Q&A – Gameweek 10

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Welcome back to another Q&A. I hope these questions can answer a few of the problems going around!

A power forward line looks vital. However where do we spread the rest of our budget? Evenly or stack the defence/midfield? How are you guys setup?

Andrew

At the moment it looks best to use your cash up front and at the back. With the upcoming fixtures, even the defenders can be cheap. West Ham and Swansea are showing great defensive form and you can pick up really good options at 5.0mil. Southampton have been incredible at the back, however, their fixtures may prove to be a little too tough to maintain this. The big midfielders just aren’t firing. I’ve always preferred to have 3 premium mids, but I just can’t justify having more than 2 at the moment. I’m stacking up on the Forwards and going cheap on the midfielders at the moment.

Baysie

I’d keep him for another week or two. Swansea play Cardiff, Stoke and Fulham in the next three and he will have the chance to explode. Swansea are playing attacking football and it’s a matter of time before he gets in on the points. Should he fail to produce in the next few, I’d swap him out for Silva. Possibly Walcott if he’s back. I’m still keeping an eye on Hazard, but he hasn’t completely convinced me yet.

Liam

The premium midfielders are not really finding the consistency we crave at the moment therefore I would be looking to take the cash out of this area to upgrade that power forward option. I have gone for only 1 premium in defence and recently picked up Harper (4.0) saving a million on my goalkeepers. Rooney is my choice as power forward unfortunately United have taken a while to turn the form on. Suarez looks like the power forward to have though I have to deal with the price gap between him and sturridge. If he becomes the must have (which he currently looks like) I can move a midpricer out of my midfield to free up cash.

Nick

It seems like the forwards and defenders are raking in the points at the moment, so I’d be spending the majority of my money there. With budget options in Arnautovic, Amalfitano, Brady and Morrison all in some sort of form there is an easy alternative to spreading the cash. I am currently running with two premo midfielders (Ozil and Michu) with Brady and Ramsey as the cheaper options. With midfielders struggling in the past week I have looked to the forwards for the majority of my teams’ points. My forward line now is Suarez, Giroud and the latest member, Augero. I believe that if the midfielders keep under performing we must start looking elsewhere.

Matt

I think it is important to set-up a defence that works for you before moving onto midfield. In my case I have gone with an even spread throughout my defence, but have no one worth over 5.3. This has allowed me to gain an extra midfield premium, however Michu hasn’t returned the goods so far. I’m still hopeful that he can turn it around and that set-up will become more fruitful.

Is it time to give up on Michu and if so, who for?

Andrew

I’d keep him for another week or two. Swansea play Cardiff, Stoke and Fulham in the next three and he will have the chance to explode. Swansea are playing attacking football and it’s a matter of time before he gets in on the points. Should he fail to produce in the next few, I’d swap him out for Silva. Possibly Walcott if he’s back. I’m still keeping an eye on Hazard, but he hasn’t completely convinced me yet.

Baysie

No way. Swans have a great run coming up and he’s as good a chance as any midfielder to score points in the short term.

Liam

Having picked him up after the two returns not to mention captaining him a few weeks ago I am left frustrated with the Spanish star. Having said that the fixtures look rather tasty for the midfield man and under my current strategy I am going to hold. The major question mark this season with Swansea was going to be how they managed league and European exploits. So far they have done reasonably well but have lacked a certain potency in the league on the last campaign. The situation with Michu is a little different he is a ‘marked man’ this season, his strike rate last season was incredible and he could also be experiencing the second season blues.

Nick

I think we’ve got to give him another chance. The derby against Cardiff this weekend will hopefully be enough for last years hero to find some spark in the Premier League. It’s not as if he is not scoring, he is finding the back of the net regularly in the Europa League, but unfortunately cannot bring that form into the Premier League. If he doesn’t do anything after the Stoke game (GW11) then it would be time to ship him out. Although Hazard, Oscar and Silva all failed last weekend they have some very nice fixtures on the horizon and are capable of anything. I’m especially looking at Oscar and Hazard with Chelsea’s good upcoming fixtures over the next few weeks.

Matt

Look I’m going to stick with him because I was on-board before the bandwagoners arrived. As soon as you turn your back on a guy like Michu, he bags a brace. I’ll be giving him every opportunity to impress, at least until someone else comes banging down the door, which isn’t really the case at the moment. Walcott could change things.

I’m after a budget defender. Who are the best options under 5?

Andrew

Williams for Swansea, Shaw/Clyne for Southampton and Rat for West Ham are all great calls under 5.0mil. All 3 have good fixtures and form on their side. If I had to pick one, I’d go for Ashley Williams at 4.8. After returning from injury, he walked straight back into the Swans’ defense and grabbed himself a clean sheet and maximum bonus points against The Hammers.

Baysie

This is never an easy question on the run… To get a really definitive answer you need to study the run of games for all 20 teams and try and ascertain clean sheet chances. And as we’re only looking at the cheapies, we ain’t looking at any top teams. Since I’ve already done Swansea, and am pretty confident in them, I’ll put up Williams and Taylor (depending on how long Davies is out for). Southampton have been fantastic but their run is not great so maybe look at offloading soon.

