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Guardiola rotation could allow Mahrez a Gameweek 15 haul

As we hurtle towards the Gameweek 15 deadline, we must not forget about the differential options on show.

With Spurs’ fixtures turning there are still some key assets owned by less than 5% of Fantasy managers.

And a slight insight into Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy has also thrown up an opportunity.

Riyad Mahrez

Price: £8.5m

Ownership: 2.8%

Now that we are moving into the congested period of Christmas fixtures it means that Guardiola will have to use all of the players available to him. That’s why Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) looks set for a start against Watford on Tuesday night.

The Algerian has been used only as a substitute in the last two matches which means he should be fresh for the trip to Vicarage Road.

When he has started matches, Mahrez has been delivering points. In fact in his last three starts for Manchester City, he has two goals and one assist, for an average of 8.67 points per game.

The fact that he has not been a nailed on option in recent months has seen Mahrez’s ownership drop as low as 2.8%, turning him into a potentially powerful differential.

Christian Eriksen

Price: £9.2m

Ownership: 4.9%

Christian Eriksen (£9.2m) just about creeps into the Differentials article this week with his ownership at 4.9%. We suspect that after Gameweek 15 he will push over the 5% threshold.

That’s because we are expecting Tottenham to emerge as comfortable winners over managerless Southampton on Wednesday night.

With a bigger role in set pieces than usual this season, Eriksen has three assists in his last two matches since returning to the starting line-up. Over the last two Gameweeks, he has scored 16 points.

His impeccable delivery of late may have even pushed himself back above Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) in the set pieces pecking order.

The English right-back has been declared fit to face Southampton so it will be interesting to see how he shares dead-ball situations with Eriksen.

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez

Price: £6.2m

Ownership: 1.7%

Three goals in his last four Premier League outings have put Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (£6.2m) back into the conversation for starting West Ham United players, and maybe on our Fantasy radars too.

In the last four Gameweeks, the Mexican has had more shots in the penalty box, more big chances the same shots on target compared to the popular Marko Arnautovic (£7.2m). That’s all despite playing just 199 minutes to the Austrian’s 339 in that time.

Chicharito has only started once in that time, but his recent form could allow him more pitch-time. If he does claim a place then given his more advanced position than Arnautovic and cheaper price, he could act as a decent alternative.

Given the run of matches the Hammers still have, with Cardiff (home), Crystal Palace (home), Fulham (away) and Watford (home), Chicharito is sure to get more returns in the coming weeks.

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2,044 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DenDanskeDuo
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Pat/Hen
    Alonso, Robbo, AWB, Bennet, Duffy
    Salah*, Sterling, Rich, Barkley*, Masuaku
    Kun*, Arnie, Wilson

    Kun, Salah, Barkley --> Kane, Sané, Son (-4). Yay or nay?

    1. jaywills
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Yes!

  2. Ould Onion Bagger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Salah and Wilson -> Auba and FAnderson (-4)?

    Or hold until GW 16?

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Hold

    2. Tree House
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Not yet

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      No

    4. Merlinsnose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Hold. I think Salah will out score Kane and Auba over the next three game weeks.

  3. Cruz88
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    Anyone else just not feeling the trust in Kane enough to captain him? Salah is tempting

    1. MTPockets
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Moura's my concern, rather than Kane, but still captain this week

    2. Kuyt Hero
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Same here, can't decide which one to cap

    3. DaddyPig
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Kane can’t be trusted at the moment. Fact. He’s just currently not worth the money. Massive sheep mentality with all getting him in.

  4. Bleach †
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 24 days ago

    RP, as last time it went 50/50

    For a 1 GW punt before WC, should I go for Sané or Mahrez? (Or Hazard

    1. Tree House
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Sane

    2. Jules Rimet
        6 months, 24 days ago

        sane

    3. Zenith UK
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Could someone please give me their opinion, I was supposed to make changes on Friday but forgot about evening kick-off so I'm a couple of transfers behind where I wanted to be, even though I scored 71.

      This is my team for this GW;

      Ederson,
      Alonso, Robbo*, Balbuena*
      Haz, Richar, Felipe A, Fraser
      Vardy*, Aguero*, Arnie

      Pat, AWB, Barkley, Pereira

      * = Yellow marker

      Haz, Vardy, Aguero > Sterling, Kane and leaves 8.0m for third striker (-4). I can then roll these funds to next week to upgrade Barkley to Eriksen/Son/Alli/Moura or I could upgrade Pereira to Tripper?

