Fantasy Form: Lallana, Wilshere, Eriksen

How does the form and prospects of Jack Wilshere and Christian Eriksen stack up against Adam Lallana?

Here's a look at a few of players for your Fantasy Premier Teams right now. All three scored goals this weekend. In this post we are going to have a look at their form over the season and the last few games. 

Adam Lallana
Minutes
Points 5.3
Stats 4.1
First up is Adam Lallana - not a player you'll be unaware of by now we hope - but he is currently setting the standard for midpriced midfielders and is a good place to start. Looking at his minutes played and stats from the graphic above we can straight away see two things that mark him out as successful FPL player - consistency of minutes played and consistency of attacking involvement by his Stats ("Stats" is our metric expected FPL points (xPts) each game determined from an aggregatie of shots and chances created). 

He's returned decent points in approximately half of the full games he's played which is why he's done so well and has ended up in 1 in 4 teams  But, as you can see, he's had periods without much joy too. One thing you can say about him though, is that thiswas not for want of trying - his statistical form remained good, he still got in shooting positions, created chances, things just didn't go his way. 

We think this is an important thing to remember. Players do not score metronomically, they go on runs, they go on droughts. You have to take the rough with the smooth. Patience, and knowledge of a players underlying performances can be key.


Jack Wilshere
Minutes
Points 4.3
Stats 3.6
Which leads us on to Jack Wilshere, and on the back of a goal and assist at Villa Park on Monday. We can see he's not made as many appearances as Lallana, with a short spell out injured, but on the whole he's been getting starts and seeing out the 90 minutes. His Points and Stats are both below Lallana but there are signs of promise there. 

As with Lallana, Wilshere's stats are consistent and respectable, and on a few occasions now he's produced the points. You could argue it took him a few weeks to get going but in his last 10 starts he's returned decent points on 4 occasions, a not too dissimilar rate to Lallana. So, is Jack worth a place in your team at £6.1m? On a pure value perspective, yes. Don't get us wrong, we'd rather have Lallana at the same price, but there's not much around at £6m these days and if you don't have Lallana already you're paying a lot just to keep up with those who do. Ongoing consistency of selection will be a key factor for Wilshere, especially with Ramsey's return in mind, but he could be a real alternative.
Christian Eriksen
Minutes
Points 5.1
Stats 4.0
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen completes our trio of in-from midfielders to get excited about right now. We can see his Points and Stats matches that of Lallana, as does his price, currently at £7.3m and rising.  The abject attacking performances of Spurs under AVB (you can read our analysis of that here) and Eriksen's minimal returns during that time make his recent hauls even more impressive. Currently owned by just under 6% of managers he makes another promising alternative to Lallana, although Spurs do face a much tougher run of fixtures than Southampton do, ranked 19 over the next 6GW in our Fixture Analyser, compared to Saints' run which ranks 2nd.


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