It’s always such a relief when the international break comes to an end, particularly the last fall break. Unfortunately, we still have to endure more when spring comes around, but till then we have several months of quality Premier League football to keep up with starting with week 12 this weekend. While it can be nice to have a break once in awhile, I am relieved to have fantasy Premier League returning this weekend, so let’s jump right into this week’s tips.
With Liverpool and Chelsea as the two hottest teams in the league, this is the time to jump on that form bandwagon. Liverpool travel to Southampton, but the Saints haven’t been that great defensively having allowed 12 goals this season. Attacking options continue to be viable, although you should be wary of having too many of their midfielders considering their high price and the possibility of injury. The great news about the scousers is the fact that they have the easiest run of fixtures coming up with matches against Sunderland (H), Bournemouth (A), West Ham (H), Middlesbrough (A) and the Everton (A) in week 17.
Chelsea play Middlesbrough away this weekend and i would put all options on the table with them both offensively and defensively, particularly having kept 5 consecutive clean sheets. The difficult part for Chelsea is their upcoming fixtures against Tottenham at home (which I would give the Blues a great chance to get a positive result) and then away to Man C (which could easily end 0-0). For weeks 15-17 they again have a string of easy fixtures against West Brom (H), Sunderland (A), and Crystal Palace (A). This is the time to add Chelsea players before their price rises even further.
As for specific players to target the five best attacking options are currently Eden Hazard (10.1), Philippe Coutinho (8.7), Diego Costa (10.5), Alexis Sanchez (11.3), and Romelu Lukaku (8.7). Of course it is easy enough to look at these players since they are the top five points scorers for the season so far.
There is a reason that they are so high on points this season and I’m expecting more from all five of them this weekend, although Sanchez may have the most difficult time against Manchester United. It would be easy enough to add Sergio Aguero to the list along with Kevin De Bruyne and both Man c players have easy fixtures against Crystal Palace (A) and Burnley (A), but there have been consistency issues with the light blue Manchester club this season.
The toughest player in that bunch to pick right now would have to be Coutinho. He’s been flying high this season and has a 47.2% ownership, but picked up a hamstring injury while out on international duty. At the moment he’s listed at 50% chance to play with a late fitness test. Considering their opposition and the chance to get a longer rest without any other European football considerations, it seems likely that Klopp will rest him this weekend.
If you don’t have Coutinho in your squad, now is not the time to bring him in. Instead you might want to consider Roberto Firmino at 8.7 or Sadio Mane at 9.0.
My super risky differential pick for this week is Robert Snodgrass. At 5.5 he’s a bargain midfielder owned by just 3.9% of teams. In his 65 minutes against southampton he picked up a goal and an assist (as well as clean sheet bonus due to his substitution) to get 14 points in week 11. Hull City have been horrendous this season, but their upcoming fixture list is probably the easiest they will have all season. He’s been an attacking midfielder with the ability to get points from goals and assists and is also on set piece duty for free kicks and corners. His value increases with Abel Hernandez out injured giving Snodgrass penalty duty as well (or at least most likely). Hull’s upcoming fixtures include Sunderland (A) in week 12 followed by West Brom (H), Middlesbrough (A), and Crystal Palace (H) before having to face Tottenham (A) and West Ham (A) in weeks 16 and 17.
For week 12 my captain pick rankings consist of: Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Sergio Aguero.
That wraps up the week 12 FPL tips. Hopefully there’s something in there of value. I wish I could say that my fantasy team has been doing good this season, but alas, I have failed to follow my own advice and instead have tried to be too clever. That certainly hasn’t affected the advice I continue to give in each week’s tips, instead it just shows that if I followed my own advice, I’d be in a much better position. Good luck and have fun!