With a renewed vigor in his approach to team value @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW3 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.
The Watchlist – Goalkeepers
Ben Foster (4.6) his defence has received upgrades with Nyom (4.5) and Galloway (4.5) joining the club allowing Dawson (5.0) to move to a central defensive role. With a favorable fixture list and a price increase looming now is the time to jump on board. Buy.
Tom Heaton (4.5) his team recruited Jeff Hendrick with the high energy midfielder likely to shield the defence. Upcoming fixtures not as favorable as Foster’s but expect them to go head to head for the title of best budget goalkeeper come the end of the season. Strong Monitor.
The Punt – Goalkeepers
Steve Mandanda (4.4) is a classy goalkeeper who has earnt his first start for the club with an impressive performance. With some enticing fixtures over the next three he is worth of investment. For those that believe in Crystal Palace that is. Strong Monitor.
The Basement – Goalkeepers
Jakupovic (4.1) was set to be an exciting little earner for our FPL squads before the signing of David Marshall (4.5) was announced. Consider this minor bandwagon over. Wildcards Sell. Others Hold.
Jordan Pickford (4.0) with no injury replacement found in the transfer window the youngster is now Sunderland’s #1 and a prime target for FPL managers on a budget. Has a light injury but expect him to start. Buy.
The Watchlist – Defenders
Gareth McAuley (4.6) is sitting pretty at the top of the watchlist after an impressive start to the season. He has favorable fixtures to come and is a wise investment.
For cheeky wildcards or those looking for some value his team mates Evans (4.5) is that little bit cheaper but with Galloway (4.5) and Nyom (4.5) signing the back four has been throw into doubt. McAuley aside that is, all the more reason to invest in the Northern Irishman.
Leighton Baines (5.5) and his motley crew (Ashley Williams 5.0, Phil Jagielka 5.0, Holgate 4.6) are looking to press ‘McAuley & Friends’ for top spot. Baines should be right at the top of your considerations with penalties in his locker and a favourable set of fixtures. Buy.
Manchester United (5.5) are looking the top shelf choice in defence this season with considerations of double investment before price rises take place.
Luke Shaw (5.6) and Valenica (5.5) are the prime suspects for investment but Bailly (5.5) has also been impressive, just unlikely to accumulate those bonus points.
Shaw looks unlikely to increase again before GW4 with Valenica expected to rise a strong back three of Shaw-Valencia-Baines is prime for investment.
Chelsea have been thrown into FPL disarray at the back with David Luiz (6.0) and Marcus Alonso (6.0) signing with the club. Significant doubts now exist with John Terry (5.5) no longer the budget option he appeared last week. Monitor.
The Punt – Defenders
Daryl Janmaat (5.0) the attacking right back has signed with Watford and is set to play as a wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation. For those thinking of PVA also consider Janmaat. Fixtures are excellent from GW6. Monitor.
Scott Dann (5.5) opened his goal scoring account for the season with a thunderous header. His team looked extremely threating from set pieces throughout the match. Has a high price tag but still deserves monitoring.
Pape Souare (4.5) is the value option within the Crystal Palace defense and is a consideration if they can have a turn in form. Monitor.
Others – Defenders
A watchful eye is being cast far and wide with 4.5 options abound in the defensive bracket seriously dependent on form and fixtures.
John Stones (5.0) is the quirky pick here, he was discussed in yesterdays piece.
‘John Stones is a real question mark. His a long way from being a complete central-defender but he has perhaps the best coach in the world to continue improving his skills.
Who fails to start out of Kompany, Stones and Otamendi?
It is a perplexing question putting the fees paid for each player aside they are all quite different and each face issues. Perhaps its daft to consider Stones will be dropped if in this party I advise continuing with his selection. He is the best 5.0 prospect in the game, if selected to play.’
I will add to this that his chances of attacking returns are incredibly low with only four bonus accumulated last season.
Say John Stones returns 14 clean sheets to Watford (Janmaat) or PVA (Sunderland) who accumulate say 8 clean sheets that is an extra 6 clean sheets (6×4=24 points)
Janmaat scored 22 attacking points last term and two extra bonus then Stones in what was a poor year. That makes up the 24 point difference.
PVA scored 42 attacking points last term with seven extra bonus then Stones in what was a poor year for clean sheets (6) more then making up the 24 point difference. (6 goals is quite incredible)
This minor exercise was used to highlight the fact that John Stones is not a superb defensive pick even though he now plays for an excellent team. His attacking output is extremely minimal with bonus points again swayed towards attacking fullbacks this season. You want that attacking output with the top price shelf tag. John Stones does not offer that but he does offer 12 or more clean sheets.
As always discussion is encouraged below and please leave a question if anyone you are interested in has not been covered. ‘The Watchlist’ on midfielders will be up tomorrow.