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Sky Fantasy Football: Top Point Scorers After Opening Gameweeks

In the following article, I will be reflecting on the seven opening gameweeks of the season; I will take a look at the top point scorers and bonus magnets in each position and suggest my favourite players to keep an eye on after the international break and in the next few gameweeks.

 

GOALKEEPERS

Points King: Rui Patricio (WOL) £6.9m

The Wolves shot-stopper stands as the leader of all goalkeepers with 42 points from the opening 7 games. Wolves have started the season very well defensively, managing 4 clean sheets. The clean sheet bonuses are the main reason for Patricio holding the top spot, he's hardly pulling up trees when it comes to save tier bonuses, although, coincidentally, the two games that he has achieved saves tier bonus in are the games that Wolves failed to keep a clean sheet (MCI &WOL).

The 15.35% of managers that own Patricio will be hoping for further clean sheets, however, Wolves' fixtures become difficult for a prolonged run of gameweeks. Maybe with Patricio becoming busier, we’ll see him hitting more saves tier bonus?

November Fixtures: LEI (a), SOU (h), ARS (a)

 

Bonus Magnet: Karl Darlow (NEW) £6.2m

Newcastle’s number one Martin Dubravka remains sidelined due to injury. In the meantime, Darlow has really taken his opportunity to show what he’s made of with some fine performances. He's also putting in some good performances in SkyFF — with 38 points he sits as the 3rd highest scoring goalkeeper in the game.

Despite only being owned by 0.98% of managers, Darlow leads the way for the most saves tier bonuses, mustering up an impressive 14 points by hitting saving tier 1 bonus on 4 occasions and saving tier 2 bonus on 2 occasions. He costs just £6.2m and currently offering 6.13 points per million. He's been a bargain for those who took a punt on him. 

November Fixtures: SOU (a), CHE (h), CRY (a)

 

One to Watch: Bernd Leno (ARS) £7.3m

Arsenal are much improved defensively this season, and the GW8 clean sheet against rivals Manchester United will only raise confidence in the back line. Leno hasn’t set the world alight quite yet, but I do envisage more clean sheets and saving bonus to come in the future. If this is the case, then we should see an improvement on the 4.52 points per million that he’s currently offering the 5.17% of managers who’ve invested in him. To date, Leno has only managed saves tier bonus against the trickier opposition in Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd suggesting that the defence he has in front of him are keeping him quieter against the lesser opposition.

With Arsenal’s involvement in the Europa Cup this season, it’s likely that we might need Arsenal single day coverage in the future. If Leno starts to get more clean sheets moving forward, then I think he could be worth consideration. 

November Fixtures: AVL (h), LEE (a), WOL (h)

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DEFENDERS

Points King: Kurt Zouma (CHE) £7.8m

With 55 points and 3 goals to his name in just 6 starts it's Chelsea’s center-half who sits as the highest-scoring defender. Costing just £7.8m, he is currently offering the 10.2% of owners a fantastic 7.05 points per game. Zouma has hit passing tier bonus on three occasions with bonus returns against Crystal Palace, Southampton and Manchester United GW5-GW7. What’s been most impressive however is the goal threat that Zouma has offered owners, with 3 goals he’s comfortably outperforming his xG of 1.09.

Chelsea have a decent run of fixtures ahead where I'd expect clean sheet points, starting with Sheffield United this weekend. If Zouma continues to find himself on the scoresheet, I'm sure his ownership numbers will grow considerably in the weeks ahead. 

November Fixtures: SHU (h), NEW (a), TOT (h)

 

Bonus Magnet: Gabriel Magalhaes (ARS) £8.0m

Arsenal’s summer signing Gabriel has been excellent so far this season both in real life and with his returns in SkyFF. The Brazilian center-half has mustered up 17 bonus points managing passing tier 1 once, passing tier 2 on four occasions and tackle tier 2 on one occasion. With a single goal in the opening game of the season against Fulham, Gabriel sits on 48 points (2nd highest of all defenders) and similar to what I discussed with Bernd Leno, should we need single match day Arsenal coverage then Gabriel should certainly be considered. He's currently owned by 15.37% of managers and offering 6.0 points per million.

November Fixtures: AVL (h), LEE (a), WOL (h)

One to Watch: Ben Chilwell (CHE) £9.0m

Considering he’s only played 4 games where others have played 7, it’s pretty impressive than Ben Chilwell sits as the 3rd highest scoring defender in the game. A dream debut against Crystal Palace saw Chilwell walk away with a 22-point haul. Since then, he’s been given the license to get forward at every opportunity and often finds himself in and around the penalty box whenever the Chelsea play is focussed down the right-hand side of the pitch. From the 4 matches he’s played, he’s hit passing bonus tiers on 3 occasions and tackle tier bonus once. He's currently owned by 14.04% of managers and offers a genuine captaincy option moving forward. He could be a fantastic differential captain against Sheffield United this Saturday. 

November Fixtures: SHU (h), NEW (a), TOT (h)

 

MIDFIELDERS

Points King: Jack Grealish (AVL) £ 8.5m

Villa’s captain and talisman Jack Grealish is the highest-scoring midfielder despite only playing 6 games. From the 6 games, Grealish has scored 4 goals and assisted others on 5 occasions leaving him on a pretty impressive 62 points. He costs just £8.5m, he's owned by 38.72% of owners and offers 7.29 points per million (3rd highest), a fantastic return from a player who is really stepping up his game at the moment. Furthermore, Villa’s fixtures look pretty kind up until the 28th December when they play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Grealish should be in every Sky managers thinking over the next couple of weeks, if you don't have him, how can you get to him?

