During the season, there are moments where players are in such strong form that you’re afraid of not having him in your side. With Sanchez scoring goal after goal, fantasy managers must be wondering…
Do I Need Sanchez?
Another summer signing that is quickly catching our fantasy attention, Sanchez is in an incredibly rich vein of form having been moved into a central role and given greater licence up top alongside Welbeck. With 5 goals and an assist in the last three gameweeks, Sanchez has racked up 3 double-figure hauls equalling 45 points in total.
These are very impressive statistics but the question is whether Sanchez can continue to return such heavy scores. Having been snapped up by thousands already since Saturday, his price has risen by 0.2m and he’s now available for 10.7m. This is a very heavy outlay and those without him must be weighing up the decision, trying to figure out if he’s worth it.
— SkySportsCL (@SkySportsCL) November 4, 2014
Whilst writing this article, Sanchez has only gone and scored again; this time volleying in a rebound from a Sanchez free-kick won by Sanchez (as Michael Cox of Zonal Marking put it). With an ownership of 24.1%, there’s clearly room for his price to grow and if you’d like to bring him in, it’s best to do it now rather than later.
Freeing Up The Sanchez Money
For most managers, you’re unlikely to have the funds to make a straight swap for one of your other midfielders so here are a few budget options to free up money from elsewhere.
1. Stewart Downing (5.8m) – Slightly similar to Sanchez, Downing has flourished in a central position and is playing his best football by far since his Aston Villa days. With 2 goals and 4 assists so far, Downing (10.0%) is set to accrue more points as West Ham embark on a favourable fixture run, facing Villa, Newcastle, Swansea and Leicester at home. Available at 5.8m, he’s a snippet and is a great option to free up cash.
2. Diafra Sakho (5.8m) – West Ham have been a revelation this season, attacking at will with their new front two of Sakho and Valencia, and scoring plenty of goals. Sakho (5.4%) is the stronger option, coming in over 1m cheaper than his partner and having scored in each of his last 5 games. However, Valencia (6.9m) is no slouch with 2 goals and 3 assists in his last five matches, and could be an amazing differential with an ownership of 1.5%.
“Diafra ran individually on Monday at Chadwell Heath and will be available for the game” Stijn Vandenbroucke, West Ham’s head of medical and sports science, speaking about Sakho’s availability for Gameweek 11 (Source)
3. Oscar (8.3m) – Although you’re likely to have Fabregas or Hazard, who will probably score more points by the end of the season, a short term downgrade to Oscar could release some much needed funds. Oscar is in great form with 3 goals and an assist in his last 5 and with an ownership of just 4.0%, he’s a solid differential.
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