Welcome back to yet another edition of transfer talk! With some new heros popping up over the weekends games it’s time to assess who is the real deal, and who isn’t!
- Williams – Swansea’s defence is looking rock solid as Baysie pointed out last week, so to be able to get their captain at just 4.8 is a bargain. He could be a great rotational defensive option if that’s the route you’re taking.
- Suarez – No matter what Aguero does, he seems to better it. His hat-trick was incredible and laughed in the face of those who didn’t captain him… *gulp*. I think he’s the must have of this season, and if for some reason you haven’t got on board yet I’d be scrambling to avoid the numerous price rises to come.
- Rooney – Whilst he’s not been pumping out massive scores, he’s still very much rewarding his owners patience and trust. Even though there are so many striker options out there, he still seems to be the third best option if you can fit him in.
- Lukaku – There was a lot of pressure on him to score this week, from an fpl perspective that is. With all the premium forwards pumping out massive totals, the need to be going for a value forward option doesn’t seem viable. However he is showing that he’s capable of consistent returns and whilst he’s in-form, there’s no need to be trading him at all.
- Sturridge – Quite a few people are against having both members of the new SAS, however this weekend may have proven that there is no reason you can’t go with both. Both have perfect job security, and even when Suarez dominates Sturridge still manages to pop up for his goal a game. I’m not one to complain at a goal a game. Great option if you can fit in him and Luis.
- Forwards – 10 players reached double digits on the weekend, 6 of them were forwards. They are asserting their dominance as the highest scoring, and most importantly the most consistent scorers this season. 3 of the top 4 scorers for the season are forwards, enough said. The power forward line is the way to go.
- Midfielders – They were the polar opposites of the forwards this week. It was only last week we were boasting about the return of the mids, they featured highly amongst the captain options and many switched to an extra premium mid. I think this week has confirmed for me the most important point of all. You won’t find consistency in midfield. From ANYONE. Last year we had guys like Mata who gained 14 attacking returns in 15 games, now we can look back on that and realise how special he was. Then you consider how good Bale was, this season is a little different. There was 2 midfielders who scored over 6 points this week, compare that to 12 forwards. Case and point, the premium value looks to be in the lock and load forwards. Whoever can crack the midfield code will have found their route to success.
- Remy – Even though he will hit form occasionally and have everyone turning heads, there is too much quality in the forward line to be risking it with a guy like Remy. As I said a couple of weeks ago, he can be compared to Ben Arfa in the way he will be a serious roller coaster ride to own. If you were to pick one of the two, I’d take the risk in midfield.
- Barkley – I dumped him last week and as I said a couple of weeks ago, he has certainly peaked in value. Ross, thanks for your efforts, but it’s time to go! Amalfitano is still a great option if fit, whilst Brady has the capabilities of great returns. I’m still not convinced by Townsend however if you’re a spurs fan you may just lean that way! Morrison still provides fantastic value and would be my pick of the bunch to free up some cash.
- Michu – He has seriously let down those who took the punt with his great fixtures to come. For some reason I’m looking to give him a few more weeks to prove himself, however you couldn’t be blamed for aborting and bringing in someone like Oscar or Hazard, both of them carrying risks of their own. Silva is a great option if you still don’t have him.
- Eriksen – AVB looks to be saving him for Europe, either way you can’t own him for his 30 minute cameos at his price!
- Amalfitano – A half time substitution was not what his owners were after, and with West Brom still sweating on his injury concern his owners should monitor his progress closely throughout the week. If you need to trade I still like Morrison as a value midfield pick. Don’t write him off for the season though.
- Negredo – Quite a few were talking him up as a forward POD a few weeks ago, however it has been proven that the forward line is not the place for PODs. Get him out before you fall further behind.
- Benteke – I am absolutely ropeable that he missed that penalty, and it’s not for fpl reasons. Betting aside, it was not what his owners were looking for after taking a punt on bringing him in early. You give a guy like Benteke 2 golden chances and he usually bags one of them, I think he’ll still be a great option long term and should be monitored as his price falls to even more bargain levels. If it becomes a straight swap for Lukaku, I’d be making that move!
FLAVOUR OF THE WEEK:
Aguero – The biggest winner of the week was clearly this man. It would have to be a toss up between him and Suarez for the best player in the epl, either way there’s no harm in owning both! He can’t stop scoring away from home, and who would be brave enough to deny him this week at home to Norwich! Champions league rotation would be his only downfall, but he will play every minute possible as he is crucial to City’s title hopes. I’ve made the move by bringing him in for Giroud, and whilst I wouldn’t recommend that to everyone, I just think his scoring and captain potential is too good to ignore. This flavour shouldn’t be going anywhere for the rest of the season!
I Hope this helped everyone! If anyone has questions to do with price changes you can ask away in the comments. We’ll be working on getting a Q&A together for tomorrow, before we turn our focus onto GW10! Cheers.