How last season's Fantasy Premier League superstars are faring so far, Part II

By Azmin Mohd Khalib 7 December 2017 1586
How last season's Fantasy Premier League superstars are faring so far, Part II
Four gameweeks ago, I wrote an article on three of last season’s fantasy superstars that had yet to fire: Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Ahead of Gameweek 16, let’s check back with the trio and see how they have performed since then.

Points from last four games:
 18, 8, 1, 15
If you haven’t noticed Hazard’s ascendancy of late, I hope it’s because your squad has been bringing in the points. Of the three, the Belgian's current form is the most visible thanks to some spectacular performances. He is currently the second highest ranked player in the FPL form table after Mohamad Salah.
On a personal note, I’ve benefited from having Hazard, as I have also captained him for the 18 pointer and 15 pointer. His ownership is picking up as well (12.7% compared to 4.9% before Gameweek 12). Chelsea have a fantastic run of matches, and the only worry is rotation.

Points from last four games: 
7, 11, 8, 1
In marked contrast to Hazard, Sanchez’ ownership has barely budged. In fact, it has dropped slightly (from 2.8% to 2.7%). Of the three, Sanchez has had the toughest fixtures in that four-match run, yet the only match that he blanked was the Manchester United match.
It’s very clear that despite his decent returns, two obstacles are preventing him from having a stronger ownership. His price and the availability of Aaron Ramsey as a better-value-for-money Arsenal alternative. As we speak, the Welshman is now the third highest transferred midfielder for this week (behind Hazard and Philippe Coutinho). The fact that Saeed Kolasinac Is also the highest transferred in defender this week is indicative of the recognition of the softer fixtures coming Arsenal’s way.
Until we see more dominant Arsenal performances, Sanchez will remain on the periphery especially when cheaper midfielders are bringing in far more explosive returns.

Points from last four games: 
8, 7, 5, 9
Speaking of cheaper midfielders, Sigurdsson must surely come into serious consideration right now. He’s finally starting to show the form that prompted Everton to make him their most expensive signing. With 2 goals and 2 assists in his past four matches, he’s definitely had a boost in confidence. The only caveat is that in Everton’s last match, Sigurdsson’s free kicks were so poor that new manager Sam Allardyce actually took him off the duty. Whether or not he will get it back remains to be seen. If he does, well, you know how Allardyce loves working with his team on dead ball situations.
Everton will face Liverpool this weekend, followed by Newcastle and Swansea. At $8m, his current form and consistency are starting to look really attractive. Owned by only 2.3%, he’s the best differential right now and I expect more managers to pick him up come midweek.

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