My own FPL future is non-existent now. I don’t really care. I’ll still try because hell, I’m sitting around 5000 but it means nothing. I can’t win, it’s just about basic respectability now. All I care about now is the dogfight which has snuck up on us at the top of the table between two of our FPLAddict regulars! We have Sam Coles in the blue corner sitting handsomely in 10th overall, and in the red corner Shane Curnow gaining him at express speed in 20th, and only 13 points behind. It’s nearly as exciting as the race to fourth spot in the EPL! Good luck to you both and let’s see a clean fight…
On to this weeks Dream Team…
Foster (4.7m) – This is only West Brom’s second clean sheet this year, the other one occurred on New Years Day. This latest occurrence led to their opponent’s manager getting sacked. That kind of says it all… Foster profited from their rare lapse in conceding goals every week to score 9 points.
Rosenior (4.0m) – Question… Would it just be easier if your cheapest defender didn’t score huge points like this? It feels easier not having the option of playing him. Many of us have Rosie as their D5 and they’d be guttered to have 12 points sitting on the bench. He got himself an assist, as well as a clean sheet and full BPs to help him on his way.
Mariappa (3.9m) – We have a Ryan Bennett Award winner right here… Well done son. Palace’s defence has been pretty darn good in recent times but I do have concerns whether they can keep it up. They have some tough games ahead and if they get to the point where their EPL future is safe they might take a well deserved breather… 10 points from the cleanie, an assist and a couple of BPs.
Demel (4.6m) – West Ham’s well regarded defence has gone a little sour since mid-February but they are still winning games so I don’t think the fans will mind! We do mind however because it means that they can no longer be considered as viable trade options. Demel scored 9 points this week but it was on the back of a goal and a couple of BPs. No.
Mata (9.2m) – Finally part 2! This is what 40m buys you… As opposed to whatever rubbish Fellaini is serving up for 30m. Mata played his second huge game in a week and a bit to push Man Utd to another big win and keep Mr Moyes employed for a little longer. It’s absolutely no coincidence that Mata’s form has followed his move back into the centre of midfield with RVPs absence and I would be hugely surprised if he’s pushed back out to a wing! He scored a brace and assisted another on his way to 19 points. Now the big question… Do we hold him through the bye?
Puncheon (4.9m) – It’s been a lean spell for the player that dominated the EPL during the month of January. He returned to form with 16 points from 2 goals and full BPs. Palace have a tough finish to the season with games against Everton, Liverpool and Man City so it’s a no from me.
Eriksen (6.6m) – Gun. There’s no doubting Eriksen is one of the signings of the season but I suppose when you buy as many players as Spurs did preseason you were bound to get one of them right… He ran the game last night and looks like a must have, particularly at this price and with Spurs’ easier remaining fixtures. 15 points from a goal, 2 assists and a couple of BPs.
Gerrard (9.4m) – I’m not going to have a whinge about Gerrard getting full Bonus Points for scoring 2 penalties, because I have in my team. But you can imagine what I would say if I didn’t…
Salah (5.5m) – The Egyptian Messi announced himself on the big(-gish) stage with a match winning performance against Stoke this week. He celebrated his first start in the EPL for Chelsea with a goal, an assist and full BPs on his way to 14 points. Depending on how big your ahem’s are will decide if you take the plunge or not. He’s got absolutely no job security and has huge competition for a spot in their attack… But that price? But again, you never take a risk on a Jonjo Shelvey Award winner do you?
Adebayor (7.6m) – After having a couple of games off Adebayor burst back into contention with 2 goals against an ordinary Sunderland. He’s definitely one to watch and should be very high on your list of options. His 2 goals and full BPs got him 13 points.
Lukaku (8.9m) – It’s hard to believe Jose doesn’t want this guy… He has all the tools at his disposal to be one of the best. Yeah he does have some shortcomings but he’s far too young to use them against him. Wherever he ends up at will have a beast of a striker for the next decade. He demolished Arsenal with 12 points from a goal, an assist and full BPs.
Some other notable performances… Dzeko put his hand up, depending on how long Aguero is out for, with an 11 point game. Another Man City DGW option in Nasri did similarly with 10. Chicharito gave Moyes something to think about with 10 as well. And a sneaky POD could be Holt from Villa in the absence of Benteke with a decent 8…
Only 5 more GWs to go! Remember Man Utd and Hull have a bye this week, which is offset slightly by Man City and Sunderland having an extra game each. If Spurs can put 5 past Sunderland one can only imagine what damage Man City can do!