The Watchlist – Steven Fletcher

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Paul

Having failed to find the net in each of his previous five Gameweeks, Steven Fletcher picked the perfect occasion to get his bandwagon up and running ahead of Sunderland’s strong upcoming schedule. A goal and assist at Fulham finally ended the drought that had seen the Scot fall off Fantasy radars but his return to scoring ways at the Cottage last Sunday has led to plenty new investment this midweek:

With the Wearsiders set to welcome four teams to the Stadium of Light in the next four, including a double Gameweek 16 also on the cards, the appeal of a forward who has had a hand in 70% of his side’s goals is obvious. Granted, the Black Cats have only notched 10 times but with six goals and an assist to his name, Fletcher has averaged six Fantasy Premier League (FPL) points per game since moving to the club from Wolves last summer.

Indeed, the lack of goalscoring alternatives amongst Martin O’Neill’s charges makes Fletcher all the more enticing an option. Every time he’s found the net, he has also picked up maximum bonus points – a total of 15 is the equal of Robin Van Persie and has been bettered by just one player, Carlos Tevez (16), over the opening 12 Gameweeks of the season. This has boosted Fletcher’s FPL total to 60 points – considering John O’Shea is his closest outfield rival at Sunderland, with 35 points, it’s fair to say that the forward stands head and shoulders above his team mates right now.

While O’Neill is desperate to address the lack of attacking edge that has mustered just three goals in four fixtures at the Stadium of Light this term, the defensive form of their upcoming visitors affords optimism. West Brom and QPR roll up next and, with neither side managing an away clean sheet so far, Sunderland will be confident before a tricky trip to Norwich, given the Canaries’ recent resolve at the back. Chelsea and Reading then arrive in double Gameweek 16. Similar to West Brom and QPR, the Royals have conceded in every away fixture so far, while Chelsea have failed to keep out their opponents since Gameweek 5.

Priced at 7.0 in FPL and 7.7 in the Sky Sports game, Fletcher offers an intriguing mid-price alternative to the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Rickie Lambert over the short-term, at least. O’Neill’s side could hardly wish for more obliging opponents over the next few home fixtures and if the Black Cats are to scramble up the table, it’s more than likely that Fletcher will have a significant say.

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    1. He looks suspicious ;)

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    2. captures him about right, except you can't see a watch! better to have that than a statue of Michael Jackson outside your stadium

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. I've seen it up close, it's dreadful.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    3. I like that its a bit younger version of him. But generally I find it strange that people get a statue while still managing.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. Or still being alive. Down with this sort of thing!

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        1. Well I dont mind while they are alive, they should be able to enjoy the limelight for some time. Saying this I understand why Fergie got it now, the man will probably die on the job.

          • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    4. Why have united unveiled a statue of Jack Straw?

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    5. Statues should only be for people who deserve them. (Churchill, Boadicea etc...)

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    6. Not as bad from the front, from the left it doesn't look a bit like him. Disappointing tbh.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    7. Better photo of it at bottom of page 3

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    8. yeah, i loved The A-Team. Hannibal was cool.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    9. looks a bit vladimir putin. decent though, have certainly seen worse

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. It's a pity it wasn't erected last month so they could call it Red October

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        1. Or Red-faced October :D

          • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        1. jackson has done so much for that club, where would fulham be without him

          • 2 years, 4 hours ago
          1. A Place With No Name

            • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        1. I p*ssed myself laughing when I saw that first. I would have loved to be at the unveiling...just to witness the response!

          • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    10. They still have that Micael Jackson statue at the Cottage? Can't be worse than that.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    11. It's a good job it has his name below. Sorry Granville, no offence intended.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. It is kind of difficult without colour unless they have obvious features, like a Lenin or Churchill slaphead

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        1. They could have had his nose light up.

          Sorry, but I'll post it anyway it's Friday.

          Off for a pint, have a good weekend.

