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Why it’s the last-chance saloon for Sergio Aguero in my FPL team

In our latest Pro Pundits article, Ash – aka ‘Chief’ – is readying himself for a Sergio Aguero swansong as Jamie Vardy’s form and fixtures become too good to ignore.


Before last week’s deadline, I wanted to get attacking Leicester coverage in no small part due to their tremendous form under Brendan Rodgers as well as their good run of upcoming games.

Jamie Vardy (£9.3m) and James Maddison (£7.3m) were at the top of my watchlist but, instead of buying them, I decided to bank my free transfer and hoped that the Foxes could somehow have a quiet Friday night game. That thinking didn’t go to plan as ten-man Southampton capitulated and shipped nine goals. Kasper Schmeichel’s (£5.1m) clean sheet was damage limitation at best for my FPL team.

Thankfully, Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) did the business as captain the day after and, for the first time this season, I captained the highest-scoring player in my team for a given Gameweek! It was also my first back-to-back green arrow for this campaign.

It could have gone horribly wrong had I trusted Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) with armband duties, with the Argentina international failing to start for a second week in a row and only making a cameo appearance. In the end, despite my initial trepidation, I somehow scored 64 points, which was well above the average and translated into a 300k overall rise.

It’s fair to say that any FPL manager will be in panic mode if their squad contains a £12m+ striker that has failed to score since Gameweek 6 and who has not started in two consecutive Gameweeks during that time. After his damp squib cameo, I was extremely tempted to sell Aguero late on Saturday night in anticipation of his price drop and Vardy’s price rise.

However, I wrote off the -£0.2m swing and opted to hold in case unexpected injuries cropped up on the Sunday games. In addition, I was also keen to see what Pep Guardiola would do with his rotation policy for the EFL Cup on Tuesday night. To my annoyance, he started both Aguero and Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m). Aguero’s brace served as a futile reminder of what could have been against Aston Villa.

In a strange way, it’s a good thing that he scored as Manchester City are due to play the Saints again over the weekend. Also, Jesus has started three games in a row over a short period of time. Surely he’s due a rest? With this in mind, I’m reluctantly willing to hold onto Aguero for one more Gameweek.

At the same time, with my two free transfers (and a -4), I’m trying to see if I can still shoehorn Vardy into the team. If I did, it will involve selling Mason Greenwood (£4.3m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) and Andriy Yarmolenko (£6.0m). But I’m not keen on doing that due to the imbalance it would create. Maybe I will have to persevere without Vardy for one more weekend? After this weekend he faces Arsenal and he loves scoring a goal against them (eight in eight). One thing is for certain, it really is last-chance saloon time for Aguero.

In my estimation, if there’s one thing that we learned from Tuesday night it was that Sterling will almost certainly start on Saturday after his absence from the EFL Cup squad (provided he remains injury-free). Sterling is the stand-out captain pick, not just for Manchester City in Gameweek 11, but among all teams.

With the exception of Gameweek 8, he has registered a Fantasy return in every home game that he has started in the Premier League this season. You can’t go wrong captaining one of the marquee players of the reigning champions, a team that on average score more than three goals per game at the Etihad. It’s as good as it gets in FPL as a ‘captain obvious’ pick.

I wouldn’t risk captaining Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) against Aston Villa despite his goal against Tottenham, as Villa appear to be a tougher unit when playing at home this season. As for Tammy Abraham (£7.8m), on paper he has a good fixture against Watford – however, the Hornets have kept two clean sheets in their last three games, so I won’t be giving him the armband either.


Ash, known by many as Chief, recorded his best-ever FPL finish of 110th in 2011/12 and has become a hugely popular name on Twitter ever since.

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399 Comments Post a Comment
  1. balint84
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    C, if Deeney not plays

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nice post

  2. RedJive79
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Good to go??

      Pope
      Cancelo / TAA / Tomori
      Mane / KDB (v) / Mount / Yarmo
      Kun (c) / Vardy / Pukki

      Bench: Button, Lunds, Dendoncker, Hanley

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Benching Lundstram at home to Burnley is not what I am going to do

        1. RedJive79
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Swap for Tomori?

            1. Tamagotchi Massacre
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Well that's up to you.

              If it were my decision that is probably the one I would make. I'd even go with Lund over Pukki if I had to make that choice. You just know there's a 50% chance of clean sheet and if he picks up an assist too then you're on the wrong end of a 13 pointer

              1. jason_ni
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I benched pukki gw5 for lundy.. city at home.. it was a mistake!
                Tho he was in form back then!!

          • Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Wise man.

            1. RedJive79
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Who's more likely to score? Watford or Burnley?

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Lundstram over Tomori for sure.

            That team looks quite strong (if Kun starts).

            1. RedJive79
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Getting ready for low expectations but poss big payoff. However, will be no surprise if Kun is benched and comes on for 11 mins.

          • CroatianHammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Is there an acceptable total % for the captain's poll, i.e. what total % would you consider adequate to feel confident in your team set up for a given week?

