Normally I am super excited to come back to FPL after the international break. However, I’ve really been struggling to get into this week. I think it’s because I only have one transfer, and three injuries… and most of my targets appear to be injured too.
As we all know though, half of these injuries are “injuries” that appear due to the international fixtures.
At least the injuries are affecting everyone, and making it more likely my head to head opponents will have to take a hit.
But before we get into that, let’s talk about my last gameweek in Fantasy Premier League.
I got 60 points (beating the average by 12). Robbo, Salah and Aguero delivered for me, but the most important result of all was David Luiz. He pipped Marcos Alonso to the three bonus points, and won me my head to head by one point.
So, the Alonso coverage plan has sort of worked a couple of weeks now. I still want him back though! More on that later.
In the end it was a lovely Sunday all-round, as I only had four points after Saturday, and I was also pleased to continue my consecutive captain scorers since gameweek one.
Unfortunately, despite all of this, I actually lost ground on Ismo Moh in the Full 90 Football FPL league!
Ismo is a worthy adversary… but I’ll reel him in in the end (I hope).
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Right, let’s get into the meat of my Gameweek 13 Guide for the Official Fantasy Premier League.
When it comes to FPL goalkeepers, there’s still very much a top tier of Ederson (5.8) and Alisson (5.7)… and then everybody else.
Pickford (4.9) is also a somewhat surprising presence near the top of the points charts – he’s only got two fewer this season than Alisson. That said, Everton do have Liverpool, Man City and Spurs coming up in their next six games. If you’ve got your eye on him, Everton’s fixtures get pretty incredible from Christmas time onwards:
Bournemouth aside, none of those teams’ attacks are exactly lighting the league on fire.
Specifically for this week, Wolves have the best chance at a clean sheet. They’re playing at home to Huddersfield, who’ve scored the least goals in the league, so the chances are Patricio (4.6) will have a quiet afternoon. Wolves also play Cardiff next week, who – breaking news – don’t score many goals either.
Finally, I’ve been pumping up Fabianski (4.5) for a few weeks now, and he’s delivered nice returns in two of his last three games. You obviously don’t want to bring him in for this week’s City game, but the Hammers have a cracking run of fixtures after that:
Everyone is trying to solve the Mendy dilemma, right? Well, at least 15% of you have this problem, because he is out for 10-12 weeks.
The safest and smartest way to go is Laporte (6.0). He will cover the City clean sheets you would get from Mendy, but it is unlikely you will get any attacking returns from him. Personally, I don’t want him because I have Ederson already, and I want the flexibility to bring in another City attacking asset soon.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (5.1) is a more attacking option, though there is still a concern – at least on my part – that he isn’t nailed. Gomez (5.1) also interests me as he seems to be more nailed, but he also has less attacking potential. Still, they both offer good value at that price.
I am going for Doherty (4.9), though. He has recovered from his face injury, and I have long rued the day that I picked Jonny (4.5) over him because I thought I was being clever and different. There’s a lesson in there somewhere. Jonny is now out for six weeks, and on his way out of my team this week. Oh, and – once again – Wolves are playing Huddersfield and Cardiff back-to-back.
David Luiz (5.6) has been serving me well and Marcos Alonso (7.1) is the highest scorer in the game, but I’m a little cautious about bringing them in before a match against Spurs. If you have them play them, but I wouldn’t transfer them in right now.
Outside of these quite obvious shouts, I like Yedlin (4.5) at Newcastle. They are solid at the back with Rafa in charge, and he has attacking potential, with one goal and one assist to his name so far.
I’d also be tempted with a cheeky short term punt on Lucas Digne (4.8). His stats look great in terms of attacking potential, and Everton play Cardiff, Newcastle and Watford in three of the next four.
So, I’m a little nervous about Hazard (11.3). He hasn’t delivered any returns in the last four games. The thing is, he is the most nailed of all premium assets, and obviously still a top player. It is something I am aware of, but I’m not acting on it yet.
With Mendy gone, I can now afford another City attacker. I’ll be looking at getting Sterling (11.2) in, or maybe KDB (9.7) if he comes back soon. Hazard might make way, but it could also be Salah (13.0) who goes if it means I can afford another premium player or two.
I know Salah returned last time out… but if he can’t double return against Fulham, then what am I paying 13m for? If Liverpool can’t put more than two past the worst defence in the league, then why bother with their attack? He remains the best player in the league for stats… but stats don’t get points.
I’m yet to make a final decision, but as you can probably tell I am still not super happy with him.
For this week, I am mainly considering whether I want Martial (7.6). It will cost me four points, but Maddison (6.8) is injured anyway, so a hit against an injured player doesn’t seem so bad.
In fact, I’ve just had a little tinker. I have already moved Mendy to Doherty. So, if I move Maddison to Martial for a four point hit this week, next week I can go Salah and David Luiz to Sterling and Alonso.
Regardless, Martial is not an injury concern for me, and I think he will start this week.
Richarlison (7.0) also looks like a great option this week against the awful Cardiff. Siggurdsson (7.51) has really performed in recent weeks too, so don’t rule him out.
There still isn’t much to choose from up here.
Aguero (11.5) remains the best option in the top price bracket. Harry Kane (12.3) looks a bit better, but I can’t justify his price tag yet. After Gameweek 15 Spurs’ fixtures look better, but I’ll definitely be looking for them to improve their FPL output.
For the cheaper strikers, I can only see Jiminez (5.8) with decent form, price and a nice fixture this weekend. Arnautovic (7.1) can pretty much score against anyone, so I will definitely play him, but I wouldn’t be too quick to bring him in for this game against Man City. Wilson (6.8) is still a decent pick because Arsenal really suck (I’m assuming this was just included to annoy me? – Editor Joe).
I’m not really sure I want anyone else up front.
The sensible options are Aguero or Salah.
Both are away from home, so neither really stands out to me. I think I’ll take Salah though, just because he can get a clean sheet point and gets one more for a goal.
If you’re looking to be more punty, then I love Richarlison against Cardiff (he will be my vice captain). Or you could consider Jiminez against Huddersfield.
Right, that’s your lot for this week.
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Good luck this weekend, everyone!