Liam

Clyne or Shaw & Rat. Those are my top 3 options and a combination of the two is a perfect rotation for home matches. Taylor from Swansea is a great short term option for those strapped for cash. Williams (4.8) is another solid option although I don’t like his injury record of late. Looking through the rest of the budget options Olsson from Norwich (4.2) has nailed down the left back role of late and could present some value if Norwich tighten up at home.

Nick

It seems like any decent team cannot be without a Southampton defender at the moment. So Clyne and/or Shaw look like very good options at 4.6 and 4.8 respectively. After being eased into the Premier League, Rat dropped a staggering .5 and is at a bargain price of 4.5 at the moment. After not living up to the hype of pre-season, Rat has played 90 minutes in the last five games and is locked into the West Ham defense. With reasonable fixtures on the horizon for West Ham he could be a good pick up.

Matt

I think you need to have 2 Southampton defenders, whether one of them is Boruc depends on your keeping set-up. Shaw and Clyne are just insane value. Other than that Williams seems to be the hot pick this week, while I think Rat is sliding nicely under the radar at 4.5. He has settled in and looks to be great value.

Answer honestly. How many hits have you taken this season so far? How have they worked?

Andrew

I’ve taken just the one. I guess you could say it worked because Van Persie grabbed a goal, but it’s generally something I avoid unless I absolutely have to. If you’re dying to get a player in and just can’t do it with 1 transfer, then go for it. I remember towards the end of last season wanting to get De Gea in when he was at a really good price. I chose not to take the hit and he ended up getting a clean sheet and rising in price. In fact, I think he ended up with 4/5 clean sheets in a row and I couldn’t bring him in because the finances just didn’t work. I should have grabbed him.

Baysie

That would be 2 and neither have really worked out well. The first was Hazard out for Silva. Silva got injured the game I traded him in and was on the sidelines for 3 weeks. Hooray. The latest was Michu in for Ben Arfa which I had to do. Jury is still out on that one.

Liam

Do I have too…24 points I have taken a hit on. The season didn’t start too well for me and the initial trading was not much better, Dzeko, Nani and Moses amongst the worst. FPL is all about being able to reevaluate the situation having had my worst start ever (this is my 8th year). My initial point hits were to cover lost ground the next two lots were to consolidate my team to save my wildcard for later in the season. The latter was a great success and I have a decent team value (105.3) and a strong team moving forward. The change in bonus points system has been a killer to the premium midfield bracket, this is something which has caught me off guard. (it did the last time they changed it too). From here its onwards and upwards with minimum hits (double gameweeks, injuries and the occasional budget squeezer aside).

Nick

I have taken a few hits this year due to many under performing players in my team. In saying that, taking the hits have never worked, until last week. Took a -4 to bring in Chico and worked wonders for me. But whenever I’ve taken -8 throughout the year it has never worked. So I’m not a huge fan, especially when it costs you a league win. But its a very good way of bringing in in-form players, bandwagon players and players about to rise/fall in price. So I’ve taken another -4 hit this week to welcome Aguero into my team who will hopefully continue his astonishing form.

Matt

Well coming from the knee-jerk hater, you’d hope I have taken minimal hits. I taken 8. Oh that’s not bad, 2 -4 hits is workable. No I meant 8 separate 4 point hits… Yeahhhhhh. A few I must admit can be looked back on as rash, however I tend to try and trust my judgement and think long-term. Whilst I regret some, I’m so glad I pulled the trigger on a couple of them and you can’t just pick and choose the best ones. Take the good with the bad, and risk taking is how I choose to play the game. If I see a player I really want long-term, he’s in! However I don’t advise this to all and I think more often than not they won’t work out, so be careful.

Who is your pick of the premium defenders?

Andrew

The premium defenders haven’t quite justified their price this season in my opinion. If I had to go for 2 though, it would be Baines and Ivanovic. The Everton defender doesn’t exactly have the easiest of fixtures coming up, but always has the chance of getting you those attacking points as well as the clean sheets. With no assists and 2 goals so far this season, he hasn’t exactly shot the lights out, but with set pieces and penalties in the locker, there’s always that underlying threat. Ivanovic has been somewhat outshone so far this season by John Terry, but I still think the big Serbian offers more going forward. He’s been unlucky not to pick up a few assists so far this season and looked a real threat in the opponents half over the weekend.

Baysie

Baines. He has been a little off his game in recent weeks but the return of Pienaar will bring him back. It’s amazing how well they play together and how much more attacking Baines becomes when the little South African is in the team. That said, I’m not going near any premium defenders.

Liam

Terry has been a lock in my team since the start and has a strong reputation from set pieces so too Ivanovic although Terry is more nailed on. Evra is consistently returning I might have to find a spot for him if Vidic can keep fit. Vertonghen is an interesting one it the left back role I have to say yes. At CB I would rather go for Walker in the spurs side although they have a rough run coming up so best to avoid at the minute.

