We have been waiting for this since the game week 1, and it finally arrived: Each team plays three Premier League games within the ten days. What a joy to watch and play with our Fantasy squads, though what a task lies in front of the players and their managers.
The first of the three rounds is already behind us, and I’m licking my wounds because none of my picks really stood up. After scoring my record 102 points in game week 12, I was expecting to hit at least a reasonable 50-60 point mark, but I earned only a shocking 38 instead. Renowned troll Romelu Lukaku seems eager to make his Twitter nickname “Blankaku” stick to him on a permanent basis. I even trusted him enough to be my captain, and it backfired. Man United remains a boring team to watch, and I’m offloading all of their attacking assets — they’re only worth a defender and/or David de Gea.
Lukaku’s misfortune would be OK to swallow, if not for the goals from Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero. Those two were other popular captain choices, so not having them hit my rankings. On top of my forward failure, my three Manchester City assets returned an abysmal 2 points combined, and Pope lost his clean sheet and bonus points right at the death against Arsenal. A weekend to forget, period!
Nevertheless, with the Fantasy game you can have a change in fortunes right around the corner, so I am anxiously looking forward to bouncing back (and burying the sad past in new good fortune). Good news is that we won’t have to wait long; the game-week 14 deadline is in less than 48 hours. Here are the games:
GW 14 Fixtures
Tuesday, November 28
Brighton v. Crystal Palace
Watford v. Man United
Wednesday, November 29
Arsenal v. Huddersfield
Manchester City v. Southampton
Here are my player picks for this midweek round of games:
Chelsea should stop conceding the unnecessary goals and have arguably the best calendar coming into a busy Christmas period. He is a guaranteed starter and faces two home games against the toothless Swansea and Newcastle sides.
Bournemouth defensive wonders continue and next two home games against Burnley and Southampton have 0:0 written all over them. He will save you almost 1 million, when compared with Courtois.
Same story as for the above-mentioned goalkeepers. A combination of recent solid defensive form and favorable home calendar does the trick here. Next two are the home clashes with Huddersfield and Manchester United. Both are extremely defensive and struggle in front of goal.
It’s West Brom’s early season fan favorite Ben Foster, who makes this list. The Baggies are yet to appoint a permanent manager, but looked solid defensively against Spurs and are facing two home games against toothless Newcastle and slightly rejuvenated Crystal Palace. Strong appeal for two clean sheets, ladies and gentlemen.
David De Gea
The Red Devil’s goalie is a no-brainer... if you have enough money to splash on that position. Just get him, save and select only 10 players for the rest of the season.
It’s harder to identify some single picks, as there is a flurry of games with almost guaranteed clean sheets all over them. These include Arsenal, West Brom, Chelsea and probably Manchester City. Any of the above teams will do, though I would probably spotlight these players:
Constant attacking threat against any opposition and still reasonably priced at 6.1 millions.
He is a bonus points’ phantom master and gives Arsenal’s defense an extra dimension. Facing Huddersfield and Manchester United at Emirates in the next two rounds and should keep his goal well-protected.
Seems to be slowly getting into his best form and is a great attacking threat. Chelsea’s calendar is mentioned all around this article and he is one of their top performers (at least, when it comes to points). You must have a Chelsea defender in general for the next weeks.
Constant goal threat, plays for the best team in the League and there is only one way for him now after his own goal yesterday. It’s the way up and scoring goals now in the opposite box.
He is yet another forgotten early season’s favorite and have two favorable home fixtures coming. He is cheap and always threatening on the Baggies’ corners. If you fancy West Brom to get to their best home defensive style - he is your way into their clean sheets.
Eden seems to be 100% fit and enjoying his game. Conte is pleased with his Belgian star and revealed a tactical change, where Hazard is now allowed to get into a striker position even more often than last season. At 10.7 millions and with upcoming Chelsea games (Swansea, Newcastle, West Ham, Huddersfield, Southampton, Everton, Brighton and finally Stoke) he is a must have.
Mo is joy to watch as his every touch is threatening. Get him, until too late.
He is about to hit the red-hot form, but remains too inconsistent. On top, his hefty price tag doesn’t help, but he might be worth a risk if you want a differential against popular Hazard and Salah picks.
