Boy I didn’t see that coming…. who knew that Georginio Wijnaldum was going to be the perfect replacement for Sergio Aguero in your FPL squads. His 4 goal outburst against Norwich on Sunday tied Kun’s gameweek 8 for the highest single game total of the season, and by far the most surprising of performances to date. So the question on all the cool kids minds is “Ahhhhh Ralph, do I pick him up?”. And in the tradition of any good fence sitter I’ll say, it depends. The next five fixtures look pretty, pretty, preeeettty good for the Magpie ace, and his price stands at a discounted £6.8 at the moment. So yeah he’s worth an add, maybe to replace a Nathan Redmond at the end of your bench. But can we really consider any Newcastle player to be a dependable option week in and week out? There in lies the problem, though Wijnaldum is an established player with a decent goal scoring record during his time in Holland. Do you trust him? Will he be a week in and week out performer? Or is he a player to consider when he has a good run of fixtures? Time will tell, but for the next few weeks he’s worth a flier. Here’s what else I saw in matchweek 9.
Emre Can, Liverpool £5.3 – Too bad he’s listed as a midfielder and not a defender in the official game. In Klopp’s first match in charge at the Kopp he moved Can into a holding midfield role, and he looked phenomenal going box to box. Won’t be an add in the PL.com format, but absolutely worth a look in draft leagues like Togga.
Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool £4.8 – Has started the last four matches for Liverpool and could be a sneaky buy low with his price at £4.8. The Red’s will improve defensively under Klopp, and Sakho could and should be a mainstay in the starting XI.
Divock Origi, Liverpool £5.6 – This was hopefully a one time thing, and Danny Sturridge should be back in the lineup this week. Origi is a good prospect, but is still too inconsistent to have a regular starting roll. Verdict: Not ready for primetime.
Simon Mignolet, Liverpool £5.1 – Jurgen Klopp is so amazing he made Simon Mignolet good again!!!
Harry Kane, Spurs £9.2 – The amount of luck Kane had last year is the exact amount of luck he doesn’t have this year. Early in the match he and Eriksen looked destined to link up for a tally or two, but it was for not. Story of his season.
Danny Rose, Spurs £5.2 – Got the start for only the second time this term and snatched the full 3 bonus points. You can add him if you’d like, but who knows if he plays each week. Additionally, £5.2 is a lot to invest in a “maybe” starter. Forget Rose and add Eric Dier when he returns next week.
Diego Costa, Chelsea £11.0 – All of the good little girls and boys that transitioned to Costa from Kun were rewarded with a brace. Nice call Smokey! I guess that $10,000 bet paid off.
Baba Rahman, Chelsea £5.8 – Am I the only one excited that Rahman finally got a shot to feature? It’s funny what a little athleticism can do. This blurb could have been for any of the Blues defense, it was just nice to see them on the right side of a clean sheet again.
Willian, Chelsea £6.8 – Having a breakout year, but is he worth rostering at a price of £6.8? Nah…
Manuel Lanzini, West Ham £5.3 – Am I the only intrigued by Lanzini at the moment? He’s lining up in the ten role behind Sakho, with Payet and Moses on his wings. He’s had back to back full 90’s and has 18 points across those two matches to show for it. My only issue is the Hammers upcoming schedule. They host Chelsea on Saturday, followed by a trip to Watford, a home fixture with Everton, and a trip to White Hart Lane. Make of it what you will, but I view him as a low cost contrarian move for the next two weeks.
Dimitri Payet, West Ham £8.1 – With Riyad Mahrez’s wonky usage the last few matches, has Payet overtaken him as the middie that should be 100% owned?
Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace £6.5 – Three straight games with a PK, no way anyone can keep this up. Still he’s not a bad fourth mid, problem is you can’t expect a whole lot of goals from live play. He’ll give you PK’s, assists, and bonus points, that’s a very inviting skillset either way.
Ander Herrera, Man United £6.6 – Damn it, I love Ander Herrera. Can we cut the crap LVG and just play him every week? Memphis deserves to rot on the bench, and only see the pitch for domestic cup games.
Wayne Rooney, Man United £10.2 – Bulged the gab for the second time in the last three matches, I still wouldn’t own him though. In fact here’s the question, “At what price would you buy Wazza?”
Chris Smalling, Man United £6.3 – Here’s a statement I never thought I’d read/write/think/speak “Chris Smalling FPL stud”. Yeah that’s 2015-16 in a nutshell.
Raheem Sterling, Man City £8.8 – Me: “Maybe this is more than Sterling playing a more advanced role with Kun out, maybe Sterling is settling in.” Smokey: “It was Bounremouth FFS!” Touche old friend touche….
Wilfried Bony, Man City £8.3 – So glad I added Graziano Pelle’s sorry ass over Bony. Great, great move on my part. And that boys and girls is why you wait until after the international break to make your transfers. Bony is a stud until Kun returns, add him up if you’re still holding a Gomis or even Lukaku.
Kevin de Bruyne, Man City £10.5 – Damn I wish I hadn’t used my wild card so early. All I want to do is snuggle with the ginger Messi. Food for thought: If you added KDB in matchweek 5, your team has gained £.5 in 5 weeks. Once again, Damn I wish I hadn’t used my wild card so early.
Glenn Murray, Bournemouth £5.6 – He found the net for the second time in two matches, but are you really going to add Murray as your cheap striker over Igahlo, Bojan, or Mbokani?
Dusan Tadic, Southampton £7.0 – I can’t explain why I irrationally hate this guy, but whenever his name comes up in conversations regarding FPL, I become Tony Montana when you talk about his sister. He’s so up and down, and at £7.0 there are better midfield options. With that said he can be a beast in Opta scoring formats.
Virgil van Dijk, Southampton £5.5 – If van Dijk is Virgil, does that make Graziano Pelle the million dollar man? That question is both stupid and rhetorical. On the serious tip, dump that dwarf Cedric and add VVD, you’ll be glad you did.
Jamie Vardy, Leicester £6.9 – Vardy is God! He’s added £.9 to his price tag in just 5 weeks. Suck on that de Bruyne! If you don’t own him you’re losing as much ground as I have the last few weeks. In other words I added him on Sunday before the price bump, so he’s going to start sucking now.
Riyad Mahrez, Leicester £6.5 – RANIERI BRAIN FREEZE AHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Even worse than the Ranieri brain freeze were the FPL “Experts” on Twitter trying to justify the move as “an upgrade defensively”. Ummmm but Wes Morgan was in the starting XI, all “defensive upgrades” begin and end with Morgan riding pine. Smokey is so mad at me for dissing Morgan.
Sadio Berahino, West Brom £6.2 – He scores when I bench him, and he benches when I score him. Wait did that make sense? I’m still holding on Berahino inconsistency and all. Hey, look at it this way you could have all the inconsistency for just £2m more with Lukaku. right?
Boaz Myhill, West Brom £4.7 – Boy do I regret not replacing Kasper Schmeichel with Myhill when I deployed the wild card chip. the Boaz, FPL superstar.
Mesut Ozil, Arsenal £8.4 – When you own Mesut Ozil, you will be handsomely rewarded and severely disappointed from matchweek to matchweek. The last three you’ve been rewarded especially if you brought him in before the United match. He’s discounted from his opening week price tag, so he’s a solid buy.
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