Welcome to what I believe is the most important article of the week, in it I will be researching who has fired in the previous gameweek, who looks the goods to continue on their roll and who should be avoided. I will also analyse whose prices will rise and fall respectively. Let’s get into it!
Well the follow-up to every GW1 is always big, one player (Michu) scores big and everyone is onboard! I find that a lot will just end up picking a squad of the highest scoring players from GW1 and expect them to back it up in the next gameweek, unfortunately it is not as easy as that. Sure if a player such as Michu fires after being on our watchlists then don’t be afraid to jump on board, but think twice in jumping on a player you have never seen solely based on one gameweek, one weeks hero is another weeks villain! Personally I have activated my wildcard so I will base a section of this article to that situation, otherwise if you are holding on to your precious wc then tread carefully, don’t go wasting trade points unnecessarily.
Price rises is one of the hardest things to deal with when new to the game of FPL. Quite simply the most transferred in players from each week will rise in price, so if you are looking at a player don’t hesitate for too long as it may become too late. having said that don’t go irrationally jumping on board each weeks top scorer. Let’s have a look into the reaction from GW1:
- Michu (6.6) – Obviously the main talking point of GW1 registering a massive 18 points in his first EPL outing! What makes him even more attractive is that he was on our watchlists already, so this performance just confirms his talent. He is the first player to rise in price and with many more rises to come from him, jump onboard ASAP he is still worth every dollar, point whatever you want to call it (anyone with better suggestions leave them in the comments below). Having already been transferred in by 80000+ teams he is sure to rise again soon.
- Dyer (5.5) – Another Swansea favourite who also got on the scoresheet twice, registering maximum bonus points and 16 points. Impressive for a 5.5, but bear in mind he will not do anything near what he produced this week on a week to week basis. These are the types of players I am weary of just blindly jumping on board, although with very kind fixtures Swansea has got plenty of reason to attract investment. However I feel having two swansea mids might be overkill, this is just my opinion but I believe you need at least one defensive asset and I still expect graham to bounce back (more on this later) but if I was to make a judgement call, I would say Michu over Dyer. However if you have balls go for it, just as 40000+ managers have. Just don’t expect 16 points each week!
- Hazard (9.5) – If you missed out on Eden this week bad luck, don’t know how you could have though! He now represents a really great premium mid option for the rest of the season ad could do wonders. However if you don’t yet have him I would hold back, he will miss GW3 anyway so his price will remain relatively stable. Don’t just jump on for the sake a pretty team, see how he fares over the next 2 games then make a judgement call prior to GW4. Over 30000 managers have brought him in but I urge all that don’t have him to steer clear for now. If you do have him though brilliant, stick with him!
- Ben Arfa (7.5) – The surprise package of GW1, as we all expected him to miss! Instead Pardew screws us all and he ends up with 10 points next to his name. Frustrating, I know but this is one trade I can maybe agree with. Don’t feel like he is a must have for GW2 as Newcastle play away to Chelsea but with Chelsea and reading players missing GW3 and Newcastle hosting Aston Villa he might be ripe for the picking. Selected by a further 25000 managers so far this week hold off for now, his price shouldn’t rise to dramatically. Also expect him to miss a few weeks this season as Pardew wants to keep him fit. Line ball this one, if managers continue to jump on and you really like him I guess you might just need to go for it!
- Tevez (9.0) – After Aguero‘s injury this one is simple, if you don’t have him get him IMMIDIATELY! Will be City’s number 1 while Aguero is out and for 9.0 you can’t go wrong, will rise in price sharply so don’t miss out on the Argentine, get him nowwwww.
- Petric (6.0) – One who’s been on my watchlist all pre-season but I didn’t have the guts to pick! Great choice but be wary of his next few fixtures, perhaps hold off for now. Having said that withy over 30000 transfers in already he is set for a steep jump in price so if you are keen on him for the whole season go for it, just don’t expect immidiate follow ups to this weeeks 16 point effort.
- Ba (7.5) – Another mid pricer staking his claim for selection. With only 25000 transfers in so far and a lot of doubt still surrounding him I don’t recommend you all jump on board just yet, hold back for a few weeks to see how Cisse and him combine. Watchlist for sure though.
- Ivanovic (6.5) – Ah Branislav, why DIDN’T I pick you 🙁 15 points with another game to come is awesome, and with his combined attacking threats and chances of clean sheets he is a great option for your defence. Transferred in by almost 30000 so far his price will soon rise so make a quick decision! Don’t forget he will miss GW3 so be wise… perhaps hold off if you don’t already have him. Otherwise enjoy the price rise!
