Fantasy Premier League Review – GW9

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We are back again for another heart-breaking and disappointing week of Fantasy Premier League. A shock loss to newly crowned Premier League favourites Crystal Palace (damn) to go with a few more upsets throughout the weekend.

It was weekend for players of low ownership, with 14 players at 1.0% ownership or less (before the start of the weekend) earning themselves a goal or assist, with a further 11 at 5.0% making up 25 of the goals or assists out of the 36 goals scored and 29 assists made over the weekend… Not how it’s supposed to go. We’re here to discuss if any are worth our time. Let’s get stuck into it!

West Ham vs Brighton; 0-3

Unfortunately for me my manager’s a West Ham man so I walked into work on Saturday to a less than pleasant environment to say the least.
This was one result I definitely did not see coming.

Brighton made easy work of West Ham away from home with the Hammers barely registering a whimper in defeat apart from a couple of wayward Hernandez shots and a Lanzini free-kick that was sent almost two metres wide. That’s not to say Brighton dominated but instead to say that West Ham were lifeless and lacked enthusiasm, further questions are being raised about Bilic as a result and it remains to be seen whether the former West Ham defender can save his floundering West Ham team from relegation. Considering the players that they have signed, West Ham are highly underperforming, Arnautovic and Chicharito plus former Man City pair, Joe hart and Pablo Zabaleta were supposed to make the Hammers a mid-table side, yet they find themselves just outside of the relegation on goal difference. They have some difficult fixtures ahead and won’t really be relevant until GW 17, almost two months away. Lanzini is still on my watchlist, because if West Ham were to turn things around this man would have to be the catalyst of any newfound form.

As for Brighton, they are cruising at the moment – taking care of business, leaving them just one point off the top 10 and it’s all thanks to my man Pascal Gross. I have hyped the German up since pre-season and all throughout the season but have never taken the plunge, one of the many reasons I fail as a Fantasy coach (in all sports) – I always try to do too much. Unfortunately, as of this game, he has now only been involved in 67% of Brighton’s goals, two goals and four assists in nine games isn’t a bad effort for someone who started the season at 5.5m.

Brighton have three very winnable games coming up: Southampton and Stoke at home with a game against Swansea away sandwiched in-between providing a perfect platform for Brighton to continue their impressive form in the Premier League. As always, Gross is the way to go but José Izquierdo makes for an interesting proposition. Priced at a lowly 5.0m, the Colombian made just his second start of the season against West Ham, preferred to Sulley March for the first time since he made the switch to the Premier League. He did enough to suggest that he should hold his spot for at least the game against Southampton at home next week, from then on his spot will be a week-to-week proposition, depending on form. The £13.5 million acquisition is an expensive man to be sitting on the bench for Brighton and they would hope to see him find some form as he is someone that could put ‘bums on seats’ with his lightning speed and sporadic skill set. For the moment he is just on the watchlist as he could be dropped if he fails to keep his form.

Chelsea vs Watford; 4-2

Chelsea made an amends for last week’s shocking loss, but they’ll have their opponents to thank. Watford only have themselves to blame for not coming away with another three points from this game which would have added to their growing list of upsets this season.

Richarlison was the culprit for the Hornets, missing an open goal at 1-1, before later going on to send an open header wide of the far post while the game was still at 1-1. Had they gone in it would have been a completely different story for Watford and the Brazilian. He wasn’t the only man to let his team down in front of goal, defender Christian Kabasele had a chance to add to the list of 1.0% or less owned players to score, but he missed his chance, another open header, while the game was also, still at 1-1; a game of missed chances for Watford.

The most worrying thing about all those chances is that Chelsea could have been 4-1 down, at home, to a team they would have easily taken care of last season, had Watford been accurate in front of goal. Their defence has been woeful recently. Chelsea haven’t conceded much but they have lost their structure, Kante’s a big loss and won’t be returning until Manchester at home in two weeks, at least, as per manager Pep Guardiola.

Alonso is gone for me this week, with Chelsea scoring four you would have at least expected an assist but the Spaniard barely set a foot in the attacking third, John’s evaluation of Alonso’s situation in the comments section last week seems to have hit the nail on the head. Alonso’s time in my team is up and I suggest you do the same and reassess after they face Liverpool at Anfield in a month.

