Been a while, hasn’t it? The whole festive period has passed us by, with it being a manic one when it comes to FPL. The last time we looked at some potential bandwagons was back in gameweek 17, when people were clamouring for Son and Alli. It was a simpler time.
So, looking forward to GW22, who are a few players that could pick up steam over the next few gameweeks? We’ll take a look at that, as well as the players who are at the top of everyone’s January shopping list.
Current Bandwagons // Post-GW 21
Looking at who’s currently being brought in, one of the biggest bandwagons in recent weeks has been the incredibly consistent Danny Ings, who has scored 13 goals this season – coming in 12 different matches. He’s picked up 27 bonus points this season – the most of any player.
Jack Grealish – who was mentioned in the aforementioned GW17 bandwagons post – has been excellent recently, coming off the back of a 13-pointer against Burnley. It would’ve been more if Wesley had a slightly smaller shoe size, but hey, that’s life. This has been reflected in his ownership, rising to almost 20% with over 150,000 players bringing him in this week.
In terms of outgoing players, Spurs assets are being dropped by the barrel load, with Kane’s injury seeing him having been sold by almost 400,000 players this week.
Vardy is an interesting one – the Premier League’s top scorer has missed the past 2 gameweeks due to both a minor injury and the birth of his child. Thanks to this, quite a few managers have gotten rid of him – though he has started Leicester’s Carabao cup game against Villa, signalling a full return.
And, of course, Teemu Pukki is in there. He’s always there, the poor lad.
Potential Bandwagons // GW 22
Ismaïla Sarr – MID / £6.2 / 0.9%
Watford haven’t really provided many great FPL assets this year, with them being comfortably the worst team in the league prior to the arrival of Nigel Pearson. Since then, they’ve certainly improved – climbing off the foot of the table after 3 wins and a draw in their last 4 games.
One player who has cropped up as a potential asset in FPL is Ismaila Sarr (£6.2). In the past 4 gameweeks, Sarr has scored 2 goals and picked up an assist, tallying up 26 FPL points in that time. In terms of the stats, Sarr has had 9 shots in that time, as well as 3 key passes/attempted assists. Of those shots, all of them have been in the box, with 2 of them having been classed as big chances.
His name is being brought up a fair bit within the FPL community, though his ownership still remains extremely low at just 0.9%.
Watford’s fixtures aren’t looking too bad, either. In their next 5 games, they play Bournemouth (A), Spurs (H), Villa (A), Everton (H), and Brighton (A). The first two are particularly interesting, with Bournemouth having a dreadful season, and Spurs looking in disarray.
A relatively cheap player who’s in a good run of form, playing for a resurgent side fighting for their lives, with some decent fixtures on the horizon? Sounds like it’s worth a punt.
Djibril Sidibé – DEF / £5.4 / 1.8%
Another player who’s been playing on the right-hand side for a new manager taking over a struggling side, Everton’s Djibril Sidibé has cropped up as an interesting FPL option in recent weeks – more due to his positioning under Carlo Ancelotti.
He’s been playing higher up the pitch, with Everton’s defensive shape looking more like a 4-4-2 with Sidibé on the right wing. Here are Everton’s average positions in their win against Burnley, with Sidibé (19) shown having played very high up the pitch.
Everton have conceded 3 goals in their past 4 games, with them having kept clean sheets against Arsenal and Burnley. Their expected goals against sits at 4.86, one of the lower numbers amongst all teams during those 4 matches. That being said, the fun here comes from his positioning, with him stationed rather high up the pitch – he even picked up an assist in the Burnley game – Ancelotti’s first in charge of Everton.
Also, Everton have a solid run of fixtures coming up, including home fixtures against Brighton and Newcastle.
Though his ownership sits at a low 1.8%, 2 of the 5 most common defensive transfers this week have included him, likely ahead of this kind run of fixtures and his newfound position under Ancelotti – will you also be bringing him in?
Lukasz Fabianski – GK / £4.9 / 2.9%
So, folks, as you may have heard – there’s a double gameweek coming up. It’s a relatively small one, with it only being for Liverpool and West Ham, but it’s a DGW nonetheless.
While all of the focus is on which 3 Liverpool assets to have, and rightfully so, West Ham still provide a great option for the next few gameweeks – the returning Lukasz Fabianski.
Fabianski has missed most of the season through injury, but returned in GW20. He did so in some style, saving a penalty and grabbing an 8-point return even without a clean sheet, before keeping one against Bournemouth the following week. He’s only played 9 Premier League matches this season, but is averaging 5.1 points per game.
West Ham’s fixtures are certainly a mixed bag, with 3 rather favourable fixtures surrounding a nightmarish double gameweek where they play Liverpool and Leicester.
That being said, Fabianski is a machine when it comes to making saves, and his goal will certainly be peppered with shots in those games.
He’s also got plenty of FPL pedigree, scoring 143 and 157 points in the 18/19 and 17/18 seasons respectively. Last season, he racked up the most saves of any keeper in the league (148, or 3.9 per game) as well as 30.9 FPL points per £1 last season, the second-best value of any keeper.
With so many managers looking to sell Nick Pope – an early season favourite within the FPL community – Fabianski could be the perfect replacement.