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

    • 1 year, 1 month 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.

      • 1 year, 1 month 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.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. you should get suarez, don't know for who

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. Try: Michu Nasri

      Replace Benteke > Sturridge

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  2. KoL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    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 :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Inspired transfers! :D

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Not Hazard

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. KoL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member


        • 1 year, 1 month 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.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. KoL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        That was my thinking

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. Good shout Haxzard - 2 home games in next 3 games.

      • 1 year, 1 month 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

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Seconded.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Nolan to Sess IMO.

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

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. C by miles

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. B or C...

      • 1 year, 1 month 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.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    6. Thanks all

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  4. Best mid for 6.5m in the UCL game?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. lucas moura this week or a atletico mid

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Who plays the no 10 role in Athletico?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Arda Turan

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. But he is injured I guess.

            • 1 year, 1 month 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

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Nasri if he starts todaaay

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Koke

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  5. 100 players falling tonight according to TFPL?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  6. Didn't get the job I was after, back to the drawing board :(

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

      • 1 year, 1 month 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! :shock:

        So I've asked for a bit more feedback.

        • 1 year, 1 month 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.

          • 1 year, 1 month 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?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Adriano unlikely to start.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Adriano is doubtful. Montoya (also 4.0) is likely to take his place if he doesn't play

      • 1 year, 1 month 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.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Sounds like Moyes :)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  9. Will Muller play tonight?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Probably.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  11. Will Benteke be in the top 5 strikers list by end of FPL?

    • 1 year, 1 month 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..

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

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  13. New Post
  14. New post

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  15. Hows this team for GW11 ONLY

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

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  16. How long to go till the lineups?

    • 1 year, 1 month 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...

    • 1 year, 1 month 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...

      • 1 year, 1 month 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

    • 1 year, 1 month 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.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  20. Long term... Pick one of:

    A) Benteke
    b) Lukaku?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  21. Ivanoivic or Loic Remy Gameweek 11?

    • 1 year, 1 month 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 :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  23. Out Giroud or Sturridge to get Benteke??

    • 1 year, 1 month 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.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 19

  • McGregor
  • Zabaleta
  • Hutton
  • Shawcross
  • Sterling
  • Eriksen
  • Sánchez
  • Silva
  • Austin
  • Diego Costa
  • Benteke
  • Caulker
  • Downing
  • Bojan

From the Community…

Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist


Last updated: 27 Dec, 2014 9:35am
Player Club Factors
No Change Hart MCI A, Vs
No Change Guzan AVL B, Vs
No Change McGregor HUL B, Vs
No Change Pantilimon SUN A
No Change Green QPR B, Vs
No Change De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
No Change Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 28 Dec, 2014 2:45pm
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Skrtel LIV B, Vs, Rest
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Caulker QPR C, Vs, £
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX


Last updated: 27 Dec, 2014 9:33am
Player Club Factors
No Change Hazard CHE A, VsX, Inj
No Change Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
No Change Downing WHM A
Up Silva MCI A, Vs, Inj
Up Sterling LIV B, Vs
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Down Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Fábregas CHE B, VsX
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX
No Change Fer QPR B, Vs


Last updated: 27 Dec, 2014 10:07pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE C
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Bony SWA A
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Rooney MUN B, OoP
Down van Persie MUN B, Rest
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Jovetic MCI C, Vs, Inj
No Change Cissé NEW B, Inj
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Cazorla ARS 4
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Clark AVL 4
Sánchez AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Puncheon CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
McCarthy EVE 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Young MUN 4
van Persie MUN 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Adam STO 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Pieters STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Vergini SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder