My turn! Like Matt, I’ve tried to go for a few differentials from the cookie cutter teams, as well as a completely different tactic in defence than most teams I’ve seen. I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t go left field somewhere!
I’ve tried to go for an even spread of cash across the team until some trends crop up after a few games. It will make it easier to jump on board this seasons Aaron Ramsey, or last season’s early defensive bonus point flood.
Although the common opinion is that Arsenal have a tough start to the season, I don’t think that is going to be a huge problem and I’m happy to go with Szczesny. Although he will become Howard for GW8. It’s a risk but I was quite impressed with their Charity Shield performance so I feel it’s one worth taking and might be a good POD! For Arsenal’s tougher games I’ve gone for Mannone as back-up, he has some decent games that correspond with those. In defence I’ve gone for a 2 and 3 set-up with 2 in Debuchy and Evans to play most games, and then 3 that will rotate through the 3rd onfield spot. Debuchy has been talked about so much this preseason I won’t go into my reasons, but they follow along the same lines as Szczesny. I’m happy that people are starting to doubt his spot in their teams! Evans? Both of my FPLAddict colleague’s went Jones but I’ve bucked that trend. Firstly I’m hoping he shrugs his injury, but the reason is fairly simple. It was between him and Jones, and basically Evans’ minutes played per BP is better over the last 3 seasons (196 v 367). There are circumstances that effected that with Jones playing out of position a bit but with only 1.2% ownership in Evans at the moment it could be good business. For the sake of transparency, if he doesn’t get up for tomorrow then he turns into Jones… Ok, so now is when I go rogue. The third onfield spot I’ve gone for rotation from three teams in Crystal Palace (Pulis leaving might stuff that up), QPR and Newcastle who all have an easy (or easy-ish) game at home each GW right up until Christmas. Seriously, check it out. They may not be the best defensively but I’m backing enough cleanies and BPs for that one position to make it at least low risk. From those teams I’ve gone for Ward, Simpson and Coloccini. Those choices are based on a combination of defensive / attacking potential and confidence in minutes…
I’ve gone for a range of priced midfielders on purpose here. It makes jumping on the trending midfielder easier without taking dreaded hits. First up is Hazard. Why? Gun. Second up is Mata. Gun. But to be serious, those two are some of the best in the biz and are always in the centre of their respective teams attacking play. Mata in particular is great value. Then I’ve thrown in Lamela as a smoky. As Matt has said on numerous occasions, 8.0m is pretty poor from the FPL makers based on last season, but the way he is fitting into Pochettino’s team preseason is exciting. Sigurdsson then finishes off my starting midfield. Everyone knows why… The ever important bench midfielder is one that I highlighted in my QPR piece a few weeks ago, Hoilett. I thought I better put my a$$ on the line! He’s been one of QPR’s better (if not best) attacking threats preseason and could be good value. Breakout?
My attack has changed dozens of times since FPL opened but Rooney has remained the constant. I have little doubt that most teams will have him and makes an easy captain choice! After the crap he received during the World Cup and the fact he’s just been named Man Utd captain, he could explode in LVG’s new look formation early doors. I’ve then gone for the flavour of the month in Jovetic. Reason, apart from form, is I’m hoping that Man City go the careful careful approach with Aguero over the next month or two. He’s had a shocking 12 months with injury and they may feel he’s more value later in the season than early, and maybe even more in the Champions League, so may ease him back in if they’re doing well. The last spot is for Giroud, and one I’m not 100% comfortable with, I originally had Lukaku in there but he’s missing the start of the season. Arsenal have some crazy creative players in their team, and if Giroud can hold his spot though he could go huge! Or not. I played around with the idea of Jelavic with Shane Long long gone (or even Long himself) but went with the potentially free scoring Arsenal.
I’m not sure how I’ll deal with the Wildcard yet… I’ll see how the first GW goes. If there are some huge performances I might ride the wave of price rises and try and make a quick $ or 3. Wait and see…
Come at me bro!