Hello internet, welcome back to our weekly coverage (except during the frustrating international breaks) of the Fantasy Premier League world, starting with an analysis of the current trends and bandwagons.
Our weekends are truly not the same when you don’t have the opportunity to check your phone and take a peek at the ongoing league games, meaning you end up needing to socialize and pretend like there is more to life than football.
But with that harsh period of time over, we can focus on which players should be brought in or sold ahead of Gameweek 13!
And the transfers you make this week could have a huge impact on your season, because next month there is a hectic set of December fixtures making line-ups unpredictable and erratic.
It could be wise to look ahead and bring in players in the long-run rather than on a short term basis, giving you the opportunity to save your free transfers for important changes.
Without further ado, let’s look at the Fantasy Football Bandwagons and whether you should BUY, SELL, or HOLD?
The most transferred player this week is Arsenal star Mesut Ozil (8.9), proving that you don’t have to be a goal threat to be a Fantasy Football force.
The German may have only scored one goal this season, but Ozil has had no less than EIGHT assists in his last six games, making him the ideal player for Arsenal cover ahead of some enticing fixtures.
The Gunners face West Brom (Away), Norwich (Away), Sunderland (Home), and Aston Villa (Away) in their next four, giving amble opportunity for Ozil to rack in the points on a consistent basis.
Dimitri Payet (8.1) is one of the candidates to win the best transfer of the season, but sadly the France international picked up an injury in his last game against Everton and is set to be sidelined for three months.
Rightly so, Payet has been the most transferred out player (380,000 at the time of writing) ahead of Gameweek 13, and if you have him it’s a no brainer to switch him for someone else. The earlier mentioned Mesut Ozil maybe?
Verdict: Sell. Obviously.
If there is one forward you should own right now, it is Everton’s Romelu Lukaku (8.6), and the number of transferred in (116,000 at the time of writing) prove so.
The Toffees go on an incredible enticing run of games which feature Aston Villa (Home), Bournemouth (Away), Crystal Palace (Home), Norwich (Away), Leicester (Home), Newcastle (Away), and Stoke (Home) in their next seven… and Lukaku will be expected to be in and amongst the goals after scoring two goals and supplying two assists the last two games.
Verdict: BUY… or at least have either Ross Barkley (6.8) or Gerard Deulofeu (6.2) in your midfield.
Only four gameweeks ago, Graziano Pelle (8.5) was one of the most transferred in players after his one goal and two assists against Chelsea, but now is being heavily transferred out (60,000 at the time of writing) ahead of gameweek 13.
With games against Stoke (Home), Aston Villa (Home), and Crystal Palace (Away) in the next four, only a daunting trip to Manchester City in Gameweek 14 looks like a real tricky fixture.
Verdict: We would advise you hold on to the Italian stallion for now, unless his goals really dry up in those aforementioned games.
Philippe Coutinho (8.2) has undoubtedly been Liverpool’s best Fantasy Football asset since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, with the Brazilian scoring three goals in his last two games and has been transferred in by no less that 91,000 (at the time of writing).
However, the Reds face league leaders Manchester City at the Etihad this weekend, which could prove a tough task for Coutinho to get in amongst the points.
After that though, Liverpool have a good run of fixtures with Swansea (Home), Newcastle (Away), West Brom (Home), Watford (Away), Leicester (Home, and Sunderland (Away) until the New Year.
Verdict: Bring him in after the City clash.