It’s safe to say, the carnage of the previous gameweeks has most certainly continued. As several sides had matches postponed, managers for yet another week, scrambled to get an XI out. While others had to take hits or use certain chips earlier than anticipated.
Even with another reduced game week, there are still some talking points to mull over with the short turnaround, prior to GW21.
Target relegation-zone opposition when considering players
The trend that has been uncovered in recent gameweeks, is that some forwards are relishing sides with open defences. With many forwards this season being either injured or failing to perform to expectations, now may be the time for the revival of the frontmen.
The latest example was shown from Crystal Palace’s Odsonne Edouard. The Palace striker enjoyed his season-high gameweek score of 14 points. This consisted of a goal, two assists, and maximum bonus points.
However, this pattern has occurred in recent gameweeks. Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette in GW18 came away with 11 points from Carrow Road. Furthermore, Ollie Watkins did similar in GW17, amassing 12-points in his away fixture against the Canaries.
The same point can be said for Watford, the only side to have not kept a clean sheet this season. West Ham’s very own Jarrod Bowen continues his stirring form, notching three assists to come away with a 14-point gameweek score.
Time for the Chelsea defence to be made redundant?
Based on the FDR, it may mark the end of owning any part of the Chelsea defence. Their GW20 home match against Brighton, had their clean sheet wiped out in the 91st minute. This now makes it one shut out for the Blues, in their last eight gameweeks.
Reece James was subbed off in the 27th minute with a hamstring injury, with Marcos Alonso stepping in for him. James’ recent poor form continues, having recorded zero points from his four matches started, out of a possible six. It is suspected Reece will be out for months, as he left Stamford bridge with crutches, on Wednesday night.
Thomas Tuchel’s men face Liverpool, Man City, Spurs, followed by two blanks in their next five. This comes as a result of club participation, in the Club world cup.
Is it Ronaldo time after all?
The renaissance of Man United’s starboy keeps the fire burning in the fantasy game, with a brilliant GW20 outing. Ronaldo came away with a huge 12-pointer against Burnley, consisting of a goal, assist and coming away with maximum bonus points. His 12-point haul cements his form from the last five gameweeks, having scored four and clinched an assist in that time.
And with United forecasted to have two games in both gameweeks 21 & 22 (due to postponed matches), he may be the man to bring huge gains for fantasy managers. In addition, United’s defence has problems of their own, with just three clean sheets in their last 10 league matches.