Q&A – Gameweek 3

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Welcome back to another edition of Q&A. It’s time to answer the hot questions of the week, hopefully this settles a few things for you!

Will you be starting with Ozil and why?

Matt

I’ve shared my thoughts twice previously this week, so it will come as no surprise that I’m starting with him. However don’t feel forced to, I’m not sure he’s going to come racing out of the blocks week 1. There’s no guarantees he’ll be any better than the guy you’re selling, unless of course they’re not playing!

Baysie

No. For me this is far too risky at that price. He hasn’t played a game for Arsenal yet and I’d like to see if he can slot straight in and do a job before I stump up that much money. I’ve still got my wildcard so will give all the new players a chance and then look to hand it in. With so many FPL managers drafting him in the past week or two, his price could come down if he starts poorly.

Andrew

I’m holding off on him for now, but only because I have Walcott and Giroud already. I’m pretty sure he’ll make his way into my squad though. He’ll be an assist machine and since Arsenal have a really kind run of fixtures, there’s no reason why he can’t line up next to Theo in your squad. If for some reason Theo doesn’t deliver the goods, the German will be a straight swap.

Liam

Having started with Walcott & invested in Giroud this week, I am backing Ozil’s impact from afar. Whether or not he can gel with the team from the very first game is the question on everyone’s lips. He is of top pedigree let’s hope for a few tasty tap ins for Walcott on the back of Ozil’s hard work.

Nick

Oh boy I am trying countless options to try and fit him in. I can’t seem to find the right combination at the moment but am very much trying everything I can do. At this point in time, I will be bringing him into my side, I just need to find the right combination. He is a proven superstar and a player I can’t afford to not be on, especially if he fires! A game against Sunderland looks mouth watering for Arsenal and Ozil should be involved. Plus he will be fantastic for Giroud owners, especially with his world class passes and his knack of getting assists.

Will your go to formation now include 4 at the back?

Matt

Nope, and yet every RMT squad I think I’ve seen this week has 4 at the back. Be very careful if you’re going to use this tactic, if the goals start flowing then you’re stuck with a bunch of muppets at the back and a probable -16 point hit to re-structure your squad. Also, I much rather enjoy watching my attackers try to score than hope a certain team doesn’t concede. 3-4-3 brings fun to fpl! Having said that however, I am a big fan of looking to invest in some top quality defenders due to the kind bonus point system, and there’s no harm in rotating your formation to 4 at the back when needed. Just don’t rely on it. 5-3-2 will kill people’s seasons IMO.

Baysie

It will this week, but I think it will be a week to week proposition. I am staying true to my plan of playing defenders who have home games which gave me 3, then it was a toss up between Lescott, Jose Enrique or Wilshere. I picked Lescott purely for the fact I think he’ll score more points than the rest. I am actually pretty close to picking Jose Enrique over Mirallas for a 5 man defence… I just don’t want to give up on Mirallas only for him to fire!

Andrew

No. I really don’t think the run of clean sheets will continue. Last week we had an average of half the amount of goals scored than there was last season. I’d still bank on the bigger teams like Utd and Chelsea though to get a fairly decent amount of clean sheets. The bonus points are favouring the back line players at the moment, but once the clean sheets even out, it’ll be a different story. I think it’s risky planning your whole team formation on just 3 weeks of evidence.

Liam

Having decided to play a rather conservative game with transfers this year, I am going to stick it out with 3 at the back for the time being. Defenders need to return more than 6 points to be worth a trade. With averages from 4-5 points for the best defenders it is simply not worth it.

Standing by the fact that the games have been low scoring and that it is a common early season trend. If I was to change the team around now, I would be doing it retrospectively missing out on the next league trend (Hopefully goals galore!).

Nick

No, no, no. Well not yet at least. I am fairly confident that teams will start scoring freely and that 0-0 and 1-0 games won’t be as frequent as they have been thus far. I believe that as teams start to get into the swing of things, games will be as entertaining as ever and the Forwards and Mids will start receiving more bonus points that is currently the case. If this doesn’t look like occurring after a month, then I will seriously consider strengthening and increasing my defence. But for now I’ll be playing 3 at the back.

If Silva/Sturridge remain doubts going into the weekend, do we hold out and risk them or take the negative hits?

Matt

If you have the bench cover to back-up those players, then I think you should look to hold them. Many players have these niggles and quite often it’s just a storm in a tea cup. If you’re bench is shocking however, then maybe look to move one on. Sturridge to Benteke could be viable if he looks like missing, as could Silva to Ozil. The second one however is just as risky with Ozil yet to prove himself in the EPL. Take care of your trades. If I was to trade one though it would be Silva.

