November
07

The Watchlist Updated – Gameweek 11

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Mark

They may well be on the verge of one-match bans, but the form of Merseyside pairing Luis Suarez and Marouane Fellaini is alluring enough to see them both climb in our Watchlist rankings this week. Elsewhere, Juan Mata looks to have regained fitness to rise in the reckoning once again, while lingering doubts over Demba Ba’s fitness dent his stock ahead of a potentially flourishing run of opponents.

The current, updated rankings are available in your sidebar. Read on for details and the factors at play behind this latest refresh…

Goalkeepers

Stoke’s Asmir Begovic holds firm at the top, as his Fantasy Premier League (FPL) stock continues to rise ahead of a favourable run of fixtures. The Potters have such an obliging schedule over the coming weeks, a rotation option with Begovic isn’t urgently required, although QPR’s Julio Cesar, West Ham’s Jussi Jaaskelainen and Newcastle’s Tim Krul offer strong options for Stoke’s next two away fixtures.

Krul is, himself, a good solo route for the coming weeks, even without the steadying influence of Fabricio Coloccini in front of him for the next three. The Magpies stopper rotates perfectly with Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet and that looks a solid pairing from this point on for those with the budget to spend in this area.

Further down we are potentially robbed of Reading’s Alex McCarthy as a consideration given his recent shoulder injury, while the Southampton option as a save-point stopper is killed off by uncertainty over starts, given Artur Boruc’s disciplinary investigation at the club. Similarly, Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczęsny is not currently on the menu, although we’d expect the number one jersey to be confirmed once he returns to fitness – possibly this weekend. The Pole has now fallen to 5.3 in the FPL and would offer the cheapest, most secure route into the Gunners defence for their forthcoming run of favourable fixtures.

Defenders

There’s very little movement at the top of the defender rankings, with Leighton Baines and United’s Rafael clear front runners, given their form and fixtures. Both have attacking intent to compliment any clean sheet returns and we’re confident we’ll see both coming to fruition in the coming weeks to justify their high ranking.

Stoke’s Robert Huth is our chosen weapon in Tony Pulis’ defence but there is a range on offer – both full-backs, Andy Wilkinson and Geoff Cameron, make perfect sense given their price tags. Huth has the superior goal threat, however, and could justify the extra outlay over Stoke’s run of three home games in four.

Newcastle’s Steven Taylor now looks nailed-on for starts, having regained his first XI role at Anfield last weekend. The Magpies’ resolve will be dented by the absence of Fabricio Coloccini due to suspension over the next three, but they should have enough to offer some defensive profit, despite the skipper being sidelined.

Wigan’s Emmerson Boyce has an ongoing goal threat and assist potential given his right wing-back role for the Latics, while Reading’s Kaspar Gorkss goes into a fine run of fixtures off the back of an assist and goal in consecutive Gameweeks. He’s the clear candidate for those shopping with pennies, with Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne and QPR’s Ryan Nelsen also available for those who wish to flood the backline with cheap options.

Midfielders

Santi Cazorla’s late strike at Old Trafford issued a reminder of his talents and is enough to see him hold off the claims of Juan Mata on top of the midfield rankings – for now. Mata will be expected to return to Chelsea duty against Liverpool on Sunday and could regain top ranking if Cazorla frustrates in his home clash with Fulham.

Everton’s Marouane Fellaini is pushing that pair hard after another stunning display in the 2-2 at Fulham. The see-saw battle with team-mate Steven Pienaar in the mid-price bracket now looks to be falling firmly in the Belgian’s favour, although with a one-match ban imminent, there is a clear price to pay for switching allegiance to Fellaini.

There are some very strong mid-price options as always, with United’s Antoinio Valencia beginning to suggest that he can offer at least partial cover of United’s attack for those unable to stretch to Robin Van Persie up top. Southampton’s Adam Lallana has the fixtures to inflict damage in the coming weeks – he’s currently our preferred option over Gaston Ramirez, although we’ll be monitoring his impact at the weekend to consider whether the Uruguayan should return to our radars after his recent injury.

Swansea’s Michu continues to pick up suitors and warrants such attention given his role up front for Michael Laudrup’s side. Swansea’s fixtures revive strongly soon and that should give Michu the platform to deliver more goals.

Lower down, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott could well offer a very strong and potentially more explosive alternative to Cazorla in the Arsenal midfield, while Wigan’s Shaun Maloney and Reading’s Jobi McAnuff keep Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling company as prize budget options.

Forwards

Demba Ba’s niggling shin injury prevents him from remaining in our top three forwards and challenging the likes of Carlos Tevez and Robin Van Persie. Fixtures remain stacked in favour of the Senegalese striker but we have to reserve judgement, having seen Ba limp off at Anfield just after half-time.

