Fantasy Football Gameweek 13 Tips and Hints
Gameweek 13 Tips and Gameweek 12 Reviewed
If you need a helping hand with your fantasy football team, you have come to the right place… but first, let’s look back at the highs and lows of gameweek 12.
Gameweek 12 – Review
Saturday was a bitter pill for some FPL managers to swallow with two of the most inform fantasy football players firing blanks, leaving FPL managers with a return of just 4 points from Sanchez and Aguero – the lowest return in a gameweek (for these two combined) all season long. This meant that injury ravaged FPL teams were going to be stretched to the limit in the search of valuable points.
Luckily for those with attack minded Chelsea players, their points were shared out nicely amongst their top players. FPL managers that put their faith in Cesc Fabregas regaining full fitness were richly rewarded with a 9 point haul, gaining 3 bonus points and an assist in the process. Hazard grabbed his 4th goal of the campaign plus 3 bonus points to fetch an impressive 11 points, whilst Diego Costa continued his good scoring form with another goal. Fantasy Premier League managers might have been left wanting more though as Chelsea played most of the game against 10 men and went into cruise control during the second half in true Jose Mourinho style.
Smash and Grab
The evening kick off saw Manchester United travel to The Emirates as they took on bitter rivals Arsenal, in a game that Jack Wilshere was lucky not be sent off, but will leave his FPL owners sweating again over his fitness for gameweek 13.
Wayne Rooney was in sensational form as he was asked to play much deeper than usual, but he was rewarded for his diligent approach to the task with 3 bonus points. He had one real chance to score in the game – a game in which Arsenal should have been out of sight by half time – and FPL managers were celebrating when he flicked the ball past the substitute Arsenal keeper when one on one. It could have been better for Rooney had Angel Di Maria scored when Rooney returned the favour and put him through on goal, just for the Argentine to shoot wide.
The return of Olivier Giroud will leave many FPL managers questioning the inclusion of Danny Welbeck in their teams, as the Frenchman fired a cracker of a goal from 20 yards past the superb David De Gea. Will Arsene Wenger play the two together? It is hard to see both players filling what Wenger usually sees as one central role as the veteran boss likes to utilise his expansive midfield options and Danny Welbeck may suffer a similar fate to the one he endured at Manchester United and be pushed out wide – but with a returning Theo Walcott and inform Oxlade-Chamberlain this is an ultra-competitive position too. One to watch for gameweek 13 and beyond.
The Unlikely Heroes
If there was a fantasy football competition for The Championship last year then Danny Ings would have been the Aguero of the league; high scoring, expensive and guaranteed points each week. Yesterday, saw him replicate this scoring form in the Barclays Premier League for the first time this season, seeing Burnley also record their first away win of the season. Burnley head in to a decent run of fixtures over the next few weeks starting with Aston Villa at home in gameweek 13. The 0.6% of managers who owned the £5.7m forward would be grinning from ear to ear as he scored two goals in as many minutes against a good Stoke outfit on Saturday. Perhaps now could be the time to side with a player who will be going into favourable fixtures high on confidence.
The biggest shock of gameweek 12 was the inclusion of two Sunderland defenders and the Sunderland keeper Pantilimon in the dream team, following a 0-0 bore draw against Leicester. The 3 Black Cat players earned a combined total of 25 points between the three of them. Although, I doubt this gives any real pointers going forward to gameweek 13 so I would not be jumping to put these in my team.
Elsewhere, Leon Osman marked his 400th appearance with a goal and a return of 10 points, whilst Yaya Toure returned an impressive 10 points and was one of few positives for City in an unconvincing performance – perhaps an indicator of a return to form for the Ivory Coast international.
