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FPL GW14 stats: Son and Watkins punish sellers with big scores

3 Dec 2023
Son and Watkins

Spurs and Villa stars deliver double-figure hauls after being discarded by host of Fantasy managers

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A combined 1.2million Fantasy Premier League managers were made to regret their decision to sell Son Heung-min (£9.6m) and Ollie Watkins (£8.4m) as the pair produced double-figure hauls.

The third most-sold player for Gameweek 14, Son scored and assisted in Tottenham Hotspur's 3-3 draw at Manchester City to claim a share of the bonus for a 10-point score. It could have been even more, with an own goal costing him two points and the maximum bonus.

It was Son's fifth double-figure haul of the season, the joint-most in Fantasy, level with Mohamed Salah (£13.1m). The Spurs star has now reached double digits in four of his last eight appearances versus Man City.

Meanwhile, Watkins, flagged as an injury doubt by Unai Emery in Friday's pre-match press conference, not only started Aston Villa's 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth but had a hand in both goals.

Watkins assisted Leon Bailey (£5.5m) for Villa's opener before scoring the second himself.

It ensures the England international continues to enjoy his best ever season in Fantasy, with his tally of 17 attacking returns being 10 more than his previous-best tally after 14 Gameweeks.

GW14 most-sold players
Player Transferred out by Pts
Bowen 912,389 2
Watkins 641,616 11
Son 510,642 10

Salah received his biggest captain backing in over a year, with more than 2.5m managers handing him the captain's armband for Liverpool's home encounter with Fulham

Although he extended his outstanding home record with an assist as the Reds triumphed 4-3, Fantasy bosses would have been hoping for better than five points. 

Nonetheless, Salah's has now produced an attacking return in each of his last 16 outings at Anfield, a run stretching back to Gameweek 21 last season.

Managers who backed Salah may well have been feeling nervous as Erling Haaland (£14.0m) prepared to face Spurs in the final match of Gameweek 14. 

But the Norwegian fared little better, mustering seven points courtesy of two assists, with a late yellow card reducing his total by a point. 

Instead, it was a weekend for differential picks as Bukayo Saka (£8.9m) joined Son and Watkins in outscoring the top two captains.

GW14 most-captained players
Player Captained by Pts
Haaland 5,305,358 7
Salah 2,547,031 5
Saka 374,147 8
Son 264,895 10
Watkins 243,697 11

Saka rewarded his backers with a goal and a bonus point in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. The midfielder has blanked just twice in 13 outings this term.

With a trip to Luton Town coming up in Gameweek 15, which starts this Tuesday, Saka could feature among the top three captain picks for a second successive round.

What did the top managers do?

None of the top 100 managers opted to hand the armband to Son or Watkins. 

Indeed, the majority sided with the top two players in Fantasy, with 65 backing Salah and 33 selecting Haaland.

Of the two managers who went against the grain, one backed Saka and one backed Bryan Mbeumo (£7.1m) for Brentford's home match against Luton Town.

The most-bought player for Gameweek 14, Mbuemo notched an assist and five points for his 812,325 new owners. But it could have been more, with the out-of-position midfielder spurning four shooting opportunities.

Player Captained by Pts
Salah 65 5
Haaland 33 7
Mbeumo 1 5
Saka 1 8

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