His decline has allowed Luis Suarez to jump in the rankings and, despite tough fixtures to come and looming suspension for a fifth booking, the Uruguyan has to figure in our thinking. His form is strong enough to suggest that he will go on firing in shots and score the goals to keep pace with the Golden Boot front runners.

Suarez’s claims aren’t enough to displace the proven class of both Tevez and Van Persie, who surely offer the best route to covering the United and City attacks. While City are struggling for fluency up top, it still seems a risk to go forward without some coverage of their potential in attacking terms. With Sergio Aguero seemingly being reserved for full Champions League duty, Tevez appears to have the greater security of starts in the Premier League and has the edge on price, of course.

Outside of the top echelons, Peter Crouch has to remain a consideration, given Stoke’s forthcoming run of opponents that will surely allow the striker to add to his goal tally thus far. His potential keeps him holding firm while the likes of Nikica Jelavic drops due to form and the provision of strong Everton midfield options. Dimitar Berbatov and Jermain Defoe also slide with tough schedules in front of them – Defoe now seems under some threat from Emmanuel Adebayor, certainly in terms of pitch time.

The bugdget market still looks somewhat stifled, with both Rickie Lambert and Pavel Pogrebnyak unsure of starting roles. Wigan’s Arouna Kone is perhaps an intriguing option with some favourable home fixtures to come. QPR’s Djibril Cisse is also one to watch should he cement a starting role in the weeks to come. He could feature on the Watchlist if he can impress this weekend.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is perhaps your key differential. The Frenchman clearly has the potential to deliver strong returns if he and Arsenal can click over what is a very strong run of fixtures leading up to Christmas.

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  1. Any hot bet tips fro the CL matches tonight? :)

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Chicarito to score

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. Chelsea 2-2 at about 12/1. Go for the hattrick of 2 alls :)

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. Last page.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Welbeck to Score and United to Win

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    4. Braga @ 12/5 ;-)

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  2. Any news on the PP Cups qualifying results?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. 44/45 according to mark

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. I may scrape through on rank :-?

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. Wasn't aware rank was being taken in to consideration. I got 45 so I am hoping that should be enough anyway.

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. Tightrope walk for you then but the rank should see you through.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  3. All signs point towards Walcott exploding

    I'm hopping on the bandwagon

    All aboard!

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. On it.. choo choo. :)

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. That could be messy

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  4. I have 2 FT's and 1.7m in the bank and really want to bring RVP in this week, looks like I might have to take a hit, which is fine but really not sure who to drop him for Ba or Tevez

    Begovic (Jussi)
    Baines, Rafael, Shawcross (McCartney, Wilson)
    Mata, Santi, Bale, Pieenar (Sterling)
    Tevez, Ba, Berb

    I will be bringing in Gorkss, Fellani & RVP but for who?

    a) shawcross, bale, ba
    b) wilson, bale, tevez
    c) any other suggestion

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. None of those changes are ideal. Cant you lose Pienaar to someone like Maloney? Instead of losing one of Caz Bale or Mata?

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. I guess Wilson, Bale, Tevez. I would also consider dropping Bale for a cheaper midfielder (Ramirez, Maloney) and doing Tevez to Van Persie fo free. Assuming Ba is fit, I wouldn't drop him.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Wilson, Tevez, yes. Bale, I don't know. Maybe given his crap fixtures

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
      2. dont have enough funds to drop pienaar to maloney to then get rvp in, have to lose one of bale, santi and mata

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. I would go for the first choice.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    4. Baines and Tevez to Wilkinson and RVP

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Never captain, never bench, never ditch

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. No clean sheets means dump his flashy ass

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    5. I swapped ba, pienaar and caz for RVP, Fellaini and McAnuff this week.

      Was torn between ba and tevez but think city coverage is more important, hba or cabaye are cheaper if u realy want newc coverage.

      If ur wilson is Marc Id say ditch him cos he wont b playing anytime soon

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  5. @lee_ryder
    Demba Ba still has a chance for Sunday against West Ham #nufc , Simpson out with a shoulder injury tomorrow v Brugge.

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Still has a chance?? I thought he would be fit

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. simpson injured?!?!!

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Looks like it. Hasn't traveled to Brugge.

        @ThreeAtTheBack - No idea. That's what the tweet said.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. and what does he mean still has a chance? he said he was almost fit before now it sounds like he struggling to make it

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. I wouldnt read too much into it mate. We know the facts he should make it.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
  6. Any improvement baines raf cuellar hughes marcthney

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Is the last name Marc Tierney or McCartney? :-)

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. Yes

      Baines Ivanovic Rafael Sagna Kolarov

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  7. just saw foster's bap taking my score to 45. increases my chances of qualifying tremendously!

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. phew! the rank shd see me through now unless his comment was miscalculated

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. There'll be a lot of recriminations if he's stuck his neck out like that and got it wrong ;)

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
        2. I can wait for the draw :-) Hoping to get a big name round these parts

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. Meh.

