Thursday, 14 May 2015

#Flybuy - DGW37

I'm sure none of you would have taken a punt on last week's Flybuy pick - Marko Arnautovic - but if you had, you would have picked up 6 vital points, which would have been more than ANY of the high ownership Chelsea or Arsenal midfielders! However, what was interesting to note is that Stoke looked very good as an attacking force, and pretty much everything went through Arnautovic. There's still time to pick him up if you are already fully loaded on DGW playing Arsenal or Sunderland players. But we must move on, and it's time to discuss my penultimate Flybuy pick of the season...

I had promised myself I wouldn't go for another easy option DGW player, and indeed I did stick to that with the selection of Arnautovic. But, there is a player who will play twice in DGW37 who was completely off my radar until last week. As we all know, football - as in life - is directly affected by confidence. And there can be nobody who has suffered such a crisis of confidence as this week's pick. Well, maybe Fernando Torres or Soldado, but let's leave them out of this. The player in question scored his first goal since signing for his club on 31 January 2013. Admittedly he has been farmed out on loan to Hull, Middlesbrough and my own club - Wolverhampton Wanderers - before being recalled in January of this year. Upon his return to Sunderland, he has had the public backing of new manager Dick Advocaat and his workmanlike performances have led to a recall to the starting line-up.

As I mentioned, confidence is key, particularly in strikers, and sometimes they just need that put of luck to go on a bit of a scoring run. Last Saturday lunchtime away at Everton, midfielder Jordi Gomez took a shot which took a huge deflection off the calf of Danny Graham. The ball flew past Tim Howard and set Sunderland on course for a vital away win. Although he knew nothing about it, the goal drought that had been defining Newcastle united supporting Danny Graham was over. I would say with some degree of certainty that he will now go into the double gameweek fixtures against Leicester and Arsenal looking to capitalise on his emergence from a difficult time in his career. If you've got room for him in your team, and you fancy an uber-differential (0.2% owned!) then try and squeeze in the newly confident Danny Graham into your front three somewhere.

In other news, I changed my Twitter handle recently; @meet_the_gadfly has become the shorter and hopefully more relevant @FPL_Fly. Please give me a follow if you're not doing so already...

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 / 1
GW30 - Gabby Agbonlahor (AVL) - Points: 2 / 7 / 2 / DNP / DNP
GW31 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA) - Points: 6 / 2 / 2 / 13 / 3
GW32 - Jamie Vardy (LEI) - Points: 8 / 2 / 12 / 2 / 5
GW33 - Esteban Cambiasso (LEI) - Points: 6 / 5 / 3 / 3
GW34 - Sone Aluko (HUL) - Points: 6 / 2 / 2
GW35 - Danny Welbeck(ARS) - Points: DNP / DNP
GW36 - Marko Arnautovic (STO) - Points: 6