The festive period of fantasy football is truly entrenched now, with the GW14 action concluded. It’s only a matter of hours before GW15 commences. In the meantime, here are five points we can take out of it.
Salah Reigns Supreme with the armband
In a week where some alternatives fail to deliver, it was nothing new when it came to backing Salah with the captaincy.
Salah’s brace against their rivals in Everton at Goodison on Wednesday marked the 12th consecutive match registering an attacking return. He is now 56 points clear of any player in total FPL points. Incredibly he is averaging 10.42 PPG (points per game).
Captained by 4.6 million managers, it is no surprise he was a heavily backed favorite against one of the worst defenses in the league. Everton’s four conceded on Wednesday and have now shipped 16 goals in their last seven league games.
As well as his brace and three bonus points, he also created four big chances, which is the joint-most from him so far in a match this season.
It’s Pukki Season
Norwich’s talisman Teemu Pukki shows why he’s important to his side, scoring the equaliser in their 1-1 draw away to Newcastle.
His goal on Tuesday night marked his fifth goal scored for the season from Norwich’s eight. This means he has scored 62% of the Canaries goals.
Having scored three goals in four games and with 6% ownership, he is someone to consider as a decent differential for the festive period.
With Teemu being on penalty duties too, there is no reason why can’t be heavily involved for Norwich’s goals and their chances for survival.
Have we found the right Man City midfielder after all?
The reigning league champions in Manchester City proved why their attacking players are high on our shopping list for the December period.
Bernardo Silva scored his third goal in four games at Villa Park on Wednesday. Consequently, he is the third most transferred in player ahead of GW15.
With Foden sidelined with a leg injury and De Bruyne being eased back to action, there is a case to opt for the Portuguese.
Bernardo has failed to complete a full 90 minutes in just two of the 13 matches he’s started. City’s fixtures are attractive in the medium term too, with four of their next 6 fixtures rated two in the FDR.
Differential December has begun
We’ve known for many years the festive period for fantasy managers, can either make or break your season. For those that punted on some differentials, Wednesday evening may have been a golden time.
10 of the 17 goals on Wednesday night were scored by players who have less than 10% ownership. This consists of all four goals at St. Mary’s, both goals at the London Stadium, two goals at Goodison, and one from Vicarage Road.
With inevitable rotation getting ahead of the curve with certain players may be the key to climbing the ranks.
The case for a second premium
With Salah being above everyone else, the midweek games illustrate having a second premium player to accommodate the Egyptian isn’t a bad idea after all.
Out of the 10 premium players (priced £10.0m or above) only five of them (Salah, Fernandes, Ronaldo, Sterling and Son) registered attacking returns for the GW.
Of the five, two of them are Manchester United players. Bruno’s goal registered his first goal in nine league games.
The headlines were all about Ronaldo though who scored a brace. This made it three goals and two assists for the Portuguese, in his last five games.
It is also now a decent time to jump on the Manchester United assets. The Red Devils’ five of their next eight fixtures are rated a two in the FDR.
They will also be under new management on Sunday. Ralf Rangnick will take charge of his first match as Man Utd boss at home to Crystal Palace.