April
02

The Watchlist Updated – Gameweek 33

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Paul

Our refresh of the Watchlist rankings, offering player recommendations over the next four to six Gameweeks, is rolled out once again this afternoon. Rankings for keepers and defenders are now based on the final six Gameweeks of the season, with Fantasy managers perhaps a little less inclined to change their options at the back. Further up the field, our selections lean more towards the short-term, with individual form also more of an influence:

The Defence

Chelsea duo Petr Cech and John Terry hold steady at the top of the keeper and defender standings, with City’s Joe Hart and Pablo Zabaleta also in the top three of their respective classifications. Manuel Pellegrini’s team have two doubles in the remaining six Gameweeks – five home games (SOU, SUN, WBA, AVL, WHM) and a trip to Palace could easily continue the form that has harvested five clean sheets in six, and, whilst visits to Liverpool and Everton are problematic, they are both part of double Gameweeks (34 and 37), thus lessening their potential downside.

Sunderland duo Vito Mannone and Marcos Alonso remain high in this week’s shake-up due to their upcoming pair of doubles. The fixtures do look tough for Gus Poyet’s side, however, with trips to Spurs and Chelsea on either side of a double Gameweek 34 which pits the Black Cats against Everton and City before the schedule smiles a little kinder in the final three rounds. Mannone’s save points boost his appeal, whilst Alonso is elevated as a result of his role on the left of midfield after Gus Poyet switched to 3-5-2 in the last two games. The Spaniard is preferred to fellow defender Phil Bardsley as the latter is just one yellow away from a two-match suspension.

Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny and Per Mertesacker both climb. Granted, the trip to Everton will deter most from investing but following that one, the Gunners have three excellent home fixtures (WHM, NEW, WBA) supplemented by trips to Hull and Norwich to see out their season and add to their current tally of 13 clean sheets.

Spurs pair Hugo Lloris and Younes Kaboul are elevated as a result of the remaining six fixtures. Granted, Tim Sherwood’s side have hardly shown much form of late but with Sunderland, Fulham and Villa all yet to visit the Lane, in addition to trips to West Brom, Stoke and West Ham, the north London side may yet produce the points over the run-in. Jan Vertonghen would normally be our first-choice option but we’ve omitted the Belgian after he was forced off with an ankle injury early on during Sunday’s loss at Liverpool.

Having kept out Chelsea last weekend, Palace pair Julian Speroni and Joel Ward remain in our shake-up ahead of a schedule which sees them face Cardiff and West Ham in the next three, with a double Gameweek 34 against Villa and Everton also sandwiched in between.

With games against Fulham, Palace, Southampton and Swansea preceding a double Gameweek 37, Villa’s Brad Guzan and Ron Vlaar offer budget-friendly options at the back. Cardiff duo David Marshall and Steven Caulker have Palace, Stoke and Sunderland in their next three – the latter notched his fifth goal of the season last weekend and remains a real menace in the opposition box regardless of opponent.

Midfield

Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure stay first and second respectively, though with two pairs of doubles still to follow, the Ivorian is set to overtake Chelsea’s 14-goal wide man in the next week or so. David Silva tucks in just behind the pair. The Spaniard’s opener at the Emirates last weekend took his tally to two goals and a pair of assists in the last four – whilst Hazard and Toure are owned by 40% or more Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers, Silva’s 8% ownership highlights his differential appeal.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen takes a major step up the rankings. The Dane’s 18-point return against Southampton in Gameweek 31 summed up his capabilities and he looks to have cemented his starting role for the run-in – coming in at just 6.5, and sitting in 3% of FPL sides, that above-mentioned schedule affords him plenty of chances to plunder the points.

Adam Johnson also comes in at 6.5 but, as we’ve seen over Sunderland’s last two matches, he’s by no means a certainty to start. Johnson’s goal and assist off the bench in those fixtures surely bode well for his role in next Monday’s trip to Tottenham and with two doubles still to follow, Gus Poyet can ill-afford to further neglect a player who has scored or assisted 10 of his side’s 14 goals from January 1 onwards.

With three sets of double figures in his last four, Cardiff’s 4.6-priced Jordan Mutch more than merits our attentions as a red-hot budget option. The Bluebirds have scored three goals in all but one of their last four league fixtures and Mutch squares up to Palace, Stoke, Sunderland and Newcastle’s defences in the next five.

Villa’s Fabian Delph and Fulham wide man Ashkan Dejagah are another couple of options in the sub-5.0 bracket. Delph has a goal, two assists and five bonus points in the last four, whilst Dejagah has struck three times in the last six for Felix Magath’s basement-dwellers. With Norwich, Hull and Palace all yet to travel to Craven Cottage, the schedule smiles kindly on the Iran international.