November Fixtures: ARS (a), BHA (h), WHU (a)

 

Bonus Magnet: Tom Cairney (FUL) £7.7m

Cairney's 17 bonus points are the most that any midfielder has managed so far this season, but what I find impressive is how he has managed to hit passing tier bonus 2 on 5 occasions despite Fulham struggling to take control of possession in games. Cairney currently sits on 33 points, which averages at 4.29 points per million. He's unsurprisingly low-owned, with only 1.19% of managers wanting in on his passing tier bonus returns. Cairney will only come into my thinking if we need Fulham single day captaincy in the future, and even then I’d probably look at the opposition players before considering him.

November Fixtures: WHU (a), EVE (h), LEI (a)

 

One to Watch: Youri Tielmans (LEI) £8.3m

This pick might turn a few eyes; however, I’ve been keeping close tabs on Tielmans for a while and he’s impressed me. He might only be sat on 43 points at the moment, but he’s the 6th highest bonus points scorer in the whole game with 15 bonus points. Breaking down the bonuses he's hit shooting bonus tier 1 twice, passing bonus tier 2 three times and tackle tier 1 on one occasion. He’s owned by just 4.4% of managers at present but should we need Leicester single day captaincy in the near future, he might be the one to consider. With Vardy in and out of the team with injuries, it's worth noting that Tielman's is second in line when it comes to penalty taking. 

November Fixtures: WOL (h), LIV (a), FUL (h)

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FORWARDS

Points King: Harry Kane (TOT) £11.7m

With 86 points, Kane is the highest scoring player in the whole game and his 7.35 points per million return is only bettered by Leeds striker Patrick Bamford. Kane is currently averaging two returns per game with 6 goals and 8 assists in the opening 7 games. He’s looking absolutely fantastic both in front of goal and in his creative play, setting up those around him. Kane has the 3rd highest xG of 5.45 and the highest xA of 4.34, he’s a constant threat and if he is able to keep this form up, then he could well be a long term hold. After all, we know Kane loves hauling around the Christmas period, right?

November Fixtures: WBA (a), MCI (h), CHE (a)

Bonus Magnet: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE) £9.3m

Sitting on 14 bonus points, DCL is the highest scoring striker when it comes to hitting bonus tiers. He’s hit tier 1 shooting bonus on 4 occasions and tier 2 shooting twice. With 8 goals in 7 games, DCL is the top goalscorer in the Premier League, yet he’s only owned by 25.86% of managers. Those who do own will have enjoyed the 7.2 points per million return so far this season. He just seems to be in all the right places, scoring ugly goals is a fantastic attribute to have as a striker and something that probably makes him fixture proof.

November Fixtures: MUN (h), FUL (a), LEE (h)

 

One to Watch: Callum Wilson (NEW) £9.5m

He’s just 2.82% owned, yet Callum Wilson is quietly going about his business with 6 goals and 2 returns in the opening 7 games. With 56 points, he offers a 5.89 points per million return, not necessarily something to scream about but should we need Newcastle single match day coverage, then the toon talisman is probably the one to go to. With Danny Ings injured for the Southampton vs Newcastle match this weekend, the move from Ings to Wilson might just be something worth considering. Especially given that Newcastle fixtures are pretty decent through November and December before getting tricky with back to back games against Man City and Liverpool in GW16 and GW17. 

November Fixtures: SOU (a), CHE (h), CRY (a)

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NOVEMBER FIXTURES

Friday 6th

Fixtures: BHA vs BUR, SOU vs NEW

Danny Ings was the clear captaincy option prior to his injury last gameweek. Many managers would have acted early to bring Ings in with hope of a 2 for 1 but now face looking for an Ings replacement. Moving to Lamptey at £6m or Romeu at £6.9m would free up funds and maybe, more importantly, a much-coveted striker spot for future transfers.

Favourite Captains: LAMPTEY, ROMEU, WILSON

 

Saturday 7th

Fixtures: EVE vs MUN, CRY vs LEE, CHE vs SHU, WHU vs FUL

I expect Bruno Fernandes to be the standout captain for the Saturday fixtures. The problem with Bruno is that you never quite know which Manchester United will turn up on the day. With Martial back following suspension, I foresee them getting the three points against Everton, although I have a feeling DCL might get a goal in the game. That said, should Antonio be passed fit to play against Fulham, he’d be my favourite captaincy option.

Favourite Captains: FERNANDES, CHILWELL,  ANTONIO (if fit)

 

Sunday 8th

Fixtures: WBA vs TOT, LEI vs WOL, MCI vs LIV, ARS vs AVL

So many good captaincy options available but I just can’t see past Harry Kane for Sunday’s armband. As discussed in the article, he’s in magnificent form and I’d be very surprised if he was to blank against arguably the worst team in the league. For those who don’t own Kane, I think Son, Vardy, Salah, KDB and possibly even Grealish are all genuine captaincy options.

Favourite Captains: KANE

 

Gameweek 10 – International Break

No Fixtures

 

Gameweek 11 – Awaiting TV schedule confirmation

Saturday 21st

Provisional Fixtures: NEW vs CHE, AVL vs BHA, BUR vs CRY, FUL vs EVE, LIV vs LEI, MUN vs WBA, WOL vs SOU, TOT vs MCI

Sunday 22nd  

Provisional Fixtures: SHU vs WHU, LEE vs ARS

 

Gameweek 12 – Awaiting TV schedule confirmation

Saturday 28th

Provisional Fixtures: BHA vs LIV, ARS vs WOL, CRY vs NEW, LEI vs FUL, MCI vs BUR, WBA vs SHU, EVE vs LEE

Sunday 29th

Provisional Fixtures: SOU vs MUN, CHE vs TOT

Monday 30th

Provisional Fixtures: WHU vs AVL

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