Gameweek 14: Chelsea Fantasy Premier League Preview – Return of the Rom

Now things are getting frantic, there’s midweek league fixtures for the first time and gameweek 14 could mark the turning point for Fantasy Football managers. Forget one deadline or a double gameweek slips your mind and it’s a slippery slope from then onwards. We’re here to help you out.

There’s less than a day left to get your transfers done, so let’s be quick about this.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has looked good in the past month, should he be rewarded with a place in your gameweek 14 FPL team? Edit by Lewis (@designs_lh)
Callum Hudson-Odoi has looked good in the past month, should he be rewarded with a place in your gameweek 14 FPL team? Edit by Lewis (@designs_lh)

Use your Chelsea quota

Frankly, Chelsea players, as expected with the team sitting top of the league and boasting a ludicrously good 31-5 for and against column, have been the best in the game. To sum this up, out of the 13 gameweeks so far there have been at least one Blues member in the Kings of the week squad on nine occasions. That means that a Chelsea player is getting you one of the best 11 scores 69% of the time.

Furthermore, they’ve had two players in the team five times and three players twice. It’s an outstanding record and spans 11 different players in there. It’s been a team effort. Hence why Chelsea’s average (taking their top five scorers) is 62.6. That’s four more than Manchester City’s but importantly it costs on average 1.2m less as well.

When compared to Liverpool, their players have the highest average, by quite a distance as well. At 84.6 on average the Reds do dominate but come at a huge cost of 9.4m per player on average. When we do an average points per million, Chelsea come out on top here, evidence of their strength and value.

The other positive is that due to the depth we’ve already mentioned, it’s possible to basically take a blind pick of any defenders and you will be relatively happy right now.  Don’t be a fool, use up your Chelsea quota.

Luk who’s back

The appearance of the big Belgian was a brilliant one on Sunday. Although he only had five touches after coming on, just the site of Romelu Lukaku is bound to drive defences to the hills in fear. He hasn’t been fit and has missed four whole gameweeks now, as FPL managers look for a daring striker to light up their team, a certain figurehead is back at the right time.

Watford are the opponents on Wednesday and look the perfect game for Lukaku to get some minutes and end a relatively baron run of four starts in the league without a goal. He’s already in 9.4% of teams and that is sure to rise as awareness of his return picks up.

There are decent cheap alternatives out there at the moment, Emmanuel Dennis for the Hornets has been consistent in recent weeks but might struggle against the solid Blues backline. Allan Saint-Maximin is always a rogue shout but under Eddie Howe he might be able to bring a spark to the north.

It’s all well and good looking for the gems in the game, but Lukaku is a sure-fire way to bring goals. If he had been playing against Burnley and maybe for longer against United then Chelsea would likely be four points better off and his clinical, ruthless edge is why.

Since Claudio Ranieri was appointed at Vicarage Road there have been five goals or more in four of his six matches. They’ve conceded 14 in that time. Lukaku will be licking his lips and you should take advantage of it

Gameweek 14: Pick of the week

This could easily be Reece James again or Edouard Mendy, even Lukaku really. But to be a bit more creative and daring, we’ve gone for Callum Hudson-Odoi. The wingers form has been vital to Chelsea continuing to pick up points without Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Lukaku, and he hasn’t disappointed.

Though the stat sheet will read just one goal and one assist, both in the 7-0 demolition job against Norwich, Hudson-Odoi has been brilliant. This doesn’t relate to FPL but with an extra two Champions League assists and another European goal in there, his tally of three assists and two goals all of a sudden looks a lot brighter in the past month. Again, there’s no fantasy points for this but his whoscored rating has been above 7.24 in seven of his last eight games. Consistency.

If he had the same experience and brutal nature of Lukaku who buries chances at will, he might have got two goals at the weekend. Really, what is being said here is that his impressive form could be rewarded on Wednesday against Watford and at just 5.3m he’s a good price to be in rotation in the midfield.

Written and edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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