The Welshman is costing just above 7 millions and returned two goals and three assists in Arsenal’s last five games. With Ozil’s mysterious illness, he becomes Alexis’s and Lacazette’s main supplier and should only prosper in this formation.
Just gives Chelsea attacks that extra elegancy and creativity, when playing. As mentioned, Chelsea are having the best calendar and he can be a useful and rather cheap differential.
He is in the center of everything creative that Brighton are coming up with. The German even had his chances at Old Trafford, but didn’t take them. Last but not least, he returned all three bonus points, without actually scoring or assisting. Isn’t this a wonder you have been searching for?
Cheap, fit and shows his attacking potential. A rumor is that Chelsea will recall him in January if he continues his recent form.
A known Fantasy talent, linking nicely with the above-mentioned English talent Loftus-Cheek and having a favorable calendar. This duo is on fire and who knows, what they can achieve with Benteke now also available.
He can score any time and against any team. High-flying Watford are enjoying the game these days and he is in the heart of their attacking movement. His price is rising, but he is still a bargain. Will he make United suffer tomorrow? Yes please!
Surprisingly enough, this young German is the only City midfielder that I would pick these days. His starting spot seems to be safe and he already showed, what he is capable of. Sterling remains a rotation risk, Kevin de Bruyne is too expensive and, finally, David Silva returns aren’t sufficient enough lately.
He is growing in confidence and links nicely with Hazard. Chelsea has the best upcoming calendar and luckily seems to hit the top form. I’m a personal fan of his and will most probably captain him. Get him now, as his price will only grow.
Arsenal should be enjoying the next game, though Huddersfield proved to be a tough nut to crack. The problem is that Lacazette isn’t enjoying his own game so far. He has been constantly subbed around the 70th minute, and his clock is ticking... I still back him for this game.
Spurs’ hitman is making this list only due to one memo: he scored a poker at home to Leicester back in the season 2016/2017. I’m terrified, but personally staying away, as there is something wrong about Spurs these days.
Everton is abysmal these days, but the youngster’s talent is shining bright. With Niasse out for at least one more game through suspension, his place should be safe and it’s West Ham visiting. He will cost you only 5.0 and is a great enabler.
Aguero / Jesus
If you can figure out, who starts - you must have them. The trick is that no one seems to know, even Guardiola. City plays the champions’ football these days and being a forward in their formation is a luxury no matter the opponent. Whoever starts, can make your week a diamond. Whoever is left on the bench, will make it bitter-sweet.
I might be mad, but the Swedish lion (as he unselfishly called himself during an interview) is looking fit again, hungry for goals and about to have his first start. With Lukaku’s latest misery, this can happen sooner than later and he will be a fantastic differential against a usually leaky Watford’s backline. It remains to be seen, if Lukaku gets his retrospective ban for kicking Brighton’s defender. If so, it can only confirm Zlatan’s official return. (UPDATE: now confirmed that the FA won’t take any action against Lukaku, he is clear to play)
And here is my another shocker, as the big Belgian finally returned from his early season injury. He was brought on as a second half sub this weekend and looked lively, despite already missing couple great chances. Crystal Palace are slowly turning their season around and have some great talent in the attacking line. If fit, the attacking supplies from Loftus-Cheek and Zaha can make Benteke an attractive option.
I’m loving Chelsea’s calendar and feel like they are getting to their best form and formation. With this in mind, I was up for yet another four point hit to bring Hazard on board. I hope not to do it in the nearest future. Here is my already saved GW 14 line-up:
Ward / Alonso / Otamendi
Gross / Richarlison / Sane / Salah / Hazard
Firmino / Morata (C)
I may change my captain to Hazard, but won’t make my mind until the deadline. I finally have some reliable bench cover in Elliot, Calvert-Lewin and Kiko Femenia. Mbemba remains on Newcastle’s bench and doesn’t seem to have a single chance of getting back on the pitch.
Are you considering a triple Chelsea investment or will diversify your team? Is it time for Lukaku to go? Who is a must have from this City’s team? And finally, did Crystal Palace turn the corner and their players are up for consideration?
Have in mind the unusual Tuesday deadline and let’s chat in the comments!
Thank you for reading.