Baysie

Depends on who is on your bench. I’m lucky in that I’ve got a deep bench so can hold out for a week. If you’ve got duds then you should seriously consider taking a hit, but not for both of them. I reckon one of them will play, they feel like “international week injuries” to me. I don’t have a good track record in these kinds of things but I reckon Sturridge will play.

Andrew

Tough one. I think you need to take into consideration the upcoming fixtures after this weekend. Based on that, I’d get rid of Silva before Sturridge. A game at Stoke is never easy for the away side and then City face Utd. Their fixtures look fairly tough in the upcoming weeks. Pool still have some easier games ahead. Having said that, Sturridge as we know has a history of injury problems and you could find yourself really frustrated. I think there are plenty of other options out there, like Benteke, Soldado, Giroud, etc. so don’t be scared to replace him if you’re looking for security.

Liam

I would hold both. I expect both to appear to some degree in GW4. Rodgers stated he wanted Sturridge to push through niggles, stating that even at 70-80% Sturridge is good enough to get the job done. Silva, well how much can things change in a week!!! From nailed on to rotation worry and injured. I would hold him unless you are using a very aggressive trading strategy, but who it’s to is the real question in the dwindling midfield bracket.

Nick

Because I’m so lucky and have both these people I will be holding. Especially considering the lengths I am going to in order to fit in Ozil. If you’re lucky enough and have wildcarded this week and aren’t willing to risk them not featuring, simply don’t pick them. Bring them in next week. There are plenty of alternatives! Benteke will look to fire this week, Soldado will be wanting to score his first goal from open play – the options are enormous for a Sturridge replacement. Arsenal new boy, Ozil, will love facing Sunderland. Personally I will at least be waiting to see the latest on Friday, but at the moment I’m banking on them starting.

Is it ok to have 2 or 3 attackers from the same team?

Matt

Coming from the guy with Giroud, Walcott and Ozil, my answer is obviously yes. If they are the best options then go for it! With Arsenal’s fixtures I really like all 3 of them, however long term I’m not sure it’s viable. Too much emphasis and reliance on one team doing well. Have a back-up plan in place if you are to roll with 3 players from one team.

Baysie

I don’t have a big problem with it although it’s not ideal… It’s worse having 2 or 3 defenders / goalie from the same team in my opinion. A team can lose and your attackers can still score decent points, all the defenders need is to concede a goal and they’re screwed.

Andrew

Yes. If a particular side has a relatively easy run of fixtures ahead of them and are in form, there’s no reason why you can’t double up or even triple your chances. I’d only do it for a short period though. If that team fails, your fantasy team fails, so it’s something you need to consider when form and fixtures are on your side.

Liam

Two is fine if the fixtures and form are in their favour. It is often risky but if they are dead set the best players going around it is a strong strategy. Three is probably a little too far for attackers. Three from one team in any position is a real issue as your score is going to fluctuate heavily with the one team’s performance. The best fantasy players (highest ranks) tend to limit themselves to one and a maximum of two from each team.

Nick

I don’t normally like to have too many players from the same team, but there are always exceptions. Walcott, Ozil and Giroud look like a very good partnership and will no doubt all be at the forefront of an Arsenal attack. Mignolet, Jose Enrique and Sturridge all look fantastic picks at Liverpool. It’s all about finding a balance. These three players are all influential in their respective teams’ gameplay and all benefit when involved in a win. This is the only downfall, if the team happens to put in a poor performance, this normally results in poor scores from everyone. But it’s up to you. At the moment I have Mignolet, Coutinho & Sturridge and Walcott and Giroud so I’m not particularly fussed… Apart from Coutinho!!!

Is Hernandez the flavour of the round as Dzeko was last week, or is he the real deal?

Matt

I had him for a period last year and I think he is a player with real potential. Job security was an issue but with dyer seemingly on the outer, I like his chances for a great season. With some kind fixtures just around the corner for Swansea, I like his prospects.

Baysie

Real deal. He did ok last season in his first at Swansea, now he has a proper striker to work with I think he’ll get much better. Not to mention he has much better job security than Dzeko ever will.

Andrew

I’m going to lean towards flavour of the week, although I do think he has the potential to keep it up. Think about it this way… If he fails to register any points this week against Pool, do you really want him in your team that badly? You’d probably wait and see. That’s what I’m going to do. If his price range fits in with your plan though, he is a decent punt and the Swans’ fixtures start to look really good from GW7.

Liam

Hernandez has potential above his price. I would consider picking him up before he hits 6.5 in the game. He is more of a guaranteed starter then Dzeko as part of the Swansea Spanish feel. A word of warning he has never been a huge goalscorer so don’t expect any more than 5 goals from him at this stage.

Nick

Yes very much so! He could be a fantastic downgrade option, especially with the lack of midfield quality thus far. A home game against Liverpool will prove a challenge for the Swans but I believe they’re up for it. With the addition of Bony he will definitely provide more attacking returns. Compared to Dzeko, his job security is much higher and currently looks the better player. If not willing to bring him in now, definitely watchlist!

