Tuesday, 28 October 2014

#FlyBuy - GW10

Guess what? Another fail! Barkley failed to get the minutes on the pitch that I envisioned when selecting him as my FlyBuy pick for GW9. But that is the danger of selecting players returning from injury. Some are thrown straight back into the action, and some are reintroduced selectively to regain their fitness. I have no doubt whatsoever that young Ross will come good once he starts for Everton, and I strongly suspect this will be in GW10 for the home game versus a Swansea side that has another former FlyBuy doing very well at present. Yes, Wilfried Bony continues to be my only winning pick so far this season.

What to do, what to do. Pick another player returning from injury? Or maybe just a proven big-hitter struggling with form at present? I've decided to go with the latter, in the hope of not being caught out as usual by a lack of game time resulting in the dreaded one point cameo. It makes my already bad FlyBuy stats look so much worse you see!

So it's a former power-player, a proven FPL points magnet if you will, who is struggling for form despite getting game time. To be honest, one man above all others sprang to mind when considering this. And no, it's not Yaya Toure because I picked him in GW5 - and he's still terrible!

My mind was made up after verifying his stats were indeed tragic (1 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 3 / 1 / 2 / 1 / 3) despite him racking up significant game time. He exploded onto the scene in 2012/13 racking up 12 goals and 13 assists from midfield, but was rather disappointing last season with only 4 and 8. This season, in the 9 Gameweeks to date he has returned 0 goals and only a solitary assist in GW2. Doesn't make for great reading, and I am not at all confident in this pick, truth be known.

However, he faces Burnley - at home - in GW10, so he could make up for lost time. It's then Swansea (A), Man Utd (H), WBA (A) and SOU (H). Not the easiest of fixtures on paper, but he plays for a team whose pre-season ambition every year is to finish 4th, so goals and points are achievable.

He is owned by just 1.8% of FPL managers, costs the hefty sum of £8.2m (from a starting price of £8.5m) and there are dozens and dozens of better options than him out there. But what if I'm right? Well, if I am, it is Arsenal man Santi Cazorla you need in your team, because that's my FlyBuy pick for GW10!

Let me know if you get drunk enough to transfer him in!


FlyBuy picks to date (only takes into account 5 GWs)

GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0 / 8 / 1 / 5 
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1 / 0 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW3 - Siem de Jong (NEW) - Points: 2 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW4 - Marko Arnautovic (STO) - Points: DNP / 1 / 3 / 2 / 0
GW5 - Yaya Toure (MCY) - Points: 1 / 2 / 11 / 1 / 2
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7 / 13
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1 / 1
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3 / 3
GW9 - Ross Barkley (EVE) - Points: 1