We enter Gameweek 12 on the back of an international break which saw Huddersfield go 3 games unbeaten with 2 wins and a draw. Stoke recorded their first win of the season, whilst Barnsley and Reading moved into the relegation zone and then subsequently suffered the 2nd and 3rd managerial casualties of the season.
The dust has settled to reveal a new league leader: West Brom sit in the hot seat ahead of Gameweek 12.
Top Point Scorers
An 18-point gameweek for Preston’s Daniel Johnson, his best week of the season, came with 2 goals, 1 assist and all 3 bonus points.
Fulham’s Tom Cairney continued his run of form with an assist to remain 2nd, while Ivan Cavaleiro is back up to 3rd after a 10-point haul, consisting of a goal and 3 bonus points to go ahead of fellow Fulham attacker Aleksander Mitrovic – who also scored – taking his tally up to 8 for the season.
Brentford’s Ollie Watkins and Swansea’s Borja Gonzalez Tomas both blanked while Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant scored and gained 2 bonus points.
QPR’s Eberechi Eze scored and gained 3 bonus points, while Brom’s Matheus Pereira entered the top ten for the first time with a huge 16 points from 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 bonus points.
Swansea keeper Freddie Woodman blanked but remains in the top ten.
Charlton’s Unsung Hero
Of the three promoted sides, Lee Bowyer’s Charlton side have adapted most successfully to life in the Championship, currently sitting in 10th place with 18 points after 11 games.
Forward Lyle Taylor (£9.5) may have received all the plaudits for his 5 goals in the first 6 games to rack up 43 Championship Fantasy points, yet an unfortunate injury has kept him out of action since Gameweek 7.
Pulling the strings behind him, and Macauley Bonne (£5.5) in his absence, is on-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher (£5.0), who has accumulated 53 Championship Fantasy points to surpass Taylor as Charlton’s top points scorer.
This total is made up of 4 goals, 2 assists and 6 bonus points, which includes the opening goal against Fulham on Saturday, where, such was the threat of the Charlton attack, Scott Parker changed to a 3-at-the-back formation and ultimately came away with just a point.
To top off his form, he was called up to the England U21 squad for the International fixtures against Slovenia and Austria, having previously been named in the England U20 squad.
Charlton have a home tie against Derby on Saturday.
Speaking of Derby, it is easy to attribute last season’s success to manager Frank Lampard and loanees Harry Wilson and Mason Mount. But this doesn’t tell the full story.
Another standout player was right-back Jayden Bogle, who registered 8 assists last term.
He started this season where he left off, with an opening fixture assist against Huddersfield, however an injury midway through Gameweek 2 did not see him return until Gameweek 9 with a cameo appearance.
After starting Gameweek 10, he got another assist to his name in Gameweek 11, to make it 2 assists from just 3 starts.
Coming in at £5.5, he is a full £1.0 cheaper than the top premium picks, and if he continues his fine run of form, we can expect plenty of attacking returns from him.
Managerless Millwall Stun Leeds
Millwall were rocked by the decision of manager Neil Harris to step down from his position after nearly 6 years in the managerial position.
The London club went into the Leeds game without a win in 7 and were led by first-team coach Adam Barrett against a Leeds side aiming to go top of the Championship table.
Leeds centre-back Gaetano Berardi (£4.5) was shown a straight red on 14 minutes, with the resulting penalty converted by Jed Wallace (£7.0). Tom Bradshsaw (£5.0) then scored his 2nd in two games, and despite just 32% possession, kept all 3 points at The Den.
It was again a frustrating week for Leeds, who failed to capitalise on their superior possession.
They drop to 5th in the table, while the win lifts Millwall to 15th.
Top v Bottom
On paper this was an easy result to predict.
Swansea were looking to remain at the top of the league table and heap more misery on Stoke City, who went into the game without a win this season. The only club in the league with that unwanted statistic.
It looked to be a long afternoon at the Liberty Stadium as Andre Ayew (£7.5) scored within the first minute, his 2nd of the season. A spirited Stoke side pulled level on 22 minutes from Sam Clucas’ (£6.0) goal.
Forward Scott Hogan’s (£9.0) 90th minute winner secured a first win for Nathan Jones’ men, yet it wasn’t enough to lift them off the bottom of the league table.
It was a poor display from the home side, who could have remained top with a win. Instead, they slip to 4th place.
The 2nd and 3rd Managerial Casualties
Barnsley’s Daniel Stendel was the 2nd managerial casualty of the season on Tuesday 8th October, as the club made the announcement in a 21-word statement that angered fans.
The German head coach joined in June 2018 to lead the club to an immediate return to the Championship, yet with a heavy 5-1 defeat to Preston, it leaves them 23rd in the table with just 6 points and 1 win. The Barnsley board decided it was time for a change.
Stendel was in charge for just 66 games and was highly thought of by the Barnsley faithful.
Time will tell what this means for the Championship Fantasy prospects for Barnsley. Forward Cauley Woodrow (£8.5) has 3 goals, leading the way on 29 points. Meanwhile, midfielders Alex Mowatt (£7.0) has 2 assists and Luke Thomas (£6.5) has 1 goal and 1 assist. Both are currently on 28 points.
No replacement has been selected as the Tykes welcome Swansea to Oakwell on Saturday.
The following day it was Reading manager Jose Gomes who was axed after a run of 5 defeats out of the last six to leave them in 22nd place.
Big money forwards Lucas Joao (£8.0) and George Puscas (£7.5) have scored just 2 goals each to end the Portuguese manager’s reign at the Madejski Stadium after just 10 months in charge.
No manager has been announced as the Royals prepare to host Preston on Saturday.
Reading midfielder John Swift (£6.5) faces his 2nd week being drafted out. A red card followed by the departure of manager Gomes has seen his stock fall, along with other Reading assets Joao and Puscas – both of whom have struggled for regular minutes. On-loan Liverpool midfielder Oviemuno Ejaria (£6.5) has also seen a drop.
As highlighted already, Charlton’s Gallagher and West Brom’s Pereira are good picks in midfield, and Swansea’s Borja and Preston’s Maguire (£8.0) are proving to be popular replacements up front.
Gameweek 11 saw the first week of the 2nd round of mini-seasons, with all teams starting again with 0 points.
In Division 1, MUMBOJUMBO leads the way by 5 points: a double Nottingham Forest defensive pair in Worrall (£4.0) and Ribeiro (£4.5), Conor Gallagher, Bradley Dack (£11.0), Pereira, Cairney, Grant and captain Mitrovic made up the bulk of his 77 point gameweek.
Olegforwards stormed 12 points clear in Division Two with 78 points, thanks to an inspired captaincy of Daniel Johnson, who earned a massive 36 points.
Just 2 points separate the top 2 in Division Three, as Grafoman inches ahead with 69 points. They also captained Johnson.
Shesmo is just 3 points ahead in Division Four with 79 points, with 5 players hitting double digits in Worrall, Jayden Bogle, Johnson, Pereira and Cavaleiro. His captain, Borja, blanked.
There is all to play for in the 2nd gameweek of Season 2 as the international break draws to a close. All that remains now is to decide whether to transfer or not, who deserves to stay and who deserves to go, and who has done enough to convince you they are worthy of a place in your squad.
Kick-off starts on Friday as Cardiff welcome Sheffield Wednesday to South Wales.