Well that’s most of the first game week out of the way… I hope your teams are doing well and some of our pointers have helped. Don’t forget that your team isn’t solely defined by GW1, players that failed this week can bounce back. What we’ll be doing here at FPL Addicts is going through the FPL Dreamteam each Monday, based on the games played up until then, and if anything comes up in the remaining games we’ll just provide some footnotes. You really need to start looking at your trades now if you want to avoid the price rises… For instance, nearly 60,000 teams have already traded in Ross Barkley!
Mignolet (5.5m) – Mignolet was one of the more popular goalkeepers in pre-season discussions here, and if you picked him you’d be over the moon with his first outing. With a massive 15 points on the back of a clean sheet, a penalty save and full bonus points, he’s a very good pick up if you’re in the market for a keeper. Something you might want to think about though is that Liverpool don’t have the easiest run of games coming up, away to Villa (which now seems difficult!), home to Man Utd then Swansea away.
Coleman (5.0m) – Another that was very popular here pre-season. Seamus capped a very good game with a tap in goal and an assist to score 13 points for those who had him (unlike me who benched him!). Everton’s defence is still a worry in my opinion but they do have a tasty run of games coming up in the next month. I can see at least one clean sheet in the next few and he doesn’t really have much competition for the right wing back role, so put him in your plans if you need a defender. Could be a good downgrade option for a Chelsea defender (GW3 is away to Cardiff). Just don’t expect him to score every week!
Shaw (4.5m) – It was touch and go whether he’d play this week, but those that took the risk banked 12 points. Southampton’s defence seems to have gotten better since last season where they were always a chance of a clean sheet at home. This performance was away to West Brom however… Keep an eye on them to see if this could be the start of a trend.
Whittaker (4.0m) – A very popular bench player in a lot of teams. He roamed the right wing, although not quite as much as Coleman did, and managed to get himself on the scoresheet. The ex-Rangers right back has actually got a decent goal scoring record when he was playing up in Glasgow (19 in 150 league games), and coupled with being in Norwich’s reasonably tight defence, means he could well be an inspired pick up. Job security must still be questionable long term.
J Cole (5.5m) – Played 90 mins for West Ham, which was something he didn’t regularly do last season. When Joe Cole is good he is great, and if he shows that he’s fully fit and playing week in week out then he could be a handy pick up if you’re in the market at that price range. He put away a goal and scored full bonus points for his 11. Disclaimer – It was at home to Cardiff however.
Oscar (8.5m) – Jose played him and he delivered a goal and full bonus points for 11. He operated largely in the hole behind Torres which is always a good role for point scoring. A lot of us had earmarked Hazard to be the standout Chelsea midfielder this season but… No no no… Let’s wait until the game on Wednesday before we start making outlandish comments! If he plays the full game and does well again I’ll be considering holding him for a bit longer than I was planning to. A great option but rotation still the concern.
Nolan (7.0m) – Kevin Nolan has an uncanny knack of scoring goals wherever he has played. You get the feeling he’ll be scoring goals in some veteran’s league at 80 years old! Will continue to be fantasy relevant for a bit longer and will always be considered. Disclaimer – Again… They were home to Cardiff.
Barkley (4.5m) – I’ll try and put any sort of bias aside… Nah stuff that. This kid has got the world at his feet. He could actually be anything. Martinez loves him and will play him, just maybe not every week. He looked comfortable in the team and was always involved in the play but the best part was a cracking goal from 20 yards with his left foot. Unbiased Baysie says keep an eye on how much he plays as he could be a handy midfield cheapie if he keeps getting games. IF. Remember he’s only 19.
Kasami (4.5m) – This guy was one of a few young, up and coming Fulham midfielders that were put in the “watch” category preseason. I’d keep him there for the time being and see if he can recreate this semi-regularly before handing him one of our valuable midfield spots, headers of corners aren’t always the most reliable fantasy trait to go on.
Van Persie (14.0m) – Congratulations to those that kept the faith and took the plunge in starting with him. For the rest of us, never write off a champion! A lot of us will be looking to get him into our teams in the next few weeks but 14.0m is a lot of money and will require some serious team management to accommodate him. He scored a brace against Swansea and let’s be honest, will probably go and score for fun again this season… Going without him will be hard, but not impossible.
Welbeck (7.5m) – He did show glimpses of form preseason and we really shouldn’t be surprised that he got amongst it. He’s been building over the last few years towards a breakout year. Is this the season Danny Welbeck announces himself as a world class striker? Or is this just another very good performance? I’m sitting on the fence for now. Job security makes it impossible to pick him just yet.
Edit : Aguero (11.0m) – Not a bad performance for just over an hour of game time! A goal, an assist and full bonus points gave anyone who had the guts to pick him 12 handy points. He will score heaps of points again this year but we can’t recommend you pick him because he is a big rotation worry, especially when the Champions League starts up. Just sit back and enjoy how much class he brings to the EPL.
Was there any other notable performances that we should all consider? For mine Benteke (9.0m) showed that he could be the real deal and is a serious option for the whole season with a 10 point haul. A couple of other worthy mentions are the solid defensive contributions for Hangeland and Lovren (5.0m each) both with 9 points. Take note: Defenders and clean sheets look likely for bonus points this year! Cheers.