When you talk to FPL managers about the inclusion of Liverpool players, it is clearly evident how much of the faith that managers used to have in the players has dissipated. Defensively, Liverpool have been woeful and with the new injury to Daniel Sturridge it looks like it will be a while until Liverpool get back on track. It all looked so positive against Crystal Palace when Lambert scored the quickest goal of the weekend, but then the wheels fell off with a spirited Crystal Palace side scoring 3 goals against Liverpool for the second season in a row. It will be some time before FPL managers feel that they can put any faith in the Merseyside outfit. My article on why Liverpool need Daniel Sturridge is here.
Early Gameweek 13 Tips
The curtain is yet to close on gameweek 12, but it is never too early to start looking ahead to gameweek 13 – particularly if you still have long term injured players that you need to ship out – make these transfers now before you lose even more money on them. Take a look at my long term Fantasy Football December preparation for tips up to gameweek 20 here. But who should you bring in and who will be the star performers in gameweek 13?
Key Fixtures for Gameweek 13
With most of the big clubs facing away fixtures this could be a week to stay away from big player transfers at Man City and Chelsea. Instead we would suggest you look to capitalise on some of the other fixtures, here are the key Fantasy Premier League fixtures that we will be looking at:
Man Utd vs. Hull City
Swansea vs. Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs. Burnley
Let’s take a look at where the fantasy football points can be gained in gameweek 13 in these games:
Man Utd vs. Hull City
You can question all you like whether or not Man Utd deserved their win against Arsenal, but what you cannot question is their strength going forwards. Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria and even Marouane Fellaini look like serious prospects in a game against Hull City that will allow United to put a very firm foothold back in the top 4 of the Premier League. History tells us that Rooney accumulates Fantasy Football points in gluts and he is in a rich vein of form which should continue here. He is our star pick for this game.
Swansea vs. Crystal Palace
Swansea were unlucky not to snatch something away to the Champions in gameweek 12 and could be set to make amends in gameweek 13 with a home fixture against Crystal Palace who have struggled with their away form. It is also interesting to see that Twitter has been rife with questions like
Should I drop Sigurdsson from my team?
Is it time to sell Siggy?
Despite the number of tweets like this increasing, he still has a whopping 44.9% ownership, although he has dropped to £6.7m. In short, to answer the question, if you still have Sigurdsson then keep him. This is not the time to drop him.
A good alternative to Siggy with the good old differential potential is the fit again Nathan Dyer, who although may not provide the same goal threat as Sigurdsson, will offer the potential for assists (just like against Man City) and comes in at the bargain price of £5.6m and just 8% ownership – so when you ask for a bargain fantasy football midfielder – there he is.
Aston Villa vs. Burnley
As I touched on earlier in the article, Burnley have a good set of fixtures coming up and amongst the possibility of a few more goals for the likes of Danny Ings, there is possibly more potential for clean sheets against teams who are likely to be fellow relegation candidates. This starts with an enticing fixture against Aston Villa in gameweek 13, followed by Newcastle at home and a trip to QPR.
The toughest game in that lot is probably Newcastle, but if they can get a result at Villa then they will be carrying good form in to that game and Newcastle cannot continue to win game after game all season.
We would either be looking at Danny Ings from an attacking point of view, but from a defensive viewpoint there are two ways I would look at this.
Budget defender – Michael Duff at £4.2m – plays every game, good potential for clean sheets, good squad option
First team attacking defender – Kieran Trippier at £4.8m – Yes, he is going to cost you a little more, but he can join your first team for at least the next 3 weeks with good clean sheet potential and good assist potential. Trippier was the player with the most assists in The Championship last season and is Burnley’s top defender with 41 points.
Let the Gameweek 13 Craziness Commence
The question of when to make your fantasy football transfers is always a bone of contention amongst managers. Fantasy Football tipsters up and down the country are divided in their opinion on this one. Generally speaking, I would say choose a strategy and stick to it – however there is an argument that gameweek 13 is a slight exception. Some FPL managers had as many as 7 yellow/red flagged players meaning that many still have long term injured players in their teams – if this is you then I would suggest act now, especially if you are looking at bringing in either Burnley or QPR players – as they should be low risk injury concerns and could go up in price this week.