Addict’s Presser – GW17

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Hello all! We’re bringing back the weekly Question and Answer session, or the Addict’s Presser as I’ve dubbed it… Hit us up on Twitter to lob your own questions at as, this really is only as good as you guys make it!

josepresser Ighalo v Vardy… Jury still out?

Matt;

The jury is closed for me. If you had to pick one (Which you don’t…) it has to be Vardy. Leicester are the real deal, and that has a lot to do with the quality of Vardy and Mahrez. They are showing no signs of slowing and are even proving to be fixture proof. Ighalo is a jet and the second best bargain FPL has seen (Ramsey 2013/14 at no.1) but he can’t compete with a guy who has notched attacking returns in 14 games straight!

The difference is the quality of the two teams they play for. Leicester will cause havoc and almost certainly score against every team in the competition. Watford are playing some great stuff, but I’m concerned when they face up to the big boys they won’t be able to break them down on enough occasions. It’s not to say Ighalo isn’t a great option! Just Vardy is a better one…

Baysie;

The jury is definitely still out! And they’re ordering in some Chinese takeaway… 103 points for Ighalo (but 34 in the last 4 games) v 114 from Vardy (with 28 from 4)? It really depends on what you’re after… If you want a player who’ll pick you up your 6, 7 points every week then Vardy is the man, but Ighalo is the one who has the potential to get you more 10+ point weeks and if you’re a captaincy gambler then you’re talking season defining points hauls. What does worry me with Vardy is that for all the good Leicester have done so far, their depth is the biggest issue for mine. If it does go belly up, I don’t feel Vardy has enough in him to create his own goals, whereas Ighalo does when Watford go south. Long term, I’m still content I picked Ighalo over Vardy.

Bio;

I would say that Vardy still has a short edge. As a player he’s been even more consistent than Igahlo and he also has a better team to supply him with dangerous balls. You can’t go without Mahrez and Vardy really. But if you’re not part of the idiots who recently transferred Kane in, just get Ighalo on your side too.

Harrison;

The tough upcoming fixtures for both may help answer this one.

Liam;

Ighalo is undoubtedly the better player but Leicester are having a very special season. Look to Ighalo if Watford’s form/fixtures are good and it suits your team structure. I will be holding Vardy for the time being.

Is Stoke’s defence now a must have or have we missed the boat?

Matt;

I don’t tend to believe a sudden turn around in defensive form. Stoke have been brilliant at the back for a couple of months now, but before that they were horrific (No clean sheets in their first 7 games). The fact is they’re unlikely to keep more than 14 clean sheets this season, and they’re already halfway there! I know there’s no reason they can’t beat that mark, but history suggests it won’t happen. You only need to look at West Brom’s defensive form to see how quickly things can change!

Have you missed the boat? Certainly not. Butland still presents great value at 4.9 and Wollscheid is a bargain at 4.4. Are they must haves? Absolutely not*

*Unless they maintain this rate. In which case yes, yes they are… and I’m a first class idiot.

Baysie;

The ship has left the docks, and sailed off into the sunset. Seven clean sheets from nine games is not only crazy, it’s completely unsustainable. Buy a ticket for the next boat. For the record, West Ham will tighten up whilst they have no creativity.

Bio;

Get Butland if you’re shopping for a goalkeeper, he’s really the pick of the bunch for the Potters and he’s still under 5.0. I wouldn’t suggest going out of your way with negative points and all to get him though.

Harrison;

Because of the low cost of their defence, I’d say too much value to ignore. Courtois to Butland for me this week.

Liam;

Missed the boat, unfortunately teams only have one ‘clean sheet run’ like this in a season. Butland is in top form and will get a lot of save / bonus points, is worthy of considering. Old boy Glen Johnson will pop up with a goal / assist at some point for the brave managers out there.

Is KDB’s benching the final straw? Can we trust Man City enough to invest in them over the Christmas/New Years fixtures?  

Matt;

If you’ve been keeping up with the stock market (Great read) you’ll know that KDB’s form line has been closely correlated to Aguero’s time on the pitch. He will return to his scoring ways. Also fear not, he was only rested on the weekend. He should be perfectly fit for the hectic Christmas period!

As far as the rest of City’s squad goes, that’s an interesting one. I’m very concerned over Kolarov’s benching, I fear he may be rotated with Clichy too often to make his price tag viable, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for now. I wouldn’t advise investing in their defence, so the only real options to consider are KDB, Silva and Aguero. Sorry Sterling, but I’ll pass.

Silva isn’t fully fit and poses a huge risk over the festive period. Avoid for now. I’ll talk more about Aguero in my article this week, but I will say this much. IF Aguero returns to face Arsenal, how many games do you think he will start when City are playing a match every 2-3 days until New Year? I’ll give you the hint that it won’t be every one! KDB the pick for me.

