January
23

The Watchlist – Steven Fletcher

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Paul

It took little time for Steven Fletcher to establish himself as something of a talisman for Sunderland this season. The summer signing from Wolves made an immediate impact on Wearside, with goals and maximum Fantasy Premier League (FPL) bonus points in each of his first four appearances making the £12m fee paid out to the Molineux side look a canny piece of business by Martin O’Neill.

After a barren autumn spell, the Scot has returned to form and from Gameweek 16 onwards has developed a real streak of consistency – he hasn’t gone more than a single match without producing attacking returns from that point, in a run that has harvested five wins in the last eight for the Black Cats. With 10 goals and four assists for the season, Fletcher has played a part in more than half his side’s 27 strikes and has collected 23 FPL bonus points, second only to Robin Van Persie’s 28 so far.

Up to fifth in the FPL forward rankings on 112 points, Fletcher sits at his initial FPL starting price of 7.0, having previously risen as high as 7.4. A brace away to Wigan last weekend seems to have caught the attention of Fantasy managers and as winter wildcards continue to be wielded, he is the most transferred in forward in the Gameweek, with over 21,000 snapping up his mid-price services.

Post-match, O’Neill singled out the Scotsman as the Black Cats continued their climb up the table after a 3-2 win over the Latics:

“The transfer seemed to be a bit of a saga at the time but it was well worth it. We relied on him at the beginning of the season; he was the only player scoring for us. Since then we’ve shared a few goals around but he’s a really top-class centre-forward, not just with his goals but in the way he brings others in to play. For one not so tall he’s strong: what Sir Bobby Robson called ‘a proper centre-forward.”

Fletcher’s flourishing form certainly looks to be afforded the chance to continue for the foreseeable future. Looking at the upcoming schedule, Sunderland have arguably just one tricky fixture in the next seven (SWA, rdg, ARS, wba, FUL, qpr, NOR) before matters takes a turn for the worse in Gameweek 31. While last season’s Fantasy favourite Stephane Sessegnon continues to toil, many may look to Adam Johnson as alternative Sunderland cover for their favourable run Fletcher certainly seems better value – he currently costs just 0.3 more than the former City winger and has averaged 5.3 points per game to Johnson’s 4.5.

As owners of Demba Ba begin to ponder a transfer out due to the uncertainty of game time under Rafa Benitez, and the likes of Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov struggle to produce consistent returns, Fletcher (who is priced at 7.7 in the Sky Sports game) has staked a real case for our consideration, with secure starts and run of form that’s becoming increasingly difficult to overlook.

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  1. even though i have walcott(c) id be rather happy if walcott got nothing and cazorla to get a goal or 2..hes more of differential in my mls

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. moan, moan, moan, moan......

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. i'd like the same, but for the reason that I don't have Theo. :(

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. Fortunately ... I am past caring ... ;-)

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. you have your reasons :wink:

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    4. It's a hard life for some.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  2. Evening all. So whats the general perception on Ba playing tonight, is he likely to be dropped for the weekend PL game now?

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. PL is next midweek. FA is this weekend.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. FA Cup game.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. D'oh - my bad! Thanks guys

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  3. If you're lurking MileHigh, good(ish) luck and may the best man win... :)

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Good Luck mate.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. (to that sort of thing)

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
        1. "down with this sort of thing!"

          • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. Yeah, fair play WR.

      Good luck xo

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  4. Any news on Odemwingie to QPR? Unsure whether to ditch Lukaku

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Never ditch The Big L.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  5. My cup tie: me 48, him 58

    Me: Mertesacker, Obrien, Santi

    Him: Sagna

    We both have Theo (C)

    Can I get 10 points more than him tonight?

    He has made more tansfers, so if a draw, me wins :)

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. We don't know the answer. Ask again at 10pm.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. gonna be a tough one to get 10 from OBrien and Santi. and also hope Sagna doesn't nick an assist.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. If its a draw most goals scored in GW decides.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. Most goals scored in the Gameweek
        Fewest goals conceded in the Gameweek
        Virtual coin toss

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
    4. you have a fair chance with santi in hole
      gud luck

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    5. Too close to call. Mertesacker and Sagna are likely to score simlar points. Santi has to do something but one assist might not be enough. If he score the bonus points will take you through.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  6. Is the Ars-WHU game being shown on TV anywhere tonight?

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Fox Soccer in the US :)

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. No this is just a rearranged regular game.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. SKY1 at 1030pm after the Cup match.... if you aren't desperate to know all your fantasy results live

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  7. A) Michu & Taarabt (rotating with Fletcher)
    B) Bale & Guthrie (to warm my bench)

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  8. My last post was way too long for anyone to bother replying to...

    Is Rvp + demel > aguero + baines (I currently own Rvp since he was 13.5m)??

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. I think the lack of replies may have had something to do with the question.
      No. ;)

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    2. You'll regret it, I feel.

      RVP is so consistent, and has some delicious fixtures on the horizon. Baines is good, but he will frustrate you 500 times more than RVP ever will.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
    3. I am not convinced by Aguero, he's far from RVP.

      Don't do it, imo.

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
      1. Cheers guys, talking me off the ledge

        • 1 year, 6 months ago
  9. The scouts (Paul) seems to think Evans is a safer option than Rafael for defensive United coverage.

    Any United fans (dis)agree?

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  10. So if Michu scores a hatty v full strength Prem opposition, I take people will still sell/not buy because he "isn't getting the points"...

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. I won't even sell him if he does nothing. I have had him since the start of the season, my grav too. *Proud*

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  11. Really stuck with my front 8 what is better

    A) 3-5-2 most weeks Mata,Wallcott,Bale,Fellani,Michu,Rvp,Aguero- Pogrebnyak sub

    B) Rotate depend on fixures. Mata,Wallcott,Michu,Fellani.Lennon,Sturridge,Rvp,Aguero

    Basically Bale,Pogrebnyak V Lennon,Sturridge and rotate.

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  12. ;) You have earned yourself the special opportunity to RMWCT!

    Mignolet-Federici

    Demel-Davies-Zaba-Evra-Harte

    Michu-Fellaini-Mata-Walcott-Puncheon

    Sturridge-RVP-Fletcher

    Team value: 103.7M
    Bank: 0.7M

    Cheers! :)

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
    1. Missing Bale, otherwise very nice

      • 1 year, 6 months ago
  13. Evra the safest .. Rafael next in line. vida and rio fit are the first choice.

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  14. Come on Cazorla, your turn now!

    • 1 year, 6 months ago
  15. Shall I rid myself of ba before he drops for fletcher or sturridge?

    • 1 year, 6 months ago

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