With a renewed vigor in his approach to team value @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW2 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.
The Watchlist – Goalkeepers
Tom Heaton’s (4.5) was on hand to save a large amount of long shots. As mentioned last week they concede shots from distance which are easy to save. This saw Heaton collect the 3 bonus points this week. Buy.
Many will look at the shot count and possession count and conclude that Liverpool deserved the win. Heaton was very rarely tested on the day regardless of the amount of shots that Coutinho (and co.) had from long range.
Ben Foster (4.5) put in another strong performance with some outstanding saves. His side has a number of favorable fixtures to come I encourage investment. Buy.
Jakupovic (4.0) was rock solid in goal for Hull City as he continues to offer an outstanding budget option. Buy.
Other performances – Goalkeepers
Adrian (5.0) was on fire, Vorm (5.0) had little to do, Petr Cech (5.5) snagged a clean sheet whilst De Gea (5.5) was perhaps fortunate to obtain one too.
Courtois (5.5) again had to pick a rasping volley out of the net of the left foot variety…
Victor Valdes (4.5) was injured which saw Brad Guzan (4.5) put in an extremely shaky performance. Hold.
Simon Mignolet (5.0) has gone down in stock yet again. His starting position is woeful which often gives him little chances to make saves. The goals were classy this week but his not going to make De Gea like saves all that often. Avoid Liverpool defense entirely.
Steklenburg made some impressive saves but at (5.0) investment in an Everton defender would be better value as the season progresses. Monitor.
Willy Caballero (5.0) should step aside for the incoming goalkeeper from Barcelona. His neither been poor or impressive as the Joe Hart situation has imploded. Avoid.
The Watchlist – Defenders
Gareth McAuley (4.6) is leading the charge for West Brom after collecting a goal in GW2. His security of starts is high and as such he is the preferred option within this defense. With his increase in price both Evans & Ollson are wise investments for those looking to save pennies. Buy.
Manchester United (5.5) are looking formidable at the back with Valenica, Bailly & Shaw all having their merits for selection. It was Luke Shaw’s turn to attack in GW2 with the addition of Paul Pogba to the left hand side of midfield giving Shaw a license to get forward. He remains my optional choice although Valenica is play well too. Buy.
Tottenham Hotspur are just getting out of second gear at 5.6 Kyle Walker is again the man of the moment collecting a bonus point alongside a clean sheet this week. Strong Monitor.
Other performances – Defenders
Kingsley (4.1) and Jordi Amat (4.0) were rather fragile as Swansea conceded some strong chances to Hull City. Both of their cards will be marked after this display. The lack of options within the defense make both of these players a hold this week. That is the risk we take with 5th defenders. Hold.
Matthew Lowton (4.5) & Andrew Robertson (4.5) collected a clean sheet and bonus point each although I recommend investment in both these teams goalkeepers instead. Avoid.
Wes Morgan (5.0) & Robert Huth (5.0) collected their first clean sheet of the season in their first game as a pair. They offer some value at this price, I recommend Huth as a differential with only 2% ownership and a greater goal threat then Morgan. Strong Monitor.
James Collins (4.6) is once again being cheeky in starting the season strongly. His ridiculous goal against Chelsea was followed up with a clean sheet in a meek performance against Bournemouth. With hamstrings made of yarn it is best to avoid the giant ginger. Avoid.
The Watchlist – Eagle Eye
Watford vs Chelsea was an interesting match up with Chelsea conceding to another high class chance. Strongly monitor their defenders for investment.
Watford are playing a 3-5-2 and have an extremely difficult set of fixtures. Some value will appear amongst their defenders so keep an eye on them over the coming weeks as the team settles.
Arsenal will need to conduct business before their defense can be seriously considered whilst Liverpool will need Karius (GK) and Matip (CB) fit before they get a look into an FPL side.
Note Price Changes:
Price changes are starting to pick up speed with Jakupovic (4.0), Snodgrass (5.5), Shaw (5.5), Barkley (7.6), Costa (9.5), Ibrahimovic (11.6) & Sterling (8.0) the most likely to increase within the next 24 hours.
Ross Barkley (7.6) is perhaps the most interesting one with favorable fixtures to come. A fair share of set pieces and nailed on status he appears shaped for considerable investment. At a discount price.
Remembering the market tends to favour English players there is a fair likelihood he will be the first significant bandwagon. For those focusing on team value he is a must have otherwise a Strong Monitor.
With Joe Hart being one of those English products one can only hope that his price continues to drop. Approaching the 5.0 mark would be fantastic if a major club within the FPL is able to secure his contract.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (9.3) was an absolute monster last season his slow start has seen successive price drops. He is a similar creative presence to Ozil yet a much better shot at goal. One hopes his price continues to crash leaving us with a nicely undervalued 9.0 player. Strong Long Term Monitor.
Watchlist Article on Midfielders will be up tomorrow morning a reminder that price changes kick in between 10am-12pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)