Is Yaya Toure the best option under 8.8?

Matt

No he definitely is not. 2 free kicks are fine, but that’s not going to happen on a consistent basis. He plays too deep to consider him an option, yet alone at 8.8. However there is not much under that price either. If you’re after a risk then I think Oscar could be a much better gamble, otherwise you can save up some cash for elsewhere with an inconsistent midpricer such as Ben Arfa, Mirallas or even Lampard. If you can go upwards to guys like Coutinho, Michu, Silva, Hazard or Ozil then do so.

Baysie

No no no! He’s the worst option you could possibly go for if you value your sanity. To be fair he’s on my never, ever again list so I’m not the best person to ask. Other options would be Nolan, Ben Arfa (if you have depth and courage), Hernandez or even Lampard short term. Maybe Eriksen if he shows something. Those choices will all give you some left over money to boost other parts of your team.

Andrew

No, I don’t think so. His points have come from 2 pretty amazing free kicks, but he won’t have those kind of chances every game. Most of the time, he’ll be playing further back and it’ll be the likes of Aguero and Negredo picking up the points for City. Nolan at 7.3 and Ben Arfa at 7.0 have just as much chance to score just as many points as Yaya this season and there’s plenty in the 6.5-7.5 bracket to keep an eye on.

Liam

The short answer is no. Free kicks mean very little in the grand scheme of things Yaya Toure is not going to have the opportunity or the form to score these week in week out. Keep your eyes peeled for performers after the transfer deadline. I have my eye on Nani at 7.4 if he can nail down minutes under Moyes.

Nick

No. One of my mates keeps giving it to me about how much his Yaya Toure pick was fantastic and well planned out. Rubbish. I don’t know why so many people are jumping on the bandwagon. He has scored two goals (both from free kicks that I could’ve scored…. ok maybe not) but that doesn’t mean everyone should be jumping on. Holding midfielders never return well. I certainly don’t believe that he will keep this form up for the entire season. Keep an eye out if he does though.

Is Lampard still a viable option?

Matt

I’m going to have to say yes. We are taking risks on inconsistent players such as Mirallas for just 0.6 less, so why not take a risk here? He scored 15 goals last season and even if he does get rotated, just consider that his poor game. I feel he will play the majority under Mourinho and his set-pieces will cause problems all year round. I like it.

Baysie

Yeah, surprisingly he is. From someone who didn’t look like he had a future at Chelsea late last season, he has played 90 minutes in all 3 games so far and got some extra points along the way. He does have some competition for his role in the team so look out for rotation, particularly around Champions League games.

Andrew

At the beginning of the season I decided to stay well clear because of his age and his game time last season. Mourinho though, has looked to his experience at the beginning of this season and it seems he’ll get a bit more game time than anticipated. HOWEVER, it is a really big risk. The rotation at Chelsea will cause headaches, especially when Champion’s League starts. So because of that, I’m going to go with no. The whole Chelsea midfield is going to be really difficult to choose from this season and Hazard will probably be your safest bet.

Liam

Over 38 games no, he simply won’t start every game. When he does play yes he can still return an average of 6 or so points a game. The situation gets more difficult with each passing year as his chances of game-time diminish. Personally a huge fan of the player and his past fantasy value but I can’t commit this season with so many Chelsea midfielders.

Nick

If I told you at the start of the year that Frank Lampard, a 35-year-old veteran, would have started every league game and the EUFA Super Cup, I would have been laughed at. Well guess what, he has! And he has shown glimpses of the young Lampard, especially with that free kick against Hull. At the stage I think he is one definitely worth keeping an eye on. With the addition of Willian and the many other world class midfielders at Chelsea, he could fall down the pecking order in terms of starting XI quality – especially as the season gets on. But if there is one thing in his favour it is that the manager absolutely loves him and that he has proven himself at the top level for years. Keep an eye out.

How long do we give our failing midpricers?

Matt

I’m done with mid-pricers personally, I’ve gone for a midfield cheapie (Brady) and looked to go 3 premo midfielders and forwards. No mucking around in my team. If you want to persist with them then by all means, however if you’re on your wildcard then seriously think about changing tactics. I’m not sure the value is there this season. It is easy to bring one in if they fire, however it’s much harder to dump them.

Baysie

Not too much longer, but again it depends on who it is. I hope you didn’t expect your midpricer to score big points every week? There’s usually a reason why a midpricer is a midpricer. Check out some of the EPL stats sites on the web and see if they are having shots on goal or providing chances (for attackers) and if they are then they might just be unlucky. If they aren’t even doing that then jump ship. If they are defensive players then have a look at the upcoming fixtures, if they have some miserable games coming up then set them free.