      Any other suggestions welcome.

      1. Team Bobcat
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        I would leave the players that arent injured alone especially hazard.

        Aguero Vardy > Kane Mitro/Wilson/King

        Alonso may be a doubt also

        1. Team Bobcat
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          But you have a decent bench so shouldn't worry about alonso or robbo too much

          1. Zenith UK
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Appreciate the reply, I think this is my last week on Haz. Might do what you said, at least then it's a free change. My concern is that leaves me with no City attack this week, hence the push for Sterling.

    4. Puzzle
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 24 days ago

      Robbo -> VVD on a WC? Bought Robertson at 6.0

      1. Sergeant Garcia
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        No, just bench him this GW.

      2. SALVA
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        is he ruled out 100%?

        1. Puzzle
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          No, but I'll be surprised if he plays.

      3. Jules Rimet
          6 months, 24 days ago

          VVD + TAA on WC. Had Robo since GW1 but its VVD time now.

          1. Russell
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Yep, that's what I've done

        • Dele
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          I sold Robbo to enable 4.5 GK to Ederson/Alisson already have TAA, feels more balanced.

      4. Sergeant Garcia
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Really unattractive keepercombo... Who to play?

        A) Hart (LIV)
        B) Patricio (CHE)

      5. tbhogal
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Worth getting in Sterling this week?

        1. Sergeant Garcia
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          I'd wait one more week.

      6. machickenz
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Aguero + Barkley out for which option?

        A) Aubameyang + Townsend
        B) Aubameyang + Pedro
        C) Kane + March
        D) Kane + Kante

        1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Probably D, but I would be tempted with A

          1. machickenz
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Im leaning towards A too but the fixtures for Kane look so good coming up

      7. Tree House
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        Over the next 6 games:

        A) sane + arnie + 4 points
        B) f.Anderson + auba

        Thanks!

        1. TONY123
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          You're thinking about doing A to B for a hit? I'd wait one more GW and do it for free

          1. Tree House
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            No, both involve getting Kane and sterling in the next two weeks but B requires a hit

            1. TONY123
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              I definitely prefer B

              1. Tree House
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 24 days ago

                Thanks

      8. #FPLBhuna
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        gtg? anything for a hit?

        henny
        robbo - alonso - pereira
        salah(c) - sterling - sane - son - fraser
        arnie - jiminez

        hamer - awb - doherty - success

        1. Totally Hammered
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          No Kane, Kun or Auba... “To dare is to do”... Vive la difference!!!

          1. #FPLBhuna
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            yeah not overly concerned not to own either this week

            kane maybe the one concern but he's hardly gone big this season and saints players will have a point to prove to their new gaffa who will be in the stands apparently

          2. Giroud Depardieu
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            not too daring to go without Kun this GW!

      9. Valar(Keith)
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 24 days ago

        I think ppl are blowing Bournemouth fixture difficulty out of proportion a bit.. HUD, wol, BHA, mun, WAT, eve, WHU are all fixtures I'd expect attacking returns from Wilson. Overlook him at your peril. Could go crazy in Those home games.. LIV/spurs could be an issue but with both those sides playing UCL etc I don't see those as problem fixtures either.

        1. Valar(Keith)
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          They are just so good in attack this year.. Wilson and Fraser stay in my team on WC by the looks of it

        2. Tree House
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Don’t disagree with you

          1. Valar(Keith)
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Cheers mate. Been tearing my hair out on whether I should "upgrade" Wilson to Arnie.. Think it's better to just keep Wilson. He has been unbelievable this year

        3. Feed tha Sheep
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Agreed

        4. MTPockets
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Wilson has been incredible value. Quite happy holding

          1. Valar(Keith)
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Bought him 2 nights ago for the first time at 6.8 on WC.. Was considering mitro/arnie.. Think I'm just going to stick with Wilson for the foreseeable

        5. Jules Rimet
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Kane, Wilson, Arnie up top?
            Or Kane Wilson (Felipe)

            1. Valar(Keith)
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Kane Auba Wilson.. With Felipe in midfield

        6. davies
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Best 4.5 midfielder & 4.5 goalkeeper?

          1. Dele
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Billing & Fabianski

        7. tibollom
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          kun confirmed injured.. already did my 2 FT...

          a. Kun + Rich to Kane + 5.7mid (Townsend?) for -8
          b. Kun to wilson and keep the cash for -4
          c. hold
          d. any other ideas?