            You'll get a lurker and get Knocked-Out Round 1.

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
            1. That'll be more like it

              • 2 years, 21 days ago
          2. I wonder how many 'regular' posters there actually are and how many will be in the draw. I.e. what are the chances of getting a name you recognise? It's probably depressingly small.

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
            1. there's a job for someone tonight ;-)

              • 2 years, 21 days ago
              1. Was that you volunteering? ;)

                • 2 years, 21 days ago
                1. I might be sad enough to have a go. I'll see what time the post comes out

                  • 2 years, 21 days ago
                  1. I look forward to seeing the results if you do :D

                    • 2 years, 21 days ago
        3. and thanks for the link

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. No problem, I made sure to buggumark it as it was bound to come in handy! :)

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
  8. Tevez, Suarez or Ba till the Jan Wildcard?

    I currently have RVP & Berba.

    Thanks.

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. demba ba once he is fit. who is your current third striker?

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Pog. Please don't hate me for it.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. i'd sick with him for one more week. suarez is on 4 yellows, ba's got injury probs and although i think tevez will start this week, i just can't see him outscoring ba over the next month.

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. Thanks for the advice pal

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. all the way to January Wildcard! then Suarez. If not Ba then Suarez.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Yeah, I'm trying to avoid tinkering if possible.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
  9. Glen is back so instead of multiple hit I am thinking to save it after all. What is the opinion on Kun? Will he start and what is his potential this w/e only? I repeat only the Spurs game. I want to captain him and be one more week without Van Man

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Is it Aguero + 4 points or RVP? If it a straight swap there's no competition

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. Why not just get Van Persie in this week?

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. I have to make minus 4 in order to afford it. It is not straight swap.

        Kun c vs RVP - 4 C

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. I might still make that change as you will obviously be captaining him. Having said that Aguero should start. Hard one, I think I would still do it for a hit.

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
        2. what is the other change you to downgrade for the cash?

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
        3. I doubt that kun will play tbh

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. I have Kun and playing him this gw..next gw though he's out for RVP

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. how confident r u in that?

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. I am sure Kun will score more than RVP (Well, i hope).. next GW though he has Int'l game and Villa..he can easily be rested for Villa..

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. yeah yeah i said this gw only

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
            1. I think it's time Mancini start playing him as the main striker and not wide.. i can see him scoring this GW..

              • 2 years, 21 days ago
  10. My main UCL team is lost. Stuck with the accidental team which is ranked 5,915 and 204 overall.

    What is your UCL rank?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. 11,491 but I'm not very good at the UCL.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. I had Zlatan(c) last night in my 'missing' team but I can't remember my overall rank for it so I should maybe just forget about it. Annoying though.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. Bloody annoying!

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. An idiot always blames his tools. Tool.

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Pipe down troll

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
          • 2 years, 21 days ago
  11. What are your thoughts on Charlie Adam boyos given he is now on all the set pieces and playing more forward. Can he recapture his Blackpool form?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. is this another joke?

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
        • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Ha, that's gold Daisy

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. no bc we have new bonus system and he is not on pens

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. They haven't had one yet Tszyu and I reckon he just may be now taking the SP over Walters.

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. No, they had one when both were on the pitch against Wigan and Walters took it.

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. I think that was very early in the season though NN when he was finding his way at a new club.

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
            1. Hmm ok. He could be a decent punt after all. Good luck!

              • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. Go for it!

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    4. No. His Blackpool megahaul was built on:
      a) Penalties
      B) A different BP system that loved him

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
      1. Yes, that days when Blackpool won you expect him to get all 3 BAPS

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. So is it purely when they won he would BAP? Would think the same would happen potentially over the next five weeks if they won given his attention on the ball?

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. No it's shifted two years ago from the man in the stands approach, this favoured certain players (Adam, Ferguson, Modric, Fabregas etc.) to the stats based one today. I don't see Adam getting masses of points these days.

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
          2. Yes, but nowadays its kinda like, which player score goals and pick up assists he will get BAPS, even he played like crap

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
            1. That makes sense as I was expecting BAPs the week before last as he was definitely the most influential player on the pitch.

              • 2 years, 21 days ago
      2. Not aware of the change in BAP Scroobs, my first year at this caper. Did that make such a difference?

        • 2 years, 21 days ago
        1. Yeah hugely.

          • 2 years, 21 days ago
          1. So Maloney then to rotate with Sterling is the way to go? I'm currently ranked 130k and would obviously want to improve against my Aussie mates.

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
          2. Beyond huge I would say

            • 2 years, 21 days ago
            1. Thanks guys, great advice, I wish I had sought it before buying him. Being new to EPL fantasy and only going by my AFL experience, I was looking for a great differential to get me into the top 10k.

