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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. wilsonito
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Boring question:
    Need to upgrade H-Odoi over the winter period. Who’s the best midfield enabler? All suggestions welcome

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      camarasa maybe, will get u 2 points. billing, hojberg also ok options. but none of the 4.5 mids will get u more than 2 points mostly.

      1. wilsonito
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        Cheers, reckon it’s worth an extra 0.5 for someone that will get points?

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Gunnarsson looks good now that he’s back - 4.4, will play every game , club captain, and can nick a goal or assist

    3. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Cairney for me

  2. J to the T
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Having a bit of a crisis of confidence here. Opinions welcome please

    Team after 2FT and a -4 is:

    Fab (Hamer)
    Robbo* Alonso AWB Digne Doherty
    Salah Sterling Rich Fraser Diangana
    Kane Arnie (Kamara)

    This week I may well have no Robbo, Alonso, Sterling.

    I have the wildcard remaining which I could use today and get back the -4 and change to (changes marked with a *

    Fab (Hamer)
    TAA* Dunk* AWB Digne Doherty
    Salah Sterling Rich Fanderson* Gunnarson*
    Kane Arnie Wilson*

    Plan would be to do Salah and Arnie to Sane and Auba perhaps next week

    What do I do
    A) stick and keep wildcard for next couple of weeks and do all my changes including Auba all at once?
    B) wildcard now and have a stronger bench for this game week and access to Wilson and Fanderson against weak teams.

    1. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      ur proposed wc has no premium defender. no laporte, alonso or robbo.

      1. J to the T
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        Yeah - TAA is the only big name defence I have. But on the counter argument robbo and Alonso could both be rested this week

    2. Chrisirwin01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Given the option I would wildcard. No disrespect to your team, but getting Auba in now, to play against a poor Utd defence looks too good to miss. It's a difficult choice because you lose your 2FTs but I think go for it.

  3. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Any news about Mane? Or is Salah the way to go

  4. Thiga
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Start Digne or Brooks?

    1. Goat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Brooks

    2. Goat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Would you start awb or gray?

      1. Thiga
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        Demarai Gray I'm assuming? Yeah I'd start him ahead of AWB

    3. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      digne good chance of cs against newcastle.

    4. Thiga
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Cheers guys

  5. Alli
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Patricio
    Laporte - Robertson* - Alonso - W.Bissaka
    Salah(c) - Hazard(vc) - Richarlison
    Aubameyang - Arnautovic - Jiménez

    Hamer - Cairney - Doherty - Stephens*

    1 FT - 1.0 ITB

    A. Robertson > TAA (Robbo bought for 6.0 in the beginning of season)
    B. Save

    1. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 day ago

      B

  6. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    salah is being criminally overlooked

    prime captaincy option this week

    1. nevins84
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Was all set to get Kane in but now Im thinking of a cheaper striker and getting Salah in for Mane....

      1. Silecro
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        i have both and really dont know who to captain, kane probably?

        1. Chrisirwin01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 day ago

          Snap. Currently, on Kane but Salah against Burnley looks tasty

    2. mysteryDave
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Second place in the poll is hardly overlooked.
      He is away from home.

      1. this

  7. nevins84
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Help.....

    Binning Aguero & Mane

    Should I get

    A) Kane & F'anderson

    B) Salah & Arnie

    Using FT's

    1. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      A looks tasty.

    2. Tony Moon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      I've got all 4, but given the choice I reckon A, as Kane provides a better captain choice for next few weeks.

    3. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      i would keep mane. salah not worth 3m more than mane

      1. Chrisirwin01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        Playing against Burnley and OOP, I think you'll regret not keeping Salah for this GW

    4. ClothedinSun
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 day ago

      A all day, Anderson's stats are nuking Arnie's right now and Salah is too much of a mixer to justify his price tag.

  8. Ruffio
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Would you guys wildcard this lot!?

    Fab. (Patricio)

    Mendy. Alonso. VVD. (Dunk. Wan bis)

    Silva. mane. Delofueu. Richarlison. (Neves)

    Arnie Aguerro. Friminho.

    1. Athletico Timbo
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Yes

    2. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Very much so.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Yeah I’d wildcard that team so hard right now

  9. Athletico Timbo
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Have the pressers all finished?

  10. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Son should be most nailed, right ?
    Didnt play start of the season. Now its his time...

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Think he looks Spurs' best player going forward, very direct and takes a lot of shots.

    2. Pegboy
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      He's the most nailed between him, Moura and Lamela.

      I'd still expect him to get rotated regularly over the Xmas period.

  11. stupendous
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Mane and Aguero out
    Anderson and Kane in

    Feels awful

    There will be weeks I lose 25 points

    1. jaywills
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      You've made the right decision based on stats.
      But this is fantasy!

