The Watchlist Updated – Gameweek 12

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Mark

Once again, Merseyside pair Marouane Fellaini and Luis Suarez continue to climb in the Watchlist rankings, with their respective form just too good to ignore, in spite of the fact they are both a single caution away from a one-match ban. Dimitar Berbatov and Juan Mata are also on the rise, while four home fixtures in the next five Gameweeks has Sunderland’s defensive assets leap in our estimations…


Despite the clean sheet in the 1-0 win over QPR, we find Stoke’s Asmir Begovic toppled from the top spot when it comes to our long-term planning. The Stoke stopper still has strong form and fixtures to justify acquisition, although with three away trips in five, his prospects take a dip.

Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet is the new target between the sticks. Like Stoke, the Black Cats are basing success on a resolute back four unit, having conceded just 11 goals this term to Stoke’s 10. Sunderland’s fixtures are that bit stronger than Stoke’s, with the allure of a double Gameweek now on the horizon. As a result, Mignolet has four home matches in the next five Gameweeks, making him an obvious leading candidate for those looking to tweak between the sticks.

Tim Krul is your main rotation option with Mignolet given that he offers perfect home and away cover with the Belgian. Newcastle’s back four will receive better protection now that Chieck Tiote is back from his ban, although with Fabricio Coloccini still facing two more matches out, reservations will remain.

QPR’s Julio Cesar is perhaps a better option to partner Mignolet in the short-term; he offers home matches with Southampton this weekend and Aston Villa in Gameweek 15 to coincide with Mignolet’s away trips. The Brazilian also makes a decent acquisition in his own right for those looking for a swap on a budget.

David De Gea is the clear choice for those looking to spend in this position, with his starting role in the United XI seemingly secure for now. It perhaps looks a safer bet to wait for several of the uncertainties to be settled, however. Right now, it’s unclear as to whether Wojciech Szczęsny will make a return to the Gunners goal as number one this weekend, while the Southampton, Liverpool and Reading keeper situation is also in flux due to injuries and absentees. Once they clear, there are likely to be more alternatives available.


Attacking returns and bonus points continue to keep Leighton Baines ticking along to justify his selection at the top of our defender rankings. In truth, the competition isn’t yet fierce enough to threaten him, right now. United’s Rafael keeps pushing to make a claim with continued attacking menace and strong fixtures but, with just one clean sheet in the last seven outings, Sir Alex Ferguson’s back four is just not reliable.

Sunderland’s Carlos Cuellar comes into our thinking as we prepare for the Gameweek 16 double; we don’t expect much from the trip to Craven Cottage this weekend but, after that, returns on four home games in the next five Gameweeks look likely.

Below this there are slim pickings. Newcastle’s back four is wavering without Coloccini, while Robert Huth and Emmerson Boyce are struggling to fetch the attacking returns that warrant the outlay. The budget route continues to look the most favourable with Ryan Nelsen, Kaspar Gorkss, Nathaniel Clyne and Ben Davies all offering regular starts – Villa’s Ciaran Clark could be a decent mid-term punt for those looking for the threat of attacking returns.


Despite the looming threat of a one-match ban, Marouane Fellaini’s ascendency has him claim the Watchlist top spot off the back of outstanding form. The Belgian is currently the biggest bandwagon across the Fantasy games but it’s difficult to question the merits of acquiring a player who has provided more goal threat than all but two strikers in the league this season.

Santi Cazorla slips down the rankings, then, damaged by the emergence of both Theo Walcott and Oliver Giroud as coverage of Arsenal’s attacking potential. Both Juan Mata and Raheem Sterling climb above the Gunners man with form on Mata’s side and fixtures and price boosting Sterling over the coming weeks. Arguably the 17-year-old demands selection over a number of heavy-hitters, given his role up front with Luis Suarez in an improving side with obliging opponents to come.

Antonio Valencia is your highest differential in the rankings – he threatens to overtake a stuttering Gareth Bale given United’s fixtures, although the obvious coverage offered by Robin Van Persie will likely keep Valencia from making our top five this season.

