Welcome aboard the pain train! This upcoming round of fixtures could be anything. Most of the week will be spent just trying to put a team on the field and some of the players available aren’t exactly ones we’d normally consider. But you gotta do what you gotta do! Make sure you keep one eye on the future, there’s going to be a lot of double game weeks so keep some money in the kitty to take advantage… Looking back to the week just gone, there were heaps of goals but barely any decent defensive performances…
Begovic (5.3m) – This was one of the odd results I referred to last week and something that Arsenal may need to get used to. Credit where credit is due though, Stoke were very solid and Begovic was very good. But Arsenal just lacked anything different to what they always do. I do feel they miss Walcott and will continue to struggle against teams that will sit back. Begovic scored 7 from the cleanie and a BP but Stoke aren’t the same fortress that they once were so is not viable.
Baines (7.4m) – Bainesy has been building his form in recent weeks and culminated in his best game of the season. He assisted Everton’s only goal, got the cleanie points and full BPs on his way to 11. Far too expensive, but expect a few more of these performances before the season is over.
Stones (4.1m) – If there’s one thing I love just as much as a monster centre forward it’s a young kid getting a chance and shining. Fortunately for young Stones he had Distin to take on the monsters in Carroll and, briefly Cole, so he was able to just mark space and play the ball. Which he did with a temperament which belies his youth. He will make way for Jagielka when he’s fit, but keep an eye on him for next season. 8 points from the cleanie and a couple of BPs. Well done Ryan Bennett Award winner!
Naughton (4.1m) – Watchlist. Naughton has come in from the cold to fill a spot in Spurs’ defence, and although Spurs aren’t as tight at the back as they were earlier this season, 4.1m is great value. Perhaps not in the immediate future as Spurs go to Chelsea and then “welcome” Arsenal but… 4.1m! He scored 8 points this week from the cleanie and a couple of BPs.
Schurrle (6.9m) – To be fair… Schurrle was atrocious for at least the first half of their game… He was lucky to not be subbed but he wasn’t, and ended up scoring a hat trick! Again to be fair, Fulham’s defending was just appalling and all of his goals were scored directly from poor marking. Schurrle is just a squad player in this team so shouldn’t come into reckoning just yet but if given some games he does like to score so consider then. His hat trick and full BPs scored him 20 points.
Sissoko (5.6m) – This was the Sissoko of last season! He scored a couple of goals and full BPs. With Cabaye leaving in the recent break, it gives Sissoko a real shot at being Newcastle’s creative player and if he starts showing that form again then get onboard at 5.6m.
Walters (6.1m) – A bugbear of mine is players scoring BPs for scoring a penalty in the same way an outfield goal is scored… I don’t agree with that. Anyway, the most expensive Jonjo Shelvey Award winner in history scored the only goal in their game against Arsenal along with full BPs saw him pocket 11 points. Although he is a regular in the Stoke team, and plays in an attacking position, they don’t score anywhere near enough goals to be fantasy relevant so, no.
Hazard (11.1m) – I’m sure there were murmurs around FPL managers whether or not it was getting towards transfer time… Hazard has actually gone through a very lean patch of late. His last 6 weeks he’s only scored above 3 points once, albeit that one week was a massive 21 pointer, but his consistency has to cause at least a little concern. He came back with an overdue 10 points on the back of 2 assists and a couple of BPs to remind us what he is capable of.
De Guzman (5.7m) – De Guzman has been sporadically scoring points all season but is just a tad too expensive for what you would get from him so won’t be considered by most, if any. He got on the score sheet and picked up full BPs for his 10 points.
Suarez (13.2m) – You can never keep a good player down for too long… Although many have jumped of his perma-captain status those of us who didn’t are feeling pretty chipper right about now! He scored his first goal in 5 games on his way to a handy 15 points. He also kept up his assisting skills with a couple more and got a well deserved full BPs.
Benteke (8.8m) – BENTEKKKERS IS BACK! Again… Most of us a getting pretty tired of these false dawns and wish he’d just make his mind up. Thankfully Villa have one of the many byes this week so we don’t need to put any consideration into him. 2 goals and full BPs got him 13 points.
Other than those superstars… Bacuna got amongst the points again, Soldado finally scored, Gerrard kept his consistent form going and Remy and Lukaku both reminded us they still existed.
So now we look ahead to the perfect storm. With only half the fixtures due to be played this weekend you’re going to be doing well to have a full team, without taking a hit. Personally I’ve taken a couple of hits to field 10, but have a little leftover for Aguero and, heaven forbid, Yaya Toure. Man City’s numerous double game weeks could prove to be a gold mine. Or… The rotation policy could kick in a screw us… Keep that in mind as they do have FA Cup and Champions League fixures to deal with. Something will have to give.
Make sure you keep track of us here at FPL Addicts, as soon as we hear of any firm dates for the rescheduled games we’ll get them posted!