              • 2 years, 21 days ago
  12. Simpson or Ridgewell to play?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. Well Simpson seems to be injured, if not id start him

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    2. annoying simpson injury, tempted to ship him out

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    3. Oh, did not know that. Thanks guys!

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  13. How long to leave before i transfer in Ba for Aguero for this gw?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. keep kun if u have rvp already. for what we all know ba isn't confirmed 100% fit

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  14. Anyone else notice that around leaving time at work this place goes quiet? :lol:

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
  15. NEW POST (but not about the cup before you get too excited!)

    http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2012/11/07/fantasy-premier-league-focus-5

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
  16. Looks like the best defense is:

    One heavy hitter Baines atm later I could change it with Komp or something and

    Rotating New SAFC and
    WBA Stk

    I think it is the best. I've made my own analyzes

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
      • 2 years, 21 days ago
    1. almost everyone has either ben foster or begovic which brings up the concept of "doubling up".

      • 2 years, 21 days ago
  17. Cassanata? You 1st in the world correct?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
  18. Sagna not even on the watchlist? :shock:

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
  19. Why? His form is weak. Carl Jenkinson with a larger form of sitting.

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
  20. Hi ya guys, for a -4 hit...

    Fellaini/Michu or Bale/Sterling?

    Don't want to fall in to the Fellaini bandwagon. But Spurs w/ very tough schedule ahead and MF in shambles w injuries and growing unrest. Sterling, cheap but damn he's young! Does he have composure that will equal points?

    • 2 years, 21 days ago
  21. WILL FERGUSON REST RVP IN THE UPCOMING EASIER FIXTURES, PLAY THE LIKES OF WELBECK/HERNANDEZ? THOUGHTS?'

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. nO wHy sHoUld HE?

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    2. with a defence thats leaking goals almost every game he cant afford to

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  22. Thinking mata for bale and ba for berba what you recon.
    or santi carzola for bale?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  23. The final place in my starting XI is between Baird, Lambert and McAnuff.

    I've gone with Jobi because, while Baird is a strong attacking option, Fulham ship goals away from from home and that could cost me v Arsenal.

    Lambert, blaaaaargh, it's a close one.

    Any other thoughts?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  24. I have 2 free transfers but i plan to do 3 this week.
    Jenkinson -> Huth
    Sahin -> G.Ramirez
    and I don't know what to do in forward line i planed to swap Fletcher out but doubting who to choose between Ba, Giroud and maybe Tevez. Any advice?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  25. I'm going for RVP as captain again.
    He will deliver or what do you think?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago

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For Gameweek 13

  • De Gea
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  • Ivanovic
  • Caulker
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Sigurdsson
  • Di María
  • Rooney
  • Diego Costa
  • Austin
  • Bartley
  • Oscar
  • Bony

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Last updated: 25 Nov, 2014 11:26am
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No Change Courtois CHE B, Vs
No Change Adrián WHM B, Vs
Up Fabianski SWA B, Vs
No Change Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR C, Vs
Up Krul NEW A, VsX
Up Heaton BRN B, Vs
Up Foster WBA B

Defenders

Last updated: 27 Nov, 2014 2:16pm
Player Club Factors
Up Ivanovic CHE B, Vs
Down Baines EVE B, Inj
Up Taylor SWA B
No Change Cresswell WHM B, Vs
Up Hutton AVL C, Vs
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
No Change Dummett NEW B, VsX, £
Up Trippier BRN B, Vs
No Change Chambers ARS B
Down Bertrand SOT A, VsX
Up Dawson WBA C

Midfielders

Last updated: 25 Nov, 2014 2:16pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Sánchez ARS B, OoP
No Change Hazard CHE A, Vs
Up Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Di María MUN B, Vs
No Change Oscar CHE B, Vs
Down Downing WHM B, Vs, Inj
Up Y Touré MCI A
Up Bolasie CPL A
Down Chadli TOT B, Inj
Down Sterling LIV C, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, VsX
No Change Barkley EVE C, Rest
No Change Boyd BRN C, Vs, £

Forwards

Last updated: 28 Nov, 2014 9:43am
Player Club Factors
No Change Aguero MCI A
No Change Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Sus
No Change Austin QPR B, Vs, £
Up Rooney MUN A, Vs, £
Up Bony SWA A, Vs
Down Sakho WHM B, Vs, Inj
Up Kane TOT B, Rest, £
Up Ings BRN A, Vs
Down Pellè SOT B, VsX, Sus
Up Giroud ARS B, Inj
Down Berahino WBA C, £
Up Lukaku EVE B

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

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Weimann AVL 4
Diego Costa CHE 4
Fábregas CHE 4
Barry EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Huddlestone HUL 4
Livermore HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Colback NEW 4
Janmaat NEW 4
Sissoko NEW 4
Pellè SOT 4
Schneiderlin SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Taylor SWA 4
Williams SWA 4

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