Let’s begin today with a serious question. What’s with all the red? A staggering 6 red cards this week…..SIX! It’s almost like the FA has turned into an angry health teacher sick of people sleeping in class. Who needs health anyway? Wait forget I asked that…… Back to the sending offs! First it was Courtois, then it was the Terry, this week it was Coutinho. It’s very possible that there are FPL teams out there that have 2-3 players that have seen red four weeks in. Some of them are ticky-tack (Mitrovic) others are downright disgraceful (Charlie Adam), but they’re all a black hole of points that we could all do without. It’s not something that can really be avoided so you just have to grin and bear it. Let’s take a look at what the happs were elsewhere in Fantasy Premier League, Week 4.


Aleksander Mitrovic, £6.3 – Was sent off for a “bad challenge” on Coquelin. Which in turn put the Magpies down to ten men 16 minutes in. Truth be told it didn’t seem like an offense worthy of a sending off. It was more clumsy than anything else. Dude is the most Newcastle player ever.

Fabricio Coloccini, £4.5 – Solid own goal by Sideshow Mel. It’s got to be tough being Bob’s daft and less evil brother. Now he takes out his frustration on his own keep.

Olivier Giroud, £9.0 – Arsene Wenger is a cyborg sent to earth to destroy my fantasy team. When I own Walcott he plays Giroud, when I own Giroud he plays Walcott. He then brought in Giroud just to lock my bench for a frustrating single point. You’ve won this round Wenger.

Wayne Rooney, £10.4 – So happy I dropped him. Unfortunately in this past week’s Start ’em, Sit ‘Em I started the bastard. Where are you Wazza? Dare I say he looks old, slow, and out of sorts.

Juan Mata, £8.5 – Scored the only United goal, but still isn’t a player I’m buying at £8.5 in salary cap games. That’s not the case in draft leagues. Where he’s a good third forward or second midfielder depending on what position he’s labeled.

Bafetimbi Gomis, £7.3 – Gom-Beast continues to find the onion bag. Scored the eventual game winner on a beautiful cross by Andre Ayew. He needs to be owned in all salary caps at the moment.

Andre Ayew, £7.1 – Wait a second, this guy was a free transfer and he’s 25? He’s either the best midfielder under £8.0 or he’s the second best depending on how you feel about Riyad Mahrez. He opened the scoring on a beautiful cross from Gylfi Sigurdsson, and then returned the favor on an even better through ball to Gom-Beast.

Dusan Tadic, £6.9 – Scored two goals on good finishes. He has moments of greatness, and yesterday was one of them. Still isn’t even on my radar for salary, I could tolerate him in draft leagues but that’s it.

Sadio Mane, £7.8 – Was an absolute boss, cutting inside, creating chances, and wreaking havoc on defenders. Granted it was against a squad of 10 men for most of the game. On a transfer note don’t think he’ll be sold today, so he’s worth a buy when the International break closes.

Alex McCarthy, £4.1 – Made 7 saves and looked phenomenal. Buy him now as your backup keep, I think he runs away with the job.

Bakary Sako, £5.5 – scored again this week as he got the start for Bolasie. He’s now scored in consecutive weeks, is he playing himself into a job? Watch out Zaha! Provided a nice setup on the eventual winner and saved a goal early in the game. Do I hear Ballon D’or?

Pedro, £9.5 – Another brilliant game from the former Barca man. He’s so good he provided an assist to the Flacao! The Falcao never scores the goals! This is amazing!

Eden Hazard, £11.4 – Booooooooooooo

Cesc Fabregas, £8.8 – Booooooooooooooooooooooo

Phillippe Coutinho, £8.1 – Booooooooooooooooooooooo, two yellows on some jibber-jabber to the ref and a bad tackle. Ugh….

Diafra Sakho, £6.5 – Scored a meaningless goal late. You might say he really gave the ball a beatin’, or at least threatened to. Too soon? Poor taste I know, how could I!

Aaron Cresswell, £5.5 – An assist, a clean sheet, and the full 3 bonus. He’s ownable in salary cap and a stud in draft leagues.

Mark Noble, £5.5 – The Joey Barton hat trick; a goal, a red card, and a Morrissey quote on his Twitter account.

Raheem Sterling, £8.9 – Scored his first league goal as a Citizen and was immediately handed his green card and a flag. He frustrates the hell out of me. He looks like he’s going to be a secondary option to Aguero and Silva, than follows it up with a performance like this.

Salomon Rondon, £7.0 – Hurry up and sell Sadio Berahino already so I can add King Salomon to my team. A front line of Gomis, Rondon, and Callun Wilson sounds tempting no?

Boaz Myhill, £4.5 – Made 4 saves and the got the clean. He’s 100% a better keeper to own than Kasper Schmeichel. I’m so stupid.

