Tuesday, 27 January 2015

#FlyBuy - GW23

It took 22 weeks, but finally one of my FlyBuy picks hit the FPL jackpot in the first week of the five active weeks I select them for. Regular readers will remember that there were a few reasons why I picked Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle. As arguably the best forward at the club, he was evidently not fancied by Neil Warnock. As soon as Pardew was appointed, I had a feeling that the Gayle/Sanogo partnership would not only be a perfect match, but they would find form quickly.

This turned out to be the case as Gayle went on to be the joint highest points scorer of the week - matched only by the much more expensive Diego Costa. If you had invested in Gayle, his 16 points would have cost you just £5.0m. A bargain in anyone's book.

I need to generate some momentum now, and prove it wasn't just a flash in the pan. Throughout this break to allow the 4th round of the FA Cup to take place, there has only been one player on my mind. His club may be struggling, and service may not be prolific, but when he gets the ball at his feet, this week's pick definitely knows where the back of the net is.

After his brief sabbatical abroad, he has returned to the Premier League and picked up an assist last time out. With a run of upcoming fixtures that suggest goals, I'm not looking anywhere else for a FlyBuy pick to cover off gameweek's 23-27. Burnley (H), Swansea (A), QPR (H), WBA (A) and Man Utd (H)look good on paper at least.

I am obviously referring to Sunderland's recent acquisition, Jermaine Defoe. The former Tottenham man may be a little ring rusty, but he will be keen to regain his reputation as one of the Premier League's top level strikers.

As I said, the only problem could be service as manager Gus Poyet has concentrated his efforts into tightening the Black Cats up at the back. I don't envisage them scoring more than a couple of goals maximum in any of their remaining games this season; but Defoe will no doubt have some involvement in most of them.

@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 / 2
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7 / 13 / 1
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3 / 3 / DNP / DNP / 5
GW9 - Ross Barkley (EVE) - Points: 1 / 3 / 2 / 5 / 2
GW10 - Santi Cazorla (ARS) - Points: 3 / 2 / 0 / 8 / 3
GW11 - Stevan Jovetic (MCY) - Points: DNP / 8 / 1 / 10 / DNP
GW12 - Gabby Agbonlahor (AVL) - Points: 9 / 2 / 2 / 1 / 2
GW13 - Aaron Ramsey (ARS) - Points: 3 / 6 / 7 / DNP / DNP
GW14 - Jason Puncheon (CRY) - Points: 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 2
GW15 - Samir Nasri (MCY) - Points: 3 / 5 / 3 / 3 /5
GW16 - Eden Dzeko (MCY) - Points: DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW17 - Willian (CHE) - Points: 3 / 3 / 1 / 2 / 3
GW18 - Romelu Lukaku (EVE) - Points: 2 / 1 / 1 / 2 / 2
GW19 - Leroy Fer (QPR) - Points: 3 / 10 / 2 / 2
GW20 - Theo Walcott (ARS) - Points: 1 / 1 / DNP
GW21 - Angel Di Maria (MUN) - Points: 2 / 3
GW22 - Dwight Gayle (CRY)- Points: 16