Fantasy Premier League – Players to Target for GW34
Written by: FPLijah
If you thought that Chelsea vs Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Semi-Final this past weekend, was a fixture that only affected both clubs and their supporters, you are absolutely mistaken. The result of the aforementioned fixture has affected the Premier League schedule, and thus ALL FPL managers. Chelsea came away with a 2-0 win and are through to the FA Cup Final against Liverpool, scheduled for the 14th of May 2022. Chelsea’s triumph in the FA Cup Semi-Final means that their fixture in the Premier League against Manchester United (at Old Trafford), will now move from Gameweek 37 to Gameweek 34. Gameweek 34 is therefore a Double Gameweek for both Chelsea (vs West Ham United & Manchester United) and for Manchester United, who will have their 2 fixtures against Arsenal at the Emirates and are at home to Chelsea. Gameweek 37 will now be a blank Gameweek for Manchester United, and Chelsea will have just 1 fixture. The result also means that Aston Villa and Burnley will both double in GW37 as well.
Another fixture to note is Wolves vs. Manchester City, which is still to be rescheduled into the Premier League schedule, and will either fall in GW36 or GW37, resulting in both teams getting a Double Gameweek. That additional fixture will likely be confirmed within the next few days, for those of you planning a Wildcard, chip, or transfer strategy.
Below is an updated fixture schedule, created by Ben Crellin:
Chelsea are the only team to have a Double Gameweek in both GW34 and GW36, and after being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, we can assume that the risk of rotation has diminished a little, and it’s the prime time to target those Chelsea assets, possibly even tripling up. Their second fixture in Gameweek 36 against Leeds is relatively close to the FA Cup Final, so if Tuchel is to rotate his Chelsea side, it would likely be for that fixture. One could even argue that his strongest team has to play in that final fixture before the Cup Final, due to rhythm and momentum (which is so often spoken about by the top managers in world football), and will likely take key players off early once the game is put to bed.
Like in every team, there are a few key players that we should look at with regard to Fantasy Premier League, and in the Chelsea Football Club, there are 6 players worth noting: Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, Marcos Alonso, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner.
Let’s take a deeper look into their stats, as well as things to note based on their recent form, minutes, and formation adopted by their manager, Thomas Tuchel. As we’re into the final stretch of the season, looking at statistics and tactics in recent games are more of an accurate reflection on all FPL assets.
Let’s begin with the first dilemma that we all face, Mount (mid) vs Havertz (mid) vs Werner (fwd). Which one should we get, or do we double up in attack?
- Most transferred player for Gameweek 34
- Most nailed-on Chelsea attacker in terms of minutes
- Captaincy option
- On corners
- Playmaker – Always involved (assists and goals)
- A most vital player in attack
- Playing out of position as a forward (the stuff of FPL dreams)
- Captaincy Option
- More nailed than earlier in the season
- Vital in attack
- Confidence player, that has the form to warrant a spot in our FPL teams
- Differential player at 8.1% ownership
- Seems to have nailed a starting spot in the Chelsea attack in recent games
- The super differential player at just 1.9% ownership
- Punty, yet exciting option compared to Mount and Havertz
This is a comparison of their stats over the last six gameweeks, excluding their GW33 fixture against Arsenal, according to Playmaker:
It’s quite evident to see that in attack, Havertz has dominated among the three Chelsea assets in the last six Premier League games, however, Mount’s numbers are fairly similar, and he costs £0.3m less. According to Chelsea fans and in my opinion, Mount is still the most important and nailed Chelsea attacker with regards to minutes.
Something interesting to note is that over the last three games in all competitions, all three of the above started for Chelsea, but Mount played a central attacking midfield (CAM) role, with Havertz and Werner playing as strikers (in the case of Havertz, he is playing out of position with regards to FPL – AMAZING!). In those three fixtures, Mount scored four and had two assists, with ten shots on target. Havertz however scored just one goal and had no assists. Werner scored three goals in these three fixtures, basically teasing us FPL managers to consider him for our teams.
If I had to choose just one player from the three attacking options, I would go for Mount. He’s the cheapest from the lot, the most important in attack, has consistent attacking numbers that rival both Havertz and Werner, on corners, and is the most nailed-on. Assuming money is no option and at four points hit at the maximum, I would try to get both Mount and Havertz if you’re just making transfers, or for free if you’re on a Wildcard or Free Hit. Werner is a punt pick, and a nice differential, so if your gut is leaning towards getting him, back yourself and your gut feeling. It could work out massively!
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Although difficult to decide between the three Chelsea defensive assets: James, Rudiger, and Alonso; I think this decision is far easier than choosing your attackers.
Reece James (£6.3m)
- Extremely high ceiling – capable of a 21-pointer or more as we’ve seen this season
- Always takes shots from close proximity to the opposition goal
- Recently played as a right center-back (RCB) instead of his usual position which is a right-back (RB), which limits his attacking threat. Some say it was match-specific tactics to protect him, by Tuchel against Real Madrid and Crystal Palace, due to the extremely fast wingers that Reece James came up against (Vinicius Junior and Wilfred Zaha, respectively). It is expected that he will be back to his usual position. Chelsea’s fixture against Arsenal in GW33 will give us an indication.
- If benched, Reece James often gets a cameo appearance, which we hate as FPL managers, as it often results in just 1 point, instead of possibly getting points of our bench
Antonio Rudiger (£6.2m)
- Safest Chelsea option amongst ALL their players in terms of minutes
- Low risk in terms of rotation/reduced minutes
- Offers goal threat, especially from corners and free-kicks
- Recently scored a world from out-the-box, and is also shooting more frequently
- The lowest ceiling amongst the 3 Chelsea defensive assets, however, did score against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League
Marcos Alonso (£5.5m)
- Cheapest of the 3 defensive assets
- High ceiling attacking defender, much like Reece James
- Plays at both left-back (LB) and left wingback (LWB), depending on the formation that Tuchel goes with
- Nicknamed ‘Goalonso’ in the FPL and Football Communities on social media, due to his attacking threat
- Played his way back into Chelsea’s starting XI, and seemingly is the first choice again, starting in Chelsea’s last 3 fixtures, notably in important fixtures against Real Madrid (UCL Quarter-Final) and Crystal Palace (FA Cup Semi-Final)
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