Friday, 17 April 2015

#FlyBuy - GW33

Hello again! Well, we have well and truly reached the make or break part of the season. the template teams are definitely fragmenting as managers nail their colours to the mast and stop playing the percentages. With Arsenal, Aston Villa, Hull, Liverpool, QPR and Sunderland all missing out this weekend, some people will be taking hits of up to -8 in order to field a full 11. Alternatively, some - myself included - will choose to only go with 10 players and hope for the best. The final group will be those who have kept their season long Wildcard and will choose to activate it this week, or more likely next week before the double gameweek. The transfer market has been busy for most of the week with Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester players being particularly in demand. Last week's FlyBuy pick came from Leicester and delivered the goods. 8 points for Jamie Vardy courtesy of a goal and two bonus points has turned him into a popular transfer pick this week. If you'd listened to me, you'd have been on him a week early!

With Leicester's resurgence in form and the rise of Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew, there is definite value to be found in selecting their players, the majority of whom can be picked up for low prices and who offer potential large returns. For me, I am looking towards those two teams to select this weeks pick from. Puncheon, Dann, Jedinak, Murray, Zaha all appeal. A couple of those have been selected previously in this format, and although there is nothing preventing me from doing so again (as I have done previously with Agbonlahor in GW12 and GW30) I'm going to look towards Leicester.

For a team propping up the bottom of the league, it seems a bit crazy that this will be the third Leicester pick in the last five weeks, but the double gameweek means this is where the points are potentially to be found. The player I have been most impressed with over the past few weeks where Leicester have picked up two vital wins and an epic 4-3 loss away to Spurs, is an old hand, a proven leader, and a man who the players around him can look to for inspiration and a calm head.

The man known as "Cucho" which translates from Spanish as "Old Man" has been more used to fighting at the other end of the table during his career in Argentina, Spain and Italy. But his experience will be vital if Leicester are to do the impossible and stay up this season. I am of course referring to former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder and 52 cap Argentine international, Esteban Cambiasso. If you are after a double gameweek player, with a run of six juicy fixtures (you get one for free with this FlyBuy pick!) then consider him strongly: SWA / bur & CHE / NEW / SOU / sun

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 / 2
GW20 - Theo Walcott (ARS) - Points: 1 / 1 / DNP / 8 / 1
GW21 - Angel Di Maria (MUN) - Points: 2 / 3 / 5 / 2 / 7
GW22 - Dwight Gayle (CRY)- Points: 16 / 2 / 2 / 1 / 2
GW23 - Jermaine Defoe (SUN) - Points: 6 / 7 / 2 / 2 / 2
GW24 - Daniel Sturridge (LIV) - Points: 1 / 8 / 1 / 1 / 7
GW25 - Carles Gil (AVL) - Points: 2 / 1 / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW26 - Dame N'Doye (HUL) - Points: 6 / 1 / 7 / 1 / 2
GW27 - Mile Jedinak (CRY) - Points: 2 / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW28 - Matt Phillips (QPR) - Points: 7 / 7 / 2 / 20 / 2
GW29 - Riyad Mahrez (LEI) - Points: 3 / 1 / 1 / 1
GW30 - Gabby Agbonlahor (AVL) - Points: 2 / 7 / 2
GW31 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA) - Points: 6 / 2
GW32 - Jamie Vardy (LEI) - Points: 8