November
12

The Digest – Gameweek 11

Filed under: The Digest - Posted by: Paul

Our final glance at the Gameweek gone by hails the consistency of Southampton’s captain after another stand-out display. We also highlight Newcastle’s recent resolve and wonder whether a certain Uruguayan is the one premium forward we simply cannot afford to be without:

The Player

A brilliant solo goal against Hull continued Adam Lallana’s stunning start to the season. With an assist and a couple of bonus points also accrued against the Tigers, the Southampton skipper delivered his third set of double figures in the last five Gameweeks – elevating him to third in the midfielder standings, behind Aaron Ramsey and Yaya Toure, on 61 points.

Having drawn blanks in each of the first four fixtures, Lallana was far from Fantasy radars as we focussed on Mauricio Pochettino’s resolute defence as a source of points instead. The subsequent matches, however, have seen Lallana strike an impressive consistency with attacking returns in five of the Saints last seven – including goals at home to Swansea and away to United.

Indeed, the Gameweek 8 Old Trafford match could be key when assessing his potential. Certainly, his last-gasp equaliser sparked the bandwagon into life – prior to that match he was priced at 6.1 but has now risen to 6.8, with over 57,000 new owners already this week; far and away more than any other midfield option.

In a season where consistency has been a real rarity amongst midfield options, Lallana’s ability to produce looks crucial for Fantasy managers and Pochettino alike. As Southampton gear up for a run of matches against Arsenal, Chelsea, City and Spurs in the next six, their defensive potential may well be set to take a short-term dip but Lallana’s 10-point haul at the home of the champions indicates he’s certainly capable of delivering against the odds.

The Team

Having struggled in the opening few games, Alan Pardew’s side enter the international break on the back of successive wins over Chelsea and Tottenham. Granted, Tim Krul’s heroics at the Lane bordered on the superhuman and there’s no doubt the visitors were more than a little fortunate, but the Magpies did also keep out Jose Mourinho’s side with a resilient Gameweek 10 performance at St James’ Park, which harvested a 2-0 triumph.

Prior to the Blues match, Pardew’s side looked poor defensively and had conceded in their previous six but a move to 4-4-2 seems to have instilled a little more steel to the Newcastle set-up. With Loic Remy moved from the left of a 4-3-3 into a central position alongside Shola Ameobi, Pardew’s bold decision to drop fan favourites Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse has proven a masterstroke, with the work-rate of French pair Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran out wide keeping compatriot Ben Arfa on the bench.

Both Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have started the last two in central defence and come in at 4.4 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), though with Mathieu Debuchy suspended for the next league match, fit-again Fabricio Coloccini may return to the centre. That would see Yanga-Mbiwa shifted to right-back to cover for Debuchy, or left-back with Davide Santon switching flanks. It remains to be seen how Pardew approaches his centre-back pairing from there on in.

In addition to the new-found resilience, there are options on offer further up the pitch. Remy’s winner at the Lane taking his tally to seven for the season; with an assist also accrued, he’s played a part in eight of his side’s 15 goals and sits on 58 FPL points, just five behind Olivier Giroud in the forward standings. Yohan Cabaye also gives us an option in midfield, with a goal or assist in four of the last seven Gameweeks. As Pardew’s charges prepare for back-to-back home games with Norwich and West Brom, the duo – at 7.7 and 6.3 – have already picked up plenty new investors already this week as Fantasy managers look for a route into the resurgent Tyneside team.

The Talking Point

In a week where Arsenal and City – the league’s top scoring sides – failed to find the net, Luis Suarez surged up the Fantasy standings with yet another sublime display. Six games back from suspension and the Liverpool talisman is already joint-fourth in the FPL forward standings, serving up four sets of double figures in a series of incredible displays that have seen him average 10.7 points per game.

While Daniel Sturridge had initially kept pace upon his team-mate’s return to the fold, the England striker has offered little evidence of the Uruguayan’s explosive capacity for points. Sturridge may have scored in eight of his 11 appearances but he has managed double figures just once – Suarez, meanwhile, has delivered captaincy hauls of 26, 20, 34 and 32 points, helping save many a Gameweek and more than justifying the extra outlay at 11.9 to Sturridge’s 9.8.

