogrebynak Ba
    Subs: Cerny, Verm, Gibbs, Dyer
    Already used my FT.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  17. Thinking of Schwarzer + Skrtel + ShawX to Tremmel + Baines + Wilkinson. WC active, other keeper Begovic. Also, since Wilson is injured, Wilkinson is likely to start. Thoughts pleaseeeee.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Not sure about Tremmel. You have to use a FT to get him out unless you do it in the TWWC. Also, N. Taylor is out, and they have not great CS form or fixtures.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  18. Mertesacker worth a look at? His extremely cheap and looks to be starting every game and picking up a few clean sheets here and there. What do you guys think?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  19. Hey guys,

    I am in desperate need of some assistance yet again. I think that I am finally going to swallow my pride and get on the RvP bandwagon, but I will have to take a 4 point hit and lose one of my mids in the process. I have 1 FT and I currently have 0.9 in the bank. I also have not used my WC. So it would work like this..

    Cazorla out, Morrison in
    Torres out, RvP in

    That would leave me with 0.5 in the bank, but I am desperate need of any other suggestions!! Help!

    Schwarzer (Rudd)
    McAuley Baines Reid
    Bale Hazard Cazorla Michu (Noble)
    Torres Berbatov Crouch

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  20. Sometimes when I spend all week agonizing over transfers, benching and captaincy I start to wonder why I bother.
    What's the point of putting so many hours into trying to gain a theoretical point here and a theoretical point there?

    That's when I read this:


    • 2 years, 1 month ago

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For Gameweek 16

  • Foster
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  • Baines
  • Kolarov
  • Hazard
  • Sigurdsson
  • Nasri
  • Bolasie
  • Lukaku
  • Diego Costa
  • Dzeko
  • Evans
  • Downing
  • Bony

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Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:32pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B, Sus
Up Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs


Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX


Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:47pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B, Vs
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Livermore HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Fonte SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
Wickham SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder