Monday, 20 October 2014

#FlyBuy - GW9

It should come as no surprise to regular readers that my FlyBuy pick for GW8 flopped. However, I do still believe Lallana will come good in the coming weeks and he is definitely still one to bear in mind as a differential. Of recent FlyBuy picks, only Wilfried Bony is justifying his selection. After a poor return in GW6, he has gone on to score in consecutive games and is starting to look very strong.

For this week's pick, I was deliberating between two players returning from injury who made their long awaited comebacks last week. Both got good minutes on the pitch, with one returning a useful assist. Both have favourable fixtures coming up and it is a difficult decision to select one or the other. One is a midfielder and the other is a striker. With competition for the three Fwd positions becoming increasingly tough due to a number of players in good form I have decided not to go with Aston Villa's Christian Benteke. At £7.9m he is in the same price range as Graziano Pelle, and although the big Belgian has a differential-busting ownership stat of 0.3%, I can't see too many people taking a chance on him just yet. Maybe in a few weeks with a couple of goals under his belt he could be the man to swap Pelle out with once Southampton's fixtures get harder from GW13 onwards. Coincidentally, Villa then enter a run of favourable fixtures so keep this in mind when planning future transfers.

But, back to the matter in hand, I am NOT tipping Benteke for FlyBuy this week. So who is it? As I said he provided an assist in his return last weekend and he currently has a very useful ownership percentage of just 3.4%, making him an attractive option for a player with proven FPL points pedigree. With his club also entering a good run of winnable fixtures, and with managers trying desperately to free up funds to squeeze Aguero into their team alongside Costa and Pelle, they will probably need to lose one of their premium midfielders. At £6.7m, this is probably the cheapest price he will be this season, so I recommend you climb on board sooner rather than later.

The player in question, of course, is Everton playmaker Ross Barkley. I'm currently trying to find a way of squeezing him into my team, the tough call is just who to downgrade from Fabregas, Sterling or Di Maria.

Good luck in GW9 and thanks for reading. 

FLY
@meet_the_gadfly

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
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3