Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek Eleven review!
With eleven games gone and West Ham United deservedly occupying a top-three spot going into the November international break, it’s becoming clear in Fantasy Premier League competitions up and down the country who may be set to stay the course in the bid for a high-ranking finish.
And with the Irons producing yet another outstanding performance to defeat Liverpool 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, plenty of points went the way of the boys in Claret and Blue, both in the Premier League table and the FPL rankings.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the FPL headlines surrounding the Hammers after Gameweek Eleven…
Pablo Fornals among the Kings of the Gameweek
One goal and one assist – or possibly two goals, depending on who you ask – saw Pablo Fornals become the latest Hammer to feature in FPL’s ‘Kings of the Gameweek’, the top-scoring players of the week.
Despite his appeals to the contrary, the Spaniard was credited with a goal and an assist for his efforts on Sunday afternoon, collecting two further bonus points to take his tally up to 12 for the week.
No other Premier League midfielder scored more points this week, and only Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo surpassed that total (awarded 14 for his performance against Manchester United).
There was little doubt about Fornals’ goal as he slid the ball beneath Alisson on the breakaway to restore West Ham’s lead in the second half, but the former remains vied for by the Spain international, who claimed afterwards: “I don’t know how many goals I scored because for me, the first one was mine! I’m going to count it!”
The Spaniard also became the fifth Hammer to make the Kings of the Gameweek this season, after Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma, Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen all scored higher than their top-flight peers earlier this season.
Consistent Bowen continues to deliver
Prior to the fixture at Liverpool, this FPL writer highlighted that only 1.4 per cent of managers owned Bowen.
A brace of assists against the Reds later, and Bowen remains selected by only 1.9 per cent, making the winger – available at a bargain price of £6.3m – the arguably the best available ‘differential’ (footballer selected by not many players) in the game.
Take into account his form – Bowen has now produced at least one attacking return in six of his last seven appearances, accruing some 46 points in that time – and the No20 is quickly making himself an FPL must-have.
And as highlighted by respected analytics website Fantasy Football Scout, during that time, only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) can boast a higher expected goal involvement (xGI) total amongst all players.
Listed as a midfielder, Bowen is now the seventh-best performing midfielder in the game on 55 points, one behind teammate Benrahma in sixth.
Johnson’s stock continues to rise
Making his fourth consecutive start in the Premier League, the in-form Ben Johnson remains one of the best-value defensive options in the game.
Available at just £4.0m, Johnson’s form in recent weeks has seen the young right-back shoot up to selection by four per cent of players in recent weeks, gaining over 200,000 FPL manager selections in the process.
Enter our supporters’ league!
In case you hadn’t heard, we’ve been inviting Claret and Blue supporters who enjoy a spot of casual FPL to take part in our own mini-league, where the top-scoring players each month could are in with a chance of winning West Ham-themed rewards.
Remember, too, that there will be an overall end-of-season prize winner as well!
If you’d like to throw your hat into the ring, all you’ll need is our league code (nlz9u2) or you just need to click this link here.