Gameweek 12: Chelsea Fantasy Premier League Preview – International Blues

Rejoice and celebrate because Fantasy Football is back and the international break is over, Chelsea are back and we’re all ready for gameweek 12 of FPL! It wasn’t the weekend that anyone wanted two weeks ago, the dropped points and a lack of cleansheet meant that everyone struggled and the average points total of 42 was the lowest since gameweek 7.

Although the early kick off and a trip to Leicester City await Thomas Tuchel, it’s an exciting time and one that Fantasy managers should be ready for.

We’ve got the best tips and tricks guide for gameweek 12 if you want to get the best out of the Chelsea players once again.

Chelsea's attack clicked against Leicester City and led the Blues improved performance. (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images).
Chelsea’s attack clicked against Leicester City and led the Blues improved performance. (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images).

Check the matchups

This one isn’t a player but it is a general guide for FPL in general. Two of the better teams in the league are facing off so it’s likely that members of your team will be opposing this weekend. With Harvey Barnes returning for his first start in four games, he was the only Blues or Foxes player in the Kings of Gameweek 11 squad, his first goal of the season drawing him 10 points, more than double his next highest this season.

Barnes may only be in 2.4% of teams for the weekend but as he returns to first team football he might be a good option again, making sure you don’t fill your team with Chelsea defenders just to be outdone by a Barnes goal might not be wise.

Elsewhere, Jamie Vardy is a more popular pick in nearly 30% of teams. His inclusion is more justified with seven goals and an assist already this term. With Chelsea’s defence the most likely Blues in your team, being prepared for Vardy to cancel out the clean sheets of Reece James, Edouard Mendy or Ben Chilwell is something to think about.

Likewise, a James goal might ruin Caglar Soyuncu’s gameweek. Finding the balance between these players could be key to your FPL success this week.

Honest verdict

This is slightly boring but’s honest. Chelsea players may not be the most usable over the next period of matches, at least not until Romelu Lukaku is back from injury, or Timo Werner for that matter.

With tougher games against Manchester United, Leicester and West Ham before the serious nature of double gameweeks over Christmas, it’s hard to see the consistent point scorers. It might be a case of taking each week at a time and rotating. As for this weekend, it’s even harder to predict due to the international break, returning players from injuries and Tuchel’s tinkerman attitude.

Really, James, Chilwell and Mendy are going to be extremely solid choices throughout the season, but it’s hard to pick them out specifically for this match against Leicester as being bankers.

Gameweek 12: Pick of the week

Now, football records are a funny thing. How can the history of a fixture make it more or less likely for a result to happen? Can this even happen? Because it’s strange how players so often score against the same opposition or teams just can’t win at certain grounds, is there something to it? Honestly, who knows.

Anyway, this is relevant because Antonio Rudiger seems to love playing Leicester, to some extent. For a centre back he boasts a somewhat prolific record against Brendan Rodgers’ side. Since joining Chelsea in 2017, Rudiger has only been on the losing side against this weekend’s opposition three out of 11, not a bad record when you think about how consistent Leicester City have been in recent years.

The German also has three goals in that time, including both goals in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the King Power in 2020. The all-action defender also got on the scoresheet when the sides met in May. He’s also becoming a bit of a Fantasy Football demon for just 5.9m. He’s the fourth top scoring defender in the game and is the highest-ranking centre back out of everyone. He’s the joint cheapest defender (alongside James) in the top six players and already has six scores of six or more this season, some brilliant consistency.

Chelsea’s favourable run of form may have come to an end but  Rudiger’s form against Leicester is too good to turn down this weekend.

Written and edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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