Wow, what a list! GW1 is always the hardest to judge as we try to separate the bandwagons from the real performers. Expect most of these guys to rise in price soon so don’t hesitate too long if one catches your fancy, now for the list of soon to be price losers, of which I don’t like to choose too many as we can’t rule anyone out based on 1 week, but more on that in a second!
- Aguero (11.5) – A very unfortunate injury to City’s star player Kun, he seems ready for a stint on the sidelines. keep an eye out for news on his scans with a full recap in my news wrap later this week, but for now he sees like one to trade. His price is about to drop significantly as 8% of owners are already off him, you should be too! Tevez is the obvious swap, you shouldn’t have two City strikers anyway!
- Song (6.4) – Just a note to remind you all he is no longer in the EPL so definitely trade! Edit: (He has now been removed from the game). Michu is a great mid-price option, for others check some of our pre-season articles.
- Torres (10.0) – Transfers out for El Nino are happening rapidly so make your mind up quick! His price is set to drop so either hold for the season or trade quick! I am trading, although if you can maybe wait for his midweek performance. Either way is price will fall so beware, make an early decision.
- Allen (5.5) – Another who I feel has not been given a good enough chance to shine, stick by him if you picked him in the first place, although expect his price to drop soon. Don’t knee jerk just yet in my opinion, he was looking alright.
- Ramires (7.0) – Finally the bone of my contention and a lot of others, Mr ‘Sick’ as cost a lot of us big time and due to this he will drop in price over the next week. Doubled upon his missed GW3 he should bottom out after GW3 so he may be right for the picking then, if he can stay healthy! Jump off for now though, unless you are totally convinced he will smash it there are better options out there.
Well there you have it, all the movers and losers for this week. price rises are starting to take effect which leads me to my final couple of points. If you have bitten the bullet and activated your wildcard then heed these words, get all the movers in! It will take 2 or more price rises to change their values in your team but try for gold anyway, if they go up in value it’s just a bonus. Even if you are not going to go with them for GW2, if they go up twice before next saturday’s lockout then it’s all good! If you haven’t used your wildcard then be much more cautious.
Finally I want to let you in on a little secret. Adz is the biggest knee-jerker you will ever see, so don’t always follow his short term advice! Yes some players will let you down one week but the great beauty of this game is they can bounce straight back the next! same with the heroes, they can become villains in a matter of 90 minutes (Or in Cisse’s case less). I will make a list of some knee-jerks which should be avoided and some which may be the right call.
- Bent (8.5) – Yes Aston Villa had a horror first up match but don’t fret just yet, they have some more delicious fixtures to come so you can’t write their assets that looked so good in the pre-season just yet. Bent is a great example, one week he will cost you, the next he will win a game for you. It’s that simple, give him time! All that selected him, keep him! All that were going to get him in, still do so! One bad week of FPL does not call for rash decisions.
- Torres (10.0) – As much as I hate to say it Torres was once again unlucky to not be on the score sheet. If you truly feel he will have a breakout season then don’t rule him out after ONE game! However if you’re like me and only had him for the double get off him quick smart before he drops in price. Comes down to personal opinion.
- Ramires (7.0) – Similar to Torres don’t rule him out after one week, he may bounce back this Wednesday, if not the next week. If you were eyeing him up all pre-season don’t change your mind after one illness, he hasn’t even done anything bad yet!
- Liverpool – It seems after Liverpool’s dismal display on the weekend everyone if jumping off them, personally I never trusted them. However if you feel they could truly bounce back this season then don’t let one poor performance put you off, Suarez and Allen owners must stay patient, they still have great potential!
- Ridgewell (5.0) – Similar to Ward last year, don’t expect an assist and a clean sheet every week, expect them very rarely if at all! Don’t even go there…
- Graham (6.0) A classic knee-jerk trade waiting to happen! Yes Graham did not get involved in Swansea’s rout but I’m sure he will fire up next week and take over the reigns. Please do not trade based on his one blank and if you were trading him in on his form, Swansea’s fixtures, Swansea’s scoring form or his ability to score none have changed! Still a fantastic option and will be great.
- Dyer (5.5) – Another classic knee-jerk trade. look at his stats last year, not at all inspiring. Yes he produced the goods this week and if he continues to do so then maybe we can’t ignore him but for now, don’t blindly jump on board. Adz, stay away!
Well that’s it for this week, a huge wrap up as there is always so much going on as far as price rises and knee-jerks are concerned after GW1. Hold off on some trades but complete others if you have too, until next week good luck trading! I hope all that bummed out this week can bounce back in the next!
p.s There’s been talk asking for a Q&A article, looking at who to put on your field over someone else etc. Just to answer any queries you have, just leave some suggestions in the comments below or tweet me @MattCraigDT and I will try to clear them up.