Liverpool’s fixtures may continue to look promising but those Sturridge owners who have remained loyal due to his consistency have been punished severely in recent matches. With Hull, Norwich and West Ham in the next four, it’s no coincidence that Sturridge in the most sold frontman this week, while his strike-partner has received more transfers in than any other forward.

The captaincy issue may have dented Sturridge’s prospects but he’s not the only one to suffer in Suarez’ shadow. United duo Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie have risen up the rankings in recent weeks with some steady returns but, in terms of captaincy potential, have served up double figures only twice and three times in 10 appearances respectively.

Only Sergio Aguero has mirrored Suarez’ total of four but the City forward has played 10 times to the Liverpool forward’s six; his blank at Sunderland was the third time the Argentine has failed to produce points – perhaps no coincidence that on two of those occasions, David Silva has been missing from the XI. Indeed, with Silva likely to miss out again ahead of back-to-back home games with Spurs and Swansea, Aguero’s chances of more explosive returns may be a little less enticing.

Suarez may have a Goodison encounter with Everton up next but given his current form, the Toffees will do well to keep him at bay in the first Merseyside derby of the season. The only slight caveat could be fatigue, with Suarez set to return from his World Cup play-off with Uruguay against Jordan, a little over 48-hours prior to the Premier League outing.

Currently sitting in 27% of FPL teams, Suarez is now the highest owned of any premium-priced forward and despite the return to form of United’s duo and Aguero’s strike rate under Manuel Pellegrini, Suarez has quickly shown that, more than any frontman this season, he has the consistency to make or break a Gameweek – going without him over the next few fixtures may be an oversight many a Fantasy campaign could struggle to recover from.

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  2. Morning all. Current squad after a -4 is:

    Migs / 4m

    Coleman Chico Clyne Baker Chester

    Ozil Ramsey Oscar Brady Ravel

    Rooney Aguero Suarez

    0.0 in bank.

    Defense is weak atm, but will be looking to downgrade perhaps Ozil > Walcott to free up funds. Baker is a risk, but short-term I think he'll be OK.

    Seem OK?

  3. Is the FPL page down ?

    1. So it seems

    2. Nope.

    3. oh it's back again :)

  4. Morning. What about Lallana? Sell for Sessegnon (for me only option) and collect 0.3 - 0.4 income or keep (and probably bench for two weeks)?

    1. If I had him (and bloody league leader has), I would keep. Form of his life and Southampton are defying fixtures.

      1. thx, I needed this :) My guts tell me to keep him.

  5. Sorry error in my RMT
    Boruc/Harper
    Williams,Terry,G.Johnson,Clyne,Rosenoir
    Oscar,RamSEY,Yaya,R.morrison,Januzaj
    Suarez,Rooney,Aguero..
    0.1m in bank so what to do?change any of oscar/yaya/januzaj for sum1 like coutinho/snoddy/sess with my FT??
    Please help feckin 320K rank :/
    Flagjust now#REPLY

    1. Decent team I think. There's nothing urgent to change. Maybe Yaya to Walcott if he's fit to play?

    2. You can't sell Jan for an upgrade.
      You have a decent team tbh.
      Perfect strikeforce, 2 mids & a good defence. Wait until next week to ask again as an injury may force your hand.

    3. THNKS for ur help

  6. Ravel or Amalfitano?

    1. Cheers guys

  7. Is it time to ditch Benteke after a 2 week stay when I got him for 8.8?
    Got me 4 points
    But his fixtures still look great ahead and one would think to keep him
    But I wouldn't mind getting Rooney for him, as cannot afford RVP yet

    1. I would keep.

      1. +1 I'm hanging on to him for now, though having Rooney as captain this week is a temptation.

    2. I'm keeping him. He's had a few chances and I have other worries in my team.

    3. I also think I should keep him
      But that option of Transferring In and Captaining Rooney is so damn temptating

    4. I'm looking at bringing him in next week for the Sunderland game. He's nailed on going into the the fixture pile up as well so I think he'll be a must have in the weeks to come.

