Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 12: Tips and transfers

Robin SAnalyst INovember 17, 2011

WIGAN, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur at DW Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Premier League football returns after a brief spell of pointless International games.

Gameweek 11 saw prolific performances from the least expected, especially for the Bolton players. Bolton thrashed a hapless Stoke City 5-0 and brought a smile to the faces of fantasy managers who banked on the Bolton players even after a tough start to their season.

My bargain buy suggestions for Gameweek 11 were Jamie O'Hara and Chris Eagles, both of whom scored 15 points each.

The forward section is also dominated by unexpected players, as the top three come from Bolton and Aston Vila. Ivan Klasnic scored a whopping 19 points, followed by Gabriel Agbonlahor and Darren Bent.

Robin van Persie, the favourite amongst fantasy managers, didn't disappoint either with 11 points to his name.

Defenders had a field day with lots of cleansheets. Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen was the pick of the lot with a goal and three bonus points in addition to a cleansheet.

Stephen Ward of Wolverhampton finally woke up and justified his inclusion on more than 12 percent of fantasy teams with a goal and two bonus points.

Ryan Taylor continued his good form for Newcastle. Though the high-flying Toon army failed to keep a cleansheet, Taylor contributed in the final third with a brilliant goal, earning him three bonus points as well.

Gameweek 11's most surprising result was the 0-0 draw at the Anfield.

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 20:  Michael Vorm of Swansea City saves the penalty kick from Ben Watson of Wigan during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Wigan Athletic at Liberty Stadium on August 20, 2011 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by
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Swansea, thanks to the outstanding glove work of Michael Vorm, kept a hard-fought cleansheet against the fancied Liverpool. Vorm pulled off six saves to deny Liverpool and earned two bonus points for his brilliance.

The real disappointment comes in the form of Luiz Suarez. Big things were expected of him but he failed to deliver once again, and he is now facing a minimum six-match ban for racial abuse.

That all but sums up Gameweek 11, and now it's time to look forward to another scintillating Gameweek ahead.

Top teams don't have it easy this week, so expect more of a subdued points tally.

Liverpool's away game at Stamford Bridge is the headline fixture. Liverpool looked out of sorts in front of the goal in recent weeks and Chelsea are looking to tighten their defence.

So, this could be a scrappy game. Manchester City host Newcastle in another key fixture, with both sides boasting a solid defence.

Again this could be a low-scoring game.

Manchester United travel to Liberty Stadium expecting a tough game against Swansea.

This game is far from a foregone conclusion, as Swansea at home is a very difficult proposition, even for the best.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Thomas Vermaelen of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on November 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Pho
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Tottenham have a tricky home tie against Aston Villa. In their current form you would expect Tottenahm to come out with all three points, but a lot hinges on the fitness of Rafael van der Vaart, who has a hamstring problem.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have a relatively easy game against newly-promoted Norwich City. The Canaries haven't kept a single cleansheet so far this season, and don't expect them to keep one this weekend either. 


Transfers out:

Suarez hasn't lived up to the billing this season. It's ideal to transfer him out now that he's facing a lengthy ban.

Ashley Cole is not doing justice to his price tag in the fantasy game. He has scored a mere 13 points in his last five games and, given the fixture list, that tally isn't going to improve any time soon. Chelsea plays Liverpool this week and travels to Newcastle, as well as hosts Manchester City in the span of the next four Gameweeks.

Yohan Cabaye has been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League so far this season, but it's time to drop the talented Frenchman considering the challenging Newcastle fixture list.

Shay Given hasn't done justice to his £5.0m price tag so far, with a paltry five points total in his last four games.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Liverpools double goal scorer Luis Suarez shows his delight at end of the match during the Carling Cup Fourth Round match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on October 26, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, E
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Get rid of Norwich defenders. Paul Lambert's side have struggled defensively, so Norwich defenders are a strict no. 


Transfers in:

Arsenal's fixture list is encouraging. The defence looks solid with the return of Vermaelen, so it's not wide of the mark to expect a few clean sheets in the coming weeks.

Arsenal faces only one top-seven team, which is Manchester City, in the next 10 Gameweeks, so fantasy managers could safely bring in a few Arsenal defenders.

Vermaelen is the obvious pick, he is attack-minded and has the ability to strike from range. He will get you goals, but the price is on the higher side.

Another option is Andre Santos, who is also very attack-minded with the ability to score as well as assist. He's a guaranteed starter, at least until Kieran Gibbs returns.

Aaron Ramsey is in fine form and is the most advanced player in the Arsenal's midfield trio, so you can expect him to score and assist in the coming weeks. At £6.7m, Ramsey provides excellent value as well.

Everton endured a tough start to their season, so fantasy managers have thus far stayed away from Everton players. However, now is the time to sniff around the blue half of Merseyside for decent buys.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Dejected Phil Jones of Manchester United after a draw in the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo
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Everton has some easy games coming up, and shrewd signings would aid fantasy managers as Everton moves up the table in the coming weeks.

Phil Jagielka or Tony Hibbert would be a good defensive signing because there are some cleansheets for the taking.

Manchester United also have a relatively easy run until the new year. Phil Jones is a must have on your fantasy team. He's in great form and Fabio Capello showed how effective Jones can be from a midfield position.

Gareth Bale is in sparkling form and has exhibited his finishing skills in recent weeks. He's another player you should seriously consider bringing in, and the fixture list also favours Tottenham. 


Bargain buys:

We've already discussed Everton's easy run and the time is now for a bargain buy from Everton.

Royston Drenthe at £6.0m could prove to be an excellent investment in the coming weeks. Drenthe has already registered two goals, four assists and amazingly notched up 33 points in just 312 mins, which is approximately three-and-a-half games.

Stoke City have two easy home games coming up and Tony Pulis will be looking at two clean sheets. This week, Stoke face QPR followed by Blackburn. Andy Wilkinson at £4.0m could prove to be a handy bargain for these two games. 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Royston Drenthe of Everton celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park on September 17, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Ch
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Not a tough call if you have van Persie on your team. City's David Silva is another safe candidate this weekend.

Bale will fancy his chances against Aston Villa, so he's another player you should consider for the captaincy.

Van der Vaart may not play this weekend and it's a big blow to those fantasy managers who have got this Dutch maestro on their side, in fact it's a double blow considering his excellent record against Aston Villa—scored both the goals in the corresponding fixture last season.

Wayne Rooney is another player you should consider if you're willing to take a risk.


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