Fantasy Premier League Week 12 Transfers and Tips: Vardy to come good at the King Power
There are eight more to like for Paul Robinson in his quest for FPL points this week as he crunches the numbers ahead of GW12...
"I included Vardy in my eight to watch last week and while he didn't manage to score he had his third highest threat rating of the season according to the FPL statistics."
Eight to like
Xherdan Shaqiri - £7.0m. The former Stoke man was left out of Liverpool's squad during the week for political reasons and given that the Reds were pretty abject in their 2-0 defeat, it seems extremely likely that he will get the nod to start against Fulham. He already has one goal and four assists in 225 minutes of Premier League football this season, and he will be lining up against a Fulham defence that have conceded 29 goals in 11 matches.
Jamie Vardy - £9.0m. I included Vardy in my eight to watch last week and while he didn't manage to score he had his third highest threat rating of the season according to the FPL statistics. Only a good save from the Cardiff keeper denied him a late goal and Burnley have conceded 15 times in their last five away games.
Callum Wilson- £6.7m. It's hard to imagine what else Callum Wilson can do to earn a place in the England squad as not only does he have six goals to his name this season, he also has seven assists. Four of those goals away from home and it's worth noting that since Josh King has been injured, he has hit three in two, as well as earning five bonus points. He faces Newcastle at St James' Park, with the Magpies having kept just the one home clean sheet this year.
Alvaro Morata - £8.7m. The Spanish striker has now started the last three games for Chelsea and he has rewarded his manager by netting three goals - including a brace against Crystal Palace last Sunday. Olivier Giroud is due back imminently, but it's hard to imagine Sarri not starting with his in-form man. Opponents, Everton, have conceded twice in all bar one of their five away matches, and in the other they still conceded a goal.
Mesut Ozil - £8.4m. Ozil was fantastic against Leicester three games ago and while he hasn't delivered any returns in his two outings since, he should get plenty of freedom against Wolves on Sunday. The visitors have now lost three on the bounce and they conceded three at home to Spurs last Saturday.
Leroy Sane - £9.2m. The enigmatic winger was left out of the team for City's 6-0 thrashing of Shakhtar on Wednesday in the Champions League. That's probably a good omen for his prospects of starting in the Manchester Derby and he has been in the XI in City's last four home league games. He produced returns in each of them and has three goals and five assists in total this season. I also fancy his chances up against Ashley Young, who isn't a defender by trade.
Jose Holebas - £4.8m. The Greek full-back was back in the Watford team against Newcastle following suspension and while they were beaten 1-0, his credentials shouldn't be ignored this weekend. The Hornets are away at Southampton and the Saints have netted just once in six matches - including two blanks in a row at St Mary's. Holebas' attacking credentials are also persuasive as he has one goal and four assists from the back this term.
Kieran Trippier - £6.3m. The England right-back was rested in midweek against PSV and I fully expect him to be back in the team at Selhurst Park. Palace have failed to score in four of their five home matches and Spurs have kept two clean sheets from their last three away. At the other end of the pitch, Trippier has one goal and four assists to his name, as well as eight bonus points.
Two to avoid
Marcos Alonso - £7.0m. The most owned and most expensive defender in the game is one I wouldn't be wanting to spend big money on this week. The Blues are at home to Everton, with the Toffees having netted in four of their five away games. Chelsea have kept just the one clean sheet in six at the Bridge and while Alonso has propped his points total up with the help of seven assists, I can't see the trend continuing at that rate as he only had five last season and two the season before.
Aleksandar Mitrovic- £6.7m. Owned by one fifth of all players, Aleksandar Mitrovic must be wearing the patience thin of his fantasy managers. The Fulham man has scored in only one of his team's last five and he is also only one booking away from a suspension. The Cottagers have fired three blanks in four on the road, and Liverpool have conceded just once at Anfield.
The obvious fixture to make your captain's pick from is Liverpool v Fulham as the Cottagers are in miserable form and are conceding a huge amount of goals. The assumption is that Salah (13.0m), Firmino (9.2m) and Mane (9.8m) will be the front three and any of them would be a good choice really. If pushed, I'd go with Mohamed Salah as he is both scoring and assisting (Mane is yet to produce as assist) and Firmino is dropping deeper this season.
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*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW12 is 11:30 on Saturday.