Q&A – Gameweek 7

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It’s back! We’re back! After a well earned break during the international games it is time to refocus our attention onto the upcoming gameweek 8. Plenty to think about and plenty of questions floating around! Let’s try and answer some of the more popular issues right here…

If cash is no issue, do we think Lukaku (or Remy) are better options than Giroud, Soldado or Sturridge? Also what are you planning to do when Benteke returns?

Nick

Certainly Soldado that’s for sure! I’ve still got him and haven’t had the trades to dump him… Until this gameweek! But I think it’s a very good idea, especially with Soldado and, for the past few weeks, Giroud haven’t been doing particularly well. But the thing with Lukaku and Remy is that they’re playing for teams that epitomize the word inconsistent. One week they’re up and playing good football, the next they look sloppy. But on the other hand these two strikers proved that they can score against anyone so it shouldn’t matter the team they play for. As for Benteke, I will wait for the time being. With Lukaku and Remy in such good form they’re safer at the moment than a returning Benteke.

Liam

It has been such an interesting season on the forwards front with a number of options across the middle price brackets. Each player has to be approached differently. Soldado definitely move him on he is struggling to keep his spot atm let alone score goals. Giroud well the supply lines are going to be immense over the the season, I would hold just at the moment even though he has had a few blanks. Sturridge lock him away until injury hits in the the form of his life.

On the replacement front I don’t know who the best option is, they all seem viable for different reasons. Lukaku has to adjust to playing 90 minutes but continues to score in the mean time. Remy is a class act in a frustratingly inconsistent team, Benteke is a powerful frontman in an interestingly structured team.

Quite simply there is no right answer, they are all going to score, for the sake of consistency I would probably go with Benteke, he can score against any team. Since he isn’t fit I would side with Lukaku but I don’t see him having the energy for a full season.

Baysie

No, Giroud is still the best option available at the moment in my opinion. Remy can go hot and cold and although has been in super form, he will go through a lean patch. I’m not sold on Lukaku yet, the whole loan situation still worries me. Sturridge has been great but I’m not sure he can keep it up and Soldado hasn’t done anything apart from tap in a couple of penalties. I’m going to give Benteke a few games before I consider him.

Andrew

I don’t think there are many better options than Giroud and Sturridge at the moment. Remy has been great but could easily end up being a flash in the pan. I’m not sure he’ll be the most reliable and the Frenchman faces Liverpool and Chelsea in his next 3. Lukaku is playing for a side that is showing great attacking potential, I’d have him in my side before Soldado. With regards to Benteke, I’m going to wait and see whether he’s able to immediately pick up on the form he showed before getting injured.

Matt

If you were tossing up Remy I’d say definitely not, Newcastle’s form is very up and down and I think he will be the same, similar to Ben Arfa. However Lukaku is a different prospect, and with Soldado’s ongoing struggles seeing no conclusion in the near future I’d be looking to make that move. Giroud has a couple of easy fixtures still to come so I’d hold tight there, whilst you can’t deny Sturridge’s form! Very dangerous game to go chasing points and I think Lukaku might be one to wait on if you’re sitting pretty…

 Which teams should we invest in at the moment, and how far ahead should I be looking at teams fixture schedules?

Nick

I would never look further than a month in advance, and even at times that is stretching it. With the Premier League such an even competition any team can have their day. As for teams with good fixtures, Chelsea look like they have a very good run (excluding the Manchester City game on October 27), Chelsea play Cardiff, Manchester City, Newcastle, West Brom, West Ham, Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke and Crystal Palace. This is a very good run for Chelsea and they will be looking to consolidate their spot in the top four. So investing in a Chelsea defender after the Manchester game could work out well. As for other teams, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Swansea all have very tasty fixtures on the horizon.

Liam

Traditionally I looked 6 ahead but that is simply too far. Although with the decision making this season it was perhaps more structurally sound. This season I have been looking 4 weeks ahead but you always have to weigh up the what you can do currently (coming gameweek) and how the team is going to shape up in the future.

