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AM's Players to Watch: Week 12

Friday, November 9, 2018


Welcome to AM’s Players to Watch for Gameweek 12. As per the case when Nik is out, I’ll be filling in this week. I’ll still be offering the same general advice on players that can be targeted in Draft Fantasy, FPL, Fantrax and more but through a different lens than normal.

 

Before getting to the new editions to the list, let’s take a look at how Nik’s guys did in game week 11.

 

Marko Arnautovic
Roberto Pereyra
Benjamin Mendy
Willian
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Sergio Aguero ©

 

Arnautovic scored a goal in West Ham’s route of Burnley but it was Felipe Anderson who stole the show for the Hammers. Pereyra blanked as Watford was shut out. City rolled but Mendy missed out on the spoils thanks to a Danny Ings penalty and not nabbing one of the many assists to go around. Willian also didn’t manage to get involved in Chelsea’s two-goal win. Gylfi Sigurdsson got an assist for Everton and Nik hit on his captain's pick with Sergio Aguero assisting two goals and scoring one of his own. All in all a mixed bag but hitting on your armband makes up for most mistakes.

 

Here are the fixtures for Gameweek 12…

 

Sat 10 November
Cardiff City v Brighton
Southampton v Watford
Leicester City v Burnley
Huddersfield v West Ham
Newcastle v Bournemouth
Crystal Palace v Tottenham


Sun 11 November
Liverpool v Fulham
Chelsea v Everton
Man City v Man United
Arsenal v Wolves


 

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Saturday is a pretty standard day of fixtures highlighted by a London Derby between Tottenham and Crystal Palace but strap into your seats for a Sunday slate that looks quite enticing on paper. We get to warm up with a one-sided goal fest before Eden Hazard and Richarlison face off in a battle of in-form midfielders. The Manchester Derby and an attack first match between Arsenal and Wolves will cap off a scintillating Sunday. Now let’s get to the all-important picks.

 

Anthony Martial (MF - Man United @ Man City) - A man in form versus the best defense in the Premier League? Hear me out on this one. The Martial-Pogba partnership combined with the benching of Romelu Lukaku has paid dividends for United and should give them a fighting chance versus Manchester City. Martial has scored five goals on the season but four of them have come in his last four Premier League starts. While all of City may be out to stop Martial, that is easier said than done these days as I anticipate that the Frenchman will find the scoresheet.

 

Marko Arnautovic (FW - West Ham @ Huddersfield) - He’s becoming a fixture in this piece and for good reason as he’s done nothing but deliver for the Hammers. Facing a Huddersfield defense that can't stop teams if they laid down in front of them, the stage is set for Arnie to score. His teammate Filipe Anderson will probably be a good shout in this space as well but Arnautovic has been, automatic. After finding the back of the net versus Burnley, expect him to add to his tally of five goals on the season.

 

Steve Cook (DF - Bournemouth @ Newcastle) - Bournemouth's defense has been sneaky good with clean sheets in three of their last four matches. Cook also has a goal and an assist on the year. While he has been more valuable in draft leagues than standard FPL, at 4.6m, downgrading a defender to Cook can be the difference between your 5.0 midfielder and Ross Barkley. Facing a punchless Newcastle side, Cook has a great shot at nabbing another clean sheet on the weekend.

 

Erik Lamela (MF - Tottenham @ Crystal Palace) - Getting players on the top six into your FPL side can be tough because of their high price points but with Lamela at 6.4m space can be made in the bank for him. With three straight starts in the league and goals in two of them, Lamela is becoming a regular for Tottenham and should be a regular in your FPL squad as well. In a London derby, look for Lamela to be in top form to find the scoresheet in the second straight match.

 

Sead Kolasinac (DF - Arsenal v Wolves) - Heeessssss baaaaacccccckkkkkkk. After recovering from a knee injury, Arsenal’s tank of a left back made his first start of the season in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool. While Kolasinac only made one key pass in that game, as he gets more comfortable being back, expect that number to climb. Arsenal v Wolves may be the most open matchup of the weekend outside of Chelsea v Everton which means that Kolasinac will have more than enough space to bomb forward. While clean sheets will be tough to come by, that's not why you’re bringing Kolasinac into your team. If it’s a draft league he’s worth adding now but in standard FPL is 4.9m price tag is cheap enough that he can be held for when Arsenal’s schedule opens up in gameweek 16 while you reap in the sweet sweet price changes.


Captain Choice: Mo Salah (MF - Liverpool v Fulham) - No need to reinvent the wheel here. I’ve talked about this as have others and Salah and Mane are the standout picks versus Fulham and Salah is even a good option for triple captain. Salah is having a down season by his standards but that's still a better season than most midfielders not named Eden Hazard.

Honorable Mentions: Richarlison, Shane Duffy, Alexandre Lacazette, Gerard Deulofeu, Demari Gray, Callum Paterson, Andrew Robertson.




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