FPL Draft: Strategy GW12

As we approach the start of Gameweek 12, attention turns towards the FPL Draft squad. Currently the Go ‘Orns sit in second place on 473 overall points, 49 points from the top spot, but with lots of football remaining, it’s not time to panic. However, I am a bit concerned with his forward line of Lukaku and Morata but his midfield, led by Eriksen and Mkhitaryan have been off their mark for some time. I’ll consider myself lucky I have not lost more ground to date.

My 53 points were a league high for Gameweek 11. This on the back of Dele Alli not featuring in the match and Philippe Coutinho sidelined with injury. However with both players seemingly fit and ready to return to the pitch, I feel I’ve got a strong midfield to contend with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata up top as I look to put pressure on the top spot.  To round out the 5-man midfield I will feature Wilfried Zaha, Richarlison and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for Gameweek 11.

If there are any moves to be this week, it will be on the back line, as David Luiz seems to have fallen out of favor with Antonio Conte, which means I will turn my attention to Burnley, as they continue to post good numbers. Brent Mee, 2 clean sheets and 5 bonus points in his last 2 games will hopefully be claimed off waivers come Friday and be selected in my 4-5-1 formation. César Azpilicueta has been the cornerstone of my defense from the start of the season, while Charlie Daniels and Kiko Femenia are both newcomers in the starting XI. John Stones could become expendable, depending on the return of Vincent Kompany from injury. While Nicolás Otamendi is suspended until November 26, Stones could still see playing time. However this week’s fixture, home to Man City produced a hat trick last season for Jamie Vardy. Just don’t see City keeping it clean this week and could be beat on the counter attack.

Transferring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic last week has me with one less starting forward position to field. With a busy holiday period, I might opt to drop the Swede in favor of another starting forward. Up front Sergio Agüero leads the attack, unfortunately reports of him collapsing while on international duty could call into question his starting spot this weekend. That would leave me thin with Tammy Abraham up front away to Burnley, where the Clarets always play tough. This could lead to moving Abraham for Glenn Murray, home to Stoke City, where the journeyman has scored 4 goals in his last 3 games.

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