          • 2 years, 4 hours ago
          1. Don't worry, I'm unlikely to get offended by anything other than incest and folk-dancing.

            • 2 years, 4 hours ago
            1. Hahahahaha. Good luck with your FF scores.

              • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      2. It could do with a slap of beetroot coloured paint. The likeness is pretty poor though, maybe they'll remake it like with that statue in Rome of the late pope that everyone thought was Burlosconi.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    12. Why doesn't it look like him?

      • 2 years, 3 hours ago
    13. i think it should be gold

      • 2 years, 1 hour ago
  1. someone posted a link on here suggesting Foster might be out for a few weeks. Anyone have it?

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. I think it was in the scout tweets.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. yeah found that

        Hmm, want to know how long Myhill will retain his place for.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  2. 2 free, how does Hughes-> Cuellar and Kacan -> Puncheon sound?

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. Good moves

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  3. In light of fixtures and benitez:

    1 - mata to bale for free? yes or no
    2 - mata to bale for a hit? yes or no

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. No

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    2. Mata to bale for a hit or free? I really don't understand.Why would you take hit?

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  4. Points prediction please


    Baines Rafael Ivanovic

    Mata Sterling Michu Puncheon

    RVP C Crouch Suarez

    bench : Nolan ,Clyne & demel Federici GK

    i have 3 M at the bank for next weeks and already 2 subs .

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. 3
      6 6 2
      5 5 7 2
      6x2 2 6

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    2. 12
      15 15 0
      0 18 0 0
      34 0 0

      Not bad.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    3. 52.Zero for the bank.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  5. Contemplating a two week punt on Ashley Young,
    What's the consensus?

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. Bold.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    2. I wouldn't but there is some logic to getting him in. Still haven't seen much consistency or form that is anything close to him as a Villa player though.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. I agree but I see points not performance! Have a feeling these two home games could see him get some nice returns.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        1. Ashley Young? If it works, you're a god danm genius. Ain't where I'd roll the dice but....thinking Valencia myself. Been shit as well. See where my fingers fly at the deadline.

          • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  6. Need to bring in someone from Utd frontline, I'm not getting so much from Baines and feel 7.5m too much with City and Arsenal in his next 3, Norwich's backline looked really solid last week, very tempted to go:

    Baines > Garrido
    Berba or Ba > Rooney (Can't quite afford RVP)

    Ridiculous or am I right to think against QPR some Utd coverage is a good idea?

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. i sold baines this week, Im expecting a big score from utd, v qpr, backlash from 2 losses etc..

      so yes I'd say, keep ba

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  7. Just done a bit of research into the next 6 games for everyone.

    IMO, the strong are: Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool, Sunderland ... and Norwich and QPR have an okay run as well.

    The weak: Everton, Swansea, West Ham

    I'm really thinking of sacrificing Baines, in order to free up funds for a possible RVP, Suarez, Giroud strikeforce. Not until after Suarez gets his 5th yellow though!

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. This is what frisking fixtures if for

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. Nothing wrong with a personal frisk every now and then.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      2. That's only short term frisking though. I'm more into medium term frisking.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
        1. As per FFS, it's looking 4-6w ahead. This captures your frisk.

          It includes 2 of your weaks and 3 of your strings

          • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  8. Is Fellini to carzola madness?

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. Not madness but I think you will want Fellaini back shorlty so maybe find another way to get Arsenal cover.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    2. No it's best to have a footballer. ;)

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. I dont know he looks pretty mean, fancy him as an aerial threat.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      2. Very funny :)

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    3. Madness is your defense.

      • 2 years, 3 hours ago
  9. Play one of each.

    a)Ruddy, Federici

    b)Gorkss, Clyne


    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. Ruddy & gorkss

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    2. mdm

      Fed and Clyne

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    3. Ruddy gorkss

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    4. Fed and Clyne

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. Fed and Clyne

        • 2 years, 3 hours ago
    5. If you have the all, then you ha a proiblem Play the home guys.

