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The Watchlist – Sanchez Slide Continues

With our season now free from any more interruptions and the Double Gameweeks revealed, we felt it was timely to make a return to our Watchlist articles for the run-in.

We reconvene at a time when the midfield landscape, in particular, is in turmoil.

Anyone shocked by the Gunners’ Monday night capitulation at Crystal Palace will be even more concerned by the continued decline of Alexis Sanchez. Owned by 26.4%, the Chilean has – quite literally – been a central figure for Arsenal this season, scoring 18 goals and assisting a further ten from a role up front.

Yet as newspaper reports of unhappiness and unproductive contract talks increase, Arsene Wenger has made the decision to shift Sanchez to the left flank over the last five Gameweeks. Monday brought his third successive blank – his longest run without returns all season.

Subsequently, Sanchez drops to third in our midfield Watchlist rankings, with Tuesday’s double Gameweek revelations ensuring that he has to remain a key attraction – pending a further disappointment in Monday night’s encounter with Middlesbrough, that is.

Spurs midfielders are clearly the major draw, with Son Heung-min’s 19-point haul in the 4-0 win over Watford ensuring he becomes the third member of Mauricio Pochettino’s side to make the cut. The top transfer target heading into the weekend deadline, those new owners should get at least another start from the South Korean, despite the return to fitness of both Harry Kane and Victor Wanyama.

Son is, of course, joined in the rankings by the superb Dele Alli, who sits at the very summit following Sanchez’s recent malaise. In scintillating form, Alli has struck 13 goals from his previous 16 Gameweeks, with 53 points arriving from his last six. He is nearing essential status for Spurs’ generous run-in, starting on Saturday at home to Bournemouth.

Christian Eriksen is the third White Hart Lane midfielder on the Watchlist – a rare occurrence justified by their recent form and upcoming fixtures. The Dane has a remarkable consistency that gives him the fifth-highest overall tally in this season’s Fantasy Premier League. Like Alli, it’s difficult to see his starting role coming under threat over the remaining seven fixtures.

Monday night’s Selhurst Park clash shone a spotlight on two more popular options.

Theo Walcott captained Arsenal, hoping to provide a viable Sanchez alternative by scoring for a third consecutive match. Walcott’s tepid performance offered a reminder that perhaps those expectations are beyond him. He remains an interesting option but, frustratingly, his regular withdrawal is an issue – he has played more than 70 minutes just once in his past eight appearances.

Wilfried Zaha was the major stand-out in Monday’s Palace win. The winger lived up to his pre-match billing with a lively showing, assisting two Palace goals. After delivering 11 points against both Chelsea and Arsenal, his ownership will surely go on growing ahead of upcoming home meetings with Leicester and Burnley that sandwich a double Gameweek 34.

Elsewhere, both Josh King and Eden Hazard scored in Saturday’s tea-time clash.

The former is making a compelling case for fixture-proof status, firing goals against both Liverpool and Chelsea. King has nine strikes from as many appearances and his enticing final five fixtures include a trip to Sunderland, while Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Burnley drop in on the south coast.

Hazard has the benefit of a double Gameweek 37 but, as Chelsea near sealing the title, we do have to factor in the likelihood that the Blues could lack motivation and suffer squad rotation over the season run-in. That’s not a concern in the short-term, however, and Hazard has to be a worthy target.

A lighter Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to equalise at Stoke, extending his scoring streak to three matches despite a recent illness which led to significant weight loss. Although they lack a double Gameweek, Liverpool’s schedule remains favourable, but the Brazilian will surely be a casualty of the shake-up around Gameweeks 36 and 37.

Elsewhere, an underwhelming Dusan Tadic assisted against West Brom on Saturday. Southampton’s fixtures remain a mixed bag, but include two double Gameweeks. Even so, the Serbian is now coming under pressure from both Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, who offer kinder price tags and have more than kept pace with Tadic in recent Gameweeks.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling notched his 13th and 14th assists of the season against Hull City last time out, with consecutive home fixtures against Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Brom from Gameweek 36 providing him with the platform to excel further. With many choosing to omit Sergio Aguero to accommodate Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front, Sterling offers us City coverage for their prosperous run-in at a knock-down price.

