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Sky Sports Focus – Gameweek 23

With Gameweek 22 behind us, it’s time to reassess our Sky teams using the usual info, including the Man of the Match (MoTM) awards, the bonus point beneficiaries and the current market trends. As always, we also look ahead to the forthcoming fixtures, offering our preferred captain setup for Gameweek 23 and keeping one eye on Gameweek 24.

Gameweek 22 Man of the Match Awards

Listed below is a match-by-match breakdown of the players who won the plaudits from the Sky Sports reporters last time out, earning five additional points for the Man-of-the-Match award.

FixtureMoTM
Hull vs ChelseaEden Hazard
Cardiff vs West HamMark Noble
Everton vs NorwichGareth Barry
Fulham vs SunderlandAdam Johnson
Southampton vs West BromLuke Shaw
Tottenham vs Crystal PalaceNabil Bentaleb
Man United vs SwanseaAdnan Januzaj
Newcastle vs Man CityCheick Tiote
Stoke vs LiverpoolLuis Suarez
Aston Villa vs ArsenalJack Wilshere

Midfielders dominate once again, with eight of the recipients plying their trade in the centre of the park – Southampton defender Luke Shaw and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez were the two exceptions. The impressive Adnan Jauzaj (4.2m) and Nabil Bentaleb (4.1m) offer us some intriguing budget midfield options if they can maintain their current first-team places. The player who has caught the eye most often for the reporters is Eden Hazard who has eight MoTM so far in just 20 starts – an impressive 40% of his games.

Gameweek 22 Bonus Points

Three goalkeepers managed five saves or more – Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Adrian were the top shot-stoppers. Adrian managed seven saves which was the highest amount for the week to add to his clean sheet – at just 3.9m, if he can claim the number one jersey and West Ham’s performances improve, the Spaniard could offer exceptional value.

In defence, a total of eight players gathered bonus, six for tackles and four for passes completed. The two players to gather bonus for both were Swansea duo Angel Rangel and Jordi Amat – the bonus system often favors the Swans’ backline and, with an upturn in fixtures just around the corner, they could be worthy of consideration. Crystal Palace full-back Joel Ward is still the top defender for bonus points overall with an additional 18 points.

In midfield, 22 players earned bonus points – 11 for tackling and 13 for passes. Tottenham’s central-midfield partnership of Moussa Dembele and Nabil Bentaleb were the two to gather bonus for both – Bentaleb managed to complete a stunning 100 passes on his first Premier League start. Cheik Tiote has now joined Lucas on 30 bonus points at the top of the standings.

A reminder that Fantasy Football Scout Members can access all the data regarding bonus points using player stats and clicking the Sky Sports tab.

The Transfer Trends

Top Transfers Out

NameTeamValue% of Managers
NasriMan CIty6.312.76%
BarkleyEverton4.39.71%
RooneyMan United9.66.89%
ToureMan City8.65.89%
RamseyArsenal5.85.87%

Injuries have a major influence here, with all five of the above affected in recent weeks – Yaya Toure has been passed fit to start for City tomorrow, though the other four remain on the sidelines.

Top Transfers In

NameTeamValue% of Managers
NegredoMan City8.65.64%
LallanaSouthampton5.95.11%
JanuzajMan United4.24.82%
WilshereArsenal6.24.43%
GiroudArsenal8.54.35%

Alvaro Negredo’s good form sees him top the most transfers in but, with Sergio Aguero available this weekend, it remains to be seen if Fantasy managers continue to back the Spaniard. The other four players have all started to hit some consistent form in recent weeks and look set to offer good value considering their relatively low price-tags.

Gameweek 23 Proposed Captain Strategy

Looking ahead to the captaincy choices for Gameweek 23 there is an opportunity for three captains if you choose to use a transfer for Monday night’s game.

Our Strategy:
Luis Suarez (Aston Villa at Home) → Eden Hazard (Man United at Home) → Romelu Lukaku(West Brom Away)

For Saturday 18 January, you could be brave and opt for an Arsenal asset such as Olivier Giroud or even take a chance on Sergio Aguero’s starting role for Man City’s clash at the Etihad but with Luis Suarez’ relentless form perhaps you would be a tad naive to ignore him (and braver than us), so we opt for the safety of the Uruguayan.

For the following day, we opt for a captain change to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard who plays at home to Man United – as mentioned above, Hazard is currently leading the MoTM awards and sits second in the overall points standings just behind Suarez.

Monday evening sees Everton roll up to The Hawthorns and, if you have a surplus of transfers at your disposal, it might be worth bringing in the big Belgian front man Romelu Lukaku as he returns to play against his old club West Brom.