            Of the top 10 picks I've had 65% of the vote over the past few weeks. It might be 70% this week. Of course this doesn't mean or guarantee success... but is it a metric to look at?

            1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Not a metric I look at but I am considered very maveric

                1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    *maverick

                2. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I don't care that much lol. I just look over the options in my team and pick the best one. I don't care what % of other people are picking them. I look at the form and fixture of the player and choose accordingly.

              • Dacra
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                What to do with Otamendi?

                No cash, so 5.4 max replacement?

                Have TAA - Tomori - Rico - Lundstram.

                1. FF Dirtbag
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Surely Soy Sauce is the way?

                2. kyrgios
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Soy

                3. clodhopper
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Keep for now he should play scoed last night only pep knows who plays not the armchair experts on here

                  1. Devo-McDuff
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Your 2nd point undermines your first, why should he play?

                4. Balls of Steel
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Looks like he's lost his place now and EFL cup appearance surely points to another benching against Southampton, I for one am selling probable candidate is Soyuncu

                  1. clodhopper
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Good luck

              • lilmessipran
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Any suggestions for this lot?
                Pope 4.0
                Taa lund Rico boly soy
                Raz kdb dilva cho nakamba
                Vardy Tammy Wilson

                1 ft 3.0 itb.. save transfer or transfer out boly?

                1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    I think I’d roll the ft for now with a view to finding funds for a Liverpool mid from GW13 - perhaps downgrading Wilson to upgrading Dilva/CHO

                    1. lilmessipran
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Thanks, that was the original plan..the boly injury just made things a little complicated

                2. andres
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  So upgrading mid to sterling, wilson to

                  A maupay ( leaves 0.3 itb)
                  B ings (0.3)
                  C connolly (1.7)

                  Also have cantwell so likely to do c to have funds for that upgrade next week

                  1. dbeck
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    I've done C, as want funds to get liverpool mid in soon

                3. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  If you were to ditch any of the fabled five for Robertson for Liverpool's run starting GW 13. Who would it be?

                  TAA (lol), Tomori, Lundstram, Rico, Soyuncu

                  Do Sterling > Salah instead?

                  1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Tomori easily

                    1. FF Dirtbag
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Agreed. But it does depend on how sterling does.

                  2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Got KDB?
                    Got Mane?

                    1. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Ofc.

                      1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Think you are good

                  3. andres
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Salah

                  4. FF Dirtbag
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Thinking about it surely if you are happy with your team Sterling -> Salah affects it less?

                    1. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      yeah probably. I'm thinking of doing that move. And then switching Salah back to Sterling in GW 18 for the blank

                  5. Berbinho's Forehead
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Do Sterling to Salah instead. I'd want Matip or a in-form Gomez parterning VVD before considering double defence. Matip is injured and Gomez hasn't worked his way back into the XI.

                    And I'd definitely keep TAA, he's better than Robbo in every FPL department IMO.

                4. balint84
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  recommended 5th midfielder under 5.5?

                  1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    McTominay?
                    After that Dend

                    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      ah 5th mid, Dend and pocket the 1.1

                  2. mazkills
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    tough call. people punting on McTominay, Adama is also popular but OOP in the wrong direction. Maybe just get Donker and cash in on the extra funds

                  3. mookie
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    The cheapest nailed on one you can find.

                    1. mookie
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Catching all those price rises just to have have McT(5,1m) instead of Dendo(4,4m) on the bench is not my thing.

                  4. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Is it a 5th mid with 3 good strikers or Connolly?

                    That changes things quite a bit. I'm gonna assume a benchie. In which case, I'd just go Dendoncker. Every cent matters.

                    1. balint84
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      I prefer 3-5-2

                5. TeddiPonza
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  What to do with this? Bad bench, but I will use my wildcard very soon.

                  Pope (Button)
                  Lundy Tomori Rico (Hanley Reid)
                  Salah KdB Sterling Mount Yarmo
                  Aguero Tammy (Connolly)

                  0,0m in bank and 1 FT

                  A. Bank transfer and do Kun to Vardy and Yarmo to Martial next week
                  B. Kun to Vardy now
                  C. Something else

                  Thanks.

                  1. mazkills
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    A for sure

                  2. clodhopper
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Could backfire if kun starts in a massive way

                6. theodosios
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Please remove a picture of this man from homepage

                7. El Rey de Fantasy
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Pope.
                  Tomori. Lundstram. Lescalles.
                  Salah. Sterling (c). KDB. Mount.
                  Aguero. Abraham. Conolly.

                  Subs: Button. Rico. Engels. Dendocker.

                  GTG. ...??

                8. FOO FIGHTER
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Bench Jimenez or Mount.

                    Jimenez on my bench at the moment but Arsenal def is really bad and will counter Arsenal. Watford have been improving recently and could shut out CHE. Have Tammy.

                    So now thinking bench Mount.

                    1. mazkills
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      what are you running 5 at the back? play both of these guys

                      1. FOO FIGHTER
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Got in Perez for McGinn. Was going to move on Jimenez anyway.