Finally, Gylfi Sigurdsson warrants a mention. Usually so reliable, the Swansea City playmaker hasn’t produced a return for four appearances. While there’s real fear that Paul Clement’s honeymoon period is well and truly over, remaining match-ups against Watford and Stoke still hold some appeal. It’s a major drop for Sigurdsson, then, with another failure at Vicarage Road surely consigning him to omission from the Watchlist next time out.

You will find our current Watchlist standings in your right-hand menu on desktop and mobile.

Ron Swanson Newcastle fan that spends far too much time thinking about FPL.”

885 Comments Post a Comment
  1. S S
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Just done for a -4:

    Llorente, Siggy & Valencia out
    Kane, Davies & Jags in

    Leaving me with a front 7 of:

    Sanchez Alli Davies Eriksen
    Aguero Lukaku Kane

    Happy with that 🙂

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Sorry but don't like those moves..

      1. S S
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Each to their own

    2. FULHAM 4 LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      solid, Davies could do with shifting for Zaha soon however

      1. S S
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers. This allows me to do... next week:

        Aguero > Ibra
        Davies > Zaha

        1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 months, 15 days ago

          yep, that seems like a good plan 🙂

          1. S S
            7 months, 15 days ago

            Thanks 😀

    3. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      I cannot make myself to have 3 Spurs attackers yet.

    4. Tilehurst Enders
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Is Aguero really the best player to bring in for Ibra next week? Rather than Lukaku or Kane?

  2. Jac The Cat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 15 days ago

    What Man Utd defender is best to bring in, looking at value for money and being as nailed on as you can be in that side.

    Causing me a huge headache this one!

    A, Valencia
    B, Rojo
    C, Bailly
    D, None, leave well alone!

    1. Chris_White
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      C

    2. S S
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Ibra or nobody for me

    3. FULHAM 4 LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      B for me

    4. Numb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Probably Valencia now after his rest. But if United go out of top four reckoning, it's game over

      1. Koolswan
        7 months, 15 days ago

        But that can happen only post DGW 34...no way of knowing before that surely?

    5. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Rojo for me. Most nailed by far and rarely rested.

    6. AA33 - CW Organiser and Tea…
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Bailly

    7. aspilcueta
      7 months, 14 days ago

      I'd go for Rojo personally. Gets a lot of BPS.

  3. FULHAM 4 LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 15 days ago

    (K)ane + Alli + Eriksen vs BOU. Hmmmmmmm tasty

    1. Jac The Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Nice one!

    2. S S
      7 months, 15 days ago

      I've got the same, but not captain Kane, going Luk

      1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Going Lukaku b/c of guaranteed 90 mins and form?

        1. S S
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Aye, and I don't want to over kill on Spurs in the early ko ....just in case!!

          1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            7 months, 15 days ago

            fair play, early k/o are certainly a worry; hopefully that will be blown away this Saturday!

    3. John terrys dog -Bantu boy
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Tasty

    4. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Guaranteed points 🙂

      1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        no such thing in this game 😉

    5. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
      7 months, 15 days ago

      If it's 0-0 I'm blaming you

      1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        😛 I'll blame that Son

    6. Karan14 - (Balegium)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Same here.

      We're up against each other in Frequent Posters Cup.

    7. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Kane, Son and Eriksen

      happy to let those three ride it out and captain Lukaku I think

  4. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Arsenal are at the summit of the defence season ticker and have 2 more games than most.

    Surely an Arsenal defender is a must?

    1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      This is Arsenal we're talking about

    2. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      If they could defend, maybe.

    3. Jac The Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      I would like an Arsenal defender for GW 36+37

      Just struggling with cash issues.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Surely it is common sense to get one now?

        1. Jac The Cat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Why now? They've just conceded 3 goals at Palace?

    4. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
      7 months, 15 days ago

      No

    5. Fred51 - Ibeland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Another Hot Topic apology needed..

    6. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Czech on WC presuming he's back.

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Cech even.

    7. Egyptian Giza
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Kosc or no one

  5. The Hindu Monkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Everton last 7 at home

    Scored 26 goals.
    Lukaku 12. Assisted 3.
    Involvement 57%

    Spurs last 7 at home

    Scored 18 goals.
    Kane Scored 9. Assisted 1.
    Only played in 5.5, 15 goals were scored when we was on pitch.
    Involvement 66%

    Tough.

    I want to triple one as well...