      • 2 years, 3 hours ago
  10. best keeper to rotate with begovic - might take out foster.

    alex mcarthy

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. Ruddy, although I've yet to play him.

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. was thinking of raising some cash but the difference between ruddy and foster aint too much anymore. thanks anywaysa granny

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      2. understandably as they do not rotate very well.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  11. Is Garrido any good? Demel to Garrido, seem alright? Demel’s fixtures are lousy!?

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. Don't know if Demel will even play, so get him out if you have no other priorities

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  12. hmm, Myhill starting to look tempting, but need more news on Foster

    Finding a decent keeper for 5 or less to rotate with Migs is tough. Tremmel and Guzan have poor rotation, Ruddy's 2nd rise has caught me out and means I can't get Billy Jones unless he falls, Clyne rises or I sell one of Baines, Rafa or Huth.

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. Huth > Cameron/Wilkinson
      Baines > Anyone :D

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. yeah Huth to Cameron might be the way I do it.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  13. Bego (jussi)

    demel raf gunter baines

    michu sterling mata

    rvp berba tevez

    subs: fellaini barfa nelsen

    ride this shit out or barfa > someone?

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  14. if for free i'd go barfa > sess maybe, for a hit not sure

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. oops meant for post above ^^

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  15. I got drunk n did 4 transfers...!!

    Just need an advice as to which of dem is a BAd one ...!!

    22 Nov 19:28 Taarabt Puncheon 13
    22 Nov 18:59 Walcott Johnson 13
    19 Nov 14:19 Ridgewell Evra 13
    17 Nov 22:21 Ben Arfa Silva 13

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. You got drunk and made 4 transfers on 3 different days?

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. that's one serious session.

        • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    2. Gazza?!?! Stop taking advice from Danny Baker and put the red bull doon!!!

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  16. Looking to transfer out Ivanovic (6.9) ,Cork(4.4), Hughes (4.5) and Jussi (4.8) for Cuellar, Enrique, A.Johnson and Szczesny. Ivanovic is the key because his value means I can upgrade either Cork or Jussi, but a transfer to Enrique would mean sacrificing a FUL for a tot. What would you guys do / any other transfer suggestions.

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  17. Can anyone suggest any drawback to my transfers..!!

    the Comment above the aforementioned comment ..!!


    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  18. What people thinking about Valencia?

    Walcott out - Valencia in for a free?

    I already have RVP and Rafa for unit coverage and no over Arsenal...

    Anyone wanna help me out...

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  19. If anyone has any Fantasy League questions or needs help with their team, leave your questions here.
    Only comments/questions submitted before 10pm Friday will be answered.
    I will give my honest opinion and a detailed answer.

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
    1. Do you think it is a good idea to get Charles N'Zogbia into my team for GW 19?

      • 2 years, 4 hours ago
      1. No, certainly not. Unless, of course, you are building a team of the Premier League most inconsistent players.
        1) He is not a regular starter for a struggling team
        2) This one a little more obvious, he plays for Villa (a struggling team).

        With Lambert now consistently playing Agbonlahor, Weimann and Benteke expect the midfielders to have to do excess defending and the strikers to make most of the assists and score most of the goals.

        • 2 years, 25 mins ago
    2. What you thinking about Valencia?

      Walcott out – Valencia in for a free?

      I already have RVP and Rafa for united coverage and no other Arsenal player.. Thinking about getting Giroud after the Eveton game..

      • 2 years, 3 hours ago
      1. Difficult to tell. The first half of last season he barely played but in the second half he assisted nearly every game. He just hasn't look like he is about to fire just yet, however similar to many of his teammates. I would also advise that you stick with two United players for the time being. I obviously don't know your full team and budget available however I suggest that you look at Silva and Cazorla, it has taken a little while to get started but now look to be coming to top form. Silva is now showing why he was priced 10.0M at the beginning of the season. If that is not possible, I expect Fellaini to pick up again after 3 tough upcoming fixtures and like the look of Michu again back in the 'hole'.

