The Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his top picks ahead of the Gameweek 12 deadline.
For the first time ever, all six of my attacking player picks delivered returns in Gameweek 11. This included huge FPL points hauls for Sergio Aguero, Marko Arnautovic and Richarlison, with modest returns for Callum Wilson, Anthony Martial and Eden Hazard.
My own FPL team only contained four of the six players mentioned above but thankfully I am finally inside the top 100k in the overall rankings after Gameweek 11.
Gameweek 12 sees Manchester City host the Manchester Derby on Super Sunday in what should be a very interesting fixture.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs all have favourable fixtures in what will hopefully be another high scoring weekend of Premier League action.
Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and jump up the rankings.
Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.4m
Pep Guardiola finally afforded Sergio Aguero a full 90-minute appearance against Southampton last weekend and the Argentine duly delivered, with a 13 FPL points return for his owners.
Spurs Harry Kane is another premium forward option whose underlying statistics suggest an explosion is on the horizon.
The £12.4m priced Englishman ranks top for goal attempts over the last four gameweeks with 17, nine of which were inside the opposition’s box. Kane managed one goal against Wolves last weekend and scored twice as Spurs came from behind to beat PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Spurs face Crystal Palace on Saturday evening who have conceded 16 times already this season.
Mid-Priced: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £9.7m
Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has now started eight Premier League fixtures in a row for new manager Unai Emery, scoring five goals and three assists over that period.
Arsenal welcome Wolves to the Emirates on Sunday evening on the back of two draws in a row against Liverpool and Cardiff.
£9.7m priced Lacazette has had 11 goal attempts, nine of which were on target over the past four gameweeks. This equates to a chance every 32 minutes and the Frenchman will fancy his chances at home against Wolves this weekend.
Budget: Danny Ings (Southampton) – £5.5m
Danny Ings is priced extremely favourably in FPL this year following three injury-ravaged seasons in the Premier League where he only managed a combined 602 minutes of action.
Back in 2014/2015, the £5.5m forward scored an impressive 11 goals and four assists for Burnley in a remarkable debut Premier League campaign.
Ings has scored four goals for Southampton this season and his underlying statistics bode well for the short term. Over the last four gameweeks, the budget FPL option has had 13 goal attempts, 11 of which were from inside the box and this suggests he has been unlucky and attacking returns are overdue.
Premium: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £11.3m
Chelsea face Everton in what should be an interesting fixture on Sunday afternoon as they attempt to keep their 100% unbeaten run alive and apply pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City before they take on Manchester United.
Eden Hazard changed the game for Chelsea when he entered the fray for a 26-minute cameo against Crystal Palace last weekend, as his direct attacking play had Roy Hodgson’s men on the back foot immediately.
The £11.3m priced midfielder recorded his fourth assist of the season to add to his seven goals scored in 692 minutes of action.
Mid-Priced: Sadio Mané (Liverpool) – £9.8m
The Mohamed Salah versus Saido Mané debate is never-ending in the FPL community on Twitter, but the price difference of £3.2m is huge and can have a serious effect on overall squad balance for those opting to go without last season’s Premier League top goalscorer.
Priced at £9.8m, Saido Mané offers a much cheaper route into the potent Liverpool attack that show no signs of slowing down in the Premier League.
Tuesday night’s Champions League loss could add additional fuel to the fire as Liverpool welcome the league’s most obliging defence to Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Fulham have conceded a league-high 29 goals in their opening 11 fixtures this season.
Budget: James Maddison (Leicester) – £6.9m
Richarlison was last weekend’s budget selection and he delivered in dramatic fashion by producing a 15 FPL point haul for his grateful owners.
Thankfully, I was one of the 25% who own the Brazilian and I will be hoping for a similar output from Leicester’s James Maddison in Gameweek 12.
The £6.9m priced midfielder has been producing some eye-catching displays and has received untold praise for his performances in recent weeks. Unfortunately for owners these performances have not converted into FPL points.
Four attacking returns, followed by four blanks mean that Maddison is on his last legs in my own team for his home fixture against Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
Premium: Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – £6.4
Liverpool’s home fixture against Fulham on Sunday afternoon should be a straightforward win. Goals for star forward Aleksandar Mitrovic have dried up in recent weeks and therefore a clean sheet should be on the cards for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
At £6.4m, Robertson is the most expensive route into Liverpool’s defence but the uncertainty at right back and central defence sways me towards the Scottish bonus points magnet.
Robertson has two assists, six clean sheets and eight bonus points racked up so far this season in ten Premier League starts.
Mid-Priced: Ben Chilwell (Leicester) – £5.0m
Week after week, Ben Chilwell catches my eye on Match of the Day, as he always seems to be causing trouble for opposing defenders.
The English defender has upped his attacking returns in recent weeks by assisting two of Leicester’s three goals scored in their last three fixtures.
£5.0m priced Chilwell has started every game this season and Leicester’s players will be spurred on to produce a result at home to Burnley this weekend in their first home fixture following the tragic passing of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Budget: DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle) – £4.5m
I think it’s fair to say that Newcastle have underperformed this season after such a spirited effort to maintain their position in the top flight last season.
Scoring goals has proven extremely difficult for Rafa Benitez’s side, as they have only managed to find the back of the oppositions net on seven occasions.
Newcastle boast the second worst record for goals scored and the third worst record for goal attempts yet have only conceded on 14 occasions, a statistic shared with teams like Arsenal and Everton.
With two clean sheets in two and a home fixture against Bournemouth, budget option DeAndre Yedlin offers potential at both ends of the pitch this weekend.
Premium: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – £5.5m
Chelsea welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon boasting the impressive record for the third lowest goal attempts conceded with 96 after 11 rounds of fixtures.
Their world record goalkeeper signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has already racked up five clean sheets and only conceded eight goals in the Premier League to date – only Manchester City and Liverpool boast a better defensive record.
Mid-Priced: Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – £4.8m
Price plays a big part in my decision to include Arsenal’s Bernd Leno for Gameweek 12, as he is yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League after four and a half attempts to-date.
The Gunners welcome Wolves to the Emirates in what should be a tight battle on Sunday afternoon.
£4.8m priced Leno is a cheaper alternative to the likes of Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal in Arsenal’s backline.
Budget: Neil Etheridge (Cardiff) – £4.5m
It might seem strange to be selecting a Cardiff player in my squad but the only time I have made this call previously resulted in the FPL legend of Josh Murphy scoring his first goal of the season at a basement price of £4.8m.
Neil Etheridge has kept two clean sheets this season, the most recent in Gameweek 3, but this weekend’s opponents Brighton have only scored four goals away from home in six fixtures.
Brighton also boast the second worst statistic for goal attempts away from home with 41, just one behind Newcastle and Cardiff themselves.
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