  8. Wont be long until Rooney drops back down into his comfort zone.

    Now that he has got over his wee tantrum about not feeling loved.

    Plus, he isnt wearing his receding hairline headband anymore, so his confidence will diminish.

    1. BS he's a season keeper for me
      34 goals from a striker this season

      1. RVP has scored 2 more than him, despite playing less & being injured!

        1. and rooney will keep assisting him.. ;)

          1. Like last weekend?

            RVP 9 points, Rooney 4.

            Fine with me :)

  9. if carrick is out for more than a month, who will play in double-pivot midfield? more game time for fellaini?

  10. My defense looks quite shite for next GW..
    Boruc - Marshall
    Chico Coleman Clyne Collins Ward

    Should probably use my FT to get a defender in.. But CS are so hard to predict this season. What to do..

    1. Play Chico, Coleman and Collins if need be

    2. Most people have this problem so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Save it and have two frees next week.

    3. HVT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Jevan , Ridgewell/McCauley , and colocinni (if fit) would be on my watchlist Don , but do ant work in for you ?

      1. Cheers guys. McAuley.. I really want to transfer him in but then I would have to drop Chico or Coleman. Will probably just save it and make two or three changes next week.

  11. Woah, Guzan and Myhill picking up light injuries.
    Thus my GK situation can be resolved in itself.
    Guzan out, my bench keeper Daniels might get a start if Myhill cannot start
    Blessing in Disguise?

    1. Myhill has Friendly-itis.

      WBA can't afford another keeper injury.

  12. Rooney (c), Aguero, Suarez

    Ozil, Ramsey, Lallana, Amalfitano, (Colback)

    Coleman, Clyne, Dawson, Williams (Turner)

    Mignolet, (K. Davies)

    I have 2 FTs any suggestions guys

    1. Any dosh in the kitty?

    2. I ditched Dawson this week. I would look to sort defence out.

      1. Tell me more ...

        I still like Coleman and Clyne.

        I got Williams in 2 weeks ago for good fixtures ... hasnt paid off yet

        Dawson was my spurs def coverage

        Turner ... yes I have been trying to shift on for some time

      2. HVT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Whom for ?

    3. Mignolet might be a bit isolated playing as the lone striker.

      1. +1 :)

        I like my new format

        1. You maverick, you.

          Dawson is the player I'd look to get rid of.

          1. HVT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member

            I see your gone yellow Fuml !
            Pity really ... :-(

          2. Why Dawson .... ?

            Oh yeah ... just looked at the fixtures

        2. plus if its good enough for Begovic

          1. HVT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member

            Dawson to Jevan / Mcauley / Colocinni (if fit) and save 1 ft ( Ozil > Wally + cool back out )

  13. Not entirely sure what all this means, but this site is quite good for statistical reviews of fpl if anyone is interested

    http://premierleaguefantasy.blogspot.ae/

  14. OOH whats this about Myhill being injured. Any more info. Is it likely to keep him out of action for any length of time?

    1. If it does,
      My bench keeper Daniels to step in to the limelight :D

      1. I cleverly went for Lee Camp thinking he would be 3rd choice. He's at bournemouth on loan........

  15. HVT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Morning lads ,
    anyone beat 6 greens on the bounce ?

    1. 7 here ;-)

      1. HVT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Nice Jin - fair play , I made 13 last year so I'm hoping to get close to that again tbh , it seems going green improves your rank !

        1. it certainly does! :)

          1. 273k to 15k .... nice

        2. Nice Grav HVT

          What has your rank improved from

    2. I have 12!!

      1. You're my hero RONH

        :p

    3. Nice! 5 here

    4. I've had greens all season up until this weekend

  16. Who would you captain of these two?

    A) Aguero v spurs (home)
    B) Suarez v Everton (away)

    Edging towards aguero but it is not easy because spurs will set up so tight.

  17. HVT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    New post lads.

  18. New Post
  19. My mate has done 5 transfers this week already. Makes a total of 91 points behind me. He's got 8.9 million in the bank and his team is worth 100.1....... Is he a moron??

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