The international break is the perfect time to reflect on what has been the first seven gameweeks. Today I will be hunting down those players who have provided the best value for their price tag, and trying to spot some mid-pricers who may come to the forefront over the next few weeks…
By looking at the Value (season) stats we can compare a player’s total score and points per game in relation to their initial price tag, to decipher who has provided the most value for money:
- Routledge (5.2) – Who would have guessed at the start of the season come gameweek 8, Routledge would have provided his owners the best value for money of every player. While Swansea has dropped off, even with the entry of Pablo Hernandez, Routledge has managed to continue his good form. However after this week’s game against Wigan things take a turn for the worse, I would prepare to dump him. A great run nonetheless.
- Ivanovic (7.2) – Ivanovic is returning the goods at both ends of the pitch with 3 goals, an assist and 4 clean sheets so far. He has the most overall points of any player with 56! His season value of 7.8 puts him second on value, just 0.1 behind Routledge. If you were like me and got him after his unbelievable 24 point double gameweek then things haven’t been so grand, however another goal last week has backed up his selection. The threat of Azpilicueta may become larger has the season starts to bite, while tough fixtures are also on the horizon. However for now he still remains a top asset for our sides.
- McCauley (5.4) – Another I would never have thought of picking prior to GW1, he didn’t even enter my thought process. It is the stunning form of West Brom that is the biggest surprise and it has helped McCauley no end, scoring one and assisting another to add to his 3 clean sheets. While he started like a house on fire he has drawn 2 consecutive blanks and with games against Man City and Newcastle to come his time may almost be up.
- Crouch (6.7) – Crouch has provided fantastic value so far this season, scoring 4 and assisting 1 to go with 11 bonus points! More importantly he is critical to Stoke’s forward line, playing a part in 5 of their 6 goals so far this term. With a great run of fixtures on the horizon it is not too late to jump on the Crouch bandwagon, he could increase his value even further. Great option.
- Michu (7.2) – The man of the first 3 game weeks, Michu started like a house on fire and was one of the few good buys I started with. After 4 goals and an assist in his first 3 games he was a must have! Since then he has slowed dramatically, directly related to Swansea’s drop in form. When Swansea dominates he gets on the scoresheet as he did last week and hopefully will do so again this week. However beyond that as their fixtures toughen I would be looking elsewhere.
- Begovic (4.6) – A great option between the sticks, one man I did have from the start! With Stoke’s rock solid defence rarely conceding more than once and clean sheets (0-0 draws) common he is a fantastic budget option. A great run of fixtures to come has him coming into many teams and with him already locked in my line-up I can’t tell you to do otherwise, a perfect trade of for Vorm.
- Reid (4.9) – I didn’t have great faith in the Hammers defence for the first few gameweeks but didn’t they prove me wrong. At home that is, they are a perfect team to try and rotate through your defence line and Reid seems the perfect man to do so, a goal and 5 bonus points helping him to a season value of 6.3. West Ham is about to run into a tough spell of fixtures, and when I say that I mean a nightmare run! After Southampton and Wigan they face Man City, Newcastle, Stoke, Spurs, Man United, Chelsea then Liverpool! Ouch, maybe move him on after this week if an option pops up, perhaps a Shawcross/Wilson/Huth of Stoke.
- Jaaskelainen (4.9) – Similar to Reid, during West Ham’s solid run so far Jussi has been a revelation in goals, however some getting by with only him between the sticks will struggle with West ham’s upcoming fixtures, Begovic being the perfect swap after this gameweek. Great run but it has almost reached an end, at least for now.
- Baines (7.5) – Baines has been destructive as ever this season and once again provides some of the best value in the whole game, even though he is now the most expensive defender. While Everton have only kept 2 clean sheets Baines has also score and assisted 2, while picking up a massive 9 bonus points! He is the definition of a must have at the moment with a lot of good sides struggling for clean sheets, someone who not only creates good chances but has penalty duties is gold!