    1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      if tripling I would go for Kaku for security

      1. S S
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Agree ^

      2. The Hindu Monkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        would you triple Kane now or Sanchez or Tadic 36?

        yes, I'm actually considering tadic

    2. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      I'd definitely go Kane if tripling for that ceiling!

    3. Jac The Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      I've got both and on Kane at the moment.

  6. JoJoRed
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Do we think Leicester will be switched off and/or short a few v Palace?

    1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      heads certainly turned to that Atletico match imo; thinking 2-0, 3-1

    2. Hooky
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Yes. I'd imagine at least half the first 11 will be rested.

    3. S S
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Expecting Wlif to run wild

    4. JoJoRed
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Thanks!

  7. karvs155
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Play:
    A) Valencia (CHE)
    B) Holebas (SWA)

    1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      B; If United do well tonight, then maybe A

    2. S S
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Holyboss

  8. Hooky
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Why does Benteke have favourable fixtures on the watchlist but not the other Palace players?!

  9. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 15 days ago

    United XI vs Anderlecht: Romero, Valencia, Darmian, Bailly, Rojo, Carrick, Pogba, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.

    1. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      what is wrong with martial?

      1. Magic Bean
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Lost his confidence at the start of the season cause he gave up his number to Ibra. Been a downward spiral since then with Mourinho

  10. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 15 days ago

    No one discussing Arsenal defence (I know for good reason!). But given double doubles what are thoughts on Mustafi or Monreal? Bellerin out of reach unless ditched Alonso

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Plan on getting Cech on the WC presuming he's fit.

  11. Jusagoras
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Was asking the other day, but I need some advice on palying the TC chip. I have a few scenarios:

    Ibra gw 34: not a fan of the fixtures. Any risk of rotation?
    Sanchez gw36: will Arsenal have any form? Besides, I'd have to play my wildcard gw35, and I'm afraid of others getting the advantage on gw37 with regard to possible injuries etc. On the other hand, I'd love to assess Sanchez against Boro once more, before deciding.

    Since I'll definitely be bench boosting gw37, there remains the possibility of a sgw triple captain (some nice fixtures this gw, for instance). When I asked before, most said that two matches is better than one. Of course, but is it still worth it despite the worries mentioned above, regarding the particular fixtures that are left?

    1. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      For me it's Kane or Lukaku this week

      Tadic or Sanchez in 36 depending on form going into it

      That's it

      No chance me using it in 34

      1. Jusagoras
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks

  12. Garth Marenghi
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Better plan next gw-

    A) Middlesbrough defender in & zlatan for a hit

    B) Siggy out/Zaha in & zlatan for a hit

    1. Hooky
      7 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      B

    3. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      I would do all three for a minus 8 if you still have your wildcard

      if not just B

    4. Garth Marenghi
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Damn I was leaning towards A...but it does free up money. Thx

  13. Johnny Ø ⭐ - Grabb…
    7 months, 15 days ago

    NO FELLAINI

    I repeat

    NO FELLAINI

    1. Johnny Ø ⭐ - Grabb…
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Man Utd XI vs. Anderlecht: Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Rashford; Ibrahimovic.

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Dial up?

        1. Johnny Ø ⭐ - Grabb…
          7 months, 15 days ago

          It's really exciting to be a United fan and see no Marouane in the starting XI you know

      2. The Hindu Monkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        is David D on bench?

        1. Johnny Ø ⭐ - Grabb…
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Yes.

          De Gea, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw, Fellaini, Martial, Herrera.

    2. Johnny Ø ⭐ - Grabb…
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Nevermind, haven't noticed Team Cruel's post..

    3. Jæzz! 💡 ⭐ Gabo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      *jizzes*

      1. Fred51 - Ibeland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        So your name is a typo then?

  14. JogaSemmedo
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Will Kane rise tonight?

    Cannot decide on Kun to Kane for a free. Makes sense tho surely.

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Seems so. Do it.

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Seems like he will yes

    3. Hooky
      7 months, 15 days ago

      *Will Keane

  15. Lukakuna
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Pick Valdes
    Cedric holgate walker* valencia* fabio*
    Sanchez alli tadic king deroon
    kun kaku carroll

    A: Sanchez Carril to Zaha Kane (-4)
    B: kun to Kane
    C: Sort out my bench happy defence

    1. Garth Marenghi
      7 months, 15 days ago

      B, I have a hard time justifying Zaha for a hit. I'm not really sold on him yet personally. Having said that, I might do exactly that next week, but it's for the dgw.

