Brentford Attacking Prospects
Brentford went into the new season without last season’s 25-goal forward Neal Maupay playing a single minute of pre-season football.
Attacker Ollie Watkins (£9.5) was moved to the vacant number 9 position and has been a sensation, scoring 8 goals, including a hat-trick against Barnsley in Gameweek 9, and has collected 10 bonus points along the way to sit as the 7th top points scorer in the league.
He has also registered the most shots on target in the Championship so far this season, with 18 over his 13 games.
Said Benrahma (£10.5) has only racked up 709 minutes over the course of the season so far, and had no attacking returns or bonus points until Gameweek 12.
The Algerian has picked up form dramatically over the last two games, having more key passes (5) than anyone against Swansea, the most touches (78) in the Brentford side, as well as the most shots (4) and shots on target (3) of anyone on the field.
Sergi Canos (£8.5) has played 950 minutes with 3 assists and no bonus points in that time and has missed the past two gameweeks with a knee injury. Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5) has taken his place in the attacking three, hitting 8 points in each game, with a goal in each and an assist in Gameweek 12 to make it 3 goals and 2 assists for the season over just 561 minutes.
Depending on how long Canos is out injured, Mbeumo could be a budget option for the duration.
The Bees travel to QPR in the Monday evening game.
Managerless Barnsley Stun West Brom
The Tykes are yet to appoint a replacement for head coach Daniel Stendel, who was relieved of his duties in controversial fashion on 8th October.
Since then the South Yorkshire club have drawn 1-1 with Swansea and 2-2 with WBA, after leading the game until the 81st minute when WBA levelled the game to 2-2.
Forward Cauley Woodrow (£8.5) scored his 4th and 5th goals of the season to put the away side 2-0 up after just 24 minutes, and held the lead until late on, despite only holding just over 30% possession.
The game also saw 8 Barnsley players booked, taking them up to 35 bookings for the season, the most of any team in the league.
Woodrow is the club’s top points scorer with just 44 points, yet has 15 shots on target in his 10 appearances. Even without a manager or head coach, they’re managing to hold their own in the Championship. Stockpiling players against them might not be a good idea.
The draw leaves them level on points at the bottom of the Championship table with Stoke on 8. They travel to Huddersfield on Saturday for a Yorkshire derby.
The Fulham forward entered Championship Fantasy as the games’ most expensive player, coming in at £12.5. Perhaps this comes as no surprise, as he also ranks as the highest value player at £22.5 million.
Wednesday nights home game to Luton marked the first hat-trick of the season for Serbian International, taking him to 11 goals for the season to become the league’s top scorer, 3 ahead of Ollie Watkins in second place.
With a goal ratio of 0.85 every game, it’s now the best in the league.
His 79 points, which include 13 bonus points, makes him the second highest points scorer in the game too, behind Preston’s Daniel Johnson (£7.5), who has 7 goals, 6 assists and 14 bonus points.
Fulham sit in 7th place in the league, 1 place outside the play-off places, as an inconsistency hampers their season. Tom Cairney (£8.5) and Ivan Cavaleiro (£9.0) hold the third and fourth highest points scorers this season, while Joe Bryan (£6.5) is the highest point scoring defender.
They travel to Middlesbrough for a 3pm fixture on Saturday.
The Robins’ win over Charlton on Wednesday evening meant they leapfrogged the Addicks to move to 4th in the Championship on 23 points, 3 points behind leaders WBA.
This has seen many a Championship Fantasy manager take a look at the club’s assets. They’d be forgiven for being slightly underwhelmed at the findings.
Last season’s star man Famara Diedhiou entered this season’s game as their most expensive player at £10.0, yet has struggled for minutes, starting and completing 90 minutes just once.
Benik Afobe (£9.5) suffered a season ending cruciate ligament injury after 3 goals in the opening 6 games.
Midfielder Kasey Palmer (£8.0) arrived on a permanent deal from Chelsea in the summer, but has only completed 90 minutes on two occasions.
The top points and goalscorer comes in the form of the experienced Andreas Weimann (£8.5) with 4 goals and 2 assists, playing 1152 minutes, completing 90 minutes 12 of the 13 games.
However, his 56 points in total leaves him joint 16th highest points scorer in the game.
If they aren’t a high goal-scoring side they must be resolute at the back, right? Well, goalkeeper David Bentley (£5.0), who has played every game, has only 3 clean sheets so far from the 13 games.
One player to perhaps keep an eye on is defender Jack Hunt (£5.0), who has 5 assists so far this season, but again has struggled for consistent minutes, completing 90 minutes 6 times, with 828 minutes overall.
They welcome Wigan to Ashton Gate on Sunday for a 1:30 kick-off.
It isn’t Mitrovic that gets the transfer headlines, as many teams struggle to incorporate his hefty price tag. Instead, it’s forwards Bradshaw and Preston’s Thomas Barkhuizen (£6.5) who are drafted into the most teams thanks to their recent form.
The most transferred out players to accommodate them are Derby’s Tom Lawrence (£8.0) and Diedhiou.
There is a new league leader in Division 1 as olegforward stormed into first place thanks in huge part to a captained Mitrovic, who contributed nearly half the 71 gameweek points.
Elsewhere, a goal for Jarrod Bowen (£11.5) made it 7 points for the Hull man, and third forward Chris Martin (£5.5) provided an assist after coming on as a half-time substitute for Derby to claim 4 points.
In midfield, WBA’s Matheus Pereira (£7.0) enjoyed another successful gameweek with a goal, assist and 2 bonus points to make up his 12 points. His WBA teammate Grady Diangana (£4.5), Blackburn’s Bradley Dack (£11.0) and Tom Cairney all received just 2 appearance points, with a yellow card for Cairney to leave him with 1 point.
At the back only Sheffield Wednesday’s Julian Borner (£4.5) managed a clean sheet, as he brought home 6 points. WBA’s Darnell Furlong (£4.5), Cardiff’s Lee Peltier (£4.5) and Preston’s Declan Rudd (£4.5) received 0, 1 and 2 points respectively.
Olegforward moves 10 points ahead of second place MUMBOJUMBO
In Division 2, Devilsweep moves 14 points clear of second place Ringo Lion, with a double-up of Birmingham defensive assets in goalkeeper Lee Camp (£4.5) and Maxime Colin (£4.5), Fulham’s Joe Bryan and Middlesbrough’s Ryan Shotton (£4.5) all either keeping a clean sheet, scoring, assisting or a combination of the three. Mitrovic was vice captained to Dack’s captaincy.
Division 3 sees Vandelay just 3 points clear of Yugoslavs, with only captain Mitrovic and Benrahma providing returns.
Lastly it’s plankorama who leads Division 4, again by 3 points, as Fulham triple-up Mitrovic (captained), Cavaleiro and Bryan as well as WBA’s Pereiera made up the bulk of their 74 points.
Gameweek 14 kicks-off on Saturday in the 12:30 kick-off at Hillsborough as South Yorkshire’s Sheffield Wednesday take on West Yorkshire’s Leeds.
After Mitrovic’s dominant week can you afford to ignore him, or does Fulham’s inconsistency, along with the other top two sides, Leeds and WBA, keep you at arm’s length?
As always, the decisions are up to you…