Unfortunately most of last week was overshadowed by the antics of Sergio Aguero’s evil hamstring, which cruelly pinged on us again. Unconfirmed reports suggest the FA are filing charges against said hamstring for bringing FPL into disrepute. I’ll be honest, I was one of the many that pulled the trigger early and traded him in at the first opportunity, which serves as a good lesson to us all on the risks involved in early trading.
Scouring through the leagues it seems that most of us scored around the 40-50 mark, with only a few managers poking their heads above mediocrity and posting some excellent scores. I’m putting a shout out to the football gods right now… Lift your game! They have the perfect opportunity to pay us back this week with the long anticipated 15 game extravaganza! It really could be anything but I’m guessing the bar will be sitting around the 100 point mark.
Mannone (4.5m) – If you’re looking for a cheap goalkeeper for the rest of the season then look no further! The only other decent option around this price is Adrian from West Ham but they only have the one game in hand. Sunderland do have a tough run owever playing all the top teams but most of them are away, all of their home games look like clean sheet chances. This week’s home clean sheet netted him 10 points.
Coleman (6.6m) – Greatest. Fluke. Goal. Ever. The best FPL defender going around blessed those that kept the faith with an injury time winner and 11 points. He was given full BPs for his effort as well. With Everton having a couple of extra games over most of the competition, keep him and play him. Another silly goal cost him clean sheet points but Swansea and Newcastle this round could be good opportunities for some defensive returns.
Hangeland (4.8m) – Well, that was unexpected wasn’t it? Not only did Fulham win, they also registered a clean sheet! Like I said last week however, there are two very different Newcastle teams and fortunately for Fulham, the Horrible one turned up (capital “H” intended). From a Fulham perspective don’t look into this result too much, they’re still poor. Hangeland scored no-one 9 points from the cleanie and full BPs.
Dann (4.0m) – This week’s Ryan Bennett Award winner has been getting some regular game time since his move to Palace, but shouldn’t come into consideration for any of us unless that’s all you’re looking for, a super cheap defender who is playing. Dann scored 9 from their cleanie and a couple of BPs.
Silva (9.1m) – Little Davey Silva is back! He ran the game for 10 men Man City against Hull and comes into serious consideration for the multiple DGWs during the remainder of the season. The best news is he’s at a fantastically low price after his injury woes. Man City have been dumped out of all the cups they had left so their entire focus will be on the EPL now, and they’ll lean on Silva even more with Aguero out for however long he’s out for. Silva was on my never again list up until this week, but then again so was Yaya. It’s funny what the lure of an additional 3 games does! This week he collected 14 points from a great goal, an assist and full BPs and will be the main man for a City team looking to take out the title.
Gerrard (9.1m) – Gerrard’s excellent form continued against United with a huge 13 point haul. That was on the back of 2 goals and full BPs, but could have been even bigger with him missing a penalty, which effectively caused a 7 point turn around. He’ll be one of the most traded in this week with the DGW and his consistent form ticking all the boxes.
Rosicky (5.5m) – Two double figure point scoring games in the past 3 at the very least puts Rosicky on our radars, but it would be a bold manager who takes the punt. He’s only finished a few games this season, being subbed off 10 times and subbed on 7. It’s not great job security. That said, a price of 5.5m means it’s relatively low risk if you have the cash. After banking 10 points a couple of GWs ago, he scored 11 this week from his goal and full BPs.
Delph (4.3m) – Here’s a stereotypical Jonjo Shelvey Award winner… Delph has consistently scored 2’s and 3’s all season with a couple of peak games where he took home double figures. Nowhere near enough for us to trade in but just enough to take home this week’s Jonjo. His 11 points came virtue of a goal and full BPs.
Mulumbu (4.7m) – Any other week Mulumbu would be taking home the Jonjo, but alas he wasn’t quite up to it this week despite his 10 points (goal and full BPs). That pretty much sums up his value.
Odemwingie (5.4m) – It’s games like this that will keep Odemwingie employed as a Premier League player for a while to come but he’ll never be the type that can recreate this on a regular basis. Particularly when playing for a club like Stoke. He scored a couple of goals and received full BPs for 13 points.
Lambert (7.3m) – If only Rickie Lambert could find just the tiniest bit of consistency he could be anything. Unfortunately if he hasn’t found it now he never will, and only a small amount of consideration should be put into trading him in. He will score big from time to time but if you get lucky and pick those games you’ll do well. This week he scored a goal, assisted another and received full BPs for 11 points.
So here we go! 15 games to consider when making your trades, as well as keeping an eye on potential future DGWs. I personally don’t see an issue in taking a couple of hits this week. Some will disagree but it’s that time of the season where some calculated gambles could pay off. For the record, I’ll be probably going Silva and Gerrard in for Lallana and Paulinho, with my Aguero money, leaving a decent midfield of those two plus Yaya and Mata. Then perhaps making another move to get rid of Adebayor (Andy Carroll anyone?).
The only problem left is who to captain?!?! Thankfully Matt will be in later this week to help us with that.
What are you planning this week?