Fantasy Premier League – New Year's review!
West Ham United’s back-to-back victories in the Premier League over the turn of the year yielded plenty of Fantasy Premier League points for Claret and Blue-devoted managers.
So while the Premier League takes a pause for the FA Cup third-round fixtures this weekend, here are the FPL headlines from over the festive period, as well as some top tips for January…
Winter Kings crowned
West Ham United continued to add to their myriad of players who have appeared in FPL’s top-scoring ‘Kings of the Gameweek’ over the festive period!
Tomáš Souček’s goal and all-round contribution in the 4-1 win over Watford saw him earn nine points and become the ninth Hammer named in the top-scoring team of the match round.
The Czech midfielder followed in the footsteps of Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma, Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Arthur Masuaku and Jarrod Bowen – the latter of whom was also recognised for his three assists against the Hornets (earning 14 points).
Then, despite being only having played half of his Gameweek 21 so far, Manuel Lanzini’s spectacular brace in the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day – earning an impressive haul of 15 points, including all three bonus points – saw the Argentinian named among the round's top performers.
With the Hammers’ rescheduled fixture at home to Norwich City classified as a Gameweek 21 fixture, there remains every chance that Lanzini (valued at just £5.8m) or teammates Antonio, Bowen and Rice could all appear in the Kings of the Gameweek.
Antonio sits on seven points after his strike and bonus point against Palace, with Danny Ings one point ahead of him on eight points – but the Hammers’ No9 has that additional game in hand against the Canaries, and will be included in the team for a fourth time if he completes 90 minutes.
Bowen – who was the most widely transferred-in player (250k+ managers) ahead of the Gameweek following his display against the Hornets – and Rice, meanwhile, both currently stand on five points for the Gameweek.
They will therefore both be aware that a goal against Norwich would draw them level with Palace’s Michael Olise or Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Joao Moutinho on eleven points apiece – and likely move them into the Kings of the Gameweek on bonus points.
Watch this space.
Double Gameweek delight!
Due to the fixture’s rescheduling, no transfers can be made by FPL managers which would take affect ahead of Norwich’s visit to London Stadium on Wednesday 12 January, with the deadline for Gameweek 21 having already passed ahead of New Year’s Day.
That will have benefitted West Ham-supporting FPL managers picking the likes of Lanzini, Antonio and Bowen, all three of whom have been in outstanding form in recent matches.
Nevertheless, the scheduling serves as a timely reminder for managers to stay aware of such ‘double gameweeks’ – particularly with a large number of games due to be rescheduled in the coming weeks.
The deadline for Gameweek 22 – not a double gameweek – is currently set for Friday 14 January at 6.30pm GMT.
Track your international schedules
Like many managers across the Premier League, FPL players would do well to keep track of their international schedules this month, with the Africa Cup of Nations set to rule out a number of the competition’s top players from their clubs’ upcoming fixtures.
From a West Ham perspective, Benrahma – the tenth-highest scoring midfielder in FPL, and the Hammers’ third-most widely selected player – will be the only absentee from the remainder of Gameweek 21.
Depending on how Algeria progress in the tournament, the midfielder could miss Gameweeks 22, 23 and, potentially, Gameweek 24.
In general, however, managers are advised to keep a close eye on how the competition develops to keep abreast of when best to rotate their players.
We have a winner!
Festive fortunes have smiled upon Irons far and wide – and our December monthly competition winner has been revealed!
In case you hadn’t heard, we’ve been inviting Claret and Blue supporters to take part in our own FPL mini-league, where the top-scoring players each month could are in with a chance of winning West Ham-themed rewards.
And with December done and dusted, we’re delighted to reveal that the monthly winner is… Mark Jenkins and ‘Junk Pond Academical’, who scored a spectacular 404 points over the month, just beating Olly Martinez out in the final gameweek on FPL's 'team registration time' criterion!
With a fresh 2022 year ahead, it’s never too late to throw your hat into the ring and be in with a chance of winning our prize for this month: a first-team shirt – either home, away or third – signed by a player of your choice!
If you’d like to give it a go, all you’ll need is our league code: nlz9u2 - or you just need to click this link here.