Chelsea’s saviour was one Michy Batshuayi, who did the dirty work for the Blues once again. Michy scored the equaliser and then the sealer in the fifth minute of extra time. I’m not sure what to tell you right now in regard to his situation, last week I recommended to hold (or watchlist him) despite the potential return of Morata, but this week I’ve got no clue. Morata has returned as the starting number nine, but failed to do too much on his comeback from a “six-week hamstring injury” after just two game-weeks on the sidelines. Morata will still hold his spot, but this could be Batshayi’s chance at a run of starts in the side, however, he has done this before and Conte hasn’t flinched in regard to keeping him on the bench, does it all change now for Bats-man?

Other than in attack and defence, Chelsea didn’t look to flash in the midfield either, presumably because of the loss of Kante who has left a whole the size of the Pacific Ocean in the centre of midfield. His return in two weeks should help and will probably relegate Fabregas to the bench who had his chance to put Chelsea ahead at, you guessed it, 1-1 (at 1-1 you could almost have taken both keepers out of the game and it still would have stayed at that score line). A bit further ahead of the midfield was Eden Hazard whose form has left FPL coaches wanting, as he is just one of three midfielders priced in double figures. Hazard produced a bit more in attack than he has in previous outings, regaining some of last season’s form where he was a constant threat, always running at defenders and using his pace to open some space. This return to form – somewhat – saw him earn just an assist from Chelsea’s four goal effort, I’ll be wanting a bit more than a singular assist from four goals if I’m to consider the Belgian, but he has now found his way onto my growing watchlist!

Eden Hazard’s opposite man, Richarlison de Andre is growing into fixture-proof status (as much as you can be at 6.3m). He has only failed to register returns in just a three-game stretch between GW 3-5 where Watford, as a team, failed to find the back of the net, I’m going to try my best to fit him into my team for next week and if you’re looking to bring him in you better do so quick because he won’t be staying at 6.3m for long! His team mate, Abdoulaye Doucoure is also getting along quite nicely, scoring in this game, making it four goals in nine games. I’ve not been a fan of him – FPL-wise – for most of the season, but after last week’s game where he absolutely dominated in the midfield I started to reconsider. What’s interesting to note about Doucore is that he has only had four shots on target this season, and how many has he scored? That 100% success rate can’t last forever and if he stays at this rate of just 0.4 shots on target a game (or two every five) then he won’t be too successful as an FPL asset. I could be wrong, and he could continue this freakishly impressive accuracy but then again, I could be right, just this once. Richarlison is Watford’s man and I really want to make him mine this week (in FPL terms).

Huddersfield vs Manchester United; 2-1

So, Huddersfield aye… When are you gonna stop doing this to me? I call them this year’s Hull after they get 7/9 points to go with three clean sheets, thinking they’d mirror Hull’s effort last season after they impressed in the first few games of the season after being heavily rated as prime relegation candidates. Then, after more solid performances, I come to terms with Huddersfield being a legitimate Premier League side and they go on to lose to Spurs (4-0 at home) and Swansea (2-0, away) and then I go back to original claim and then whaddya know, they topple Man United at home, they even made Jose Mourinho admit they were the better team, since when does Jose do that?! Never mind though, I’m finally sticking with the original claim, I think they’ll be relegated. Who knows any more. Onto the game.

Huddersfield managed to pull off the incredible, they had just 22% possession for the game and five shots with three on target, scoring two, that’s FIFA level crud right there, how’d they pull this off you ask? They clogged up the midfield and defended astutely, very astutely, denying United clear passage to goal for the majority of the game and subsequently, the Red Devils couldn’t get into their natural rhythm. Very well done by manager David Wagner but even better execution from the Huddersfield players.