I would be looking at Swansea with a pinch of salt, europe is killing the squads consistency with fatigue and injuries kicking in. Michu seems a go though and Bony could increase the trouble in the mid priced striker bracket. Everton, Tottenham, Chelsea also look particularly strong and Southampton bode well.

As far as options that would be Coleman or Baines as well as Lukaku, Walker, Terry, Boruc, Clyne, Lallana with the midfield and forward options from Tottenham & Chelsea having no real standouts at this point.

Baysie

Defensively it’s hard to go past Chelsea and Southampton. Both have a tricky fixture or two coming up but I’m confident they can do well. In attack Swansea and Arsenal both have good runs and should score some goals  along the way. I’d suggest looking as far ahead as you can but 4 or 5 games should suffice. Don’t just look at their EPL games however but also Cup and European games, when they are being played and how important they are to the club. It could seriously effect rotations, energy and form. A middle tier club in a Cup semi/quarter final might fancy a bit of silverware and rest some players. Alternatively a Champions League dead rubber may mean they play a stronger line up in the EPL surrounding that game…

Andrew

I’m looking at Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea, although it’s really difficult picking your players from the latter. I like to break the game up into chunks of 3-5 gameweeks and all three of these sides have some great fixtures. Yes, Utd have stuttered, but you simply cannot look past the next set of fixtures for them. They’ll be looking to shut up shop at the back and the likes of Vidic and Evra are in for a decent run of points in my opinion. The same can be said for Chelsea’s defenders. Swansea’s attackers face leaky defenses from Sunderland, West Ham and Cardiff in the next 3, so Michu has the potential to explode. Arsenal face Norwich and Palace next, they’re in for some decent returns too!

Matt

I tend to look at fixtures in between international breaks, meaning only 3 fixtures ahead at the beginning of the season. So many things can change over a month so you’re playing with fire looking any further ahead. However the game will change completely once we reach December, 7 games in a month means that those teams in form will leave the strugglers in their wake… and that applies to fpl too! I’m currently liking the look of Swansea, especially in defence. I still have stacks of Liverpool and Arsenal players as they are 2 teams in form, so I’m happy to keep it that way.

Following on from this point, should I avoid out of form teams altogether?

Nick

It depends on how many players you have from a team underperforming, and the player himself. If it’s 2 or more I’d say yes, but if it’s just one player and he’s vital for that specific team when going forward, then I don’t think that it’s too costly to hold onto him.

Liam

Sunderland, Palace, Fulham scream avoid being terrible out of the back and offering no reliable forward options this season. West Ham are lacking goals but have gone to a strikerless formation that has reaped rewards. Norwich and Stoke are looking light on attacking options but do present value defenders with their home records.

To conclude avoid the relegation teams but middle tier clubs can offer value in the likes of morrison, rat, ollson, turner, wilson although similar value can be found in the impressive southampton outfit.

Baysie

From a defensive viewpoint then yes, but not necessarily from an attacking. Out of form teams still score goals!

Andrew

Avoid the out of form teams. The secret to success in this game is picking the players right as they enter their run of good form. There will be sides with quality players that aren’t looking too hot right now. Just keep an eye on them and jump on them quickly when their form seems to change.

Matt

Yes, 100% yes! They burn me every time so until they prove their form to me, no matter how good the players are, I’m not going to touch them. Especially if they are struggling to find the back of the net.

 
With Cazorla about to return and Walcott + Oxlade-Chamberlain on the mend, is Ramsey going to be a keeper or should I have a back-up plan?

Nick

There should always be a back-up plan. There is nothing wrong with having a play around in the transfers section to try and sort out the best possible team. But as for Ramsey, he is in very good form at the moment and likewise so are Arsenal. With Arsenal having a reasonable run of fixtures over the next few weeks Ramsey can be a keeper. Although with Liverpool and Manchester United in consecutive weeks he may find it difficult to stay on the scoresheet. Although Arsenal are the in-form team of the competition so it should really matter!