      1. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        Aye

    2. Bemba’s Dad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Two likely no shows out. Two likely starters in. Can’t see it ending badly tbh.

      1. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        For 1 week maybe 2

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Great moves for points and TV

  12. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Only 4 hours until we can start setting our teams up for another GW.. how fun

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      WC thinkering starts...my head is spinning already..

  13. Strchld
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    So Mane is out, should I bring him out for a hit. How likely he is missing also the weekend game, what do u think?

    1. jaywills
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Underlying stats are poor; no hurry to get him back!

      1. Strchld
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        Would definitely want to keep him if he miss just this midweek game.

    2. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Don't see how a cut severe enough to warrant stitches heels (no pun intended) in under a week - surely 10 days before he can put significant force on it.

      1. Strchld
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        So you think he will probably miss next GW also.

  14. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Good to go and save ft?

    Fab
    Balbuena Alonso Digne Stones
    Salah Sterling Richarlison Hazard
    Arnie Zaha

    Patricio Kenedy Doherty Madine
    1ft 0.1itb

  15. kuzser
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Guys, Team 1 or Team 2? (Have fraser from day 1)

    1) Fab 4.0 
    Taa Digne awb Schindler Laporte/Trippier
    Sterling Richa DILVA ANDERSON CAMARASA
    Auba Kane WILSON

    Can do Anderson Wilson trippier->fraser Arnie alonso

    2) Fab 4.0
    Digne Taa schindler awb  Laporte/Trippier
    Sterling Riccha fraser SANE FRASER CAIRNEY
    Auba Kane ARNIE

  16. boogle
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    TAA or Coleman (own Robbo) ?

  17. jaywills
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Who wishes Fantasy didnt control their life but wouldnt have it any other way?

  18. Rude Reviewer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Mane to ???? (for -4 hit)

    a) David Silva
    or
    b) Bernardo Silva

    1. RyanMK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 day ago

      A

  19. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Kun mane shaw > Auba Eriksen vvd?

  20. Wolfman180
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Fraser or Shaqiri?

  21. altan8797
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    what are the chances of sterling getting benched? want to captain him but leaning towards hazard as he is much more likely to have 75+ minutes of play.

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      I'm not sure. If the Aguero news is true he might play?

      1. altan8797
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 day ago

        I believe he hasn't traveled with the team (kun). Could use sterling as a striker vs Chelsea. Don't see that happening against watford though.

    2. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Since 11 Nov Sterling has played 5 times for club and country for on average 80 mins per game. Benching must be imminent.

  22. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Last check before confirming my WC..
    Ederson
    TAA Digne Diop
    Sterling Sane Anderson Fraser
    Kane(c) Aubameyang Wilson
    4.0 Cairney Awb Doherty

  23. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Risky to go with Sterling (C)?

    I have Kane but it's hard to say how Saints will play without a manager

    1. altan8797
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      If I had him I would captain him before Sterling this week.

  24. WD27
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 day ago

    What s the latest on Kun?

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Out

    2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Sell

  25. tibollom
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    sorry for repost guys, bottomed! any suggestions please?

    Do i get Kun out for -4 and just put Wilson or Kun + someonelse and get Kane in for -8?

    Patricio
    Robbo Laporte AWB Alonso Bennet
    Haz Rich BSilva Fraser Hogjberg
    Kun Arnie Auba

  26. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    player days

    tonight: 5
    tomorrow: 6

    wbu chaps?

  27. Mr. Jenkins
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    Best sub 4.7 option?

    Looking at Gunnarson or Caresma from CAR atm.

    1. Mr. Jenkins
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      Midfield that is

  28. Holteenderinthesky
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 day ago

    This is how were looking for tonight, fairly happy except no Kane and City cover.
    Allison
    Alonso, Duffy, Mina
    Salah(C), Hazard, Richarlson, Fraser,
    Auba, Arnie, Jimenez

    Bettinelli, WB, Doherty, Ward

    Next GW to try and cover City and Kane, I'm looking at Hazard,Fraser>Son,Sane for a -4. Good move ?

    1. Mr. Jenkins
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 day ago

      If you're still doing a -4 next week, take in son or Sane for Hazard this week and do Fraser to the other next week.

      1. Holteenderinthesky
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 day ago

        The only reason I haven't done a -4 this week is I have a feeling one of either Sane or Sterling doesn't start tonight, and Hazard could easily match their returns when you take the -4 into account

        1. Mr. Jenkins
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 day ago

          So take Son in for Haz this week for a -4.

  29. PaperTroopers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 day ago

    What do you guys think about Gündogan as a 5th midfielder and 3ed City player? He was out injured for 6 matches and Pep seems to like playing him when he's fit. I know he also covers for Fernandinho from time to time, but at his price, I think he gets a lot of returns.