        I would also advise you to look at Liverpool cover, with fantastic upcoming fixtures. If you do not have any Liverpool cover I would consider Raheem Sterling, and if he continues of the left of the front three then Jose Enrique. Jose as a defender gets six points per goal, a great chance of BP for attacking displays but also Clean Sheet points for doing little defending.

        If you have a fit Starting XI then I would wait with my transfer until Tuesday and again consider your options.

        • 2 years, 12 mins ago
    3. Team for the GW is:

      Baines / Clyne / Gorkss
      Bale / Sterling / Barfa / Walcott
      RVP (C) / Tevez / Berba

      Subs: Jussi, Fellaini, McAuley, Nelsen

      1 FT, £0.3m in bank.

      With Barfa, Walcott and Fellaini not playing, I'm tempted to do Barfa to either AJ / Sess / Larsson.
      Was also considering getting in Silva, but not sure how, and possibly Enrique.

      Any other thoughts? Thanks for the help!

      • 2 years, 3 hours ago
      1. I like the look of your defenders, most being cut-price options.
        I would probably remove Bale to get in Silva, giving you a spare 0.3M in the process.
        I would probably wait another week or two to decide which Sunderland mid to purchase. I really do not fancy the look of Larsson and Johnson as they look too inconsistent. On the other hand, Sessegnon could be a great purchase, especially playing in the 'hole' but I would wait to decide if he can deliver agin, thus proving he can be consistent.
        Apart from that I really cannot see any flaws with your team.

        Good luck.

        • 1 year, 12 months ago
        1. Hope you see this, but thanks Paul! Have decided to go with Barfa to Sess, as I already have Tevez as City cover anyway.

          • 1 year, 12 months ago
  20. I have been planning on saving my WC until last ten games or so, but have just seen that the Jan wildcard can be used right up until end of GW 24, leaving 14 GWs with no WC....

    Might be time to play it next week.

    • 2 years, 4 hours ago
  21. Clyne v Newcastle or Cameron v Fulham (I Have Berba)?!

    • 2 years, 3 hours ago
  22. nolan -> Michu?

    • 2 years, 3 hours ago
  23. Bit of a quandary as to whether to play Begovic vs Fulham at home or Ruddy away vs. Everton - thoughts?

    • 2 years, 1 hour ago
    • 1 year, 12 months ago

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Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR C, Vs
Down Forster SOT A, VsX
Up Fabianski SWA B
Up Krul NEW A
Up Heaton BRN B, Vs


Last updated: 19 Nov, 2014 7:15am
Player Club Factors
No Change Baines EVE A, Inj
No Change Ivanovic CHE B, Vs
Up Cresswell WHM B, Vs
Up Vlaar AVL B, Vs, Inj
Down Bertrand SOT A, VsX
Up Taylor SWA B
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Up Trippier BRN B, Vs
Up Lovren LIV C, Vs
Down Chambers ARS B
Down Clichy MCI C
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Player Club Factors
No Change Sánchez ARS A, OoP
Up Hazard CHE B, Vs
Up Downing WHM B, Vs
Up Oscar CHE B, Vs
Down Di María MUN C, Inj
Up Sigurdsson SWA B
Up Chadli TOT A
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
Down Tadic SOT B, VsX
Up Barkley EVE C, Rest
Up Sissoko NEW B
Up Zaha CPL C
Down Fer QPR C, Vs
Up Boyd BRN C, Vs, £
Down Brunt WBA B


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Up Diego Costa CHE B, Vs, Sus
Up Austin QPR A, Vs, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Vs, £
Down Pellè SOT B, VsX, Sus
Down Berahino WBA B, VsX, £
Up Bony SWA B
Down Welbeck ARS B, Inj
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Up Sturridge LIV C, Vs, Inj
No Change Kane TOT B, Rest, £
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Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
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