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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. TaiwanHC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    What are the key points from the press conferences apart from Aguero?

  2. Royal5
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Am I the only one considering Arnie captain?

    1. CAPTAIN CRESPO
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Probably - too many better options

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Worried about picking both Sane/Sterling due to rotation. Hazard is an option but Chelsea have looked poor of late. Who's your pick? I could end up going Aubamayang.

        1. Russell
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 13 days ago

          I've gone Auba! same reasons, him or Mitro for me!

          1. Royal5
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 13 days ago

            Leaning towards him atm, great form and United look terrible.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      No.

    3. Team Bobcat
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Very few on here shouting for anyone other than Salah & Kane. Seems luke most have one or the other. I own Arnie and Mitro. Struggling to move the armband from Salah but I have the vice on Mitro

  3. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on what to do this week?
    1 FT 0.0m ITB. How to bring in Kane?

    Patricio / Button
    Alonso / Robbo / Laporte / Doherty / AWB
    Sterling / Salah / Martial / Murphy / Hojberg
    Kun / Arnie / Success

    Cheers

  4. BenDavies
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    The last goalkeeper to stop an Aubameyang shot on target was Lukasz Fabianski - on 25 August.

    Wow. Now that is quite the stat.

    1. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Not sure whether thats a good or a bad thing

      1. BenDavies
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        He's scored 10 out of 10 of his last shots on target. Meaning he doesn't have many shots on target and is more conservative with his shooting altogether, but when he does shoot, he scores.

  5. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    The amount of times I've been in this exact situation with Kane, scrambling to get him in and captain for him only to get 2 points... Please don't be another trap. Salah will probably end up getting a hatty as well.

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      That will be a horrible scenario both ways for me.

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Then likely wi;l delete fpl account then

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        2 points? Yellow card incoming for a 1-pointer:D

    3. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Very likely, yes.
      But then he has a habit of going on a hot streak sometime in December, so with Kun out ight as well get him in this GW. At least I did, but in hindsight Auba might be the better choice despite ManU away,

  6. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Better Kane enabler?

    A. Haz to Sane/DSilva
    B. Martial to Fraser

    Thanks

    1. BenDavies
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      a without a doubt. sane.

  7. Disco Stu
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Kun and Mané > Auba and Son for -4? Yay or nay?

    1. Giroud Depardieu
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      will pay for itself this GW

    2. liverpool01
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Mane is a injury doubt so why not? I would go for Aubamayang instead of Kane more on form

    3. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Seen worse, although I rather Sterling/Sane double up.

      1. Disco Stu
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Have Sane, but can't afford Mane > Sterling

        1. Royal5
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 13 days ago

          There is a chance Sterling could get bench, but i only think one of the two will. Son is probably a good pick, although you never know about the Lucas rotation.

  8. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    A) Fabianski + Bellerin
    B) Ederson + Diop (rotating with TAA, Doherty, Awb, Digne)

    1. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      When I write it down like that B) looks a no brainer lol

      1. Giroud Depardieu
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        B, but the only issue with that is that it takes up a City slot

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      a

    3. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Neither

  9. sunnyh
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Who to captain:

    A) Hazard
    B) Auba
    C) Arnie

    Thanks all!

    1. Leo10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      A

    2. CAPTAIN CRESPO
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      B

    3. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      C

    4. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      A

    5. The Mighty Whites
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      b

  10. manu4life99
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    A) Robbo>TAA(free)
    B) Robbo>Trippier(free)
    C) Robbo>Digne(free)
    D) Play Robbo (Doherty sub)

    1. Professor Abel X
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      D

  11. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Constructing my wc who is a better 5th defender.Only need for 3 weeks to play
    gw20 and gw17,gw18
    Schindler-New(h),Ful(a),sou(h)
    Chambers-whu(h),hud(h),new(a)

    1. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      A

    2. Professor Abel X
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Schindler

  12. Vamos Los Celeste
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    If Sterling out Iheanacho or Doherty will come in for me .

    A) Iheanacho first sub
    B) Doherty first sub
    C) Iheanacho > Arnie -4 and bench AWB

    1. Team Bobcat
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Speechless, Iheanacho

      1. Vamos Los Celeste
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        we all stuck with players out of favor u know

  13. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    G2G? Planning to WC next week.