Nick

When inform, Ivanovic, Baines and Vertonghen are all the premium defenders – hence their hefty price tag! But the ‘premium’ status is yet to be fulfilled by Baines and Ivanovic thus far this year, with the two struggling at the moment. With Everton having very tough upcoming fixtures Baines, in my opinion, must go. Clean sheets don’t seem an option and his attacking prowess hasn’t been evident since the two free kicks he scored. And with that hefty 7.7 price tag it seems just too much. Ivanovic on the other hand has very appealing fixtures on the horizon and is someone definitely to look into for a way into Chelsea’s expensive defense.

Matt

I pose this question as, to be honest, I can’t pick one. None of them are even worth it in my opinion! The reason is that whilst one may go on a storming run (Baines GW 2-5, Zabaleta 1-4, Ivanovic 1-3) they rarely keep it up. In the long term none of them really stand out, and as such they’ve all been overtaken by the budget Southampton options. Perhaps look at Terry if you’re after one short-term as he looks the most likely to go crazy over the next month of fixtures, but be warned, you are playing a dangerous game with expensive defenders!

Aguero or Suarez? Or both?!

Andrew

Both. The midfielders have been terrible this season and there are plenty budget options at the back, so you can use the cash up front. Should you want to jump onto an inform midfielder at the later stage, they can easily be downgraded to a cheaper option like Rooney, Sturridge, Lukaku or Giroud.

Baysie

It’s getting to the point now where you can’t ignore how well Aguero is playing. Suarez is a must have so you’d need to look at if you can have both. 11.3m is a lot of coin and would depend on your 3rd striker and your team balance. If it means having to skimp somewhere else in your team, weigh up the point scoring ability of Aguero and that player, against the two you would have otherwise. Sometimes putting your eggs all in one basket doesn’t work as well as spreading the risk.

Liam

A mark of my season is that I don’t have either, I have gone with Rooney with the potential to move for either one of these two shortly. I would say Suarez he can return week in week out both home and away. Aguero is a gun but City also have european distractions which sees the team changed on a regular basis. Aguero seems nailed on but City have lacked a fluidity this season as seen by their dismal away form. Personally I am jumping back on the Silva train and will look firmly at Suarez if his great form continues.

Nick

Luckily for me I’ve got both. But trying to squeeze them both in is a very tough ask. If having to choose one, I’d say Suarez. Purely because of his guaranteed job security. Manchester City still have 4 world class strikers all buying for a starting spot. Compared to Liverpool’s two locked in week-in week-out strike force. Although I think Pellegrini has finally realised that if they’re going to challenge for the title this year, Aguero must start every match. Definitely one of the two is a must at this stage.

Matt

I’m comfortably on both. Lock and load and don’t even worry about captaincy options for the future. Well, apart from separating these two that is! They should have the points flowing in most weeks and will be an area of your team that remains unchanged for most of the season. There isn’t many set and forget players this year, but these two look just like that. Gold!

That’s it for this weeks Q&A! I hope that helped… The captains will be back for revenge tomorrow whilst Andy will be back with his brilliant preview as always! Cheers.

11 comments on “Q&A – Gameweek 10

  1. Måns

    Great write up as usual guys! I have one question, who do you guys think I should play of williams, dawson, rosenior and townsend?

  2. MattyZach

    Great article guys! I really enjoyed it. Asked myself most of these questions this week! Shame I made my transfers before it came out! haha the extra opinions might’ve helped sway me.

    • mattcraigdt Post Author

      Damn! I’ll try get them out earlier, with uni exams coming to a head I’m almost free! You can almost afford to hold your trades as this stage of the season as there can be a transfer lull.

  3. Mikey

    Awesome advice as always guys!! Was feeling good with Suarez, Giroud and Lukaku as my front 3, but now thinking that Aguero is an absolute must have!!! So going to take a a punt and cop a 4 point hit this week, and swap either HBA or Sigurdsson for Sessegnon, and use the cash to upgrade Giroud for Aguero. Hopefully it works!! Thanks again!!!

      • Liam

        I like the look of him, always have but as a fantasy asset he really has only had one patch of form that warranted selection. That was sometime ago.

  4. Mithun

    My curent team is

    boruc/foster(inj)
    clyne/angel rangel/zabeleta/turner/coleman

    ramsey/michu/silva/brady/januzaj

    rooney/giroud/suarez
    have 0.9 in the bank,yet to use wc.
    Shud i take a hit with swapping giroud for torres or shud i wait?
    Im not thinking i wud get premium points this week with groud,suarez and ramsey in my team,wat shud i do?

    Can i use 1st wc aftr december if possible??

  5. Kochi

    I’m stuck with who to get rid of for Suarez. Lukaku or Giroud. Giroud gives me more money in the bank, but i think he will score more than Lukaku. Any thoughts?

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