        8. Max City
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Mahrez Siggy

          Or

          Sane Richarlison?

          1. Dele
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            A this week

            B long term

          2. DaddyPig
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            S&R

          3. Team Bobcat
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            BSilva Richalison

          4. Rhodes your boat
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Sane rich

          5. Tree House
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            B

          6. The Rock
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            B

        9. Feed tha Sheep
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 24 days ago

          Best transfer this week to enable Kane?
          A. Hazard > Sane
          B. Salah >Sterling
          C. Robertson > Digne

          1. DaddyPig
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            C looks simple and harmless

          2. Dele
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Digne could be rested for Baines.

            A looks good.

            1. tibollom
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              B

          3. Tree House
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Think I will do A

          4. Max City
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Maybe A

        10. GloryManUnited
            6 months, 24 days ago

            Aguero>Auba done

            Do it don’t look back

          • DaddyPig
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 24 days ago

            How’s this WC looking please guys?? Or does it definitely need Kane?
            Could really do with any advice. Thanks!

            Ederson Lössl
            Alonso TAA Mina Doherty AWB
            Sterling Sané Son Anderson Brooks
            Arnie Auba Wilson

            1. KingOllie
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Nah Kane is fine to be avoided. I like your team, Mina is a naughty pick

              1. DaddyPig
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 24 days ago

                Thanks mate! Much appreciated. Yeah hoping for a couple of goals soon!

            2. Max City
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Who would you bench this GW?

          • Wizard of Özil
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Any word on Ings fitness?

            • KingOllie
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              I think i may actually take -4 to do Robbo -> VVD lmao

              Im worried i dont even get 11 players out otherwise

            • Taegugk Warrior
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Keep Martial or ditch him for -4 hit...?

            • nicecat
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Going for 3-5-2.
              Dilva - Hazard - Richa - Eriksen - [_______]
              Mitro - Wilson - [_______]

              1) Arnautovic and Son
              2) Jimenez and Sane

            • Bavarian
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Guys...What is meant by "Dead Leg" which is the case of Robertson?

              1. Bubz
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 24 days ago

                His leg died

                1. Bavarian
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 24 days ago

                  clear enough ...thanks mate 🙂

            • Disturbed
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Chances of laca starting the next two gws?

            • FPLGraham
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 24 days ago

              How many of these will actually start this GW

              Digne, Richarlison, Arnautovic, Alonso, Martial, Lacazette, Fraser.

              1. Pierce34
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 24 days ago

                Almost all of them? Only Alonso is a doubt, no?

                1. FPLGraham
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 24 days ago

                  Alonso the only one with a minor injury (although Sarri did say he's "ready to play")

                  Rest would just be managerial decisions. As the deadline gets closer I'm more worried!

                  1. Pierce34
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 24 days ago

                    I think Lacazette was just being eased back after his minor injury, and surely Emery will want his strongest side at Old Trafford. Silva loves Richarlison so he's hardly rested. Bournemouth need a win after 4 losses in a row so I can't see Fraser dropped.

                    The rest are more guesses but I would assume it's Martial's turn to start now.

                    1. FPLGraham
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 24 days ago

                      Yeah fair dos - thanks!

            • #FPLBhuna
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              salah + jiminez > kane +7.9mid (-8) is unnecessary right?

            • Prisoner B5160-8
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 24 days ago

              They've flagged Robertson for his thigh, but not Alonso for his lower back.

              1. MTPockets
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 24 days ago

                Because Sarri said "no injuries ... ready to play"

                1. Prisoner B5160-8
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 24 days ago

                  Ah! Good stuff.

              2. La Roja
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 24 days ago

                So, thigh beat lower back?

            • TLF
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 24 days ago

              Very tempted to ditch Hazard for Son or Felipe this week, even for a hit I think it could work out, just doubting Haz will get the mins with City at the weekend.

              1. Bubz
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 24 days ago

                Haz has been getting quite a lot of rest this year hasnt he? Hasnt played any European games hardly

                1. TLF
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 24 days ago

                  True, i think it's the recent injury that makes me think he may be carefully managed.

            • ClothedinSun
                6 months, 24 days ago

                Alternative to Robbo (should he not play) for me are:

                AWB or Schindler - which one should I put first in my sub order as the potential replacement!?

              • Jules Rimet
                  6 months, 24 days ago

                  on WC

                  A. Fabianski + 4.0
                  B. Ederson + 4.0