Q&A – Gameweek 9

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It’s time for another Q&A, so let’s get straight into it…

In what I’m sure will be the debate of the week, Hazard or Oscar?

Andrew

Oscar is probably the more sensible option, simply because he is in some sort of form and he has proven that he can bring home the points. Hazard however, is more explosive. He has been handed a start in every game that he is fit for and it looks as if he is a safer option when it comes to rotation. If I had both and had to decide who I’d put the armband on.. I reckon I’d go with the Belgian.

Nick

I’d say Oscar. He is in very good form at the moment, not that Hazard isn’t, but also seems to be a locked in starter. Was only benched against Cardiff last weekend because of the International Fixtures taking a toll…And still managed to score a cracker! I’d be looking to get one of the two after the Manchester City game this weekend, both very good options.

Baysie

I’m going to go Hazard but it depends if you want steady points scoring or the ability to go big. Hazard has a much higher point scoring ceiling than Oscar has. As well all that, he has it in him to put a very good run of form together as we saw at the start of last season. If he realises how good he is then he could be anything.

Liam

Hazard, Hazard, Hazard thats all I can say. Looking at the numbers Oscar is a worthy call but this is his breakout season Hazards was last year. I am expecting consistent returns from Hazard as we launch into the rough and tumble of the 2nd quarter of the premier league season.

Matt

Look if I had to pick one, I’d be going with Hazard. I think he is more established in the Premier league and whilst Oscar is on a hot streak, Mata could very well overtake him some point in the season when things catch up to him. Mainly in the hectic December period, in which I can see both of these guys getting rested. Having said that they both have great potential and are well under-priced at 9.0.

I’m after another premium midfielder aside from Ozil. Do I go for one of the Chelsea duo or is there better options out there (Silva in particular)?

Andrew

I think there are better options, but not many I’m afraid. Silva and Michu have the potential to rack up the points over the next few weeks. Swansea face West Ham, Cardiff, Stoke and Fulham in their next 4. The Welsh side are playing some really attractive football and look full of goals. With Norwich and Sunderland following the match up with Chelsea this weekend, Silva should continue to prove his worth. Down to 9.3m, the Spaniard is starting to show that he could be of real value this season. Partnered with Aguero, you’re sure to get points more often than not.

Nick

Silva looks in very good touch, got an assist against CSKA in the champions league midweek and scored last week. He is benefiting from Aguero’s hot streak and the points don’t like they’re going to dry up anytime soon. If brining him in, I’d say after the Chelsea game week. The Chelsea duo look a safe bet, but once again, I would say after the game this week against Manchester City.

Baysie

That’s tough. I reckon Hazard is at the start of a point scoring period but Silva is probably the safer bet. As a smokey… I read on one of OptaJoe’s posts that Gerrard has created the most chances in the EPL so far this season. I’d never pick him but definitely keep an eye on him, particularly when Allen comes back into contention.

Liam

Silva is great value, the bandwagon got going after GW2 before Silva picked up an injury on international duty. Since returning from injury he has quite simply returned the goods. With the some uncertainty over who is the better option at Chelsea I would lock in Silva. Having said that I feel things are going to swing around and a move for Ozil, Silva, Hazard would not be the worst call.

Matt

I’m going with Silva personally so that’s exactly what I’m going to recommend. I just think Hazard and Oscar are too risky with Chelsea’s potential rotation, long-term especially. Man City are scoring goals for fun and Silva looks to be back to his best this season. I’m happy to jump on at 9.3 and hopefully see some consistent returns.

If you had the cash in the bank, would you upgrade Giroud/Sturridge/Soldado to Aguero, or is it too risky with rotation worries?

Andrew

I would keep Giroud and Sturridge. They’re scoring freely and are showing no sign of slowing down. They both have the fixtures and the form to warrant keeping their spot in your squad. I’d upgrade Soldado though. He hasn’t exactly followed through on the promise he showed from the first 2 games. After slotting 2 penalties away in his opening 2 fixtures, Fantasy owners had to wait until this past weekend for him to score his first from open play. Aguero will put more in the back of the net in my opinion. There is always the threat of rotation, but the Argentine seems to be Pellegrini’s first choice striker and should start most games.

Nick

Even though it looks like a good trade in hindisight, especially with Augero’s very good form, I don’t see the need. Giroud/Sturrdige/Soldado/Suarez all are producing the goods at the moment, maybe aside from Soldado. If Soldado doesn’t score this week against Hull, dump him. If they start to drop off and Aguero keeps going, then reassess. I think Pellegrini has realized that Augero is vital to City’s title hopes and will need to be on the park week in week out.

