This past game week can be put into two very different categories thanks to the postponements… 1. No effect. Your team score was normal, and you rose 1,000’s of places up the rankings. Or 2. It did have an effect, a massive effect and you wonder why you bother! There’s always a silver lining, it means at least one more double game week at some stage in the future. Keep an eye out for it!
Marshall (4.7m) – Cardiff collected their first cleanie in 2 months against an unlucky Villa team this week. For that, they have Marshall to thank. He made half a dozen very good saves to do his part getting full BPs and 11 points along the way. They have some up and down fixtures coming up but if you have him in the goalie rotation, the home games are looking good while the away games not so. I wouldn’t trade him in if you don’t have him…
Collins (4.2m) – There has been a lot of banter about Collins here on FPL Addicts, and I wish I’d listened to some of it! West Ham’s defence has been just sensational in the past month with 5 cleanies from 6 games. Looking ahead, they have some great chances to increase that tally so it’s not too late to jump on board. Collins scored a goal and full BPs to amass a very healthy 15 points.
Fonte (5.3m) – After an excellent defensive start to the season, Southampton have been much more sporadic in their clean sheets in recent months. The good news is they have been somewhat predictable in who they are going to keep clean against… Cardiff, Fulham, WBA and now Hull. They look like they can do a job against the bottom teams, this is where rotation and depth work out well. Fonte got on the scoresheet as well as receiving full BPs for 14 points. Games against West Ham, Norwich and Palace on the horizon are good opportunities for defensive points.
Chico (4.9m) – Swansea on the other hand, have not had a good defence at any stage this season. However, we have seen that a change of management can change that dramatically. Unless you’re Spurs and go the other way… Keep an eye on Swansea and see how much they are able to improve under their new gaffer, and act quickly if they do. A trip to Liverpool is always going to be tough though. Chico scored a goal and a couple of BPs for 10 points.
Ivanovic (6.3m) – Ivanovic is THE inform defender in the league right now… After a spell in the treatment room he has come back with scores of 2 (a blip against Man Utd), then 7, 14, 11 and 10 which is incredible. I do have serious concerns with John Terry being sidelined, meaning that David Luiz is now filling in at the back (WBA’s equaliser was directly the fault of Luiz…). A home game against an Everton side struggling for goals, a trip to Fulham then a home game against Spurs should see at least one clean sheet. Don’t underestimate how bad of a defender David Luiz really is…. If Terry comes back then don’t worry.
Diame (4.7m) – Diame really should be scoring more FPL points than he does. He’s a wonderfully talented midfielder with all the attributes to be a star, it must be upstairs that he struggles. After missing a couple of weeks, he came off the bench to inspire West Ham to victory with a goal and an assist to score 11 points. At some stage he will breakout and have a run of games so do yourself a favour and watch him.
Bentalab (4.5m) – I wonder how this kid feels? He has got to be the biggest teachers’ pet in football history! Unsighted at EPL level until Sherwood took over, he was almost immediately installed in the centre of their midfield and hasn’t looked back. He probably plays a little deep to consistently score points but with Spurs you never know. This weeks Jonjo Shelvey Award winner assisted a couple of goals and received a couple of BPs for 11 points.
Gerrard (8.9m) – Stevie G is easily the most consistent midfielder available. He’s not got a massive point scoring ceiling like a Hazard does, but he won’t spud it for a few weeks in a row like Hazard will either. While Liverpool are amongst the goals, Gerrard will be amongst the points and he’ll be a very valuable player in your teams.
Richardson (4.8m) – He’s never been a big point scorer which I don’t think will change now, and with Fulham not showing much form he’s a no. He scored a goal and assisted one (haha) on his way to 10 points… You know what… Fulham have been scoring goals in recent games, and the introduction of Mitroglou may just spark them into action. Maybe don’t dismiss so easily.
Adebayor (8.1m) – After a couple of lean weeks Adebayor has burst back into life with an 8 and this week a huge 16. Outside of SAS, this guy is the one to have in your teams and at 8.1m is still great value. This weeks 16 as on the back of 2 goals, an assist and full BPs. His short term fixtures look great but that is followed by a very tough run…
Sturridge (10.1m) – You know when people are actually removing the captaincy from Suarez that the recipient must be in some sort of form! Sturridge is scoring for fun at the moment and any FPL team without him won’t be going very far. This week he got his regular goal (7 from 6 games), but also provided a couple of assists which he isn’t well known for and full BPs for his 15 points. Fixture proof.
Some other relevant performances include Koscielny, Vlaar, Chambers and Paulinho all with 9. Then the next bracket down included Mertesacker and goalies Guzan, Boruc and Adrian on 8…
That’s it for me this week! Sorry for the delay, I had some stuff to take care of… I hope you have a great week off and we’ll get back into it soon. For those interested in other fantasy sports, we’ve got a couple of Australian Rules leagues open for FPL Addict regulars. Shout out if you want some more info about them!