Forwards

Up front, Luis Suarez’ relentless form ensures he retains his spot at the summit, though Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge drops down to third. The latter has now notched just twice in the last five, and with the Reds set to play City and Chelsea in the next four, many owners who currently hold both may be looking to part company with Sturridge.

City’s Edin Dzeko shifts into second spot. With Sergio Aguero admitting only yesterday he is determined to be cautious with his latest comeback for fear of blowing his chances in this summer’s World Cup, the big Bosnian looks set to retain his starting  for the time being. We’ll reassess the landscape when Aguero finally finds his way out the Etihad treatment room, but for now, Dzeko, at just 6.9 and with three goals and an assist in his last three appearances, has started delivering consistently in the lone forward role.

Romelu Lukaku returned a blank at Fulham last weekend, but with three goals and an assist in his last five, the Everton forward is still ticking over nicely since returning from injury. Whilst Roberto Martinez rotates the three attacking midfield positions, the Belgian looks an assured starter up top ahead of the Toffees’ double Gameweek 34 against Palace and Sunderland.

Four goals in three appearances since Robin van Persie picked up a knee injury sums up Wayne Rooney’s current form. The upcoming blank Gameweek 34 curtails his immediate appeal but the United frontman still remains firmly in the picture – a home game against Norwich precedes a pair of Old Trafford matches in Gameweek 37 against Sunderland and Hull which will bring Rooney into many a manager’s squad before the season is over.

Further down, Christian Benteke heads a queue of mid-price options with form and fixtures on their sides. The Villa frontman has notched three times in four and faces Fulham, Palace and Swansea prior to a double in Gameweek 37, whilst Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor is back in training ahead of his side’s favourable final six fixtures. Having missed the last two through injury, he’s plummeted in price from 8.6 to 7.7 and is now owned by less than 5% of FPL managers but is expected back in time of Monday evening’s home encounter with struggling Sunderland.

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  1. My current team:

    Ruddy (Davis)
    Zab // Cahill // Coleman // Ward // Collins
    Yaya // Hazard // Nolan // Lallana // Bacuna
    Sturridge // Suarez // Lukaku

    Which looks my best option ???
    Option A) GW 33 Nolan > Mutch then GW 34 Sturridge > Aguero
    Option B) GW 33 Nolan + Ruddy > Mutch + Hart then GW 35 Sturridge > Rooney

    1. at the minute option B because that will get you more points in the short term, too much insecurities of Aguero's fitness to factor him in to future plans at this stage.

  2. After last night, Messi now has a streak of 5 blanks against Atletico. That's right, 0 goals and 0 assists in his last 5 matches against Atletico Madrid. Do you think he will end that run at Madrid? Where's Pepin, by the way? :P

  3. Hazard, Gerrard, Yaya, Silva

    Would you lose any of them for Eriksen this week? (My front 3 is Sturridge, Suarez, Dzeko)

    1. thinking bout gerrard to eriksen myself

      1. That's the only move I might make but looking at Gerrard's recent scores, I'm thinking is it really worth it?

        Yeah he only really scores points off pens and set pieces, but Liverpool do get a lot of those. It's a tough one.

    2. I wouldn't. Keep that option ready if Gerrard gets banned. Spurs haven't scored many at home, 19 all season, had until recently been better away. It seems to be wise to see how it goes this week and miss the 0.1m rise.

      1. Only thing swaying me to do it is I have 2FTs this week. If I don't make a move, I'll lose one for I think the first time in the history of placing this game. Suppose playing for most points, over rides utilising all transfers. Cheers.

        1. maybe look to free up funds somewhere with 2FT to get best possible DGW squad for next week

          1. Yeah, maybe you could downgrade a keeper, Mannone can cover pretty much ever week

  4. Hi Guys, bit of a transfer dilemma here. Trying to catch my league leader, 70 points behind. Could I ask you share you wisdom by selecting your preferred option amongst the following:

    A) GWK33: Sterling > Eriksen

    B) GWK34 Sturridge & Sterling > Aguero & 4.4m midfielder (Dorrans, Ki, Ireland, Delph)

    C) GWK34 Rooney & Sterling > Aguero & 5.9m midfielder (Barkley)

    I'm prepared to lose Sturridge to create a differential, only Aguero fits the bill. Sterling had a good game last time out and will likely play against West Ham, although Eriksen seems a good choice from now to the end of the season.

    1. A) Aguero not confirmed fit and even if he is, his minutes are going to be limited. Make sure you have 3 city for the DGW, just maybe not Aguero and plan to get him in after.

      I'm looking at having forward line of Aguero, Rooney, Suarez by GW36.

      1. I want SAR myself, although if I get Eriksen then it's Terry who will have to make way for Ward and at a cost of -4 if it's for GWK34

    2. C and get Rooney again later IMO. Allows you to wait a week on Aguero for a week and see if he's fit.

      1. It's probably sound to not bench a 11m+ player yeah. Everton away for Rooney gwk35 doesn't look too appealing. Liverpool have Norwich away, Sturridge could plunder alongside Suarez. Right.