Liam

It will be interesting to see what will happen here, his run was freakish and in many ways amazing. Having come off with a niggle in the last game while being moved to the right side of midfield. I would certainly have a back up plan because if you deal with Ramsey right your going to be ahead of 40+% of the competition.

Baysie

I don’t consider Ramsay a keeper. He’s going through a great run of form but at some stage he’ll have a dip whether that’s a form dip or the mountain of games he’s playing takes its toll. The question is when this occurs… I’ll be watching him closely over the next few games.

Andrew

I’d have a back-up plan. I’ve been really surprised with his form and expect to see it dip very shortly, especially with the quality of players returning.

Matt

Personally, I’ve got a back-up plan in position and ready to be set in motion immediately. I have plenty (and I mean plenty) of cash in the bank and Walcott is in my sights. However Ramsey has earned himself a few chances to prove himself yet again before we jump ship.

I have gone with a top heavy defence and it hasn’t worked out as planned. Do I take a massive points hit to fix it, and if so where would you draw the line on a negative hit?

Nick

I would say no. Massive point hits can be very costly and never seem to work out how you planned, well that’s always what happens to me at least! I have taken to -8 point hits this year and they have both backfired. The general rule with taking hits is if you think the players that you’re bringing in can make up for those negative points and, at times even succeed it, then go for it, if not, don’t do it. The maximum hit I would ever take is -8. Especially if you’re in a competitive head-to-head league and starting the gameweek off on the back foot isn’t ideal.

Liam

It is all about squad balance so if it is necessary to get a top midfielder or forward for the medium to long term I would go with a 4 point hit. The more trades you make the more risks you are taking both in points and potentially trading in inconsistent performers.

Baysie

There’s been a lot of mid priced midfielders and attackers that have scored well for a top heavy defence strategy to work, you must have been unlucky! I have some extra money that I’m planning to invest in more expensive defenders, so I’ll be doing the complete opposite of you… The way I see it, a top team’s defence should be much better than a mid to lower tier team so there is going to be less guesswork and risk investing in these defenders. At the end of the season defenders from the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd will be amongst the higher point scorers. I never like to take a hit of more that -4 if at all. Maybe post your team up in the RMT section and we’ll give you a hand?

Andrew

It depends on how many big hitters you currently have in your side. I’d limit the 6mil+ defenders to 2/3 from Utd, Chelsea or Pool. If you’re sitting with more than 4 big hitters I’d trade 1 or 2 of them in for a Swansea or Southampton defender at the moment. I don’t think it’s necessary to take a hit for it though. I’m not a fan of taking point deductions for defenders.

Matt

I think a heavy hitting forward line is the way to go, so if you’re looking for funds to improve your strikers I’d say yes, take the hit. However you can get away with a cheapish midfield with the lack of performing premos, so perhaps you should take a slower transition if that is the case.

I’m still holding onto RVP. Simple question, do I sell? Spreading the extra cash around will take time or a points hit.

Nick

I would say hold onto him for the time being. United’s fixtures look very appealing over the next five weeks (Southampton, Stoke, Fulham, Arsenal, Cardiff) and Van Persie will surely find the net like he did last year. And remember, he wasn’t given that 14.0m price tag at the start of the season for no reason. He scored a hat-trick for Holland in their World Cup Qualifier so maybe this is a sign he will start to take the Premier League by storm again. I would say if he is not back to his prolific scoring self by the Fulham game, dump him and spread the cash around.

Liam

Sell and spread the cash, there are that many good attacking options at the moment. WIth RVP also picking up niggles and Rooney returning to the striker role there is simply not much value in having the 14 odd million dollar player in your team.

Baysie

This question would have been easy a few days ago but he went and scored a hat trick against Hungary didn’t he? He’ll come good but even if he does, is he going to score that many more points than the cheaper strikers? I highly doubt it. Get rid. Spread the cash around and give yourself a better balanced team.

