Tuesday, 11 February 2014

#FlyBuy - GW26

I shall keep this short and sweet today; mainly because the pressures of work coupled with the shortened timeframe between GW's has left me strapped for time to dedicate to this weeks pick.

Maybe that's a good thing. Rather than analyse stats and try to identify a player who is going to come into a decent run of form (aka "fly"), I will have to go with gut instinct.

In FPL terms, these gut feelings are sometimes what can allow you to steal a march on your rivals. For instance, predicting Adam Johnson would go out and bag a hat-trick in GW21 would have meant you reaped the rewards of his 22 point haul. But who would have picked him? In the 5 GW's prior to GW21 he played 19, 28, 0, 0 and 14 minutes respectively, accumulating a points haul of 1, 1, 0, 0 and 1.

If you did transfer him in for GW21 then you deserve a solid gold crystal ball shaped trophy for doing so!

Last weeks pick was disappointing. Fabio Borini got sacrificed early on after Wes Brown's (inevitable) red card. Less said about that the better.

So, onto this week. No analysis of stats, pure gut feeling. My #FlyBuy pick for GW26 is Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross. Normally good for a couple of goals a season, I think he may have only one this season so must be due another. I also can't recall the last time Stoke kept a clean sheet, so again, they must be due one! I predict this home fixture against Swansea on Wednesday night could be the night he rectifies both.

Anyone brave enough to bring him in?