Baysie

I wouldn’t trade up to Aguero. I’d be more inclined to bring in Rooney or trade down to Remy, Lukaku or even Bony (he has to start scoring eventually). Even though he scored again last night in the CL I just don’t want to have to worry about whether my players are going to play or not.

Liam

I would strongly consider upgrading Soldado as good as he has been without really returning (last week aside) Aguero is captain material at a reasonable price point. Spurs are a top half of the table side and although they have recruited a lot of players I could see them missing out on the champions league once again. They seem to lack a potency in front of goal

Matt

I’m going to have to lean towards sticking with your current strikers because whilst they’re performing, why trade? Even if another striker is in top form, unless one of your 3 is really struggling, I’d hold firm. Yes I would be keeping Soldado, although another blank this week would have me very tempted to chase Aguero, who looks the goods this season.

At what time of the week do you usually do your transfers?

Andrew

I try hang on until I’ve heard news from the different camps on the Friday afternoon before the Weekend’s matches. It’s best to keep that transfer right up until just before the transfer deadline. This will help avoid those situations where you transfer someone in, only to have them get injured during midweek training or during midweek Cup games. The only time I’ll make an early transfer is to avoid a price rise/fall or to jump onto a bandwagon for a player I wanted to get in anyway.

Nick

I prefer to wait until the latest injury and team news has been released, and the latest from the European Competitions and cup games. But if it’s to get in a player before there imminent price rise, I would do it as soon as possible.

Baysie

I’ve either highlighted a trade a couple of weeks in advance or pick a few trades on Sunday that I might do and sleep on it. If I think my best trade in will increase in value I’ll move on it straight away otherwise I’ll leave it until later in the week.

Liam

Well it changes depending on the cash situation. I often start with the strategy of moving quickly as the market tends to move quite fast in the first say 8-10 gameweeks of the season. As people start to lose interest and the ghost ships start to appear I tend to wait until the end of the week (Saturday). Quite simply you never know when injuries are going to pop up. Over christmas it is a headache period with fixtures thick and fast (injuries also) so it is a case of wait until deadline day. I’ve either highlighted a trade a couple of weeks in advance or pick a few trades on Sunday that I might do and sleep on it. If I think my best trade in will increase in value I’ll move on it straight away otherwise I’ll leave it until later in the week.

Matt

At the start of the season I tend to risk earlier trades as building team value is very important, not to mention how frantic price rises are. However you can probably tell that things have settled down a little now, even the hazard bandwagon is struggling to rise just once this week. With price rises far less of an issue and the odd 0.1 not a concern, I’m holding off until at least Friday or Saturday to do my trades. For instance Giroud is a chance of being rested this weekend… Better safe than sorry.

Do we stick with Mignolet or look elsewhere?

Andrew

It’s probably worth sticking with him. There aren’t too many other keepers really pushing for an “essential” tag. Boruc has proven to be a steal at 4.5 (now 4.7) and I reckon Michel Vorm at 5.0 could start working his way into our thinking with the kind run of fixtures Swansea have. If you’re looking to upgrade elsewhere, then go for it. Otherwise I’d probably stick with the Anfield keeper.

Nick

West Brom, Arsenal, Fulham, Everton, Hull City, Norwich and West Ham all seem like good fixtures to me. Yes Liverpool aren’t fantastic defensively at the moment, but Mignolet is a quality keeper and there aren’t too many ‘must have’ keepers. I’d stick with him.

Baysie

If you already have Boruc then I guess so. That said… I had the choice during my wildcard of Mignolet and Howard and went Howard (without any bias!). I just think Everton look a little safer down back than Liverpool (but Liverpool are more dangerous in attack).

Liam

Look elsewhere. An outstanding start which made the blood boil a little because in the long run keepers offer very, very little value above the 4.5-5 market. The cash can be used so much better elsewhere in the side.

Matt

Look I’m going to stick with him, I’m not sure Southampton are going to keep this form up and Liverpool’s defence is a good chance of going on another solid run. It is a position I can set and forget, saving my team a whole lot of troubles. Mignolet and no rotation is the way forward for my team. The extra 0.6 or so for another keeper is insignificant in the greater scheme of things.