As an afterthought, bringing in a Man United player for Lukaku might be worth considering after the Gameweek finishes in order to catch the champions’ fixture at home to Cardiff in Gameweek 24.

The Fantasy Football Scout League

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The Fantasy Football Club

This Friday The Fantasy Football Club show, where you can catch Fenners and Merse at 18:30 Skysports One HD where they will be discussing the previous week’s Fantasy Football events and quizzing Kevin Phillips for his #One2Eleven.

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  1. Karlihno
      2 years, 6 months ago

      On WC.....

      Jevans, Distin or Azpi ???

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      1. Beavis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Azpi

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      2. Berbalove
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 6 months ago

        I'm not sure I would have gone for any of them. If pushed, I'd go Azpi.

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      3. jayzico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 6 months ago

        Chiriches

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    • TSO *
        2 years, 6 months ago

        a) Williamson and Parr (assuming Williamson doesn't rise tonight)

        b) Chester and Gabbidon + 0.1

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        1. EAGLES (0 Chelsea players)
            2 years, 6 months ago

            A

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        2. Yes We Can
            2 years, 6 months ago

            RMT:

            Sczcesny
            Coleman Kolarov Gabbidon | Chester Hudson
            Lallana Eriksen Silva Hazard | Colback
            Sturridge Aguero Suarez

            0.7 ITB. Putting in Ramsey next week for an Arsenal attacker.

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            1. WINNING!
                2 years, 6 months ago

                Well balanced

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            2. LewanGOALski
                2 years, 6 months ago

                bueno?

                --------------------- Mannone ----------------------
                ------------- Terry - Koscielny - Ward -----------
                Ozil (VC) - Silva - Oscar - Eriksen - Cabaye
                -------------- Suarez (C ) - Sturridge ------------

                bench: Marshall - JRod - Clyne - Cherster

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                1. DO RE MI MATA
                    2 years, 6 months ago

                    I like Oscar just like the next guy but his game time makes me sick! Especially while having David Silva. You really want Özil? Özil to Haz and Oscar to xxx?

                    But if meant to be a punt I'm all for it! 😀

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                    1. LewanGOALski
                        2 years, 6 months ago

                        though it's not a WC team, so surely those transfers are not worth a hit

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                  • Koflok
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 6 months ago

                    Start Sterling or Gabbi.

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                    1. Sheep
                        2 years, 6 months ago

                        Agbonlahor

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                      • EAGLES (0 Chelsea players)
                          2 years, 6 months ago

                          Sterling

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                      • Don Corleone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 years, 6 months ago

                        Start who:

                        Mannone (SOU Home)
                        Boruc (SUN away)

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                        1. The Stock
                            2 years, 6 months ago

                            Boruc

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                          • LewanGOALski
                              2 years, 6 months ago

                              Boruc

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                          • Caboose
                              2 years, 6 months ago

                              My front 3 are Suarez, JRod, and Lukaku. Silva is my only City cover. Should I take a hit to bring in Negredo this week for Lukaku?

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                            • Ivor Headache
                                2 years, 6 months ago

                                74.99% Suarez captain choice! What's been the highest?

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                                1. Sheep
                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                    100%

                                    After the first vote.

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                                  • Rupert The Horse
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                    Well he was 85% earlier in the week.

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                                  • In Like Flynn.
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • Has Moderation Rights
                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                    25% Dead teams. :)

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                                2. Boggins
                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                    Granted I don't post on here much, but some of the nicknames for players are going way over my head.

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                                  • r0nh
                                      2 years, 6 months ago

                                      new post

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                                      1. Sheep
                                          2 years, 6 months ago

                                          no.

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                                      2. Beavis
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 years, 6 months ago

                                        Still tempted to get Sturridge/Giroud over Aguero for the next 2. Seems like the best points maximisation for the next 2 GWs and then get Aguero in my GW 24 WC for 12.3.

                                        Points > Value.

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                                        1. Nabs Kebabs 42
                                            2 years, 6 months ago

                                            yep good tactic

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                                        2. footballfollower
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 6 months ago

                                          Best £4.2m or £4.3m midfielder for 5th slot?

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                                          1. Boggins
                                              2 years, 6 months ago

                                              Gnabry or Álex Pozuelo

                                              Gnabry would be very short term solution.

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                                              1. footballfollower
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 years, 6 months ago

                                                That's what worries me with Gnabry as don't want to have to spend another transfer down the line. Think same about Pozuelo with Hernandez coming back and then Michu.

