Fantasy Football Bandwagons: Hold off bringing back Man City star

Well that was a rather interesting weekend of Premier League action!

Nobody would have guessed that title-favourites Manchester City would be owned by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino grabbing the headlines in a comprehensive victory.

And as Fantasy Premier League assets, they are worth bringing in ahead of a rather enticing set of fixtures.

But the Reds aren’t the only team that could have value signings, with many managers already trading in and out despite the chance that players could or may get injured in their Champions League or Europa League fixtures.

Everton have also seen a huge investment following their convincing 4-0 victory over Aston Villa, and Tottenham Hotspurs’ Sunday triumph against West Ham United will surely put many of their players on the manager’s watch-list.

But is it the right move to make? The Bandwagon option is not always the best, so we’ll give you our verdict and whether to BUY, SELL, or HOLD ahead of Gameweek 14!

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

Easily the most transferred in player (with over 151,000 at the time of writing) this week is Everton star Romelu Lukaku (8.9), and with good reason.

The Belgium international has already racked up four goals and two assists in his last three games and with clashes against Bournemouth (Away), Crystal Palace(Home), Norwich (Away), Leicester (Home), Newcastle (Away), and Stoke (Home) in the next six, expect the points to continue flowing for the ex-Chelsea man.

Verdict: Buy before his price rises AGAIN.

Graziano Pelle

Graziano Pelle (centre)

On the other end of the stick, Southampton striker Graziano Pelle (8.3) has been transferred out by a massive 270,000 (at the time of writing), with many replacing him with the aforementioned Romelu Lukaku.

This is mainly due to the fifth booking he picked up in their loss against Stoke City, but we are here to give a word of caution in doing so.

After he serves his suspension against Manchester City, the Saints have three home games out of the next four, with Aston Villa first up in Gameweek 15. The Italian may come back to bite those that let him go early.

Verdict: Buy all in all, trading to Lukaku over the next few games would be a better option, unless you already have Lukaku then you might find a bigger problem to fix in your squad.

Ross Barkley

Barkley

Another Everton player that received massive investment this week, Ross Barkley (7.0) has seen his price rise 0.2 since his 19-point haul against Aston Villa.

However, if you were actually watching the game you’ll know that it was Gerard Deulofeu that was the player ripping the Villan’s back-line apart and was extremely unlucky to not get an assist or a goal.

Priced 0.7 cheaper than Barkley, Deulofeu has been the more consistent of the two and would free you some extra funds to possibly trade for Sergio Aguero later.

Verdict: Consider Deulofeu as a cheaper and differential alternative.

Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez1

Fantasy managers are a fickle bunch. Just a few weeks ago Alexis Sanchez (11.5) was being brought in by almost everyone, but after blanking in four games and having a slight injury doubt, he has been sold by over 61,000 managers this week.

Let us remind you that the last time there was a quick-fire sale of Sanchez was right before he scored a hattrick against Leicester City, before going on to rack up another three in his next two games.

Mesut Ozil may be the more consistent option, but by god is Sanchez more explosive.

Oh, and he just scored two goals and an assist in their Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Verdict: HOLD. If you want Ozil, consider doubling up.

Sergio Aguero

Aguero 1

Once again Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (13.1) has become an option after recovering from his injury, having over 83,000 (at the time of writing) transferring him in over the course of the week.

He came back with a goal against Liverpool to show his capabilities, but the fixture list is not in favour of the Argentine at the moment.

Southampton have only lost two goals in their last four games, so a high scoring encounter isn’t on the cards for Aguero to turn on his magic. After that they travel to Stoke, who themselves have kept three clean sheets in their last three matches.

But Aguero being Aguero, you never know and he might pull another five-goal haul.

Verdict: If you’re a gambling man with cash to spare, then you may as well buy him!