It was the early season, Aussie bandwagon-man that got the ball rolling for the Terriers, Aaron Mooy whose smartly placed strike from the rebound put Huddersfield ahead, before five minutes later their lead was doubled thanks to United’s ‘summer’ signing, Victor Lindelof’s mistake. Huddersfield scored their second goal in the exact same fashion that saw West Ham keeper, Joe Hart, pick up an assist last week, this time round it was Jonas Lossl who picked up an assist after Lindelof completely misjudged the flight of the ball, missing the ball entirely with his header and letting it run on to an opportunistic Laurent DePoitre. I’m not going to bother looking this stat up because it would probably take the next year but, I’ll put my money on the fact that this is the first time that two different goalkeepers have had direct assists (or goals, who knows) in two consecutive weeks in any professional league (probably happens weekly in Sunday leagues), incredible stuff.

Marcus Rashford was the goal scorer for United as Romelu Lukaku turned provider, turning in a top-class cross from the wing, doing all the work and leaving Rashford to just head it home. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and United couldn’t save themselves from defeat at the hands of the newly promoted side. Part of United’s problem was Jesse Lingard, he looked completely out of place in the Man United XI and almost a league too high in England, he was shocking, Mkhitaryan should be back next week.

United would have liked to have won this game in order to go into the next two games with some confidence; they face Spurs at Old Trafford and then travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea, it will be interesting to see how they bounce back after their first loss of the season. They have Newcastle (H), Brighton (H) and Watford (A) after Spurs and Chelsea and they should get some clean sheets at home to Newcastle and Brighton, so I would be inclined to hold on to any United defenders you have. As for Lukaku – if you still have him – I wouldn’t expect much in the next two, he has scored one goal collectively in the last 14 combined games he has played against Tottenham and Chelsea. If you can’t bring yourself to trade the Belgian out indefinitely I would at least think about getting rid of him for the next two before welcoming him back in time for his game against Newcastle, a ‘smaller’ club – his bread and butter.

Manchester City vs Burnley; 3-0

God damn it, Pep.

Many were looking forward to another 5-0 demolition from City with guaranteed returns from all their attacking assets, except we were met with donuts, scratches and blanks. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were victims of Pep’s well despised rotation while David Silva blanked for the second time in three games. Their omissions made way for Bernardo Silva to start for just the second time this season and also for Sergio Aguero to miraculously return to the starting XI just more than three weeks after he rammed his car into a light pole on international duty. Both latter mentioned players got in amongst the goals as Aguero converted from the penalty spot after Bernardo was felled in the box in what I think was a fair penalty, you can see Bernardo’s foot get trapped under Nick Pope’s knee, definite penalty.

If it wasn’t for Nick Pope though, Burnley would have been in a lot more trouble. Burnley defended well for the majority of the game and the last two goals only came in the last 20 minutes of play. Pope made seven saves, frustrating City for the whole game. Burnley won’t be missing Heaton too much after some of Pope’s performances, he has been very good.

The last two goals came in under the names of Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane, but the latter has Kevin De Bruyne to thank for yet another stellar show of skill from City’s number 17 as he cut open Burnley’s centre of defence with a trade mark through ball. In terms of Fantasy, I still prefer one of City’s 8-8.6m options in David Silva, Raheem Sterling and the previously mentioned Leroy Sane as they offer more value, especially the two youngsters who offer more of a goal threat which is more valuable for Fantasy.

Nicolas Otamendi’s well struck header managed to find its way in-between the legs of the defender on the post, earning his managers a 15-point haul after he collected all 3 bonus points, it takes a bit of luck as well as some skill to succeed in FPL.

The free-scoring Man City have games in their next three weeks, that’s about all you need to know – they have games. They look unstoppable in attack at the moment and shouldn’t have much trouble scoring against anyone. West Brom pose the sane resistance as Burnley do, defensively, so maybe they’ll score just the three again next week, maybe more. Their following game against Arsenal comes before their trip to Leicester who are lost at the moment and without a permanent manager – there could be goals in that one. Buy those Man City attackers while they’re still hot!

Burnley face Newcastle (H), Southampton (A) and Swansea (H) in their next three games and they all present opportunities for clean sheets and maybe some save points for Nick Pope who has collected save points in all but one game since he came in for the injured Tom Heaton. Stephen Ward has been a threat down the left flank of Burnley’s defence all season, when Burnley have been on equal grounds with their opponent (basically every game bar this one) but he comes in at a premium of 4.7m compared to the 4.5m alternatives in the rest of Burnley’s defence.

