Gameweek 12: Chelsea Fantasy Premier League preview

Last week Chelsea went top of the league, did you manage to get any closer to getting to the summit of your fantasy one?

If you’re here right now then you either did and thought these tips were too good to turn down again or you didn’t and you need the mystical magic to get you the points.

Either way, welcome to the cheater’s guide to optimising Chelsea players in order to climb up the fantasy football rankings for game week 12.

DCL Vs Mendy

DCL on for game week 12
On fire. Credit | Getty Images

I imagine you might have Everton’s chief striker in your side. I do. It weighs probably be smart to keep him as well. However, a big part of optimising Chelsea players this week might be uncaptaining (is this even a word) Calvert-Lewin this week.

As the Evertonian Blues have hit a rougher period of form (just 1 win in 8), it’s taken a very slight toll on DCL. Although it hasn’t stopped him from being the top scorer so far this season, it’s worth noting that his form probably doesn’t warrant captaincy.

Especially when you consider the strength of Chelsea’s defence. With all 5 of the best back 5 rested in midweek against Krasnador they’ll be fit and ready for whatever Calvert-Lewin has in store.

Chelsea have also historically struggled at Goodison, including losing Frank Lampard’s only visit as a manager to the ground. But this Chelsea team are different and it might be another day to back the defence in order to gain points.

Oh Christ-ian tree, oh christ-ian tree

Christian pulisic backed for game week 12
Christian Pulisic scores against Leeds. Credit Getty Images

Okay, maybe that one was a bit of push.

However, something that isn’t a push is the idea of putting Christian Pulisic in your fantasy side for this week. The American is now believed to be fully fit and after getting some first team minutes he might just be ready to get you some points in game week 12.

Priced at 8.2m despite his poor return of just 15 points so far this season is proof of how valuable the American can be when he gets going. 9 goals and 8 assists last term, if he can get up to the same numbers this year he could be an extremely valuable asset to a fantasy team if he’s used correctly.

With Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech both out for a few weeks, getting Pulisic in as a replacement isn’t a bad shout. He is almost certain to start and will also be heavily relied upon to create in the final third for the Blues.

Along with Chelsea’s injuries, Pulisic could pitch himself against Ben Godfrey or Alex Iwobi from Everton, two players who are better suited to other parts of the pitch. If Pulisic can take advantage of that then he will be key in helping Chelsea and also scoring big points!

Gameweek 12: Pick of the week

Kurt Zouma is our pick of the week. Credit | Getty Images

If you listened to point one then well done. But into the specifics, Kurt Zouma will be integral in keeping DCL shut out in week 12.

The enormous Frenchman has racked up a mammoth 67 points from centre half this season already. That’s 9 more than the next best (team mate Ben Chilwell on 58) and 15 more than the next centre back (Southampton’s Jannick Vestergaard).

Despite his huge scores, Zouma only gets into 22.7% of teams, Chilwell is in 36%, Chilwell is also 0.7m more expensive. It’s just logical to go with Zouma, feel more than free to go with more of them, the more the merrier because Reece James is also in that list, slotting in 3rd behind Chilwell.

As we speak his price has risen (much like he does when he jumps) but in all honesty, he’s still a bargain. Just do it. Do it now.

If you still need more ammunition for Zouma, he’s already scored 4 goals this season. In his previous 5 years playing in England, he scored 4 goals combined. He is fast becoming one of the most feared players at set-pieces and is so dominant in both boxes it really is a cheat code.

If Zouma can command the air again then he will be in for points from both ends of the pitch.

Written by Tom Coley @jt4253

Edited by Jai Mcintosh @jjmcintosh5


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