THREE TALKING POINTS AHEAD OF GAME WEEK 9
Game week 8 was a mixed bag for fantasy managers, ranging from the most transferred in and most captained player (Kane) getting a mere 2 points to the most owned player (Lukaku) also getting a mere 2 points.
So ahead of game week 9, what are the major talking points that managers are grappling with as they look to make their transfers ahead of game week 9 deadline on 20th October 1900 UK time?
The Kane conundrum.
Harry Kane is easily one of the most divisive figures in fpl this season, he started his first 3 games of the season with neither a goal nor an assist, much to the dismay of the 1.473,220 managers who started the season placing their faith in him.
Theories of his poor form every August seemed to be the main explanation for his sorry total of just 4 points in his first 3 games of the season. September came along and voila! Kane was back scoring braces and frustrating the 359,017 who had already sold him. Then 207,021 managers once again rushed in to buy him ahead of week 5 where he fired blanks against a Swansea side whom everyone expected Kane to open the floodgates against. Consequently, he lost 149,834 managers before scoring 4 goals in 2 games against West Ham and Huddersfield therefore attracting 515,545 new managers before firing a blank against Bournemouth.
In a nutshell, Kane has only scored in 3 matches out of the 8 he has taken part in, collecting a total score of 47 points, ranking 13th overall and 5th among fpl forwards. Despite all these frustrations that Kane is subjecting his owners to, he is still owned by a massive 42.2% of fpl managers ranking him second most owned player behind the 57.9% owned Lukaku.
So, what is the way forward, Kane? Kane has been a massive fpl point scorer over the last 3 seasons, scoring 191,211 and 224 points. We all know he realistically will be in the running for the golden boot come the end of the season, so what should we do in order to reap from his obvious fpl potential?
His next 4 fixtures are tough fixtures, he faces Liverpool (H), Man Utd (A), Palace (H) and Arsenal (A), Kane has only scored in away games in the league this season but having not faced any “top six” teams away from home, we do not know how he fares against top teams on the road, the only big team he has faced being Chelsea at home where he didn’t score.
In my considered opinion, there are better premium strikers who are posting a better consistency and have favorable fixtures coming up. The likes of 7.8% owned Aguero (6 goals and 3 assists in 6 games, having failed to post attacking returns in only 1 full match he has taken part in), 22.1% owned Jesus (6 goals and 1 assist, having failed to score or assist in 2 matches he has played more than 60 minutes in) as well as the returning Alvaro Morata who has failed to score in 2 matches that he has played more than 60 minutes.
Maybe you should consider switching between Kane and one of the above mentioned strikers as and when you feel Kane is going to misfire? I do not think at this moment Kane is looking like the must have striker yet, but beware of missing out on his braces and hat tricks when they come.
Kun Aguero, Jesus and Guardiola’s possible rotation.
When Aguero was involved in the unfortunate car crush in Holland, somehow fpl managers received consolation in an assurance that Gabriel Jesus was going to receive game time as the leader of a heavily firing Manchester City attack. During the 2 premier league games when Aguero was out, Jesus rewarded his owners with 2 goals and 1 assist, now Aguero is back and was on the bench for Manchester City’s Champions League game against Napoli where Jesus scored as City won 2-1.
When fit and playing, we know how devastatingly good Aguero can be, we all remember the 5 goals he scored in a single game week 2 seasons ago and he has already scored a hat trick. With the current way in which Manchester City are scoring goals for fun, who knows how many goals Aguero is going to score next.
If fantasy managers had their way, they’d have both Aguero and Jesus in their teams, but as Guardiola has already shown this season, he can choose to have or not have both of them in his starting 11.This season though, it has looked like Aguero has been the preferred player for Pep unlike last season when Jesus played at the expense of Aguero, Jesus has only completed 1 full game, a game which Aguero was out recovering from his injury.
So, how should fpl managers position themselves to deal with the possible rotation while at the same time enjoying the bucket load of goals currently being served up by Guardiola’s side? The statistically sane option is to opt for Aguero seeing as he has played only 9 minutes less than Jesus despite being out injured for two games. I’d love to hear your views on this situation in the comments section, please leave a reply.
Tammy Abraham, is his goal scoring ratio sustainable?
We all love a bargain in fpl, however when a bargain presents itself, we managers find ourselves second guessing our decisions to snap up the bargain or not. Tammy Abraham has presented himself as a gift wrapped in a cheap price tag of £5.7 (£5.5) at the start of the season. Upon Bony completing his move back to the Liberty Stadium, we all started doubting whether Abraham would be getting the game time he needs to deliver on his obvious potential.
As if to quell those concerns, Tammy has played more than 60 minutes in all of Swansea’s 8 matches to date. For starters, Abraham’s ability to put the ball in the back of the net has been profound in his young career to date, having a career total of 27 league goals in 51 league games for Chelsea, Bristol City and Swansea City courtesy of Wikipedia, despite being only 20.
The young striker resides in a humble 8.9% of teams as of the time of writing and his low price of £ 5.7 is still very attractive, going at the current rate of goal scoring, I wouldn’t put it beyond Abraham scoring 10+ goals this season and that would be a very good return considering the lowly amount you have to invest in him, what do you think managers?
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