If you’re looking for a cheap rotatable defender, Ward makes for a good option at 4.7m, scoring 13 more points than the next Burnley defender due to a goal and an assist plus six more BP than the next, the other defenders are still worth a consideration but don’t expect much more than six clean sheet points.

Chris Wood continues to be an ever-present threat at the top of Burnley’s attack and should get the opportunity to add to his three-goal tally in the next three games.

Newcastle vs Crystal Palace; 1-0

Heartbreak. Merino was one of the worst players on the pitch when he came on, making mistake after mistake in attack, missing several passes and shutting down multiple Newcastle attacks as a result, all would be forgiven from Newcastle fans after he scored the (lucky – maybe a ‘one-eyed’ opinion) winner in the 86th minute, he is irrelevant in terms of FPL.

I only managed to catch the second half of this game as I returned late from work yet again, but judging by the reports and social media, it was probably for the best. Not a single shot on target in the first half while there were only three in the second half, all from a Newcastle boot, so I didn’t bother watching a replay of the first half and the highlights from the whole game weren’t too extravagant either.

Matt Ritchie returned as the saviour once again for Newcastle as his well-placed corner found the head of Merino after it bounced off of James MacArthur’s noggen onto Merino’s.

There were no dull 0-0’s this weekend but this was just as invigorating and uneventful, there wasn’t really much to report except for the fact that Palace almost kept their first clean sheet in 10 Premier League games and that Wilf Zaha is still a menace even when half-fit. Zaha still isn’t completely match-fit, hence the resulting substitution, from around the 60th minute onwards during last weeks and this week’s game, Zaha was running around on fumes, he should be good to go for the full 90 next week against West Ham who just conceded 3 goals to Brighton, hold.

Stoke vs Bournemouth; 1-2

I’m starting to think some of the Premier League teams read this article each week, waiting to see if it’s them that I term irrelevant, if it is they’ll then go out and win a game they probably weren’t supposed to… In saying that, I think Palace are pretty irrelevant right about now. Bournemouth weren’t underdogs going into this one, but they weren’t favourites either, they’ve come out the other end of a battle at the Britannia with three points in a solid display.

One thing I did say successfully about Bournemouth last week was to watch Junior Stanislas, maybe he reads my articles as well? Either way, he returned a goal and assist for his 4, 375 managers and this is one guy who falls under the 1% ownership bracket that could be a huge and relevant POD (Point of Difference). Last season he scored seven and assisted a further six more goals in just 1, 467 minutes of football, that’s an attacking return every 113 minutes, at an average of 6.5 points per 90 minutes last season, that is massive value at just 5.9m. In the 6.0m and under bracket, our main options – so far – have been my man Pascal Gross, Choupo-Moting and Matt Ritchie, Junior Stanislas rockets to the top of that list now that he is fully fit and in form. After Chelsea visit them at the Vitality Stadium next week, Bournemouth have a juicy-sweet run of six fixtures where they face Newcastle, Swansea and Palace away and Huddersfield, Southampton and Burnley at home. If Stanislas suits your structure, I say invest.

The aforementioned Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting also made sure his name was not forgotten as he chimed in with an assist mid-way through the second half of this game showing he can still get amongst the points despite being pushed out to the wing. This does make him that little bit less enticing as it was his role as a striker (despite being listed as a midfielder in FPL) that got our attention, still he does make for a decent option as he is still playing further than most other midfielders.

The man who displaced Choupo-Moting in the striker position was striker-turned-right-wing-back and now striker again, Mame Biram Diouf. His trial at right wing back (and right mid/wing in recent weeks) seems to be over and it has left us with something to consider, after Mark Hughes realised how imbecilic he was when he moved his only recognised striker capable of running out 90 minutes into defence. Hughes has now switched him back into his preferred role up front.