    Ederson
    Alonso, Trent, Balbuena
    Salah(v), Hazard, Richarlison, Brooks
    Kane(c), Arnie, Jiménez

    Stek, Wan-B, Doherty, Hudson
    Bank 1.1m, 0FT

    1. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Very strong team for this week, haul incoming.

    2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      g2g

  14. BBC_TF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Running a thin line with Alonso, Robbo, Sterling, Mane, Trippier all being rotation/rest risks.

    Should I spend a -4 to do Mane to Shaqiri and release some cash for Jimenez->Auba upgrade next week?

    Or should I go even cheaper, i.e. Paterson/Armstrong/Deulofeu/Kenedy?

  15. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Anyone thinking laca over Auba as a differential?

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Yep why not

    2. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      No.

  16. Deulofail
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Does anyone know how the prevalence of awarded penailties fluctuates throughout the season? E.g. Are they more pens over the Christmas period? Doubt there's been much research into it tbh

    1. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Could be with slippery surfaces etc

  17. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Love this game. United will trash Arsenal with a cleanie, Burnley win 2-0. Huddersfield and Wolfs wins with a cleanies as well 🙂

    1. BenDavies
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      your post should be the dictionary definition of wishful thinking

  18. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Anyone going Laca over Auba?

    1. Ode
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Me

    2. Deulofail
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Considering it. The choice for me seems to be AWB + Auba or Bellerin + Laca. I have to decide which defender to buy today. In my heart, I'm feel that Auba is a much better option, but I would love to have Bellerin in my team too. It's a toughie!

      1. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Same here, its either Laca & Trippier or Auba and 4.7m

        1. Deulofail
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 13 days ago

          I wanted Trippier too, but I've convinced myself that he's not worth the money during this busy period, given the alternatives available with less rotation risk and who aren't playing Barcelona soon. For that reason, I'd probably go for Auba and 4.7 if I were you

    3. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      going with both.....

    4. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Certainly not Emery anyway.

  19. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Do you think Mane
    A:will start
    B: came from bench
    C: wont play any minutes

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      C for 10 days

    2. TerryVenables
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      C

    3. BenDavies
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      c 10000000000000%
      Mane is not playing tomorrow.

  20. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Captain Anderson. Yay or nay and just go with Sterling/Sane?

    1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      I would as Sterling/Sane could have limited minutes.

    2. BenDavies
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      i have him and i'm not doing that. i'd go sterling (c) and sane (vc)

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers chaps, tough decision!

  21. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    GTG (-4) - tis the season for the bench depth...

    Ryan
    Alonso Robertson* Balbuena*
    Sterling Sane Son Richarlison
    Kane (c) Arnautovic Wilson

    Hamer Fraser AWB Doherty

  22. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Triple captain Kane or Hazard.

    1. Professor Abel X
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      If you don’t even know who you’d use it on, this tells you it’s a bad time to use it

      1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 13 days ago

        True.

    2. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      No

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 13 days ago

        Looool

  23. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Is it a scoutcast before the deadline?

    1. BenDavies
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      think so?

  24. Tsssst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    hows this for longish term wildcard team?

    Fab (Speroni)
    (3 from) TAA Holding WB Chambers Doherty
    FAnderson Fraser Sterling Hazard (Gundogan)
    Wilson Aubameyang Kane

  25. tibollom
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Kun to Wilson for -4pts yay or nay?

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

  26. Blens
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Guys,
    Missed the pressers...news on Aguero? Been holding on till I know..can't afford Kane now so will have to go with next best...
    Can you let me know?

    1. sunzip14
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Not travelled with the squad

    2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Aguero will not play because hes not pictured with the squad. Also doubt for chelsea as well. Captain Kane

  27. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Salah or Kane for Captaincy? (I have both)

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 13 days ago

      Kane

  28. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    My defense is Alonso Balbuena Yedlin Bennett Peltier

    Alonso + Peltier > VVD Laporte - 8 ?

    I know it sounds crazy . Bought Alonso 7.1

  29. Mr. Jenkins
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    Best midfield fodder?