City’s David Silva and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott are other names threatening to break up the template midfields and may tempt some early adopters. Silva is perhaps the most interesting option as he offers an alternative to both Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez to free up a precious slot in our forward line.


There’s no moving Robin Van Persie ahead of his run of incredibly favourable fixtures that will surely promise further heavy returns. Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, another on the verge of a one-match ban, is Van Persie’s nearest rival right now, with similarly strong fixtures and form in his favour. Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov completes the top three – while his fixtures are against him, Saturday’s brace at the Emirates proved that Fulham’s attacking verve and the Bulgarian’s class are hard to resist – regardless of opposition. Berbatov’s price surely cements him as the third striker option of choice.

There’s a world of uncertainty below this with Demba Ba stuttering somewhat with just a single goal in five starts, while question marks remain over the potency and security of the City frontline after recent struggles. That keeps both Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez out of our top three, with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud threatening a further climb if he can build on the confidence boosting brace in the 3-3 with Fulham.

Rickie Lambert is revived by strong fixtures in the budget bracket, with Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher also returning to the radar as his double Gameweek approaches.

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  1. Evening all,

    Do you think that Rooney will play 90 minute this week???

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. That is so difficult to answer.. Depends on how the game goes, if he's picked up an injury etc..

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  2. Rafael rising tonight, out of curiosity, do we think he'll rise again before the deadline?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Dnt think so

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    2. I predict no. It will be close but no

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. Close match in UEFA Daniel 😕 good scoring

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
        1. who won? Haven't saw it after last week debacle and defeat against the leader

          • 3 years, 3 months ago
    3. I was eyeing Riise -> Rafael next GW, hoping I at least have the option to do it without downgrading... but I'm starting to lose faith in Michu Hazard Caz, so might do a hit downgrade either way.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  3. Hey guys im back!

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. horray..... any more unsensitiveand unfunny jokes?

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    2. *back after a telling off by Mark.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. 10 minutes on the stairs 😉

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
        1. Can't wait to chuckle as soon as I see the man himself doing what he has to do 😛

          • 3 years, 3 months ago
  4. Should i do lambert--->giroud for a hit??

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Tottenham impressed me defensively in the last match, but Giroud looks fantastic. I'm not sure...

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. HVT

        Spurs are sh*** at the back , and I much preferred Jenna.

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
    2. next week imo

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    3. Not for a hit. For free yes

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    4. Already got fellaini in for hazard and rafael in for vermaelen.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  5. A Met spokesman said: “Inquiries were made and no victims have come forward.
    “The matter will remain as a recorded incident.
    “Without a victim and/or any evidence that any offence has been committed, the matter cannot currently be investigated.
    “If the situation changes and a victim and/or evidence to support an allegation of a crime comes to police attention, then further inquiries will, if appropriate, be made.”

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. That's nice. Is Nicholas Cage the main character?

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  6. A. Ba and Bale
    B. Rooney and ramirez

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. HVT

      Easy A

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    2. Evs
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      A) without a blink of the eyes :roll:

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    3. The former

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    4. A.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    5. C. Aguero and Ramirez

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. yeh kun looks really sharp will wait till CL group stage is over though for him.

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  7. Aguero to Suarez or Chico?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Evs
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      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    2. Suarez

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    3. Suarez.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    4. Despite having him myself i don't think i would advise Hernandez, i have a high risk playing style. I would prefer Giroud to Suarez personally but Suarez is still a great option imo.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  8. A truly sensational goal!

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
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      1. AB.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Very nice.

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
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  9. Anyone think Everton have a chance of finishing top four?

    Would love it if they did. Big moyes fan.

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Evs
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      I think one or two injuries to key folk and they may crumble but...

      Yes, I pull like to see them top 4.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    2. HVT


      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    3. big chance

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    4. Arsenal are a better team, i think they will get it, maybe even Chelsea, and Arsenal third.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  10. HBA to Silva worth a hit? Cheers.

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. No way!

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. Cheers :)

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
    2. Check out the new post before you decide!