Once upon a time, Diouf scored 12 goals and registered 3 assists in his 34 appearances in the 2014/2015 season, not enthralling numbers but at 5.5m we don’t have anyone who has the capability to produce these sort of numbers (unless you consider Abraham at 5.8m, 0.3m more). He has scored three in his last three – so he has form on his side – but his last two seasons haven’t been too great, stats wise anyway. However, there is a reason for this, for the last two season he has been majorly played OOP on the wings or at right midfield but when he has been played in his preferred role, he hasn’t done too badly.

In 2016/17, he played just seven games in a CF/ST position, with three of those appearances coming from the bench, he scored just one goal and two assists, uninspiring numbers, but we can put this down to an inconsistent run in the team in a mostly, unnatural role.

In 2015/16, the numbers look better. He played 14 games in a CF/ST position that season, with 6 of those 14 appearances coming from the bench, playing less 20 minutes or less in four of those substitute appearances, despite this, he managed to score 5 goals and also managed an assist, not bad.

2014/15 was his big season. He managed 21 games as a CF/ST with only three of those as a substitute and totalled 12 goals and three assists. Admittedly, four of those goals came in games where he was deployed as a winger, so this season was a little bit of anomaly compared to other seasons as he was able to find the back of the net as a winger as well as a striker.

Looking at these stats, it’s hard to see why his managers continued to trial him on the wings and even as a wing-back when he was so obviously much more effective as a striker. Honestly, I’m starting to think he might not be a bad option even though I was completely against him, even when I saw him move back to the front of Stoke’s attack, but these stats are fairly intriguing, and it has me wanting to take the plunge. At 5.5m, you don’t have much to lose and Stoke’s fixtures aren’t the worst.

That was a fairly long analysis on one player for a match review, but I was pretty surprised at how much of a difference his role made to his output and thought it would be wise to share.

Swansea vs Leicester; 1-2

At the end of this game it was probably Leicester who deserved the three points, but they didn’t come easily, Swansea mounted a threat in the last 30 minutes or so, going forward on multiple occasions in that period of time and they came close to scoring on a few of them but couldn’t quite find the equalizer. The fact that they were still in this game was a miracle, Lukasz Fabianski again coming to the fore to keep Swansea in it, making save after save, denying Vardy, Mahrez and Albrighton on several occasions.

After scoring three in three consecutive games, Jamie Vardy has now gone onto blank in three consecutive games leaving managers who rushed the striker in on the back of his good form with a decision to make. The thing with Vardy is that when Leicester is doing well, so is he but when Leicester go through barren patches of form, Vardy complies. Currently, Leicester are in search for a new manager which can affect them, but they’ve performed well over the last two games. Their next two fixtures provide opportunities to get some wins over struggling teams in Everton (H) and Stoke (A). I’m inclined to keep Vardy for at least these next two until he faces Man City who he did score a hattrick against last season, however, the circumstances are different, I’m holding.

In saying this, Vardy’s form hasn’t really been Vardy’s fault, he has been derived of opportunities over the last three weeks and has been suffocated of space. Managers have restricted his play by demanding their two centre-halves to guard Vardy and watch his every move, by doing this they deny him the opportunity to run in-behind them, but what it does do is leave themselves vulnerable to counter attacks as it opens up the wings, step in Riyad Mahrez. The Swansea full backs were fairly adventurous this game and often left a vast commodity of space on the wings for Leicester and Marc Albrighton and Mahrez ran into these areas at every possible opportunity. It was Riyad Mahrez who took the most of these opportunities, setting up both goals from crosses, one came from the head of a Swansea defender with the ball deflected into the net by a diving Federico Fernandez.

On the end of the other Riyad Mahrez cross was Shinji Okazaki who has now scored four goals this season, equal to that of his last 51 appearances (a fair portion did come as a substitute) which speaks volumes of his Fantasy potential. Despite being the second top goal scorer for Leicester this season, trailing Vardy by one, Okazaki has struggled to hold down a starting position and because of this it is best to stay away from the Japanese international.

Swansea played their usual defensive game, but they struggled to execute it as effectively as they have this season and relied on Fabianski to carry them on his back once again. Their upcoming fixtures aren’t too inviting unless you have a Swansea player in a rotational pair, if you rely on them for starts (which you probably shouldn’t) then find a rotatable partner who is able to compliment them, but be warned there isn’t much on offer in the rotation department, most of the lower priced defences do not have complimenting fixtures.

