Fantasy Football Bandwagons: Good time to snap up Arsenal star?

Welcome to another addition of the Fantasy Football Bandwagons Guide, in which we analyse all the current Fantasy Premier League transfer trends in the market.

Players are being brought in and discarded every week, but the big question is should you follow the trend to keep up with other teams, or find another option as a potential differential.

Last weekend we had many of the in-trend stars performing, showcased by Everton’s 6-2 mauling of Sunderland, in which heavily transferred in Romelu Lukaku grabbed a goal and two assists.

But in the same game, Ross Barkley was somehow not in and amongst the goals, which would have definitely frustrated his owners.

Meanwhile, Jamie Vardy continues to be an unstoppable force, scoring in 8 consecutive games and those that have not jumped on the Vardy Bandwagon are now chasing the pack.

To follow the trend or to not follow the trend? Here are FIVE Fantasy Premier League Bandwagons and whether you should buy, sell, or hold…

Mesut Ozil

Ozil

Mesut Ozil (8.7) is the most transferred in player so far this gameweek, with over 91,000 (at the time of writing) investing in the Germany international.

And it is a rather good decision, with Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez drawing blanks the last few games, Ozil has continued supplying the assists for other goalscorers, earning him double digit points in three of the last four matches.

With fixtures easing up after the North London Derby this weekend, expect Ozil to continue consistently racking up points.

Verdict: Buy!

Juan Mata

Juan Mata

Last week, we looked at the high amount of players getting rid of Manchester United star Anthony Martial (8.1), and how you should actually hold him for now. Same goes with Juan Mata (8.8), as over 39,000 (at the time of writing) are already getting rid of the Spaniard.

The Red Devils may be stuttering in front of goal, but they did very recently manage to put three past Everton, and it is unlikely they’ll go 0-0 again in their upcoming games.

United face West Brom(Home), Watford (Away), Leicester (Away), West Ham (Home), and Bournemouth (Away) in their next five, giving Louis van Gaal’s men amble opportunities to attack and we believe Mata will be instrumental in helping them score goals.

Verdict: Hold for now!

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling

While many are getting rid of Juan Mata, another Manchester United star in Chris Smalling (6.5) has been transferred in by over 72,000 managers (at the time of writing) despite his high price tag.

Man United’s fixtures gives Smalling the opportunity to collect clean sheets and if you already have him he’s a definite pick, but at 6.5 we feel there could be better options available for less… such as Red Devils team-mate Marcos Rojo, who only comes in at 5.4 and looks guaranteed a starter at left-back.

Verdict: If you want a United defender, consider other options. Maybe even De Gea (5.5) in goal.

Matteo Darmian

Matteo Darmian (centre)

Manchester United stars are dominating the list this weekend, with fan-favourite Matteo Darmian (5.7) being sold by over 73,000 managers after picking up a one-game suspension for five yellow cards.

Although United have some enticing fixtures on the horizon in which Darmian could pick up points after the next game, the Italy international is already being rotated with Antonio Valencia at right-back… which greatly reduces his appeal disregard of the suspension.

As mentioned earlier there are better options, possibly from other teams, than to keep a player that 1) won’t play this weekend and 2) isn’t guaranteed to start.

Verdict: Sell

Christian Benteke and Philippe Coutinho

Benteke Coutinho

After Liverpool’s impressive 3-1 win over Chelsea, Christian Benteke (8.3) and Philippe Coutinho (8.1) have been snapped up by over 50,000 managers each with many believing in the Jurgen Klopp way at the Kop.

And either would be a good choice, although managers should be vary that Benteke is extremely injury prone and after their Crystal Palace clash there is an international break. After that… a crunch match with leaders Manchester City.

So while the two Liverpool stars are viable options, it may be best to bring them in after the City game heading into December.

Verdict: Monitor both for now