Baysie;

This one hurts… I had KDB as captain last week, so I’m not in the mood to deal with City’s crap right now. If it weren’t for my preseason pledge to avoid taking hits as much as possible he would’ve been knee jerked all the way to hell as soon as the team sheet came out. After I calmed down however… I still see City taking out the league title so you need to sit tight with players of the quality of KDB through the lows as their highs will make up for it. They will continue to rotate players so if you have City assets you’ve been warned. Have a bench that plays… Stay clear of their defence until Kompany comes back however, they can’t even spell defence without his help.

Bio;

I’m going to hold on to KDB for a few games as his record is still quite good. Would be happy to swap him for Silva if the Spaniard can become the essential player he was at the beginning of the season again. Other than these players, not really looking at City’s assets right now.

Harrison;

I don’t have the answer to this one yet but I’m starting to look elsewhere for sure.

Liam;

UCL (Champions League) is very important to Manchester City, this being the first time they have managed to top their group. Look at his benching as ‘rotation’ as they took on an out of form Swansea at home. They are odds on in my mind to take out the title, very much worthy of investment over Christmas / New Year.

Is it time to move away from Everton assets with their fixtures closing up? Or have they proven to be reasonably fixture proof?  

Matt;

Having owned Coleman I can say that regardless of their fixtures, they’re complete ass at the back. Baines is certainly one to consider, just prepare for some clean sheet pain. Going forward however they are a well-oiled counter attacking machine, guys like Lukaku and Deulofeu remain great investments.

Baysie;

Outside of Lukaku, it’s time to hit the hit the eject button. We’ve got Leicester, Newcastle and Stoke to come which is a lot harder than it should be followed by Spurs, City, Chelsea. The problem with the first three opponents is that; they’re all in great form, but more importantly the counter attacking game plan won’t work. We’ve got both Leicester and Stoke at home who will be doing their own counter attacking (both teams can’t do it!). And Newcastle away who are as unpredictable as they come! When we aren’t or can’t play the fast breakaway style we look less and less like scoring the longer we don’t… We seem to lose ideas too quickly. The signs haven’t been great during what was supposed to have been an easy run. There’s been no consistency and, outside of the Sunderland game, all we can say is that “we should’ve scored X amount of goals”, but haven’t. You can’t live off “should’ves”. I’ve already got rid of Barkley, I can see a “rest” coming up, and Geri isn’t far behind him. Lukaku can stay in my team as long as he wants to however!

Or maybe I can’t quite believe how good we could become if it does click…

Bio;

Lukaku has well demonstrated that he was fixture proof by now, I would certainly keep him ! Deulofeu is also a good pick given his price. As for Barkley, I’ve never been a big fan, as he’s too inconsistent for me. I wouldn’t see any urgency to dump him though.

Harrison;

Maybe the Deulofeu/Barkley and Lukaku double up may be too much soon, but I can’t see any reason to ditch arguably the best striker in the league right now.

Liam;

Lukaku is currently in top form, hold him. Barkley has been quite outstanding I have question marks over whether he can continue his high scoring. As far as the defence goes they have struggled to match the price tags over ‘good’ fixtures let alone bad ones, look elsewhere at the back.

What’s your plan for Aguero?

Matt;

Having been horribly burnt by gambling on him just a couple of weeks ago, I’m happy to wait until January. From there, he is a lock for me. It will be hard to say goodbye to one of the three musketeers, but none of them are capable of a 50 point captain haul! He will be a great differential if the alternate striker options are still firing…

Baysie;

I’ve held him through what was supposed to have been a sore heal so I’m sitting pretty. Not much is going to change my mind that he’s a must have for those that don’t have him, especially this season with the quality of mid and lower priced options. He will come good, and he will be the difference in your teams. There is a great argument for waiting a game or two whilst he gets match sharpness back like always, but an equally great one for getting on him for this week…

Bio;

I’m going to be much more careful than I used to be with Aguero and just wait for him to get back in form (I want proof!). Even if you miss one of his a big bangs, missing 3 weeks of Igahlo will cost you as many points and will hurt you more (given Igahlo’s ownership). Furthermore, we have so many good picks in the low-to-mid price range this year that finding the cash to bring Aguero in is not going to be the issue it once was anyway.

Harrison;

Always thinking of ways to bring him in with minimum points hit. If fit, deadliest player in the league for sure.

Liam;

Having held onto my wildcard until the final moments he will most likely be making his way into my side on Boxing Day. Outside of his 25 point gameweek, a freakish performance he hasn’t been worth the high price tag. The top sides have rather deep squads and over the upcoming period can really put the smaller squads to the sword. All that said I am not as confident in him as I have been in the past, his starting to remind me of Sturridge…

Thanks for coming! Make sure you hook us up on Twitter (@FPLaddicts) and send through your questions.

One comment on “Addict’s Presser – GW17

  1. hwhite94

    This is a really good idea baysie, even after claiming I’d trade in butland myself, reading this helped me realize I may have well and truly missed the boat.

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