Barkley? Hazard? Which Chelsea players should you own?

Chelsea have been somewhat of a surprise package this season, currently lying 2nd in the league and 2nd top goal scorers. Sarri only joined the club a month before game week 1, but it seems the players have adapted to his style and playing some great football.

As a result of this, Chelsea have produced a number of attractive FPL options for managers. In this article, we will look at the best picks, players to watch and ones to avoid.

Before we take a look at the players, here are the remaining 2018 fixtures for Chelsea:

Chelsea 2018 Fixtures

Chelsea’s next 10 game weeks look rather attractive, only having to play 2 of the ‘top 5’ in this period. These include some very appealing home matches against Crystal Palace and Fulham. We think that with these upcoming fixtures and the current form of Chelsea, some of their FPL assets could score some big points.

Eden Hazard

Hazard (£11.3m) has been the stand out performer for Chelsea this season, leading the FPL points scoring on 75. Prior to GW10, he was owned by over 2.9 million managers, however his injury after the United match led to him being the most transferred out player by over 213,000 managers.

Questions have now been asked about the value of Hazard after Salah finally found his scoring form in the past 2 game weeks. Reports suggest that Hazard will return to the Chelsea team for GW11, where they face London rivals Crystal Palace.

In his last 3 matches he has faced both Man United and Liverpool, and still produced 2 goals and 1 assist. Along with this, he registered 11 shots and 13 key passes showing that he is creating plenty of goal scoring opportunities.

Chelsea face Crystal Palace, Everton and Fulham all at home in their next 4 games. Hazard returning for these fixtures seem the perfect opportunity for managers who don’t own the Belgian, to bring into their sides.

Conclusion: Keep/Buy.

Marcos Alonso

Our recent article discussed our thoughts on the debate of whether Alonso still holds value at £7.0m. Have a read to see our thoughts, but with his clean sheet and assist in GW10, it would only strengthen the arguments to buy or hold him if an owner.

Ross Barkley

In the absence of Hazard, Ross Barkley (£5.8m) has taken the mantel and found some goal scoring form. In his last 3 league matches, he has scored 1 in each and assisted a total of 3. Over this period, he has been consistently a goal threat, taking 8 shots and 5 key passes.

The question surrounding Barkley is his rotation risk with competition from fellow Chelsea midfielders. Jorginho (£5.0m) and Kante (£4.9m) have established their starting spots in the team, and it leaves 1 position to compete for. Loftus-cheek (£5.2m), Kovavic (£5.9m) and Barkley have been rotating this position – especially the latter two – and it seems that Sarri hasn’t decided on his preferred option.

However, with his recent goal scoring and goal contributions, it would be a surprise to see Barkley lose his place in the side for the home match against Palace. For FPL managers looking at bringing in the Englishman, he is the top scorer for midfielders valued at £6.0m or less. His current ownership of 3.5% would make him a differential pick and could provide much needed funds from the sale of a mid-priced midfielder.

However, we wouldn’t recommend rushing to buy Barkley just because of his recent form. Although he will start in game week 11, the competition for places still put some question marks over his long term game time. If you were to buy him as a 4th/5th choice midfielder with the ability to rotate your squad, then he could prove to be a very handy FPL option.

What is clear however is the revival of Barkley, and he should be an FPL player that all managers have on their watch list with the coming fixtures Chelsea have.

Conclusion: Watchlist.

Alvaro Morata

The final Chelsea player we are looking at is the controversial Alvaro Morata (£8.7m). Morata looks to have recently regained his starting place in the team and has rewarded Sarri with 2 goals in his last 3.

Last weekend he produced his best game of the season statistically, taking 5 shots and 1 key pass. Although Morata hasn’t consistently performed for Chelsea this season, we think there is an argument for him to be on the watch list.

He is playing under a manager that encourages attacking football and this has been reflected in the total goals scored (26) and 2nd in most shots taken (187), only behind Man City (198). It is natural that Morata will get chances playing in a team with stats like this, and although he isn’t as clinical as other options, its worth acknowledging his value.

At £8.7m, it is a budget price for a striker playing in a top 6 side. He has played 511 minutes for Chelsea in the league and scored 26 FPL points. His low ownership of 1.8% is a reflection of his FPL points and inconsistent form for Chelsea.

Although his performances have been inconsistent, at his price there are very few strikers in the top 6 that compete. In contrast to minutes played, the only top 6 striker valued £9.0m or less to play more than 200 minutes of football is Rashford (368), who has scored 15 FPL points.

Morata seems to still be in competition with Giroud (£7.8m), but we think that if he can cement his place and Chelsea continue this form he could be a differential pick for some managers chasing in mini-leagues.

Conclusion: Avoid until form and position becomes consistent.

 

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