You have to love the added complexity the transfer window puts on our FPL lives! Quite a few of us were over the moon with Cabaye last round, but it turned out to be the last performance he will ever make for us after a move to PSG. Fortunately it came out in the news prior to this past GW, it doesn’t always work out that way. For anyone wanting to back removing the window completely, imagine dealing with that all season? Anyway… This weeks team of champions;
Adrian (4.3m) – When West Ham want to, they have the potential to be the stingiest defence in the EPL. 10 clean sheets so far this season is proof of that. The problem is trying to decide when to play them on the field! A clean sheet away to Chelsea? Really? Not to mention cleanies away to Cardiff, Villa, Swansea, Tottenham, Southampton and Newcastle… That’s 7 of their 10 clean sheets occurring away from home which goes against normal trends. Adrian seems to have wrestled the number 1 shirt from Jussi now and is great value at 4.3m for you GK2 spot. He scored 12 points from the clean sheet, a ton of saves and full BPs. I would look at their upcoming fixtures to help analyse his potential transfer into your teams, but I don’t think it would matter!
Chico (4.9m) – Fulham is the type of opponent that can give a skewed view of a players performance so take this for what it is… Swansea haven’t kept a clean sheet in nearly 2 months, and this is Chico’s 2nd goal in over 4000 minutes of EPL football over 2 seasons. He did score a huge 15 points from his goal, the clean sheet plus full BPs which we’ll applaud, but then quickly pop in the “Super Performance Against Fulham” category and move on.
Toure (4.5m) – Kolo took advantage of Everton’s pretty poor attacking (and defensive) effort in the derby to take home 12 points from an assist and the cleanie. He was all the rage at the start of the season but I’d be surprised if any FPL teams worth talking about still have him so I won’t spend too much time on the merits of his transfer. Ok, just quickly… Liverpool’s defence is still average at best but Toure is getting game time due to injury, and Liverpool do have a few games coming up where they might get lucky enough to not concede a goal. On a positive note, he get’s the very first Ryan Bennett Award!!!
O’Shea (4.8m) – After a lean patch of defensive performances from the improving Sunderland, they got themselves back into clean sheet form with a 1-0’er at home to Stoke. They do have a very unkind run of games before a bye week so I’d look elsewhere for defensive trades. O’Shea scored 9 points from the cleanie and full BPs.
Puncheon (4.9m) – Dare I say it? Is he punchin’ above his weight here? Cheap jokes are sometimes the best. Puncheon seems to be the inform midfielder at the moment and 4.9m is stupid value for what he’s produced in recent weeks. He scored in double figures for the 3rd game in 4 with 11 points from another goal and full BPs. Arsenal and Everton away, and Man Utd at home in the next 4 games may see this form come to a shuddering halt, or will it?
Lallana (7.6m) – Does anyone know of any bookies (not that we’re condoning such low brow behaviour) that take bets on FPL performances? When given the choice of Lallana or Mirallas for the mighty Bayswater Toffees you just know whoever was passed over would put in a massive game. Needless to say the punt on Mirallas did not pay off (although he has increased in price?), but could have been financially advantageous for their manager if said bookies were available… 10 points from another goal and full BPs. Southampton’s fixtures open up very nicely over the next few weeks, with the fantasy friendly Fulham up next. You could do worse than looking to their attacking players, with Lallana being at the top of that list.
Shelvey (5.4m) – Jonjooooooooo!!! He put in one of his rare massive games scoring a goal and a couple of BPs for 10 points. If anyone wants to know why the Jonjo Shelvey Award is named the Jonjo Shelvey Award, his scores have been; 14, 4, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 2, 1 and this week 10 during the past 10 GWs. That’s stereotypical Jonjo. Well played mate. Move on.
Mulumbu (4.7m) – It feels bizarre to give the Jonjo Shelvey Award to a player in a team containing Jonjo Shelvey. But that’s exactly what I’ve done so there you go… Mulumbu scored one of the games 7 goals last night on his way to 9 points which included a couple of BPs. He’ll definitely score another goal this season… I just don’t know when, and he won’t do anything relevant until then or after.
Dzeko (6.7m) – Losing Aguero half way through the game last night didn’t seem to bother Man City too much with Dzeko stepping up considerably putting up a 15 point game which included a goal, 2 assists and full BPs. Although I’m sure the red card helped. With Aguero’s return date unknown at time of print, as well as Negredo being in a tiny bit of doubt and Jovetic still underdone, it leaves Dzeko as the fittest striker by some way. Surely that must increase the possibility of him getting regular minutes and amongst the goals? And 6.7m is great value… After Chelsea this week City do have a kind run of figures, albeit against some of the more defensively minded teams, and is then followed by a bye. Is it worth a short term punt? Will he even survive the transfer window?
SAS (9.4m and 12.3m or vice versa) – Typically potent performance from the duo in the derby with both scoring 11 points! Sturridge scored 2 goals (and missed a penalty!) and got full BPs, while Suarez scored 1 and assisted 1, and only getting a couple of BPs. If you’ve got both of them then you’ll be happier than a pig in mud. This is a great example of having both in your team paying off, but I don’t think it will happen like this every week. I know plenty will disagree with that however… There’s potential for goals for most of the next couple of months with only a home game against Arsenal and a trip to Old Trafford possible banana peels. On a side note, I wonder if Mr Rodgers enjoys such public displays of sooking…
Outside of those champs? An increasingly common Mannone picked up 11 points while an increasingly awesome Benteke scored 9. A raft of defenders scored 9 point games including Terry, Kompany, Smalling and Santon. There’s probably a 50/50 split in relevance there… Some relevance in Gerrard and RVP both scoring 9. If RVP wasn’t a ludicrous 13.6 I’m sure he’d be considered around the FPL community!
And… Adam Johnson with an 8.