Are you still looking at rotating defenders and if so, how many?

Andrew

Not at the moment, but it looks as if I might start to quite soon. The start of the season saw the expensive defenders keeping clean sheet after clean sheet and racking up the bonus points. So for the past few weeks I’ve gone with a Chelsea, Spurs and Pool defender for every gameweek. Things seem to be shifting back to normal though and we’re seeing less clean sheets, so I’ll be offloading one of them for a Swans defender soon. With the value being shown in the Midfield and Forwards this season, Fantasy Managers can afford the luxury of 2 premium defenders this season.

Nick

Yeah, well I’m trying to. After next week, I will have 5 very good defensive options that I can use to rotate home games. I believe it’s a very good method and something that is extremely beneficial. Because I would only ever play 3 defenders (in an ideal world) I believe 4 decent defenders would be satisfactory to rotate with.

Baysie

My plan from the start was to have 5 defenders that can all play when required and I’m sticking with that. The only change from the beginning is that I’m playing 3 instead of 4. I rotate them through whoever is playing at home and it seems to be working relatively well. One thing on defenders while we’re here, stay away from Chelsea if Luiz is playing. All of their clean sheets have occurred while Cahill has played with Terry instead of Luiz. Cahill has conceded 1 goal in 360 minutes. When Luiz finally gets dropped pick up any Chelsea defender immediately! Luiz is horrible.

Liam

My defence in some ways has really paid off this season. Having only made 1 trade in my back 6 players. The strategy at the start of the season was to pick players who rotate home fixtures. Toure & Coleman, Clyne & Collins with Terry being the premium exception. I feel as though it was a rather valid one and has enabled me to use valuable trades and cash elsewhere.

Matt

I did go with 5 defenders after my wildcard and prepare for rotation, and it has worked fantastically. However I am finding that reid spends most of the time of the pine anyway, so I’m going to be moving to a 4 defender rotation system with a cheapie on the pine. I’ll most likely look at Faye (Chester on return) for my budget spot, whilst midprices in Coleman, Shaw, Clyne and Dawson hold the fort.

Who is the best budget midfielder going around besides Ramsey?

Andrew

My punt is going to be on Lallana. I heard a lot of good things about him last season and got quite excited. He didn’t quite shoot the lights out, but showed some definite potential. This season, he seems to be more settled and the way Southampton are playing at the moment, should have ample opportunity to bring home the attacking points. With 2 goals in his last 2 games, he has the form and the confidence to stand up and be counted.

Nick

Lallana looks to be a very good pick. Scores of 6,6,11,10 in the last month suggest he’s in a very good vein of form. With Southampton’s very good form and good fixtures in the next three weeks, he looks like a very good pick. After that, Southampton play Chelsea and Arsenal, Villa then Manchester City. This will prove a tough run but after getting a point at Old Trafford on the weekend anything seems possible to Southampton at the moment, can they keep it up is the main question!

Baysie

Lallana. He went through a great patch at the start of last season before injury curtailed that and he never really got back from it. It looks as if he’s gotten back to that level, or close too it. A chance for the World Cup squad.

Liam

We finish with a very tough question. Having written about and traded in Lallana last week I have to go with him. Sitting at 6.2 is not really value though so I will select Ravel Morrison of West Ham. At a rather handy 4.5 and seemingly locked into the West Ham midfield I expect him to return more consistently then Ross Barkely.

Matt

I picked Lallana at the start of the season and he was always going to be capable of decent returns, however I don’t think he is the best budget midfielder going around. In my opinion he is basically a midpricer, and I don’t think that is the best team structure to be using. Presuming we all have Ramsey, I reckon Morrison is your best bet. For value he is incredible at 4.5, and sitting in my fifth midfielder spot he has done the job perfectly. I am now confident enough to even start him, because anyone playing striker with the ability he has is always going to be a chance of returning points. I am running with 3 premos, Ramsey and Morrison and I must say it’s working brilliantly. Midpricers will be up and down and I get the feeling Southampton and Lallana will slow, so bank the extra 1.7 and thank the fpl gods for gifting us this great treat.

So that’s it for Q&A this week! I’ll be back with the captains later this arvo, with Andy’s gameweek preview hopefully following tonight. Plenty to get through before deadline! Cheers.

4 comments on “Q&A – Gameweek 9

  1. Richey

    Great article lads! I was literally wondering ‘Do I stick with Mignolet or look elsewhere?’ yesterday!

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