Two IN Two OUT - Gameweek 20 - FPL & Daily Fantasy Picks
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
9:12am Dec 29 2018
Is now the time to recruit Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son before he departs for the Asian Games?
After a second shock defeat in as many weeks, Manchester City dominate the transfers OUT this week – as Manchester United assets continue to flood into our FPL sides.
For all you FPL managers out there – as well as those of you playing Starting 11 daily fantasy with us each week, I hope this week’s sections give you plenty of food for thought when locking in your FPL and/or daily fantasy lineups.
Heung-Min Son vs. Wolves (H)
When you’re topping the form charts, you expect to be the player fantasy bosses are bringing in – especially, when on FPL, you have the affordable price-tag of only £8.8m.
A few weeks ago, I opted for the ‘safer’ Christien Eriksen, who has ticked over nicely with three goals in three games.
Son, however, has exceeded all expectations with four goals and two assists in only two games – making it seven goals and five assists from only six starts. The power of hindsight, eh?
The signs were there that the goals were coming, as Kane dropped deeper – Son was the man making forward runs and finding himself in the goal-scoring positions and now delivered huge returns for FPL and Daily Fantasy bosses.
Form, fixtures and affordable – why would he only have an ownership of 16.2%? Here comes the sting in the tail – in three weeks time, Son will be representing South Korea in the Asia Cup.
So what do we do now? Hit the man in form as a temporary measure, or plan ahead and hope his form subsides?
Personally, I think it looks like Pochetino is going to keep utilising Son and resting his other midfielders for the next few weeks.
He has no reason to keep Son fresh when he will be unavailable for selection soon and if you bring him in now, you won’t struggle to find a replacement when it’s time to sell in a few weeks time.
As for Starting 11, in a daily play fantasy format, Son just has to be in your side – his form and fixtures are both mouth-watering and if for some reason Poch rests him, you can always swap him out when the team news is announced one hour prior to kickoff.
Paul Pogba vs. Bournemouth (H)
Perhaps the ‘longer term’ alternative to Son, Pogba is a player entering a potential period of form and will be a key player for Manchester United now, and during the New Year.
After falling out with Mourinho, Pogba has spent enough time on the bench already, which nullifies any concerns regarding rotation – until the Champions League returns at least.
As soon as Mourinho was removed from his post, Pogba was one of the first names on fantasy bosses minds, even before Solskjaer’s appointment – a key player in turning defence in to attack and with the added bonus of penalty-taking duties.
It was Boxing Day when Pogba demanded to be taken seriously as a fantasy asset, scoring two goals vs Huddersfield was the sign we were all looking for to take advantage of Manchester United’s fine fixture list.
Although I agree Pogba is a player worth owning (I brought him into my own team myself last night), I do think it’s important to consider the difference in his positional play.
Against Huddersfield in Gameweek 19 Pogba played as a number 10, producing three key passes and four shots on target (scoring twice) in the 3-1 win at Old Trafford.
When Manchester United played Cardiff in Week 18, Pogba was in his number 8 ‘box to box’ role – still managing two key passes and one shot on target, however noticeably reduced stats, despite his side scoring five goals that evening.
With Martial, Sanchez and Lukaku all in contention vs Bournemouth, I expect Pogba to revert back to a number 8 role – a role he can still be dangerous from but you may need to adjust your expectations, slightly.
As I have already said, I now own Pogba on FPL and I also intend on selecting him for my Starting 11 side this weekend, regardless of his field position.
Raheem Sterling vs. Southampton (A)
The most transferred out player AGAIN? Crisis at Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s men lose two games on the bounce against, with respect, sides they should be beating week-in, week-out.
With only one goal in five Gameweeks, fantasy bosses have had enough as yet again, Sterling’s FPL ownership level is cut – despite a favourable fixture vs Southampton this weekend.
The footballing and managerial talent at City means that without any doubt, the goals and results will return, and probably with a bang this weekend. He certainly has the fixture for that to happen and will have been fired up by Pep to go crazy!
Southampton haven’t kept a clean sheet since October and the last time they played Manchester City, they lost 6-1, with Sterling scoring twice.
I know the form of Salah and Hazard is tempting, but, I would be nervous about selling Sterling this week and he’s a nailed-on starter for me on Starting11.
Leroy Sane vs. Southampton (A)
It’s a Manchester City double – the comeback is inevitable, right?
As a shadow is cast over the blue moon, it’s the red side of Manchester which is proving popular with fantasy bosses.
Sorry, but it’s been a long season (long few seasons) as a Manchester United fan so let me have that one, please.
Sane, like Sterling, has suffered mass sales this week due to City’s recent defeats and failing to provide attacking returns for his owners.
Will Pep Guardiola rotate his pack of under-performing stars? San,e I still feel is safe due to be his sides only fit left-sided player.
During those two defeats, Sane managed eight shots, hitting the post once – suggesting that he is still a threat even if he’s not doing the business for your fantasy teams right now.
Personally, he keeps his place in my FPL side – however, given the other options upfront on Starting 11 – I think I will be looking at the likes of Hazard, Kane and Son this weekend.
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