Welcome to another edition of the Four Star Performers, where we analyze the weekend’s top performers and offer FPL advise, with the sole purpose of boosting managers’ point returns for the upcoming gameweeks based on players’ stats, current form and their forthcoming fixtures.
Gameweek 14 will undoubtedly go down in history, with Jamie Vardy becoming the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League games. The clash between Bournemouth and Everton was a heartbreaking one with Everton initially giving away a 2-0 lead and regaining it on injury time with what everyone thought was a late game winner; only to see Bournemouth draw level again with another injury time goal from Stanislas on the 97th minute. Just brilliant! Man City returned to winning ways against Southampton with a dominant 3-1 win against Southampton via Kevin De Bryne, while Crystal Palace thrashed Newcastle 5-1 in a game where both Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur managed to net a brace.
So without any further delay, here are the four picks for Gameweek 14:
The league’s top goal scorer dominated the headlines for yet another gameweek but for a special reason this time. Vardy’s (7.5m) first half goal against United saw him break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s previous record of scoring in 10 consecutive games, bringing his scoring tally to an incredible 14 goals in total so far this season. Leicester’s number 9 has been firing on all cylinders since the beginning of the season and doesn’t look ready to pull the breaks any time soon. With the Foxes facing a tough run of upcoming fixtures, a lot of managers considered pulling the plug on Vardy early on before his point returns started to diminish. However, the newly crowned English International is looking set to continue his goal scoring record against Swansea (A), Chelsea (H), Everton (A), Liverpool (A) and Man City (H). As long as Leicester’s frontman keeps it going, hold on and hold tight.
Kevin De Bryne
The Belgian was an unstoppable force against Southampton on Saturday, registering a goal and 2 assists, gaining 3 bonus points in the process for a total of 16 points. With a petty return of 2 assists in his last 5 since the15-point haul against Newcastle in October, KDB (10.6) is back on our radar proving that he can be the star man for City even with the return of Aguero (13.1) in the starting line up. After Alexis Sanchez (11.4) limped out of the Norwich game with a hamstring injury and with a potential stretch on the sidelines in the horizon, FPL managers have the funds and will be more flexible to include KDB in their squads. With some friendly fixtures coming up against Stoke (A), Swansea (H), Arsenal (A), Sunderland (H) and Leicester (A), KDB has every potential to rack up the points.
Registering 32 points in his last two, Barkley (7.1) has picked up the pace, with his ownership percentage rising rapidly to 31.2% over the past two gameweeks. The International midfielder scored his 6th goal for the season against Bournemouth over the weekend along with his 5th assist, earning 3 bonus for a total of 13 points. As I mentioned in the previous article having Lukaku in mind, Everton has a favorable upcoming fixture list in their next 5 against Crystal Palace (H), Norwich (A), Leicester (H), Newcastle (A) and Stoke (H). Therefore, doubling on Everton players with these two could prove to be a wise move for the near future, until the Toffees’ fixtures start turning sour after New Years Eve with some tough fixtures coming up.
The 4th and last pick went down to the wire between Yannick Bolasie (6.1) and James McArthrur (5.0), as both players netted a brace against Newcastle at home, registering 15 and 14 points respectively, with the Congolese making the cut in the end. Blessed with unbelievable pace and flair, the winger is a constant danger when going forward for Palace and has more potential when it comes down to earning fantasy points. Besides, he is a joy to watch if you have him on your FPL team! With fixtures against teams that like to concede in the likes of Everton (A), Southampton (H), Stoke (A), Bournemouth (A) and Swansea (H) in Crystal Palace’s next five outings and with a low ownership percentage at just 4.5%, Bolasie can prove to be a massive budget differential for the next few weeks.