Two IN Two OUT - Gameweek 22 - FPL & Daily Fantasy Picks
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
5:33pm Jan 10 2019
Anderson and Richarlison make way, as Rashford’s value makes him the last piece of the ‘Sign Mo Salah’ puzzle
It’s Two IN and Two OUT for @FFPundits_Drew this week as we look at the transfer activity in the FPL market, and how those trends may or may not affect our daily fantasy Starting 11 lineups for Gameweek 22.
That sound you can hear? Yes, that’s the sound of Wildcard’s being activated worldwide. While some opt to take hits, other FPL bosses are ready for a squad overhaul, as Mo Salah becomes a must-own player for the next stage of the season.
But who will make way, I hear you shout at your screens? And who can help fund that £13.3m transfer fee? So many questions.
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.
Marcus Rashford vs. Spurs (A)
Priced at an affordable £7.3m on FPL, Rashford has become, to some degree, a must-own player – a premium forward, without the premium price-tag? Agreed?
While we struggle to choose between the likes of Salah, Kane, Sterling and Hazard, Rashford’s form and value is a welcome relief – clearly a favourite of Solskjaer and firmly in his plans for the team for the second half of the season.
In Gameweek, Manchester United travel to the capital to play Spurs in a Super Sunday 4:30pm kick-off which one paper, is not an easy fixture and likely to be Solskjaer’s toughest test so far since his return to Old Trafford.
Are the 200,000+ k Fantasy Premier League managers who have brought him in this week merely thinking ahead and avoiding further price-rises, or, can they expect returns in Gameweek 22?
Well, on the Daily Fantasy Premier League site Starting 11 that’s exactly the question – there are other options this week with better fixtures (on paper) such as Aubameyang vs West Ham, Salah vs Brighton and Hazard vs Newcastle – so do we risk choosing Rashford instead?
For me, it’s the age-old theory of form over fixture. Rashford has three goals and two assists in the four games since Solskjaer’s appointment and looks full of confidence.
Also, with Spurs fielding a full strength team on Tuesday in the League Cup, there could be some tried legs out there to take advantage of.
Ricardo Pereira vs. Southampton (H)
We have to accept that the attacking returns from Marcus Alonso seem to have dried up. That, however, shouldn’t stop fantasy bosses dreaming of the next attacking full-back – but can Ricardo Pereira can fit that mould?
The full-back has started on several occasions this season as a right-winger, which he did in Gameweek 21 against Everton – providing an assist as well as bringing home those all-important clean sheet points.
Will he play on the wing every week? Probably not, but the excitement when he does is enough to tempt me – along with his affordable £5.3m price-tag.
In Gameweek 22, Leicester will welcome Southampton to the King Power, who after a brief spell of showing promise after the appointment of new manager Hasenhuttl, seem to have returned to the woeful performances we saw under Mark Hughes leadership.
Pereira is certainly on my FPL Watchlist, with a long run of favourable fixtures from Gameweek 27 and has already been given a place in my Daily Fantasy Premier League lineup on Starting 11 this Saturday.
Felipe Anderson vs. Arsenal (H)
We’re a fickle bunch us fantasy bosses, aren’t we? One minute Anderson is the most transferred player in – the next, he tops the transfers out table, with over 135,000 of us ditching him ahead of the Gameweek 22 deadline.
Is now the time to cash in our chips and be done with the West Ham midfielder? I believe it is, as I am in fact one of the 130k managers who have sold the West Ham midfielder this week.
What’s changed? For me (@FFPundits_Drew) it comes down to the formation and whether Anderson is being deployed as a left-sided forward, supporting a lone striker – or, as a winger as part of a 4-4-2 system.
As a traditional winger, in my opinion, Anderson is far less effective as a fantasy football asset and that’s why I’ve pulled the plug on him. For now.
If we take West Ham’s last five games for example: in four of those matches, West Ham lined up with two strikers, and Anderson failed to provide any returns – in the one game they played with a lone striker, Anderson scored a brace.
With Arnautovic back in contention (if he hasn’t buggered off to China!) as well as Hernandez nearing a return, I expect to see West Ham utilising a 4-4-2 system more often than not and for that reason alone, Anderson becomes much less appealing on FPL, but still worth considering each week on Starting 11, as the scoring system is slightly different.
Richarlison vs. Bournemouth (H)
Another interesting one for me this week, as to bring Mo Salah back into my FPL team, I needed to sell either Richarlison or Anderson – having opted to sell Anderson, I’m hoping to see Richarlison find his form again and burn the 125k managers who have sold him this week.
Is a home fixture vs Bournemouth the right time to sell the Everton striker, though?
Considering the Cherries have conceded TWELVE goals during their last THREE Premier League games, I for one am happy to have Richarlison in my FPL team and I will be making room for him on Starting 11 too.
I understand that having scored only one goal during his last five games is more than enough reason to call it a day, but for me, he gets one more week – g’wan Richarlison, re-pay my faith in you and the 29% of us that own you right now.
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