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  11. What changes would you suggest??
    Gorkss / Baines / Demel
    Santi Cazorla / Johnson / Hazard / Bale
    Berbatov (vc) / Tevez / Van Persie (c)

    Foster / Clyne / Cuellar / Guthrie
    c)Other transfer

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Save

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  12. HVT

    Bye bye page

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  13. Evening all,
    have the following team & 2 FTs

    Begovic Schwarzer
    Demel Gorkss Baines Rafael Simpson
    Sterling Maloney Lallana Cazorla Bale
    RVP Tevez Pog

    My question is, do you reckon the short-term transfer plan below is sensible? (basically loading on DGWers and finally ditching out-of-favor Pogrebnyak)

    for GW12: Lallana -> McAnuff
    GW13 Simpson -> Cuellar; Pog - > Fletcher
    GW14: Schwarzer -> Mignolet
    (leaves 0.2 to bank with current prices)

    Sorry for longish post. Would appreciate any thoughts :)

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Would do the Sunderland defensive transfers, not too sure about Fletcher/McAnuff though...

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  14. Thinking about what transfers to make in the next few weeks...

    A) Naughton + Pienaar > Cuellar + McCleary/McAnuff

    B) Defoe + Santi > Nolan + Suarez

    C) Defoe + Naughton > Giroud + Gunter

    D) Defoe + Santi + Pienaar > Giroud + Silva + Morrison

    E) Other...


    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. giroud silva morrison :)

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  15. i am planning to put wilshere this week.. am i crazy?? my 6th sense says he will score 😛

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  16. Aguero and Garido or Berba and Baines?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. of course berba and baines :)

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. I just feel that Aguero is gunna do insane... My other strikers are RvP and Suarez

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
        1. u have a superb strike force.. there s always a chance for baines to get an assist or a goal plus if fulham has to score a goal it has to be either berba or ruiz.. plus considering mancini rotation policy

          • 3 years, 3 months ago
          1. Ahh yeah that helps a lot, very true, thanks mate

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  17. Out of the top 20 fpl players 40% are Irish,great stuff!

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  18. What do you think about this?
    Evans - Baines - Ivanovic - Reid
    Mata - Fellani - Nolan
    Fletcher - Suarez - Van Persie (C)

    Subs : McAuley - Maloney - Guthrie

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  19. Jaaskelainen (begovic)
    Rafael, Baines, Demel (nelson)(baird)
    Fellaini, Michu, Sterling, Mata (k.nolan)
    Van Persie, Berbatov, Suarez

    Pretty happy with my team and life in general.

    Team value: £104.6m In the bank £2.8m

    Thinking of taking some of my top guys out for a couple beers. After a successful start to the first 11 weeks of the season, I think we've earned it. Sure, there's times they could have played better. But there were also times I could have made better decisions. Sticking with Danny Graham too long, and let's not forget about that Van Persie/Rooney up front experiment just recently. Anyway, I have to be overall satisfied with where we are. Good job men! Good dam job. Now lets go get that beer Fellaini, tell me all about your hair.

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Nice team can you use the cash to upgrade michu or nolan to silva/bale?

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    2. Nice team

      • 3 years, 2 months ago
  20. hey ya'l took a hit on ruiz for defoe,got a front three fo ruiz berba and u think i shud bench one of the fulham players?ruiz to be precise?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  21. current midfield
    Bale – Hazard – Mata – Sterling – Fellaini

    Bale -> Silva ?
    Hazard -> Valencia ?
    What i am left with is not enough to do Sterling -> Nolan

    • 3 years, 2 months ago

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No Change Cresswell WHM B
Up Van Aanholt SUN A
No Change Williams SWA B, £
Up Smalling MUN C
Up Coleman EVE B, Vs
Down Dawson WBA C
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj


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Up Mahrez LEI A, Vs
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
No Change Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
No Change Ozil ARS C, VsX
Up Eriksen TOT A
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
Up Sigurdsson SWA A, OoP
Down Barkley EVE B, Vs
Down Roberto Firmino LIV A, VsX, OoP
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Up Oscar CHE B, Vs
No Change Wijnaldum NEW B


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Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
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Down Lukaku EVE C
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No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
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Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 8
Yacob WBA 8
Westwood AVL 7
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