After a big weekend of FPL, coaches alike are left with a few massive questions. There has been a few lengthy discussions floating around the site about how to tackle these undesirable situations…so I’m going to do my best to answer them! This week, Fellaini.
The big Belgian couldn’t help himself. I’m surprised someone hasn’t done it sooner mind you. Stoke constantly manhandle opposition players from set pieces, yet get away with it. Fellaini, being the vigilante he is, took the law into his own hands and headbutted Shawcross. An important part to remember is that the referee did NOT see the incident, therefore the FA can watch it and punish the prolific goalscorer as they see fit.
There is no doubt in my mind that he will get a minimum three week ban, that of a straight red card. AT LEAST. Personally I think he will get 3 or 4 weeks…compounded by his later open palmed “punch” to the former United defender. So that poses the question. What do we do with him?
Marouane has clocked up 95 points this year. He has breached the double digit mark no less than five times, and with an initial ownership of 45% (before the punch), he is definitely a midfield gun. The other problem is that if you have not a lot of funds lying around in the bank, a straight swap to someone other than Michu (I’ll assume most people have him- if not, your decision is easy) becomes hard. There is really only Nolan, Yaya Toure or Sessegnon at a similar price… all of which I believe are a step down from Fellaini. In holding, you’ll miss at least Newcastle (A), Wigan (H), Chelsea (H). Those fixtures to me look pretty good… but if you have cover on the bench holding may be an option.
Another factor AGAINST holding is the fact that we get our wildcards in less than a month. Which is when Fellaini is back. Trading him for these three weeks, then using your wildcard to manoeuvre him back into your side makes a lot of sense, and shouldn’t be too difficult.
Holding is definitely an option… but for trigger finger Seags, I’ll be pulling him out of my team.
Down Trade ($$$)
This option would appeal to you if you already have a packed midfield, and want to make a bit of coin to free up a trade (such as Berbatov/Fletcher up to Rooney or Aguero).
The one target that people have been talking about is QPR’s Taarabt. At just 5.6, he reeks as a budget option, and as you saw against Fulham, he has the ability to rip teams apart. However this ability is entirely hit and miss. He has only managed the 4 goals this year, (2 this week), and the 2 assists.
People have been making noise about how under Redknapp, Taarabt is a sure thing to perform consistently as they are now undefeated from 4 games. Again, let’s look a little deeper. Since ‘Arry has taken over, he has managed 2 goals and 1 assist from 4 games. 3 attacking returns from 4 games isn’t bad in anyone’s books, especially someone at just 5.6 (it may be 5.7 or 5.8 by the time you read this!).
One thing that concerns me about Taarabt though is his fixtures. Newcastle, West Brom, Liverpool and Chelsea don’t exactly scream goals. Taking a look at his past results this season, when playing Mid tabled sides he has scored 3 of his 4 goals. I classify Newcastle, West Brom (who he scored against earlier in the year) and Liverpool as mid-tabled, meaning that he prefers these tighter, more organised sides. Against top tier sides though, such as Chelsea, he hasn’t even made a dent…so maybe a rotation for that fixture looks ominous.
All in all, if you don’t have the cash for an upgrade, Taarabt looks a very suitable replacement. The R’s are playing better under Redknapp, and at just 5.6, you could do a lot worse. Remember, if you trade him to the Moroccan and he plays terribly, there’s always the wildcard coming up to rectify your mistake! That is if you’re willing to accept 4 weeks of scoring 2… (Suarez and Berbatov owners will understand what I mean). Other options include Pienaar, Holman, or one of the Norwich attacking trio Snodkinghan. Puncheon represents a bargain option!
If you’ve got cash to burn, like I found myself having, this is a no brainer. Trade. The likes of Mata, Hazard, Cazorla, and Bale all should prove too tempting, especially with Tottenham having a soft run of fixtures coming up (where they play the bottom half sides in the next month). One player who hasn’t got a lot of love is Silva. The man was a fantasy bull last year, assisting and scoring almost for fun. He is always a threat for an assist, with Aguero and Tevez in front of him, and his duties as corner kicker is also beneficial- see Garcia’s headed finish last week. At just 9.3 he is as cheap as he is ever going to be… and although he hasn’t had the best returns this year (1 goal 6 assists), if you’ve watched City play, he is ready to explode.
So you’re either going to be in a couple of positions. You’re going to have enough money to upgrade to the top echelon of midfielders, or you’re not. I don’t think holding is a viable option given the upcoming wildcard, so it’s either a trade down to a lower player (of which Taarabt is the front runner with Puncheon another option), or an upgrade to a Mata, Silva, Bale, Cazorla or Hazard. I don’t think trading to Nolan is that viable, given that you won’t make much cash and he has really quietened down since his early season form.
So for those of you that like being told what to do, here it is.
If you’ve got the money;
Fellaini > Mata, Silva or Bale.
If you don’t;
Fellaini > Taarabt ( or Puncheon)
Hope this helps guys, it seems to have been playing on people’s minds! Remember to do it QUICKLY, Fellaini’s price will drop substantially over the next few days, and Taarabt’s and Mata’s will rise!