Fantasy Premier League GW14 – All You Need to Know
Last weekend’s Premier League action might not have been the most exciting – in fact, just one of the ten fixtures saw over 3.5 goals scored – but with a second set of fixtures on the way just a few days later, we can’t stay bitter about it for too long. Unusually, it was Southampton (4) and Watford (3) who were the two highest scoring teams of GW 13, with just one team from the top 6 (Manchester City) managing to find the back of the net more than once, but which players caught our eye?
Below you’ll find the Gameweek 14 (GW14) starting lineup for the Free Super Tips Fantasy Premier League team, candidates for the captain’s armband, and some other potential transfer options worth consideration.
Team FST Gameweek 14 Line-up
Deadline – 28th Nov 18:45
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FST – Captain
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.7m
Chelsea’s mercurial talent looks to be back among the FPL elite after a slow start to the season. Last weekend’s assist against Liverpool – his third in five matches – capped an impressive individual display. Against the Reds, Hazard created as many as 5 chances, while also clocking 9 successful take ons, both of which contributed to him earning the maximum 3 bonus points. He’s Chelsea’s designated spot-kick taker and in top form, so a hugely favourable fixture at home to Swansea City on Wednesday makes him a “no-brainer” for the captain’s armband.
Other GW13 Captain Alternatives
Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.8m
Harry Kane put many Fantasy Manager’s minds at ease with a goal at home to West Brom on Saturday – the English forward had blanked out in both of his two prior outings against Crystal Palace and in the North London Derby against Arsenal. After three 20+ goal seasons in the Premier League, there’s really no doubting what Kane is capable of, and, most importantly, when Kane does find the back of the net, he tends to bring those coveted bonus points with him. He’s earned 14 of these so far this season – more than any other player in FPL – and he should be looking to add to that tally against Leicester on Tuesday.
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £10.5m
Gabriel Jesus has been a huge fantasy prospect since making his first appearance for Manchester City back in January. Jesus has recorded 15 goals and 6 assists over 22 Premier League outings for the Citizens, and if not for a spell sidelined last season, he’d have probably registered a whole lot more. Pep Guardiola surprised us all by starting Aguero last weekend after he played 90 mins in the Champions League during the week, so Gabriel Jesus should be set for a runaround on Wednesday against Southampton.
Mohammed Salah (Liverpool) – £9.7m
Salah is arguably the best signing brought to the Premier League this summer. The Egyptian looks to have adjusted back to life in England with ease and has played a role in 13 of Liverpool’s 25 goals this season (10 goals 3 assists). He’s the top-ranked FPL midfielder for shots in the box and shots on target and one of the most in-form players at the moment, averaging a whopping 12.6 points per match over his last three outings. Given Stoke’s poor defensive form, more of the same is to be expected from him this weekend.
FST – Ones to Watch
Pascal Gross (Crystal Palace) – £6.0m
Unusually, Pascal Gross claimed the maximum 3 bonus points from Brighton’s 1-0 defeat on the road to Manchester United last weekend. The German midfielder is now the joint top player for bonus points in FPL – along with Harry Kane – having taken 14 overall. Gross also ranks top for points per million (12.4) among FPL midfielders, and his performance last weekend both offensively – two successful crosses and three key passes – and defensively – no player made more recoveries (11) or won more tackles (4) – makes him the one to watch for the Seagulls ahead of Tuesday’s match against Crystal Palace.
Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) – £5.4m
Arsenal have conceded just one goal (against Stoke) while center back Shkodran Mustafi has been on the pitch this season. In fact, over 50 PL games since the German defender signed for Arsenal, their goal difference stands at +35 from the 32 he has started, but just +4 from the 18 he has missed! Mustafi is the cheapest way into Gunners’ defense at just £5.4m, and with 1 goal, 2 clean sheets and 4 bonus points earned over his last two outings, he’s one of the most in-form FPL defenders at the minute. With Huddersfield blanking in all but one of their matches on the road this season, Arsenal should like their chances at keeping another clean sheet on Wednesday.
Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – £6.8m
Despite a slump in his team’s form, Lanzini has provided moments of magic over the past few gameweeks. The Argentine is the Hammers’ standout player on the pitch – reportedly being eyed by the likes of Liverpool for the future – and he’s a reasonable price for just under £7m. Lanzini has produced a goal and an assist over his last three matches, while also taking 2 bonus points last Friday against Leicester, and a match on the road to the seemingly irreparable Everton should give him plenty of opportunity to shine.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £6.9m
With the run of fixtures Crystal Palace have coming up, the Eagles remain a sensible source of investment over the next few weeks, especially with such low ownership numbers. Zaha has averaged around 5 points per game (3 goals) since returning from injury in mid-October, and with Christian Benteke looking set to return on Tuesday, he has a decent opportunity to build on his tally on the road to Brighton.