      1. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        The hit is for Kane (c). Not Zaha 😉

  16. FALCAO & MOU
    7 months, 15 days ago

    I just saw it,

    1. FALCAO & MOU
      7 months, 15 days ago

      In my dreams, Kane vs Bournemouth ended 0-0.

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Exactly, in your dreams!

      2. Holmes
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Considering the amount of player involve in that game, that scoreline looks pretty obvious... Maybe even 1-0 for Bournemouth

    2. La Roja
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Was it big?

    3. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      I dreamt Swansea bet Bournemouth 8-3 a few weeks back 😆

      They lost 2-0....

      1. FALCAO & MOU
        7 months, 15 days ago

        I thought Viper dreams were more like whom do I bite next.

  17. AA33 - CW Organiser and Tea…
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Valencia is back! 🙂 😎

    1. Hooky
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Tell a friend!

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Thoughts, please? Lukaku -> Ibra FT next gw.

      Heaton
      Alonso Baines Bailly
      Sanchez Son Siggy Zaha
      Kane(c) Lukaku Benteke

      Robinson - King - Brunt - Friend

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        fail

  18. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 15 days ago

    How does this look?

    Sanchez & Zaha - > Zaha & Kane (c) -4

    Yay/Nay?

    I think Zaha could match Sanchez this week and you'd expect Kane to be a good captaincy shout. I have a WC to get Sanchez back in

    1. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Llorente - > Kane

    2. JÆKS ⭐
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Depends on the rest of your team for me, if you can do Aguero to Kane instead I would rather do that then selling Sanchez. But you know it could work out and you are bringing him back in for gw 36 so who know

      1. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 months, 15 days ago

        Jaku Grant

        McAuley Alonso Valencia Davies Amat

        Sanchez Alli Sigurdsson Coutinho King

        Lukaku Llorente Ibra

        1. JÆKS ⭐
          7 months, 15 days ago

          Think you are making the right move then

    3. Magic Bean
      7 months, 15 days ago

      One of the more popular transfers this week

  19. Silva I 21 x
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Jakupovic - Grant
    Walker - Baines - Davies - Yoshida - Friend
    Sanchez - Sigurdsson - Coutinho - Eriksen - Capoue
    Costa - Lukaku - Gabbiadini

    1.0 ITB, 2FT

    Any idea's / suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.

    Still have WC and BB available too.

    1. Lukakuna
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Walker Costa to some defender and Kane?

  20. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Thoughts, please? Lukaku -> Ibra FT next gw

    Heaton
    Alonso Baines Bailly
    Sanchez Son Siggy Zaha
    Kane(c) Lukaku Benteke

    Robinson - King - Brunt - Friend

    1. Chris_White
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Lovely

  21. Say what
  22. Tilehurst Enders
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Kane rising, Sanchez falling tonight....better get on with it!

  23. Lukedb24
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Which striking combo gets the more points this week:

    1. Aguero, Ibra, Origi
    2. Kane, Ibra, Origi
    3. Aguero, Kane, Origi
    4. Kane, Ibra, Benteke (-4)

  24. thedom1
    7 months, 14 days ago

    hi all.

    just about to do Vardy > Kane for a -4.

    good move or what?

    1. aspilcueta
      7 months, 14 days ago

      I think so. Kane's home record is too good to ignore, and Vardy might be rested from midweek.

  25. Fac51
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 14 days ago

    If you play the all out attack chip, and one of the midfielders doesn't play, do you end up playing 10 men? Or will a defender sub on and you effectively play 3-4-3?

  26. BigPedro
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Defensive Dilema: Alonso, Valencia, Yoshida, Barragan, and Manson.

    Currenty on Alonso, Valencia, and Yoshida.

    Barragan has the better fixture but finding it hard to ignore Yoshida's form.

  27. andyvan10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Already have Davies eriksen Alli in my team, who do I remove for Kane and if it is worth a -4 hit?

  28. Whits
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Which one should I get in for double gameweek 34?

    A) Benteke - Liv (A) and Spurs (H)
    B) Negredo - Bournemouth (A) and Sunderland (H)
    C) Rashford - Burnley and City Away