Southampton vs West Brom; 1-0

In a dire game which lacked any real attacking vigour, it took a moment of brilliance to save this game from being our weekly, irrelevant 0-0 contest and Soufiane Boufal provided the spark.

Coming on with just 10 minutes to go in his fifth appearance for the season (four as a substitute), Boufal gave life to a dying game, using his pace to ignite interest from the home crowd. Picking up the ball in the middle of his own half, the Moroccan international skipped past several defenders who were knocking each other chasing him, literally. Boufal’s goal came a bit too late for us FPL managers as Southampton’s fixtures tighten up after the next two weeks. If you really want to take the plunge and invest in Boufal for the next two weeks, nothing is stopping you, but it probably won’t be worth it and after that Southampton’s fixtures take a turn for the worse, a couple of turns actually.

There really isn’t much else to say about this game. Southampton kept a clean sheet which was nice, West Brom didn’t which was also nice (for me at least, I don’t own any of them) but if you did own a West Brom defender then it probably wasn’t so nice. Moving on.

Everton vs Arsenal; 2-5

God, I hate this game. Two weeks ago, I traded out Rooney for a particular Jamie Vardy, and of course Rooney has gone onto score two goals in two games while Vardy hasn’t come close. The pain didn’t end there, after holding onto Ramsey from the second gameweek all the way through to last week for just two assists, I thought it was time for him to go, enough is enough… right? Wrong, he only goes and matches his Fantasy output of the last month of fixtures, scoring one and assisting another, registering 12 points as he collected two BP, while Wilf Zaha was substituted off for a measly three points. Anyway…

Arsenal went behind early on against the run of play as Rooney put them ahead, scoring against Arsenal yet again, always enjoyable to watch. After that, it was all Arsenal, to be honest it was all Arsenal before the goal as well, in fairness, it was all Arsenal all game and they still managed to concede two goals, classic Arsenal. But seriously, the quality Arsenal have in their attacking unit was really on show in this game, Ozil played a number of Arsenal players through on multiple occasions, in fact, he made the most key passes by any player in a single match this season – 8. Meanwhile Alexis Sanchez was back to his best, always creating and always threatening the goal and there is also Alexandre Lacazette who wasn’t amazing but still managed to pop up for a goal, does that say more about Everton or Arsenal? Then there was Aaron Ramsey, the bloke could have scored a hat trick of goals and had a couple of assists as well, but he squandered several golden opportunities and it has me thinking of bringing him back in – that’s why I’m terrible at this game.

However, their fixtures are pretty dodgy, after Swansea visit next week, they travel to the Etihad before welcoming Spurs to the Emirates which precedes a visit to the defensively stingy, Burnley. Arsenal are unpredictable at best, so they could go on and remain unbeaten over these next four games (unlikely with the form City are in, but even they’ve got to stumble at some point) or they could lose against City and Spurs and only just scrape past Burnley and Swansea, I don’t know, their top options should still register attacking returns, namely Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez has been building for weeks now and finally broke into the double figures with his goal, assist and two BP, and at 11.8m he comes in at a premium, but for good reason, he was the highest overall Fantasy scorer last season. If you’ve got enough cash in the kitty for a second premium option (along with Harry Kane) then he is your man. Sancehz offers much more value than the premium strikers as he should keep up with most of them in terms of goals, all the while bettering their assist tallies. He is currently owned by a mere 2.2% of Fantasy managers, which is major POD territory and for possibly the best Fantasy scorer on offer, that is a HUGE differential.

Not to be forgotten, the Arsenal defenders were getting amongst the attacking as well. Bellerin was an ever-present threat down the right-hand side while Kolasinac played his part as well, assisting the assister on one occasion. Nacho Monreal managed to get on the scoresheet once again, doubling his season tally to two goals, I wouldn’t expect a whole lot more from him this season judging off previous seasons, he has only scored one goal in all his previous years at Arsenal in the Premier League (five).

