Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 12 Tips
Written by Mills
As a fantasy premier league manager or even just as a Premier League fanatic, the international break is absolute torture. As if it were not bad enough that the international games wipe out the top two tiers of English football fixtures, we are then subjected to having to watch said international fixtures in some lame hope of getting our ‘football fix’ like a Heroin junkie on the biggest comedown ever. Luckily for us, it is almost over and we can continue our fantasy football addiction this coming weekend with our gameweek 12 tips, or GW12 tips to the real hard core fantasy premier league fanatics who will be returning to football ecstasy.
We had a little sneaky look at some gameweek 12 tips before the international break had even begun and as ever most of us are frantically worrying about our prized assets in terms of possible injuries to our star players. This international break is no different and the big talking point this time round is Leighton Baines who suffered a hamstring injury in training. Initially, FPL tips websites were touting that he might be out for a lengthy spell – however it now looks like it will be up to two weeks given that it is a grade one tear to the hamstring, which is the least serious type of tear. This will still be causing alarm bells to ring for the 25.3% of fantasy premier league managers who have splashed out up to £7.3m on the attacking Everton full back. The FPL website tells us that he has a 75% chance of playing and it will be touch and go – the question on most manager’s lips is - should I sell Leighton Baines? The answer, without a doubt, is NO. Even if he doesn’t play in gameweek 12, he will be back for FPL gameweek 13 and will be a must have.
Top gameweek 12 tips for this week only:
If you have read our recent article on ‘how to win fantasy football’ you will know that we should be looking ahead in the fixtures rather than for a one week fantasy football wonder. But, it doesn’t hurt to look at who could be a big hitter this week – and it may well be that you get an injury and want to make a transfer so here are our one week top picks for this week:
Oscar – Chelsea at home to WBA:
Chelsea actually have a pretty good run of fixtures from GW12 to GW16 but this week sees them take on WBA at home – although Chelsea were turned over by so called ‘lesser’ teams last season, this season they look a completely different proposition. Oscar is the forefront of Chelsea’s attacking midfield yet it still amazes me that only 4.6% of FPL managers have Oscar in their team – at £8.4m he is very affordable and he will be playing just off Diego Costa – possible captain potential for either Costa or Oscar and with a slight question mark over Fabregas, he could be the man to make way and save you some money in the process.
Ayoze Perez – Newcastle at home to QPR:
The Newcastle United forward has caught our eye over the last 3 games, recording 8, 8 and then 7 points in the last 3 games. He is an absolute snip at £4.8m and is only owned by only 1.8% of FPL managers – but expect this figure to go up this week. They have QPR at home and Newcastle are in red hot form right now and as we know – form is the key to success in fantasy football – but you need to act now and not wait another week.
Don’t let Perez be the one you are saying ‘I was going to put him in!’ after he scores 2 goals this week.
Game Week 12 Tips: Long term potential
Looking further ahead in the world of fantasy football tips I want to look at Liverpool who might just have needed that international break for two reasons. Firstly, they needed a break from the poor performances and constant barracking from the media. Secondly, they desperately need the return of Daniel Sturridge – see why here, and the two week break will give him time to try and find a way back to fitness.
Many FPL managers have lost faith in Liverpool, but they have the imminent return of their talisman, Daniel Sturridge – and they also have some favourable fixtures ahead, starting gameweek 12 with Crystal Place then the following fixtures:
Gameweek 13 – Stoke (H)
Gameweek 14 – Leicester (A)
Gameweek 15 – Sunderland (H)
Take your pick, but for me it would be Raheem Sterling, who although seems to have lost a bit of sparkle recently, is still one of Liverpool’s most creative players and will relish the return of Sturridge. If you are waiting until gameweek 13 then perhaps go for Sturridge but I would not want to risk putting him in this week as he may well start on the bench.
Stay away from the Liverpool defence though as this is still nowhere near convincing and the attacking force is where you need to be buying from.
Not long to go now, so enjoy gameweek 12 and be lucky – Quigliano will also be providing his usual game week tips later in the week so look out for those.