Andrew

Such a tough question. I think he’s in for a boat load of points in the upcoming fixtures. The price tag just doesn’t seem to justify his purchase at the moment though. It might come down to your position in your mini league. If the guys you’re chasing don’t have him and you’re looking to make up points, he could be a great differential for you. Otherwise, Rooney is looking a great substitute at the moment.

Matt

Simple answer. Take the hit. United’s form is showing no signs of turning and there are plenty of strikers out there who will get the job done. Yes he may come good, but you can only go on what he’s displayed so far. Spread your cash and your trades throughout your team over the next couple of weeks and hopefully see things take a turn for the better!

I have decided I’m getting one of Lukaku or Remy. Who do you think is the better long term option and why?

Nick

I am pondering this question myself actually and have made my decision. I am going Lukaku. Purely on fixtures. Remy and his Newcastle teammates face Liverpool, Sunderland, Chelsea and Tottenham in the next month which will be extremely challenging. Whereas Everton face Hull, Villa, Tottenham and Palace over the next month. After this upcoming month, both Newcastle’s and Everton’s fixtures look very even so it is a toss of the coin as to who to pick long term. I will be going Lukaku so you’re probably better off going Remy because of my luck

Liam

Long term, Remy, he has experience on his side. Lukaku is undoubtably the better talent but also has a lot to learn. Although saying that Everton is the better side but Remy is rather clinical.

Baysie

Lukaku, only because Remy might be in jail by the end of the year. If that wasn’t hanging over his head I would have Remy every day of the week…

Andrew

I’d say Lukaku. As mentioned in my answer to the first question, Everton are playing some great attacking football and Lukaku is likely to be fed more chances from the likes of Baines, Mirallas and Coleman on the flanks. I think he’ll be more consistent and that counts a lot for me.

Matt

I discussed this in the earlier question surrounding the more expensive strikers conundrum, Lukaku is obviously the better option. Remy is way too risky for my liking as his form will be up and down more than QPR through the divisions. Lukaku is locked in Everton’s starting XI and is a sound option both short term and long term.

That’s it for Q&A this week, massive thanks to all the guys for helping out and answering these queries! We will be getting back into the writing groove for the remainder of the week so keep an eye our for our articles in the lead up until GW8. Only one more international break until the joyful Christmas period… Keep pushing through! Cheers.

23 comments on “Q&A – Gameweek 7

  1. Shikhar

    Oh the RVP question..he has been a pain in the ass after gw1..i had made up my mind on replacing him with negredo this week but then he went on to score a hattrick against hungary..nd he is the only one that can offer me some differential and help me catch up but only if giroud and sturridge dont perform (and that ain’t going to happen)..i guess i’ll stick with him for 1 more week !

    • Liam

      If you are behind it looks a good strategy. The season is about to take another turn and hit full throttle as there is not another international break for a while.

        • Pritchy

          Personally I don’t see how anyone could fit RVP into their team with the stack of options from 7 to 3 million cheaper!

        • Shikhar

          Unfortunately united’s lacklustre midfield has been the sole reason for rvp’s demise..his hatrick against hungary earned him one more chance in my team..i’d be more than happy to keep him if he starts performing !

          • N1qQ45 4R3 K1nG5

            United have the players, if you look at their midfield: Nani, Kagawa, Carrick, Fellaini, even Chicha or Welbeck could finish his pass or give him the ball.
            Its not the midfield, its the manager and his decisions.
            #MoyesOut!

          • Shikhar

            Even though if they have the players, they are not gelling well..I know moyes is a defensive manager but its too early for the #MoyesOut chants..Nani is a wasteful player as per me..all he does is shoot from outside the box..i just hope that he understands how important a player kagawa is to this united midfield..they need some creativity..he needs and deserves a long run of games !

