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The Digest – Gameweek 10

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. Your Mum's Athletic
      2 years, 10 months ago

      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

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      1. Wilshere Knowledge
          2 years, 10 months ago

          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.

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        • Heels_Over_Head
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 years, 10 months ago

          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.

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        • LOCO ABREU
            2 years, 10 months ago

            you should get suarez, don't know for who

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          • Michael Woodburn
              2 years, 10 months ago

              Try: Michu Nasri

              Replace Benteke > Sturridge

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          • Kings of Lyon ★
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 years, 10 months ago

            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 🙂

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            1. Wilshere Knowledge
                2 years, 10 months ago

                Inspired transfers! 😀

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              • SuperOsçarBaby
                  2 years, 10 months ago

                  Not Hazard

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                  1. Kings of Lyon ★
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 10 months ago

                    😆

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                • Heels_Over_Head
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 years, 10 months ago

                  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.

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                  1. Kings of Lyon ★
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 10 months ago

                    That was my thinking

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                • Michael Woodburn
                    2 years, 10 months ago

                    Good shout Haxzard - 2 home games in next 3 games.

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                • Jinswick
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 years, 10 months ago

                  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

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                  1. Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
                      2 years, 10 months ago

                      toure to rat

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                    • TurricanKick 42
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 years, 10 months ago

                      Seconded.

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                    • Wilshere Knowledge
                        2 years, 10 months ago

                        Nolan to Sess IMO.

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

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                      • Messi & fabregas
                          2 years, 10 months ago

                          C by miles

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                        • Acquafresca
                            2 years, 10 months ago

                            B or C...

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                          • Nomar
                              2 years, 10 months ago

                              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.

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                            • Jinswick
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 years, 10 months ago

                              Thanks all

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                          • pundit of punts
                              2 years, 10 months ago

                              Best mid for 6.5m in the UCL game?

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                              1. Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
                                  2 years, 10 months ago

                                  draxler

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                                • LOCO ABREU
                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                    lucas moura this week or a atletico mid

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                                    1. pundit of punts
                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                        Who plays the no 10 role in Athletico?

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                                        1. Xavi Iniesta
                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                            Arda Turan

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                                            1. pundit of punts
                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                But he is injured I guess.

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                                          • Deulo10
                                              2 years, 10 months ago

                                              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

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                                          • Whazza
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                            Nasri if he starts todaaay

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                                          • Tommytour
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                            Koke

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                                        2. Drizz
                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                            100 players falling tonight according to TFPL?

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                                          • Wings Fan
                                              2 years, 10 months ago

                                              Didn't get the job I was after, back to the drawing board 🙁

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                                              1. Dr Jones
                                                  2 years, 10 months ago

                                                  Chin up, keep going and with continued hard effort things will inevitably go in your favour sooner rather than later.

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                                                  1. Wings Fan
                                                      2 years, 10 months ago

                                                      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.

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                                                      1. Dr Jones
                                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                                          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.

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                                                  2. Dr Jones
                                                      2 years, 10 months ago

                                                      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?

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                                                      1. Whazza
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                                        Adriano unlikely to start.

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                                                      2. Deulo10
                                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                                          Adriano is doubtful. Montoya (also 4.0) is likely to take his place if he doesn't play

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                                                      3. Jafooli
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                                        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.

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                                                        1. Kings of Lyon ★
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                                          Sounds like Moyes 🙂

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                                                      4. Ray In Bruges.
                                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                                          Will Muller play tonight?

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                                                          1. Dr Jones
                                                              2 years, 10 months ago

                                                              Probably.

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                                                          2. Rupert The Horse
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                            NEW POST GUYS.

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                                                          3. Xavi Iniesta
                                                              2 years, 10 months ago

                                                              Will Benteke be in the top 5 strikers list by end of FPL?

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                                                            • rohan
                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                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..

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                                                                1. Xavi Iniesta
                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                    I'd probably save the transfer and wait til after the IB. No point taking a hit for an uninspiring transfer.

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                                                                3. Drizz
                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                    New post

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                                                                  • PussyGalore
                                                                      2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                      Hows this team for GW11 ONLY

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

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                                                                    • pundit of punts
                                                                        2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                        How long to go till the lineups?

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                                                                      • Xavi Iniesta
                                                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                          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...

                                                                          http://www.tottenhamhotspurs.tv/forum/players-lounge/33972-new-signings-evaluation.html

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                                                                          1. Dr Wakey O'Ska
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                            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...

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                                                                        • Jinswick
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                          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?

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

                                                                          Davis, Nolan, Ravel, Ward

                                                                          Bank 0.4m, 2 free transfers

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                                                                        • Xavi Iniesta
                                                                            2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                            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.

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                                                                          • SpinyNorman [*_*]
                                                                              2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                              Long term... Pick one of:

                                                                              A) Benteke
                                                                              b) Lukaku?

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                                                                            • martinologunja
                                                                                2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                Ivanoivic or Loic Remy Gameweek 11?

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                                                                              • 1234thro
                                                                                  2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                  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 🙂

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                                                                                • Matt17
                                                                                    2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                    Out Giroud or Sturridge to get Benteke??

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                                                                                  • Vague88
                                                                                      2 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                      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.

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