Jeremain Lens, £6.5 – I wish I had more faith in Lens during draft season. I own him nowhere and it’s killing me. Four games into his Premier League career he has a goal and three assists.

Scott Sinclair £4.9 – Scored a brace for the Villans, the second of which was on a PK. A cheap midfield option, that’s the best offensive player on his team, and who just so happens to be taking the penalties. Where do I sign up? Sign up I shall. If the Mahrez injury is going to keep him out after the Internationals it’s not a bad move. Villa faces Leicester and West Brom coming out of the break.

Jamie Vardy, £6.0 – Scored on the penalty to equalize for the Foxes as they escaped Dean Court with a draw. It’s notable that Vardy took the PK for the Foxes. It’s also notable that a only use deodorant on T and S days.

Riyad Mahrez, £6.1 – Provided one point as he was subbed at halftime with a back injury. Meanwhile he’s been rumored as a possible Arsenal target. Sounds like just that a rumor.

Callum Wilson, £5.7 – Continued his assault as he was on the mark again netting just 26 minutes into this one. He’s extremely interesting right now as a buy before the price jumps. Could he be this seasons Charlie Austin?

Tim Howard, £5.0 – Made 6 stops and had to work much harder than his counterpart in the nil – nil draw Hugo Lloris. This wasn’t the most exciting matcn of the week lets say.


  1. SheriffMcRawDawg says:

    first off, dying with the joey barton hat trick haha.

    2nd – rapid fire:
    – is Romero one of the biggest bargains at GK? Woudl you suggest pairing him with McCarthy on a WC?
    – would you rather have Yaya/Kun/Silva or Yaya/Kun/Kolarov as your 3 MC players? Kind of intrigued by 2 City Mids
    – is Targett nailed on/playing himself into a regular role, or just an injury fill in?

    – this is my team right now – would you burn the WC? pretty tempted…

    Cech – Butland
    Azpi – Clyne – Cedric (Gomez – Mings)
    Haz – Yaya – cabaye – Mahrez (Wanyama)
    Aguero – Benteke – Wilson

    .2 ITB, 1 FT

    threw this team together as possible WC:
    Romero – McCarthy
    Kolarov – Darmian – Gomez – Cedric – Francis
    Pedro – Yaya – Ayew – Mahrez – (Mane/Payet/Barkley)
    Aguero – Gomis – Wilson


    Thanks man

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:

      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Thanks for reading Raw-Diggy!

      I think the biggest baragin is Myhill, the Pulis system produces a lot of clean sheets but also low % shots, so his keeps rack up the saves. Look at Foster before he went down last year or Begovic when they were both at Stoke. I think Romero was exposed this week, that Gomis goal was bad. He also looks like hes goes to a let a back pass or two get by him this year. He’s shaky, not sure what happens with De Gea, but that’s lurking too. I’d pair Myhill with McCarthy. If you’re league awards points for wins that’s a different story, because then Romero’s value shoots up dramatically.

      Hmmmm tomato/to-mato sort of thing. I’d actually go Kun/Silva/Kolarov. I’m not a huge Yaya fanatic.

      With news of the van Dijk signing I wouldn’t be shocked if Targett’s opps are limited going forward. Keep an eye on the Saints lineup in the coming weeks.

      Lastly, your squad is probably better than mine. I used my WC last week so I’m with you, lol. I think if you moved Hazard for Pedro on a FT this week and then spread the points next you’d be able to make some improvements. I”m sure you want to Azi, Mings, and Wanyama. If you make the Pedro movve you’d be where you want in a few weeks and have the benefit of still having the WC chip,

      If you choose to use the WC chip I think you’re proposed squad is pretty good.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:

        Do you think @Ralph Lifshitz: do you think lindegaard will bump myhill? Really tempting to take a -4 or more this next week or so. Will probably do haz to Pedro like you said and maybe azp to kolorov before their prices change again… Or, maybe I’ll bounce cabaye to ayew with some Pedro funds.

        I’m a big LFC fan and I have to say I might move benteke for gomis at some point – or rondon. I just don’t see us clicking right now up top.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:

          @SheriffMcRawDawg: Yeah I’d wait to make the Benteke move.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:

        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Revised WC squad thoughts? Goalies are blah and Targetts not ideal, but I feel like it’s pretty damn deep otherwise..

        Myhill – McCarthy
        Kolorov – Clyne – Darmian – Gomez – Targett
        Pedro – Yaya – Ayew – Barkley – Mahrez
        Kun – Gomis – Rondon

        w/ .2 left

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:

          @SheriffMcRawDawg: I like this squad a lot and leaving some points lets you move on at some point from anyone on the roster. Keeps aren’t bad though

          • SheriffMcRawDawg says:

            @Ralph Lifshitz: nice. Thanks for hitting me back

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