Everton were pretty lucky they weren’t 2-0 down by the time Rooney scored his goal and they could have been a lot worse off at full-time if it wasn’t for Jordan Pickford, their keeper. He was on fire in goal, but one man can’t stop an Army, so to speak, and I think he could achieve a whole lot more at a ‘bigger’ club, incredible talent. Oumar Niasse was the other goal scorer for Everton as his relentless defensive pressure up forward earnt him a goal after he came on as a substitute with 15 minutes left, in Everton’s current and his inconsistent starts, I would suggest you avoid him.

Tottenham vs Liverpool; 4-1

The perseverance has paid off! After four attempts, Kane has finally scored at home this season and Tottenham rubbished the Wembley curse – albeit against Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet. Kane’s double was enough to single-handedly save my weekend, unfortunately I don’t think my tactic will be enough to give me another edge next week as I’m putting money on the fact that it will be the last time any Harry Kane owner takes the ‘C’ off of the Englishman.

Dele Alli also got on the scoresheet, another man I got rid of just last week, odd how that works isn’t it? Heung Min Son grabbed himself a goal as well, after he was awarded a start with Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko being relegated to the bench.

Tottenham were unstoppable this game, Son could have had a couple more goals and even had one shot ricochet off the bar while all Liverpool could do to stop Harry Kane was tug at his shirt and pull him to the ground. The one season wonder keeps having his one good season, every season (Spurs fans were chanting “One season wonder” after his second goal, mocking the tag that was once his a few seasons ago).

Just like I feel about Ramsey, I really like the look of Dele Alli as an option, just after I traded him out, he and his Tottenham teammates travel to United and Arsenal in their next three fixtures with a game against Crystal Palace at home right in the middle of them (I’m scared, really scared for that game… Hope I’m working again!). Harry Kane is always an option and really should be in most teams. Alli was the second highest scoring midfielder last season and his Danish friend, Christian Eriksen was the third and unlike many of their Premier League compatriots, these three fellas are fixture proof and can punish you if not in your team. In saying that, it would be unreasonable to have all three in your team and at most you could probably only fit two but that is also difficult with the unstoppable force that is Man City running rampage and dominating FPL teams around the world and their assets aren’t cheap either. I can’t tell you what to do in this situation, City are already on a roll and Tottenham could be at the start of one and you’ll lose ground if you’re not on board with either team…

The same could be said for Liverpool, but fortunately they are not on a roll but one man who hasn’t slowed down since the start of the season is Mohammed Salah. The Egyptian scored his fifth goal of the campaign, scoring against Tottenham for his third club, first FC Basel, then Fiorentina and now for Liverpool, he loves watching the Spurs suffer! Because of this and other things, Salah is now my certified man-crush, not only did he take Egypt to the #Russia2018 but he also continues to produce for our Fantasy squads. Lachie Henderson was the provider for Salah, Henderson’s beautifully weighted and placed ball from just past the halfway line found Salah inside the box. Salah’s acceleration was lightning, beating two Tottenham defenders to the ball. Liverpool’s only other highlight came courtesy of Philippe Coutinho whose strike was only denied by, arguably, the save of the season from Hugo Lloris.

Topping this game off would have been a nice clean sheet or maybe some attacking returns from Ben Davies, but he was nowhere to be sighted at the starting whistle as he instead took his spot on the bench!? All those weeks ago when I transferred Davies in (GW4, before the Everton game), I sacrificed the extra 0.2m just so I could have a guaranteed starter and Kieran Trippier wasn’t looking like nailing down his spot with Serge Aurier on the comeback and the brink of a starting XI debut. So, I chose Ben Davies over his fellow wing-back, Kieran Trippier. To what avail you ask? To a 14-point deficit, that’s what. Davies has failed to front up in three games since then, be it due to illness or Pochettino wanting to mess with our minds, he didn’t start those three games and now I’m left with a problem I shouldn’t really be having, I’m distraught. That’s my little rant, a bit too excessive in length but still, I had to get it out there…

That concludes yet another gameweek. Harry Kane saved mine from tatters and helped wipe away my tears that were inflicted by Pep Guardiola.
I scored 67 this week, Kane contributing 32 of those and only three other players contributing anything else of note, I can’t play this game for the life of me.

