The Digest – Gameweek 10

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Our final look at Gameweek 10 casts an eye over the form of City’s resurgent Argentine. We further analyse Manuel Pellegrini’s free-scoring side and ponder the lack of viable options in midfield after yet another relatively barren weekend:

The Player

A 7-0 drubbing of hapless Norwich saw eight different players serve up attacking returns but for Fantasy managers, one player stood head and shoulders above his Etihad team-mates. The win continued Sergio Aguero’s relentless form under Manuel Pellegrini as he makes up for a distinctly average 2012/13 – already, in just nine appearances, he’s played a part in as many goals as the previous campaign under Roberto Mancini, with eight strikes and seven assists compared to 12 goals and three assists last time around.

Still sitting in just 21% of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) teams, Aguero has so far risen 0.2 this week after an 18-point return against the Canaries, courtesy of a goal, three assists and maximum bonus points. What also seems different this term is the lack of rotation employed by Pellegrini – for as long as Aguero is injury-free, he has started, with a sub appearance at Stoke the result of uncertainty over his fitness for the Britannia trip.

The Argentine has delivered spectacularly – only once in his seven starts (bizarrely at home to Hull) has he failed to score or assist. Crucially, from an armband perspective, it hasn’t just been occasional assists that have kept him ticking over – Aguero’s propensity for explosive hauls has seen him produce four sets of double figures already.

In addition, he’s far from a flat-track bully. The City forward has already scored twice against United and also delivered against Chelsea and Everton – with Pellegrini’s team primed to attack, he’s more than worthy of the tag “fixture proof”. An average of 9.1 points per game sums up Aguero’s impact in the opening few months of the new season and takes him to the top of the leaderboard on 82 points – with a trip to Sunderland on his agenda next, few non-owners will risk going into next week’s match without him.

The Team

We cannot overlook City. In a Gameweek where just 21 goals were scored, Pellegrini’s side delivered seven as their swashbuckling form continues – they have now found the net 28 times, nine more than any other side apart from Arsenal. After a hugely underwhelming defence to their title last term, the Chilean has been tasked with bringing the style back to the Etihad and so far he’s succeeding.

While Aguero is the undoubted star up top, there’s options elsewhere for Pellegrini’s side. City have three of the top 10 scoring midfielders in the FPL game – Yaya Toure is second only to Aaron Ramsey in that classification and has also produced five goals, just one less than his tally in each of the past three seasons. David Silva, so often blighted by inconsistency under Mancini, has now scored or assisted in five of his seven appearances, while Samir Nasri has matched the Spaniard’s haul of 42 points so far. For those looking for differentials in mind, they are owned by just 6% and 2% respectively, with Silva’s average of 6 points per game indicative of his flourishing form under Pellegrini.

In spite of their weekend clean sheet, City’s attacking impetus is likely to lessen their resilience this time round – it’s highly debatable whether a Mancini side would have shipped three at Cardiff and Villa, for example. Instead, it seems the Chilean is prepared to concede the odd goal if it allows his key performers to play with the handbrake off – bad news for the backline, then, but a promising turnaround for Fantasy managers in a season where the likes of Chelsea and Spurs, sitting second and fourth respectively, have managed a combined 25 goals; three less than Pellegrini’s rampaging side.

The Talking Point

Once again, the midfield let us down badly, with only six players in this classification managed to find the net over Gameweek 10. A run of five blanks, allied with an ankle injury that forced him off at Cardiff, has Michu owners scouring the market for an alternative, while Ross Barkley’s drop to the Everton bench also has his 35% owners mulling over their next move but the problem is that few midfielders are making a persuasive case as potential replacements. Hull’s Robbie Brady sits inside the top 10 midfielders, for example, despite starting just one of the last four Gameweeks – Eden Hazard is sixth, though has scored or assisted in just three of his 10 appearances.

Indeed, with defences delivering 10 clean sheets over the weekend, backline options are more than holding their own thanks to the new bonus points system this season. Four keepers and five defenders have scored more than 50 points after 10 Gameweeks – only Ramsey and Toure have managed this feat in the midfield.

