Fulham’s upgrades can help Cavaleiro out of position deliver FPL value
Once again, differentials were a big hit in Gameweek 12, with previous column inclusions João Cancelo (£ 5.5m), Stuart armstrong (£ 5.5m) and Che Adams (£ 6.0million) all delivered to their owners.
If it hadn’t been for a superb goalkeeper at Selhurst Park and King Power Stadium, last week’s picks Eric Dier (£ 5.0m) and Danny Welbeck (£ 5.5million) were also said to have been in the points.
There is also no shortage of candidates for consideration this week.
This time around, we’re focusing on the differences of Fulham, Manchester City and West Ham United, whose look we love for Gameweek 13 and beyond.
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- FPL property: 0.1%
- Price: £ 5.3m
- Calendar GW13-17: BHA | new | SOU | early | bur
The use of Ivan Cavaleiro (£ 5.3million) as a number nine in recent weeks has coincided with a resumption of form from Fulham.
Since the 27-year-old Portuguese returned to the starting XI last month, the Cottagers have beaten Leicester City and now drawn with Liverpool, which suggests they are moving in the right direction and could potentially turn the season around.
During this race, Scott Parker has his place of tactical approach. With Cavaleiro’s ability to stretch opposition defenses, they were able to play more effectively on the counterattack while showing increased discipline without the ball. This added a different dynamic to their game and bodes well for further starts out of position for Cavaleiro.
Against Liverpool he has been lively throughout, and over the past four Gameweeks his numbers have drawn attention as well.
Among all the players, no one had a better chance than Cavaleiro, while only Richarlison (£ 7.8million) racked up more shots on target. He also ranks in the top 10 midfielders for shots and attempts in the box. In fact, in Gameweek 12 he was the biggest expected underachiever (xG) and didn’t have the chance to leave Craven Cottage without an offensive return. While its objective conversion rate may be the subject of some work, these numbers are encouraging.
Fulham did not start the season well and had only one win until Gameweek 10. However, they have now started scoring points and will be confident to add to their tally with games against Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United is next.
Cavaleiro is an exciting prospect out of position. With penalties and a share of free kicks married with Fulham’s attractive schedule, it’s hard to dispute the value he will deliver if he continues to lead the line.
- FPL property: 1.3%
- Price: £ 4.8m
- Calendar GW13-17: WBA | penny | NEW | eve | che
Central defender John stones (£ 4.8million) has been in excellent shape since being called up to Manchester City’s starting XI last month.
It was a real turnaround for the Yorkshireman, having been at the bottom of the pecking order for the first few weeks after his return to form. However, an impressive string of performances saw him seize the opportunity to step in to Aymeric Laporte (£ 6.0million), and could have put him on track for a streak of sustained games in an improving City side.
Encouragingly, Pep Guardiola was quick to speak up about Stones at every opportunity in recent weeks, praising him for changing his career while insisting he never lost faith in the defender.
Defensively, the Citizens have been superb this season.
They have now retained six clean sheets in a row in all competitions and have conceded just three goals in their last 10 games. Stones also played a big part in this race, playing in Europe and starting the last three Premier League games, earning 20 FPL points. In that run, City have given up just four shots on target against Manchester United, Fulham and Burnley, fewer than any other team in that span.
After regaining Guardiola’s confidence, the challenge now is for Stones to retain his place in the squad. Consistency will be key, but if he can do it, he could be a useful differential for weeks to come.
- FPL property: 0.3%
- Price: £ 6.0m
- Calendar GW13-17: CRY | che | BHA | penny | Eve
In his first start against Leeds United on Friday, Said Benrahma (£ 6.0million) was a catchy performance.
Postponed his full debut following an injury to Arthur masuaku (£ 4.5million), which in turn forced West Ham United away from their usual 3-4-2-1 form, the Algerian thrived as a number 10 behind the striker. Sebastien haller (£ 6.1m) in a 4-2-3-1. He may not have registered an offensive return, but was heavily involved in the final third, releasing six shots which was the top among all players in Gameweek 12.
Since signing, and despite limited minutes, he has also provided assists off the bench against Fulham and Aston Villa, and could now be ready for a series of first-team starts.
Last season, Benrahma was arguably the most exciting player in the league with 17 goals and 10 assists for Brentford. It remains to be seen how these statistics will hold up in the Premier League, but they are promising.
David Moyes’ side have now collected 12 points in their last five games, ahead of a meeting with Crystal Palace tomorrow night. Given that the Eagles have conceded most of their chances on their right side this season, I think we’ll see Benrahma instinctively drift into that flank, and if he does, he can cause Roy’s side a lot of trouble. Hodgson.
Benrahma is a top talent and an attractive option for those who wish to move away from the midfielder model.
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