  5. what is better

    a) Demichelis, Eriksen, Yaya and Dzeko/Kun

    b) Demichelis, Yaya, Silva and Lukaku/Tekkers

    c) Chester, Yaya, Silva and Aguero

    1. I like A the best

    2. Definately A I think. I just can't buy into Lukaku no matter how many goals he scores.

      1. I have Lukaku now, but he will become Rooney, it's then a choice between a City attacker or Tekkers

    3. btn a n b
      im also thinking the same. a w dzeko. b w luk

  6. Mannone, Adrian
    Coleman, Azpilicueta, Bardsley, Collins, Chester
    Hazard, Yaya, Silva, Gerrard, Delph
    Suarez, Sturridge, Lukaku

    2FT, 0.0 in bank

    Gerrard -> Mutch to create funds for DGW?

    1. I would probably get Ward for Collins instead

    2. Gerrard > Eriksen & Collins > Demichles/Zabaleta......next week though. Unless you want to punt on Eriksen this week. I'm in the same dilemma.

  7. Please draw for the cup. Starting to be impatient. I need to plan and do my transfers

    1. please take your time

    2. KoL

      Starting :lol:

  8. Does anybody still use the Totel Fantasy football site that was promoted on here last season. Im having a few problems with getting paid out and wanted to get anybody elses thoughts.

    1. Damn I play on that site too. Problems paid out. Fak those crooks

      1. Im not saying they are crooks yet but they are messing about saying that Ive got to use Skrill to take the money out which Ive never heard of and they charge a fee to withdraw money.

  9. Mannone
    Cahill - Azpi - Coleman
    Yaya - Hazard - Silva - Lallana
    Suarez - Sturridge - Lukaku

    Should i buy Demichelis or save it ?

    1. Southampton, though I don't think will score, are a good team. I would save your transfer

    2. save
      don`t bother he will rise tonight

  10. Anyone, dare i say, mayb considering doing sturridge > Dzeko for the dgw 34?

    obviously once sold stu, tough to get him bak as one is to pay up a good .8-1.5 more from price of sale

    1. I'd consider that too

    2. I'm thinking of selling to get Aguero, although I doubt I'd consider selling for anyone else. This is also only because I have Rooney now and would consider benching in GWK34

    3. I like the idea.

      Think it makes every sense to keep that 3rd City slot open until next GW.

      1. Agree

  11. How's this for a transfer plan pre-DGW?

    GW33: AJ > Eriksen

    GW34: Hazard, Sterling & Sturridge > Silva, Barkley & Aguero (-4)

    1. I think I'd just keep AJ mate. Surely he has to start now and has the double.

      1. Fixtures are horrible though. I think Eriksen will outscore him tbh.

      2. agree, keep AJ man, save your transfer and weigh up again next week

        1. I have 2 FT's this week :(

          1. Rest of the team mate?

            1. Mannone
              Baines Ivanovic Olsson
              Hazard Yaya AJ Sterling
              Suarez Sturridge Lukaku

              Adrian Noone Pieters Shaw

              2 FT, 0.3 itb

              1. Pieters and Shaw > Demi and Ward

                1. .1 short

                  1. Dann is secure at 4m

        2. Looks like he has to use a FT or lose it though.

          1. Create some money transfer required then

  12. 2FT. Nolan to:

    A. Eriksen
    B. Mutch

    Option B leaves funds to get Aguero but since I have 2FT's I can get him in somehow without a hit anyway. What would you do?

    1. This week, Mutch

  13. Good afternoon lads.

    Am I good to save? Who to play from Olsson and Sterling?

    Mannone
    Cahill, Azpi, Baines, MOlsson
    Haz, Silva, Mata
    Suarez (C), Sturridge, Lukaku

    Subs: Sterling, Davis, Yoshida
    1 FT, 0.0 bank.

    1. I'd play Olsson although I think Sterling will start

  14. AJ --> Eriksen

    Or keep AJ for DGW

    1. Keep. He's played a part in Sunderland's last 2 goals, you'd expect a return to the starting XI in a 4-5-1 at the weekend

      1. Tough to keep a player who isn't starting! I agree he has shower strong form when coming off the bench but just not liking the fast isn't is currently not in the starting 11

    2. No idea tbh. If only AJ was nailed then it was a no brainer to keep him.

  15. Just had my both best & worst GWs of the season in these last couple of weeks. Strange.

    Scored 42 Points thanks to Captain Luis & David Silva.
    Benched 26 Points though with Ward & Flanny sharing 12 a piece.

    Howdy FFS? :)

    1. I'd say it's Adiós FFS.

  16. Hello gentlemen!

    What do with my 2 FTs?

