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Havertz v Watkins: Who is the best pick in FPL?

Whether it’s about selling the absent Erling Haaland (£12.2m) or replacing the likes of Eddie Nketiah (£6.6m) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.7m), many Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers are asking the same question as we head into Blank Gameweek 28. Should it be for Ollie Watkins (£7.3m) or Kai Havertz (£7.5m)?

Although the duo have previously shown a troll-like tendency to flop when called upon – like when 363,000 bought Havertz for Gameweek 9 of last season, only to see him blank in a 7-0 victory – being stubborn isn’t advised when they both follow up this promising home match with a Double Gameweek 29.

We’ll compare the two side by side in this Members article. We’ve currently got a seven-day free trial running, too, so you can try before you buy.

PLAYER FORM

They’ve had contrasting fortunes in the seven matches since Gameweek 21, although this period ended with both netting at the weekend.

Watkins has scored in six of his last seven, a spell where he leads for shots on target (11) and was only bettered by Haaland for big chances (8) and expected goals (xG, 4.24).

Best forwards from Gameweeks 21 to 27, ranked by Big Chances Total (BCT)

The Aston Villa man is now up to nine goals and 110 points for the season, placing him as FPL’s fourth-best forward behind Haaland, Harry Kane (£11.7m) and Ivan Toney (£7.8m).

Meanwhile, Havertz hadn’t netted in the six league matches before doing so at Leicester City, although his was the crucial Champions League goal that eliminated Borussia Dortmund last Tuesday.

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519 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Why folks selling Purvis?

    1. g40steve
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Two top posts on the trot, euromillions lottery calling tomorrow night 🙂

      1. Sim Simma
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Deadline passed

        1. g40steve
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Thought it was Monday lol

    2. wakenbagel
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      chilwell looks decent replacement and brighton blanks this week, also double 29 is right after international break. estu will be in australia 3 days before brightons first game so rotation is a risk.

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        This

        1. g40steve
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Got Chilwell?

          Anyone else?

  2. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    What a strike
    KDB

  3. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Pep got KDB fired up with those comments about him, responded in style.

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Nah, KDB is world-class
      Doesn't have to prove it to his manager or anyone.
      He puts in this performance every week.

  4. Salalalalah
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    DeBruyne form is key to City success for rest of the season and UCL ! Would love to have him back in FPL once March points are added 🙂

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      do you have the cash for March to KDB in one move?

      1. Salalalalah
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Salah to the rescue

  5. CheesyZoot
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Still doing Haaland > Watkins.

    Literally just one GW you have to go without, not sure what the panic is. He won’t be the best captain either

    1. wakenbagel
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      People are reminded just how much of a damage he can do in a single game so people feel like they are taking a bigger risk. Haaland still blanks this week, does not double and plays Liverpool in 29 and just get him back 30. If he hauls, he hauls, it happens. Still a good move imo

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I hope Klopp has plan vs Haaland and it's not high line.

  6. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    It was a mercy killing by the ref on the whistle

    Just the 8.1 victory

  7. Kodap
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Bottomed..

    Estup and Salah > Chilwell and Maddison for a -4? Gives me 11 starting players for 28 and then 12 players with doubles in 29 so I can play my BB

  8. squ1rrel
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Haven't gotten any feedback last two times I've posted...

    Would you just save FT here withi BB29 in mind? Or consider Mbeumo -> Watkins, or Kilman -> Chilwell, although these moves make it difficult to get Haaland back...

    Pickford
    Trippier - Badiashile - Pinnock - Kilman - Moreno
    Saka - Ode
    Kane - Toney - Mbeumo

    Ward - Salah - Mitoma - Rashford

    4.9 ITB, 1 FT

    1. Hairy Potter
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Maybe save if you're unsure and have 2FT for GW29. Could always sell Kane to get Haaland back, otherwise there are always going to compromises with a threemium.

  9. Ruinenlust
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Haaland sellers in the MUD

    1. Wild Rover
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Mud wrestling with your mum. Do you even understand this game?

    2. evilfish
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I didn't sell him, where are my points?

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      In CL fantasy only 😉

    4. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'll be hiding behind the sof... oh wait, he doesn't even play 😉

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I’m still putting the armband on him. Better safe than sorry.

  10. RWB_1991
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Assume Mendy no threat to Kepa now he’s back, with champions league games in mind?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Doubt it, Kepa got in because Mendy was dropped, not injured.

      1. RWB_1991
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Fair point

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          After / if Potter is sacked, it could be different story. But perhaps he has won a little time now.

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Not likely. Mendy was dropped due to poor form initially & Kepa being more suited to Potter's style.

      Kepa has been very good so no reason to be dropped.

      1. RWB_1991
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Just worried about a rest/benching or something especially in gw29 when I’m gonna bench boost. Hopefully he’ll still be nailed though. Like you say he’s been playing well too

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    March owner here but my gosh is it incredibly cringeworthy seeing all the FPL accounts beg for points.

    Fair play if the mass tweet brigade works but the rules are clear on this one 😐

    1. jones711
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Good ebening.

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Isn't it really as FPL have quite old systems so can't add points retroactively anyway? Hence the whole thing about the game taking an hour to update post deadline etc and league tables updating only at the end of the day etc, which feels quite outdated by modern web standards. They probably would have like to add March's goal retroactivity but can't do it with the current set-up.

      1. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 15 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        As a software engineer, there are 8 million players plus a whole host of other data to process. It's always going to be slow. There is a lot of other data that changes too. OPTA collect all the blocks interceptions etc live but next day often go through and update the numbers. With the dubious goals panel, sometimes they don't sit until well over a week later, sometimes after the following gameweek. FPL just couldn't keep the game open that long. I think this rule is sensible.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        If they really wanted to make a process to amend this sort of stuff, they could - but it'll be a fair bit of effort (it's not a paid game either).

        In most cases a decision like this needs to be turned around quickly due to H2H scoring/Cup matches - and that's why it's easier to give a 1 hour cut-off (and not stray from that so it's clear).

        Both changes in prior and current Gameweeks could be done. Doing it to prior weeks introduces issues & the amount of calculations to be back-filled. In the current gameweek would introduce less of those issues - but usually a ganeweek/decision like this doesn't last this long either so... Yeah.

        The rules makes sense for all parties and sets a clear line in the sand... Until they could work with a faster system! (Snowflake, anyone?)

  12. JOK57
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Havertz or Felix ?
    Which way to go?

    1. valurth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I have Felix (C), super punty