          • baysietoff

            They won the EPL last season by 11 points… 11 points. They’ve gelled as much as they’re ever going to! You’re right they need to at least give Kagawa a proper chance, ideally in the attacking centre mid possie but the problem is Moyes has hitched his carriage to Rooney’s wagon in that spot and he’s quite stubborn. #moyesout

          • N1qQ45 4R3 K1nG5

            If Moyes doesnt give Kagawa the game time that he was promised and deserved, there is no doubt he will leave. Nani may be a selfish player, but he is skillful on the ball, and very creative when he does pass, and the games he has played this year where he has played he has formed a good partnership with the full backs that played in those respective games well, unlike Young (diving bastard should be sent to Barcelona!) and Valencia are filing to do.

            I dont think its too early either for the #MoyesOut chants, two very, very, VERY narrow and undeserved wins against the lowerish tier-clubs in West Brom and Sunderland is disgraceful really, and after (as Baysie mentioned) winning the league by 11 points(!) last season and then to come to this season and to be beneath Hull, let me repeat that, HULL…. Not what the Manchester Utd board would want, I was surprised he was taken in the first place!

          • Shikhar

            Haha totally agree on the young part..But Nani, I totally loathe him and the best part that he signed a 5 year contract extension..i dont understand why is zaha not playing..And what two wins are you talking about..We lost to West Brom and should have lost against sunderland as well if it was not for our wonderkid to come to the rescue.. This “Winning the league with 11 points” has been pointed out too many times and i think we all know what was the difference there..This is Moyes 1st season..everyone needs some time..i guess he went in the wrong direction in trying to pick a different team for every match but still failing to pick either kagawa or zaha on a regular basis..this is not the time to test how good your squad is..

  2. Rakshit

    As I have already made 1 change this week (Lambert>Lukaku), Im not looking at any transfers this week. Looking to get in (Llana+Benteke) for (Ben Arfa+Soldado) in the next couple of weeks. I truly believe that Benteke is a real start in the making (if not already) and I just cant keep him out of my team for long.

    • Liam

      Players often take a little bit of time to get up and running fitness wise after a few weeks off. I would look to move on Ben afra first.

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  4. rufus

    I just transferred Cazorla in for Erricsson. Will Santi play? Also, I got adnan, will he play this weekend. I’m thinking of getting Mata in my team but will he play 90 min under Jose? What do you think changing Giroud to Negredo ’cause I want to free up Arsenal players and put walcott in my team when he is fit. I’m from South Africa and this is my first time playing FPL. Arsenal fan living in manyoo house. Love your site.

    • Liam

      Santi is a major doubt with ozil’s injury this morning you might get lucky here. I don’t expect santi to play this week though.

      Mata is a calculated risk, he has the potential to be huge. Who knows what Jose is doing though. He didn’t play that well against Norwich with willian making his first appearance & scoring in the process.

      I would stick by Giroud if I was to move him on it would be for a guarenteed starter rather then the rotation prone negredo.

      Well done on your first season & thanks for your comments.

  5. kingcolesy

    Good Ramsey question. My plan is to actually rid him after this game week as Brady/Barkley(with 3 big hitters) are cheaper to hold in the squad, and also GW10 works in Bradys favour when I need to field an alternative to Barkley/Arsenal. Otherwise Bradys out for Michu but GW10 midfield doesnt exactly work.

    Its nice to have a gentle reminder of knowing he’s not a keeper so I can dump him 🙂

  6. kingcolesy

    oh damn, was considering using a FT to upgrade ramsey(vs cardiff) to Michu(WHam) next week, but it seems holding a FT a week might be worth it just for the price rises. First World problems really 😛

  7. CommanderX

    Hi,
    So I wanted a solid differential (who cud rotate a bit with Ravel Morr.) in my team as I hv a lot of catching up to do in my ML.

    I shortlisted my options:
    A) Amalfitano (5.2)
    B) Lallana (6.0)
    C) Barkley (5.6)
    D) Any other ?

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