Who's HOT & Who's NOT - Gameweek 18
Posted by FFP-Danny
9:37am Dec 15 2017
All aboard Everton’s Wayne Rooney for their Gameweek 18 clash with Premier League stragglers, Swansea?
Hands up FPL bosses – who else pinned their hopes on Salah and Kane in Gameweek 17, only to see them misfire? Yep, me too…
So, we’ll now attempt to overcome the disappointment by having a stellar Gameweek 18, as we weigh up our options ahead of Saturday’s deadline.
This weeks article features three former Premier League champions – plus, one of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City stars features in this week’s NOT column after an uncharacteristically quiet spell.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts ahead of Gameweek 18 and as always, I wish all FPL players the very best of luck and may your arrows be green.
Phil Jones vs. West Brom
After an absence spanning five Gameweeks, Phil Jones returned to the United defence for their Gameweek 17 victory over Bournemouth, where the England defender marked his return with a clean sheet and two bonus points.
Gameweek 18 sees Jose Mourinho’s steady if unspectacular side travel to West Brom, whose wait for a goal under new boss Alan Pardew stretched to three games after their 0-0 draw at Anfield in Gameweek 17.
This promises to be a low-scoring game on current form, so another clean sheet plus bonus points could well be in the offing for Phil Jones owners.
Riyad Mahrez vs. Crystal Palace
Leicester’s star-man is once again beginning to hit the heights that saw him crowned PFA Player of the Year in 2016.
The Algerian scored his third in four Gameweeks as the Foxes breezed past Southampton in Gameweek 17.
Next up for Claude Puel’s side is the visit of Crystal Palace, who have managed just two points on the road all season.
The Eagles travel to the King Power in the midst of a defensive injury crisis, with Joel Ward and Mamadou Sakho definitely unavailable, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah also a doubt – music to the ears of the small percentage of Mahrez owners.
Wayne Rooney vs. Swansea
The former England captain is enjoying a renaissance under Sam Allardyce and scored his fifth in four Gameweeks as Everton edged past Newcastle in Gameweek 17.
Gameweek 18 sees the Toffees face rock-bottom Swansea. Paul Clement’s side have lost each of their last five on the road, making the former Manchester United man an incredibly tempting option for Gameweek 18.
Just 16% of FPL bosses are currently reaping the rewards of Rooney’s excellent form – I expect that percentage to rise between now Saturday’s 11:30am deadline.
Who’s NOT? (hot)
Ben Davies vs. Manchester City
Ben Davies was FPL gold in the early part of the season – but with Danny Rose returning from injury, the Welshman’s place in Mauricio Pochettino’s side is no longer secure.
Davies remains Spurs’ most popular defender among FPL bosses, but has sat out two of their last four Premier League games.
Spurs face the unenviable task of trying to stop Manchester City in Gameweek 18, as they travel to the Etihad – so regardless of whether Davies gets the nod or not on this occasion, he’s most certainly one to avoid.
Leroy Sane vs. Spurs
No goals and just one assist since Gameweek 10 for Leroy Sane – nowhere near good enough form to justify the £8.7m price tag.
To put this into perspective, his teammate David Silva earned more points in Gameweek 17 alone than Sane has managed in the last seven Gameweeks combined – and he’s £0.5m cheaper. You could do a lot worse than doing a straight swap between the two.
Alternatively, if you’re determined not to fall foul of Pep Guardiola’s unfathomable rotation policy, the aforementioned Riyad Mahrez is the standout candidate if you’re in need of a midfield shake-up ahead of Gameweek 18.
Tammy Abraham vs. Everton
Swansea’s England Under-21 forward was shaping up to be an excellent FPL budget selection. However, the forward on-loan from Chelsea has started just one of the Swans’ last five fixtures and is without a goal in nine.
Paul Clement’s side travel to Goodison Park in Gameweek 18, to face a rejuvenated Everton side.
If you’re an Abraham owner with no cash to spare and are looking to get rid, look no further than his Gameweek 18 opponent, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Everton forward is enjoying a run of games under Sam Allardyce, and is repaying that faith with a relatively steady flow of goals and assists.
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