What I forgot to mention last week but has no relevance this week is that Egypt made the World Cup, if you didn’t know that’s my home country. I just had to let everyone know, I’ve been bragging everywhere, and this is just about the only place that I haven’t, so there you go.

How did you go this week? Were you part of the 18% that had Kane as captain or maybe the one manager who triple-captained Glenn Murray? Let us know! Also, let me know if the articles are getting too long and if you want them shortened, or if you’re insane and want them even longer… Let me know (please don’t). Until next week…

7 comments on “Fantasy Premier League Review – GW9

  1. John

    Nice read.
    Fun fact:
    Cap duell between Lukaku and Kane last 4GW:
    Cap on Lukaku last 4 would have given u 40 points in total.
    Cap on Kane last 4 would have given (me) u 88 points in total.
    Thats a massive 48 points in differential!
    If i had those extra 48 points i would have been top 100 000 by now.
    Im not….i traded the bastard out last weekend for Aguero. And i don’t wanna loose face on this one so im sticking to my plan for a couple of more rounds.
    My head is burried in the up coming GW. A CS in the City game would be nice.
    I dont see a CS coming in United – Spurs so my planned save transfer weekend wont happen. Jones is just maybe on his way out for Otamendi.

    • Jerome Post Author

      I feel ya mate. I wild carded in GW3, lost 65 points within the next two weeks – my wildcard team compared to my non-WC team.

      Easy to lament on past losses but it will just hold you back, we all get stuck chasing points. Looking back on it, I should have held but hindsight is a wonderful thing and if I had any of it, I’d be first by now!

      It’s tough luck though. That’s why this game’s so addictive!

      United could do exactly what they did vs Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, park the absolute hell out of that bus… Ended up 0-0. I haven’t heard anything on the diagnosis of Jones just yet but if he looks like fronting up for the game I’d keep him, we’ll know before the match anyway because it’s the first of the weekend!

  2. John

    Good points. Im in bit of a why here so just maybe i have to rethink things. Cedric Soares May be plan B. I got to have my hands on a City defender with their gameweeks to come. Otamendi seems like a good choice since his picking up decent amont of BP. So swapping Soares for Otamendi may be it.
    Hmmm.
    Actually that sounds nice. I play with 3 in the back annyhows.
    Waitz for trade until Leauge Cup is over and after usuall Friday Updates.

    • Jerome Post Author

      I’ve been looking for a Soares replacement for a while now, Southampton have been fairly disappointing considering their fixtures!

  3. Boner Contention

    Great stuff Jerome, always a good read. Aguerro and Richarlison in this week for Vardy and Mkhitaryan. Aguerro getting the armband this week. Lukaku still on field, just cant seem to push the trade button on him……this might be the week he goes Huuuggge…booohahahaha

    • Jerome Post Author

      I am still waiting for the week Lukaku will go huge, we know he can score up to four in a game and it’s a scary proposition, but at the same time his (and United’s) last two games have been underwhelming, two tough fixtures to come as well – could be a risk that pays off!

      Richarlison in for me. Hopefully Aguero doesn’t rise in price so I can bring him in next week!

  4. John

    Orange light blinking after the Manchester City – Wolves game on my behalf.
    Why the hell did Pep play Aguero and Sterling for 120 minutes.
    Jesus for a good 82 minutes? In a leauge cup match against Wolves.
    Who’s starting up front against West Brom Saturday?

    Sané, KDB and Silva seems likely.
    One defensive CM.

    But 120 minutes midweek for Aguero and Sterling aint no good.
    I will rip my freakin nosehairs out with a pair of plyers if Aguero is benched!

    Only good thing was Tottenhams loss against West Ham last night in a physical tough game.
    Exellent! (Mr.Burns voice)
    Seems likely that Spurs wing backs, Alderweireld, Alli, Dier and Sissoko will have pretty heavy legs in Saturdays early kick-off.
    Is United going for it?

    Im gonna review my starting 11 for GW10.

    John

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