Andrew

Give them another 2-3 weeks. It’s important not to panic and if you believe in the ability of some of your players, give them a chance. Take a look at how many 2’s and 3’s Bale strung together at the beginning of last year. They are midpricers for a reason and won’t be banging in goals week in and week out. If they are creating chances they are always in with a shout. If it’s clear their form just isn’t there, get rid of them.

Liam

I have bitten the bullet and taken the 0.1 on a few of my players who I took punts on. My rule is no more than 0.2 with the worst case scenario being the player you want going up 0.1 and the player you are selling going down 0.1 at the same time. The double whammy…

You really have to look at this on a case by case basis. Which players can you continue to carry as you build the rest of the team? With no midfielders standing out so far it could possibly be safer to hold until someone brings constant returns.

Consider your team structure, your season goals and overall trading strategy when dealing with mid-price players.

Nick

Not long at all, especially if they keep performing like they do. Although Mirallas did score for Belgium a few days ago so could definitely bring that form into the Premier League and repeat what he is most capable of. I would give them a few weeks at most and then reconsider your options. And especially if the points system is continually dominated by the Defenders.

That’s it for Q&A this week! Andy will have his preview out later today, hopefully this helped! Cheers from all of us.

19 comments on “Q&A – Gameweek 3

  1. Louie.K

    Super write up guys! I’m one with both Silva and Sturridge, add to that Mirallas. Temptation is to Wildcard and jump on those that are booming in price. I generally use my WC early so this is the perfect opportunity IMO.

    Also Suarez will be back in the next few weeks. How will that impact Sturridge.

    Thoughts?

    • baysietoff

      Thanks Louie, it’s good fun seeing all the opinions! I’ve read that Brenda seems Suarez playing on the right of the attacking structure. To be fair when he was the lone striker he did often drift to the right channel so perhaps that is just taking advantage of it. Sturridge should be fine I reckon.

    • andrewneave

      Thanks Louie, to be honest I don’t think you need to stress too much. If the rest of your squad is pretty solid then you can just transfer one of them if you really need to. It looks as tough Sturridge will play and we haven’t heard anything on Silva as yet. Give Mirallas a chance, he’s creating the chances. I know how you feel though, I’m sitting with the Everton man myself, but I’m giving him one last bash at it!

  2. Snoidz

    Thinking of taking a -8 point hit this week

    Bony – Benteke – already done

    Thinking: Dzeko – Giroud and Silva to Hernandez (anyone under 8.4?)

  3. Brayden

    What should people like me do with Dzeko?
    I have 7.8 and not sure who to get. Options are I think are:
    Welbeck
    Lambert
    Not sure who else

    Also if I do it would mean taking a -8 point hit. Not sure what to do and help would be really appreciated.

    Also good write up again

    • andrewneave

      Tough one dude, if you’ve already taken a -4 I think I’d actually stick and hope Dzeko starts or makes an appearance. Getting him out would mean the replacement would have to score to just to make up the -4 hit. Maybe consider Bent at 6.5. He plays 3 home games in the next 4 against WBA, Cardiff and Stoke.

  4. Pritchy

    What are the thoughts for fellaini now at man utd at 8.5? When asking about yaya being the best 8.8 or lower i’m surprised no one mentioned him.

  5. andrewneave

    Gonna watch Fellaini for now. If he lines up next to Carrick in a defensive position, not worth the 8.5. If he ventures forward as he did under Moyes last season, he could be perfect.

    • Pritchy

      Yeah, that was my thinking. Last year Moyes played Fellaini as an attacking mid and both Moyes and Fellaini were happy with the results, so why not play him as an attacking mid this year. And if he does he could be the shining light in the currently dull midfield. I think I’ll just watchlist him for the moment though.

  6. N1q45 4R3 K1ng5

    My bench is good enough to cover for Sturridge and/or Silva.
    I originally chose Ben Arfa over Hernandez, reading this its making me lean towards Hernandez.
    ShouldnI be going Ben Arfa to Hernandez or should I keep HBA?

  7. Bryan

    Silva is confirmed out, so I went ahead and used my FT. Here’s how we look now:

    Mignolet (Mannone)

    Collins Shaw Koscielny (Baker, Coleman)

    Michu Mirallas Ramsey Ben Arfa (Barkley)

    Van Persie (c) Giroud (vc) Benteke

    I was very tempted to bring in Walcott or Ozil, but I’m already max Arsenal, and I’d like to hold Ramsey a bit longer on his great form (Arsenal player of the month twice in a row). Given my heavy front line, I have to play a low-budget option in midfield, and I don’t think there’s a better option. Thus, I simply swapped Silva for Michu, who I reckon could open his scoring against and overconfident Liverpool.

    For the benefit of my back four, who do you think is more likely to get a clean sheet this week: West Ham, Southampton, or Villa?

    Cheers

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