With Aguero firing up top, and Luis Suarez averaging 9.6 points per game since returning from suspension, big investment up top is paying off handsomely. United’s front two are also hitting their stride – three goals in as many games for Robin Van Persie, and attacking returns in six of the last seven for Wayne Rooney highlights the increasing influence of the heavy-hitters at a time where the goals are coincidentally drying up for the likes of Olivier Giroud and Christian Benteke.

It’s understandable that some may be wary of tying up funds in three premium priced forwards for fear of being caught short in midfield. Experience tells us that sooner or later they will come good but when the vast majority are serving up scraps, investing in two or three mid-price options and splashing the cash up top looks a justifiable tactic right now.

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  1. Need some help guys? 1FT and 0.7m in the bank

    Boruc K.Davis

    Williams Johnson Clyne Walker Burner

    Ozil Michu Oscar Barkley R.Morrison

    Rooney Sturridge Benteke

    A) Michu > Silva
    B) Michu > Yaya
    C) Ozil + Sturridge > Walcott + Suarez -4 (have to do this before Suarez rises)
    D) Save FT
    E) Anything else

    Cheers in advance

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. Just Michu to Silva IMO.

      No need to get Walcott now. He is only a possibility to be in the squad for Man U, and he would need time to get back into the swing of things.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    2. A

      Walcott is not likely to get a full 90 this week even if ready. Maybe, but unlikely. Better to pick him during the int'l break.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    3. you should get suarez, don't know for who

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    4. Try: Michu Nasri

      Replace Benteke > Sturridge

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  2. Im sick of indecision and my team value so ive just took my four point hit of -

    RvP to Suarez and HBA to Hazard

    Can people reassure me :)

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. Inspired transfers! 😀

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    2. Not Hazard

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
        • 2 years, 20 days ago
    3. 1) Always bet on hate.

      2) Life after HBA is always better.

      Iffy on Hazard, but the rest will be fine, and you can replace him with Walcott or Silva in a few weeks if he doesn't come good.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
      1. That was my thinking

        • 2 years, 20 days ago
    4. Good shout Haxzard - 2 home games in next 3 games.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  3. Best way to raise the 0.2m I need to fund Michu -> Silva?

    a) Giroud -> Benteke
    b) Toure -> Williams/Rat
    c) Nolan -> Sess/Snoddy

    Boruc, Davis
    Baines, Terry, Clyne, Toure, Ward
    Michu, Ramsey, Mirallas, Nolan, Ravel
    Aguero, Suarez, Giroud

    Bank 0.4m, 2 free transfers

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. Seconded.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    2. Nolan to Sess IMO.

      Giroud and Toure could still produce, but I can't see Nolan or W.Ham scoring.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    3. C by miles

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    4. B or C...

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    5. I agree with Wilshere. Get rid of Nolan for Sess (personally, I'd go for Januzaj as WBA aren't scoring much and you already have a WHam mid whi aren't scoring much either)

      That and the Silva for Michu would be a good bit of business.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    6. Thanks all

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  4. Best mid for 6.5m in the UCL game?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. lucas moura this week or a atletico mid

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
      1. Who plays the no 10 role in Athletico?

        • 2 years, 20 days ago
        1. Arda Turan

          • 2 years, 20 days ago
          1. But he is injured I guess.

            • 2 years, 20 days ago
      2. If you want an atletico mid..get Koke (has 7 assists in the league, which is highest in the top 5 European leagues with Neymar). Moura, Salah (6.0), and Draxler are also good options

        • 2 years, 20 days ago
    2. Nasri if he starts todaaay

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    3. Koke

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  5. 100 players falling tonight according to TFPL?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  6. Didn't get the job I was after, back to the drawing board :(

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. Chin up, keep going and with continued hard effort things will inevitably go in your favour sooner rather than later.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
      1. Depressing when you just get the typical response along the lines of "Yes, we liked you, we were impressed with your skills and experience"...

        If that's the case, why haven't you given me the job! 😯

        So I've asked for a bit more feedback.

        • 2 years, 20 days ago
        1. The market place is tough at the moment, such is the competition for jobs you can't allow yourself to get too downhearted.

