The Defensive Watchlist – Gameweek 1

the watchlist

With a renewed vigor in his approach to team value @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW1 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.

The Watchlist – Goalkeepers

Ben Foster (4.5) was the standout performer in GW1 with favorable fixtures to come he is most likely GK to rise in price. Buy.

Tom Heaton’s Burnley (4.5) gave away a large amount of shots last season which is a very similar game style to Ben Foster’s West Brom (4.5). I expect the two teams to have a similar amount of clean sheets with a large amount of save points from both. Monitor.

Jakupovic (4.0) showed promise in goal for Hull City as he rewarded those who invested with a solid performance. Hold

Other performances – Goalkeepers

Joe Hart (5.5) was dropped, Hugo Lloris (5.5) appears to be injured, Petr Cech (5.5) let in four whilst De Gea (5.5) was defeated by an arrow of a goal from Smith, Adam Smith (sorry Brad Smith fans).

To put the icing on the cake Courtois (5.5) had to pick a rasping James Collins volley out of the net of the left foot variety…

Victor Valdes (4.5) got caught out on a free kick which was disappointing as Middlesborough defended quite well. Not likely to accumulate save points but is one to keep a stern eye on. Monitor.

Shay Given (4.5) was a surprise starter as Jack Butland (5.0) is still recovering from injury whilst a number of other goalkeepers failed to accumulate clean sheets. Surprise Avoid!

Special Mention to Simon Mignolet (5.0) who’s save percentage will look to challenge the woeful Artur Boruc (4.5) with both goalkeepers looking suspect. Avoid.

The Watchlist – Defenders

West Bromwich Albion (4.5) lived up to expectations with Olsson, McAuley & Evans entering the watchlist. Invest in one of these moving forward I selected McAuley due to his security of starts last season. Buy.

Manchester United (5.5) although not securing a clean sheet the defense Valenica, Bailly & Shaw all performed strongly. Bailly was awarded the man of the match after an extremely composed performance. Valenica was the attacking outlet of the defense roaming forward similarly to Ivanovic at Chelsea. Luke Shaw was limited but is certainly worthy of holding on too.

Tottenham Hotspur didn’t manage a win or clean sheet but the cut priced Kyle Walker (5.5) managed to grab an assist. Consider him strongly for your side.

Chelsea looked imperious at the back led by John Terry (5.5) and the attacking Ivanovic (6.0) with Azpilicueta (6.0) nabbing an assist. The West Ham goal was extremely fortunate I recommend investment in one of these three moving forward.

Other performances – Defenders

As mentioned in Matt’s Stock Market Kingsley (4.0) is only standing in for Neil Taylor (4.5) avoid investment.

My opinion on Jordi Amat (4.0) does differ slightly I believe he will be replaced by van der Hoorn at some point soon. Having secured a clean sheet first up and van der Hoorn needing time to settle perhaps it won’t be as soon as first thought. Hold.

The word is that George Friend (4.5) performed quite strongly for Middlesborough he is the likely port of call if you wish to invest in any of the promoted teams defenders. Although I hold out hope for Tarkowski (4.0) of Burnley to appear if an injury arises within the side.

In transfer watch Marc Wilson (4.0) has made his way to Bournemouth from Stoke City. His strongest role is in central-midfield he provided cover at left-back and centre-back for Stoke over the past couple of seasons. Monitor.

Note Price Changes:

It is rather unusual not to see a large shift in price changes after the opening gameweek. Philippe Coutinho (8.0) was the standout performer and looks to be rising in price. The commentators labeled his substitution as ‘cramp’ it appeared to be a hamstring injury so I wouldn’t rush to bring him in.

Negredo (6.5) proved decisive in his fixture rewarding those who invested. If you liked what you saw I advise investment in the next few days.

Those two players aside the market is not moving quickly so take your time, consider injuries, who started in each match and in what role.

EDIT: Klopp revealed after the match that Coutinho suffered no injury, and the Brazilian should be okay to start at Burnley on Saturday – Consider bringing him in ASAP if interested in his prospects-

Watchlist article on Midfielders will be online tomorrow for those patient enough to hold their transfers cough***everyone***cough

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14 comments on “The Defensive Watchlist – Gameweek 1

  1. nalhcal99 says:

    Is it wise to hold your wildcard until international break?

  2. viper086 says:

    loved the look of Azpili. I reckon Chelsea will go back to their old ways this year.

    Wasn’t impressed by Baines who I have but will monitor the next few weeks. No drastic moves yet.

    Love the new style of articles

  3. boges11 says:

    Excellent article Liam. Really helpful to those of us not able to watch games.

  4. greenninja15 says:

    trying the set & forget with def this year, Walker, Valencia, Stones (Friend & Evans) with Foster (Mandanda)
    reckon we need to back in our pre season research/feel
    Agree Chelsea def would be on the cards, hoping to get one later in season

    • Liam says:

      I like your defence you picked an excellent bunch there.

      It is important to keep yourself up to date and relevant with your opinions in FPL. You have done excellently in pre season when so much was unknown. Now that there is more information out there continue to adapt.

      My traditional approach to defenders has been to ‘set and forget’ for the first 6 weeks or so only making an adjustment if an excellent value prospect has appeared. I generally wildcard late though.

      I would keep an eye on the 4.5 market if Middlesborough are not performing defensively and another team is I would move Friend on.

  5. mattcraigdt says:

    Loved it mate. Agree the lack of price rises is strange, patience is a virtue!

    • Liam says:

      They changed the algorithm to slow things down a little bit at the beginning of last season. It is actually a little bit disappointing I enjoy the rapid movement at the start of the season.

      Coutinho & Negredo have gone up, Fabregas likely to be first down.

  6. Andrew says:

    Excellent article Liam! Keep it going man!

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