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                                            • preseasonblues
                                                2 years, 6 months ago

                                                Jedinak has played every single minute this season so far...

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                                                1. footballfollower
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                                  Good shout

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                                              • EmreCan Hustle
                                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                                  Gnabry or Noone.

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                                                  1. footballfollower
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                                    Hadn't considered Noone, was looking at Kim from Cardiff but unsure who Solksjaer will play at the minute having brought in Eikrem.

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                                              • EmreCan Hustle
                                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                                  Chances of Gnabry starting against Fulham?

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                                                  1. Boggins
                                                      2 years, 6 months ago

                                                      As it's Fulham there is a good chance. Rosicky my not be risked after, so his main competition is Chamberlain. Not sure Wenger will gamble on starter The Ox against Fulham.

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                                                  2. kimoo
                                                      2 years, 6 months ago

                                                      am the only one thinking about that ?

                                                      A- Silva / Chiriches / Ki Sung-Yueng

                                                      B- Yaya / Ward / Januzaj

                                                      i Have now Thinking to do A

                                                      Boruc (Davis)

                                                      Coleman / Kosc / Korlov / Chester / Ward

                                                      Januzai / Yaya / Hazard / Wilshere / Lallana

                                                      Suarez / Aguero /Giroud

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                                                      1. Nabs Kebabs 42
                                                          2 years, 6 months ago

                                                          Silva, Ward, Januzaj, save the cash.

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                                                      2. Spineless Weasel
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 years, 6 months ago

                                                        Hopefully Burner's fixtures put people not on wc off shipping him for a bit. That 0.1 he's made me could prove useful.

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                                                      3. Nabs Kebabs 42
                                                          2 years, 6 months ago

                                                          What to do with nasty?

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                                                          1. Prime
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            2 years, 6 months ago

                                                            I'm keeping him for now, just cause I think Demichelis is so appaling.

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                                                        • TyrannosavrvsPvlis
                                                            2 years, 6 months ago

                                                            Who should i bench for this week between Brown (Sou H) and Sterling (Avl H) ???

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                                                            1. Nabs Kebabs 42
                                                                2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                brown

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                                                            2. GGMU
                                                                2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                Clyne or Ward?

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                                                              • Ribus
                                                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                  My ML rival has Kos. Is it a good idea to go with Sagna so? Is he nailed on long term?

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                                                                  1. Boggins
                                                                      2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                      Yes. Sagna will start if he's fit. Less chance of bonus points though. Better attacking potential. That said I'm surprised Kos hasn't scored this season. He is still a threat at corners.

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                                                                  3. Jinswick
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                    Bit of help please chaps - need to shave off 0.3m to afford the below - players in CAPS are nailed on in my squad.

                                                                    SZCZESNY, DAVIS
                                                                    TERRY, Kolarov, CLYNE, Ward, Chester
                                                                    HAZARD, OZIL, SILVA, Puncheon, Noone
                                                                    AGUERO, SUAREZ, GIROUD

                                                                    Best I can come up with is either:

                                                                    A) Kolarov -> Bardsley/JEvans
                                                                    B) Ward & Noone -> Parr & Kim
                                                                    C) Ward & Puncheon -> Parr & Ki

                                                                    Never owned Kolarov before, but I'm starting to think he may have to be the one to make way. 2 tough fixtures in the next 3 after all.

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                                                                  4. Goaldigger
                                                                      2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                      Wes Brown should be nailed on right?

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                                                                      1. RuudVanNistelrooney
                                                                          2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                          YUP as of now he is

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                                                                        • Karlihno
                                                                            2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                            Until he gets injured

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                                                                        • RuudVanNistelrooney
                                                                            2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                            is lucas an option for 5th mid at 4.2
                                                                            Defence is good with 3 strikers he will never play
                                                                            Thoughts!!!!

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                                                                          • Mr Smith
                                                                              2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                              Anyone saving money to bring Rooney back possibly next week? Feel that most people will be distracted trying to get Aguero in that they may miss a trick with Rooney (and those juicy fixtures).

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                                                                              1. lugalooch
                                                                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                  thats exactly what i was thinking

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                                                                              2. lugalooch
                                                                                  2 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                  what do you guys think fir my wc, any changes needed

                                                                                  Boruc (Lewis)

                                                                                  Clyne - Cole - Kos - Coleman (Chester)

                                                                                  Lallana - Yaya - Hazard (Mutch/Januzaj)

                                                                                  Negredo - Suarez- Sturridge

                                                                                  thanks

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