    Mannone Adrian

    Baines Coleman Ivan Ward Chester

    Yaya Hazard Nolan Sterling Ki

    Suarez Lukaku Sturridge

    1. bank?

        1. 1. Nolan---->Eriksen

          1. Looking like the best option

    2. Nolan --> Eriksen

      1. Thinking this

      1. Make that Mirallas. Nasri is out of your bracket

        1. I have 3 Everton

      2. Unaffordable unless I use both..

  17. Gerrard > Silva for this GW?

    Can delay it to next GW, but is it worth it to overlook Silva at home to SOTON?

    1. For Free?
      Sure.

      For a hit?
      Nope I think.

  18. Play Lukaku (ARS) or Mutch (CPL)?

    1. Lukaku.

      The game is very important and Everton will be focussed on scoring goals.

    2. Thought so. Cheers. :)

  19. Anything worth a hit - Used my free for Mata > Yaya [2.1 ITB]

    Mannone

    Azpi Cahill Chester

    Toure Silva Hazard Sterling

    Suarez Sturridge Lukaku

    Davies Ward Pieters Davis

    1. save
      I`d play Ward over Chester.

  20. Any ideas??

    Mannone

    Azpi Baines Baker
    Gerrard Hazard Yaya AJ
    Lukaku Suarez(C) Sturridge

    Boruc Chester Stones Parker

    1. Bank 0.4m

      1. Stone > Ward. Jags will start as soon as fit enough

  21. People are getting too hung up on AJ's next DGW IMO

    tot, EVE, mci, che

    hardly the most appetising fixtures

    I think I'm selling then re-assesing in GW36

    CAR, mnu, WBA, SWA

    much more appetising

    1. Isn't selling a player to only buy him back after couple of GWs waste of transfers in this crucial period of business end of the season?

      1. I said re-asses, not buy back

        1. Selling a DGW player just doesn't feel right to me.

    2. Sunderland's fixture are horrific. Don't know why Mannone and Alonso are so high in the watchlist. And don't tell me it's because of the double....they couldn't even beat West Ham

  22. GW 33 - Transfer -->> AJ --> Eriksen

    AJ - Tot, EVE, City, Che

    Eriksen - CAR, Man utd, wba, SWA

    1. Correction -->

      Eriken -> SUN, wba, FUL, stoke

    1. commitmentLAD

  23. McGregar :arrow: Harper for free & start him over Mannone this GW?

    0.4m could come in handy.

    1. Saving a free transfer would come a lot more in handy than 0.4m.

      1. I know what you mean but Harper chance of CS is more than that of Mannone this GW right?

        I'd play him in GW 36 too.

      2. Unfortunately, you can only save up to 2 FT's.

    2. Speroni in for McGregor for me. Playing Speroni on GW's 33, 34, 34 and 38.

      1. Already have Ward. Reckon to double up?

        1. Sure, why not. Double GW coming, decent fixtures afterwards. This is the time of the season to take calculated risks. Playing 'safe' is boring. :)

          1. My Overall Rank is 705. Np chance of winning FPL so my aim should be to finish in Top 1000. Must play "safe". ;)

      2. Second 34 = 35.

  24. I'm at 2 FTs at the moment. Does this make sense?
    Gerrard -> Henderson this week

    Coleman/Baines downgrade
    and
    Carroll -> Aguero next week.

    Mannone - Marshall
    Coleman - Bardsley - Demel - Baines - Chester
    Silva - Gerrard - Noone - AJ - Yaya
    Carroll - Sturridge - Suarez

    1. Everton are having a DGW too so I'm not sure if it's worth it to force Aguero in....

    2. keep everton duo for next two GWs

      1. Damn, maybe I'll just go one more week without transfers. This is giving me a headache.

        1. You can never have more than 1 saved transfer

          1. Yeah, I know. That's why I want to do something now but I can't think of anything to do worth doing. Gerrard downgrade makes little sense if I'm not aiming for Aguero.

  25. Sterling to Snodgrass this week? Norwich will be busting a gut to win these next 2 right?

    1. Makes sense, but then again you'll want to sell in 35. Too short term at this stage of the season for my liking...

    2. Pay 0.6m more & get Eriksen IMO.

      You don't want Snoddy after next 2.

      1. Leaves me enough to do Rooney to Aguero in GWK34

        Mannone
        Baines Zabaleta Terry
        Yaya Hazard Mutch Sterling
        Suarez Rooney Sturridge

        Lallana Bardsley Chambers 1ft 0.9 in the bank

      2. I can afford Eriksen for Sterling 1ft but means Aguero would have to come in at a future -4 at the expense of Terry

  26. Mignolet (Springthorpe)

    Coleman Davies Bassong (Fabio, Rafael)

    Yaya Gerrard Mata (Sidwell)

    Dzeko Sturridge Rooney

    I have 2 free transfers this week. What's best 2 this week?

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