- Ba (8.3) – A lot of people, including me doubted his ability to bounce back from the end of last season, i.e. Papiss Cisse. However Pardew has returned to a 4-4-2 formation with Cisse’s drop off in form, and with it has returned Ba. He has bagged 6 goals already this season, leading the race for the golden boot while also grabbing the most bonus points of any player in FPL, equal with Fletcher. With Newcastle’s easy run of fixtures coming up he is a great buy and will continue to provide great value for money as he has done all season so far.
- Fletcher (7.4) – Ever since moving to Sunderland he has been right at home, already scoring 5 from 5 while picking up 12 bonus points along the way. At just 7.4 he provides great value upfront and considering Sunderland has been struggling so far he could get even better. He is in great form right now nailing almost every chance he gets and I don’t see any reason for that to change, great option.
Obviously it will be the low to mid pricers who will provide the best value for money, so how many of your mid-pricers have succeeded? I started with just 3 of these players, it is easy to look back and kick myself. I’m sure over the next couple of months some new value will arise, as guys like Michu and Routledge fall someone will take their place. Picking them is the hard part. I have a few names that may come up…
- Wilson (4.5) – After mentioning him in my under the radar article you can see a more in depth explanation there, but I can definitely say he will provide some of the best value in defence over the next couple of months as Stoke enjoy a clean run of fixtures.
- Walters (6.4) – Almost a forgotten man, after being right in our calculations at the start of the season he has drifted from our minds. However he does have a goal and 3 assists to boast and with Stoke’s upcoming fixtures he could get even better. He has been a part of 4 of Stoke’s 6 goals so similar to Crouch he could get amongst the points soon, great option.
- Granero (5.5) – Another I have already mentioned in my under the radar article, check the link at the bottom of the page if needed. I can summarise that as QPR’s fixtures start to ease he may come into calculation, at just 5.5 he provides great value.
- Sagna (5.4) – One man less talked about but still a great option for mine is Sagna. Before his two leg breaks Sagna was one of, if not the best right back in the premier league. He was consistently consistent and was locked in Wenger’s first XI. While Jenkinson has shone so far this season as a future right back, Sagna may provide much more solidity down the right flank, and for that reason I believe he will return to Arsenal’s starting XI once again. If he can be fit for QPR come GW 9 then this would be the right time to get him in, if not Fulham at home in GW 11 provides a great chance to re-assess him. Arsenal’s kind run of fixtures extends until GW 21 so he will provide great value if he can lock down a starting role, a good POD. If Koscielny can return to last season’s form then he will provide similar value to Sagna at just 5.4.
- Kone (6.5) – Another from Under the Radar, Wigan’s reasonable run of fixtures and his form could provide excellent value over the next month or so. Great option.
- Duff (6.3) – He has already provided great value this season with 3 goals and an assist and with a relatively easy run of fixtures over the next month he could be a great value option in your midfield.
- Riise (5.5) – Once again with Fulham’s fixtures he will have a chance to not only register some clean sheets but gain some returns at the other end, his marauding runs down the left flank will cause some trouble for Villa and Reading. Great value option in defence.
- Berbatov (7.0) – Finally I get to Berbatov. Ridiculously he has fallen in value by 0.3 over the past two weeks, for a minor injury! While it provides us a reminder of his age, hauls of 13 and 8 prior to his injury and upcoming home games against Aston Villa, Everton and Sunderland provide him with the chance to repay owners who held onto him. Will provide great value over the next month.
That’s about all I have today, that was a lot to get through! This will replace my usual transfer talk article this week as I have covered most of the players in my recent few posts over the international break. Now is a good time to assess who are best options are going forward, as the baton is passed on from one set of value players to the next. We must move with the times, it is an essential part of fpl. I hope a few of the names I mentioned are now on your radar and you can transition into the next stage of this season! Cheers.