Gameweek 12 Transfer

FPL continues to throw us curves out of the international break. Are you one of those managers who’s held their FT or burned it early in anticipation of a price rise? With only a single FT, I have stopped chasing prices in an attempt to roll a transfer as we head towards the hectic holiday period, with 10 game weeks over 7 weeks. The key to this period, having a squad of 15 players who actually see pitch time.
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Midfield Differentials

Fantasy managers always want to be a step ahead of the trending players. Last year, it was Etienne Capoue who started the season with 4 goals and 1 assist in the first 5 games, but the law of fantasy averages caught up, ending with just 3 more goals on the season. This season we’ve seen a few budget midfielders hit stride and begin to pay dividends to fantasy managers. Topping the list, Watford’s Richarlison (58) with 4 goals, 4 assist and 4 bonus points. Brighton’s Pascal Groß (58) has put up 2 goals, 5 assists and 8 bonus points through 11 gameweeks. Other notables include Abdoulaye Doucouré (52) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (44).
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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.
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Holiday Planning

It’s with mixed emotions we come out of the second international break, but 2018 World Cup will be without European powerhouse, Italy. They were defeated on aggregate 1-0 by Sweden. Dark days for the Azzurri who miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958, a former shadow of a team who won the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The image of Gigi Buffon as the curtain comes down on a stellar career for Juventus and the Italian National Team. Guess I won’t worry too much about watching Russia 2018 next year.
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Potential Budget Midfielders

Taking a look at premium attacks means looking to Man City to fill out your midfield and foward attacks. Outside of Sergio Agüero, all are fairly affordable, especially if you have the likes of Christian Eriksen of Dele Alli still in your starting XI. Premiums don’t come without a price, as fantasy managers must round out their midfield with 2-3 budget players even non-players. Heading into the holiday season, the wise move is make sure you run with 15 starting players, in order to reduce the risk of running out 10 starters or less. Budget midfielders have held their own this season, as Richarlison has been near the top all season.
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Attacking Question Marks

With time on my hands and a plan in the works, there are a list of players I am currently targeting to bring in, as well as other who remain on a watch list. Currently without a wild card, activated for GW5, I have taken my first consecutive 4 point hits of the season, in order to shift my 5-2-3 formation to one with more attacking potential. We have already seen the potential of running big at the back with premium wing backs. We have also experienced life with 3 big forwards. Now it appears the tide is turning and fantasy managers turn their attention to bolstering their midfield.
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FPL Observations

Maybe we should rename this FPL season to WTF? Might be more fitting, as there is been no consistency in this young season after 11 Gameweeks. There has been a great deal of frustration for fantasy managers, just when you think you’ve made a great transfer, they get benched by Pep the following week or don’t return.  It’s been a very difficult year to read and we still have 28 weeks of games to come.
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