                      2. mookie
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I'd bench Mount

                        1. FOO FIGHTER
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Yeah, thinking the same.

                      3. lilmessipran
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Which one to start this gw out of-

                        A Rico
                        B soy

                        1. andres
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          B

                        2. JohnRoss
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Soy

                      4. D.Glynn
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Who would you consider essential on a WC, all ready have No, TAA KDB.
                          Thanks

                          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Definitely get them two in

                            • jason_ni
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              TAA, Kdb,Sterling,Salah

                            • mazkills
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Vardy, Tammy perhaps build around that

                          2. aidmata
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Best Otamendi replacement for 5.6 or less?

                            Have Lundstram. Rico, TAA and Tomori.

                            Thanks

                            1. britzdubb
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              cANCELO

                            2. Albert_Luque
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Soyuncu

                            3. clodhopper
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Keep if he plays this weekend he could get a haul get rid next week

                          3. Albert_Luque
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Planning on a hit this week - which squad do you prefer? A is more balanced, but Sterling is more explosive than Son so I'm undecided.

                            A) Pope-Button
                            Alex-Arnold-Tomori-Soyuna-Lund-Rico
                            Salah-KDB-Mount-Maddison-SON
                            Vardy-Abraham-Connolly

                            B) Pope-Button
                            Alex-Arnold-Tomori-Soyuna-Lund-Rico
                            Salah-KDB-STERLING-Maddison-Hayden
                            Vardy-Abraham-Connolly

                            1. mazkills
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              I would prob do B with Mount over Maddison, or try to find .3 for Martial over Maddison.

                          4. jason_ni
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Potential moves.. would you go

                            A) Connolly and 5.2 max def
                            B) greenwood and cancelo
                            Forwards in both will be fodder in a 352.

                            Pope
                            TAA - Soy - Lundy - Rico - XXX
                            Sterling - Salah - Kdb - Martial - CHO
                            Abraham - Jimi - XXX

                            TAA - Soy and prb lundy pick themselves.. cancelo would be nice.. but gives another benching headache!
                            Could just get another cheap def in and save the cash

                            1. JohnRoss
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Despite fixtures, i would prefer to pay that bit more for Ayew than Connolly. His fixtures will turn soon, his stats are good, getting plenty of gametime and ticking along nicely. Connolly is not secure imo.

                          5. Wolves Ay We
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            In GW 13 I could have the following 8 "premiums" plus cheap players but 0.5 short. Which should I downgrade and to who?

                            A) Vardy
                            B) Abraham
                            C) Salah
                            D) Mane
                            E) KDB
                            F) Martial
                            G) TAA
                            H) Mount

                            1. Berbinho's Forehead
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              I think either B or H. Probably lose Mount to be honest - there's other options in that bracket with decent enough fixtures.

                              1. Wolves Ay We
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Thanks

                          6. britzdubb
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Take 3

                            G2G for the next 2 GW?

                            next week cap Kane

                            ryan
                            mendy lund soyuncu
                            mane kdb CHO yarmo
                            kane aguero(c) barnes

                            button tomori dendoncker aurier

                          7. King Kohli
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Best move here?

                            Pope Stek
                            TAA Ota Soy Lowton Rico
                            Mane KDB Mount Saka Cantwell
                            Vardy Tammy Wilson

                            1 Ft 5.1 itb. Will captain Mane or KDB if I don't get Sterling.

                            A. Saka > Martial
                            B. Saka + Wilson > Sterling(c) + Connolly (-4)
                            C. Wilson + Otamendi > Kane + O'Connell (-4)
                            D. Saka + Wilson > Firmino + Martial (-4)

                            1. Berbinho's Forehead
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              B

                              1. King Kohli
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Cheers Berb.

                            2. JohnRoss
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              D. Liverpool fixtures turning. Look at firminos returns for his first 5 games vs the last 5 tougher fixtures. Get in early imo

                              1. King Kohli
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                If I do D, do you think my team has a lack of captaincy options?

                                1. JohnRoss
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  Mane, kdb, vardy all regular starters (key for captain choice) and decent captain options.

                                  1. King Kohli
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 12 days ago

                                    Cheers mate

                            3. clodhopper
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Dendonka for cantwell upgrade saka

                          8. Yoshioka
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Hi, sorry for noob question: I have 2ft - if I just use 1, will I have 2ft again next week? Thanks

                            1. mookie
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Yes

                            2. mazkills
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              yes

                            3. Yoshioka
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Thanks, guys.

                          9. balint84
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            A) McTorminey+Connolly
                            B) McGinn+Greenwood

                            1. jason_ni
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              A

                          10. crystalstream
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            A bit boring but which would you do.
                            Button for Gazza - play during Ryan’s upcoming fixture shift then sell OR
                            Wickham for Connolly and bench Pieters for him this week only

                          11. balint84
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            on wildcard
                            A) Vardy+McGinn
                            B) Jimenez+Maddsion