          Like I say, if you keep pushing forwards with enough effort, things will go your way eventually, no doubt about it.

          Good luck.

          • 2 years, 20 days ago
  7. UCL RMT - Wildcard Edition:

    Pantilimon - Courtois

    Alaba - Rafinha - Kolarov - Adriano - Van Der Wiel

    Mkyhitarian - Ramires - Salah - Weiss - Motta

    Ronaldo - Diego Costa - Messi

    Any changes you would make?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. Adriano unlikely to start.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
    2. Adriano is doubtful. Montoya (also 4.0) is likely to take his place if he doesn't play

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  8. UCL Asst Manger telling me my team looks in great shape and good to go.

    I have four players flagged as doubts. What a turkey.

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. Sounds like Moyes :)

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  9. Will Muller play tonight?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. Probably.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  11. Will Benteke be in the top 5 strikers list by end of FPL?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  12. Would you do any of the following..??

    1- Koscielny > Dawson for free

    2- Hazard > Oscar for free (If Eden looks likely to be dropped)

    3- Hazard> Silva
    Koscielny> Willaims for a 4 point hit..

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. I'd probably save the transfer and wait til after the IB. No point taking a hit for an uninspiring transfer.

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  13. New Post
  14. New post

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  15. Hows this team for GW11 ONLY

    Lovren, Fonte, Williams, Chico
    Coutinho, Silva, Lallana
    Aguero, Suarez, Sturridge

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  16. How long to go till the lineups?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  17. By the looks of this Spurs forum, fans aren't happy with the majority of their new signings. But they do feel that Lamela will be explosive and will surely be a great differential when he eventually breaks into the team. Hopefully that happens soon...

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
    1. Big problems with their frontline...Spurs have had more shots than any other team this season..most of them by Andros Townsend from 25 yds...

      • 2 years, 20 days ago
  18. Best way to raise the 0.2m I need to fund Michu -> Silva?

    a) Giroud -> Benteke (Benteke could be great, but not sure Giroud is a must sell)
    b) Toure -> Williams/Rat (all have good fixtures so a bit sideways)
    c) Nolan -> Sess/Snoddy (this was my preferred option, but now Nolan is being played up front - he was very advanced and had good stats last week, and also has good fixtures in the next 6. Mad to get rid?

    Baines, Terry, Clyne, Toure
    Michu, Ramsey, Mirallas
    Aguero, Suarez, Giroud

    Davis, Nolan, Ravel, Ward

    Bank 0.4m, 2 free transfers

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  19. Yeah that's the main issue Spurs fans have with him and the rest of the midfield, taking potshots from 25-30 yards. Everybody keeps slating Soldado but he is playing in a system where he literally gets zero supply. As soon as Lamela and Eriksen are regular starters and start to link up with him, he'll start wreaking havoc and banging in the goals.

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  20. Long term... Pick one of:

    A) Benteke
    b) Lukaku?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  21. Ivanoivic or Loic Remy Gameweek 11?

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  22. I've asked this before, but I am in a real predicament, and I'm not sure what my best option is! Which do you think is best? :

    A) Michu --> Oscar
    B) Michu & HBA --> Hazard & Snodgrass/Sess
    C) Michu & HBA --> Schurlle & Coutinho
    D) Anything else!

    Thanks for any advice guys :)

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  23. Out Giroud or Sturridge to get Benteke??

    • 2 years, 20 days ago
  24. Migs (4.0)
    Walker, Coleman, Rangel (Wilson, Chester)
    Ozil, R Morrison, Barkley Oscar (Juanuaz)
    Suarez(c), Rooney, Aguero.
    Nothing in the bank and 1FT. Suggestions would be really welcome.

    Thought about Ozil --> Silva but seems a bit sideways, especially as my defence will need work after this week. Ozil--> Ramsey crossed my mind also to free up some funds to upgrade Wilson need week, Though tbh Ozil --> Silva would do the same.

    • 2 years, 19 days ago

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  • Mahrez
  • De Bruyne
  • Sánchez
  • Mane
  • Bolasie
  • Kane
  • Lukaku
  • Coleman
  • Wijnaldum
  • Giroud

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