Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Gameweek 10 Review: Big Boys Back In Town

The big boys proved their worth at last as the big points come in threes (or maybe fours if you include resurging star Eden Hazard as one of the big hitters). Sanchez, Aguero and Lukaku all hit double figures.  Those with two or three of those who captained one got healthy returns whoever the remaining players were in their team. Maybe captain calls separated the cream from the crop this week. Sanchez (c) would have scored 26 points, Aguero (c) got 32, Lukaku (c) 24 and Hazard (c) 28.

If you don’t have two or three of these players then alarm bells will no doubt be ringing, and it would be a wise move to transfer in Aguero or Lukaku for the out-of-form Ibrahimovic if you haven’t already. While Sanchez is a difficult player to work into your team (potentially with De Bruyne being sold), Hazard is now well priced at 9.8. He seems a good replacement for Sterling if the funds are available, who is another player who has struggled to reproduce his early-season form in recent weeks. Walcott owners face a dilemma of their own in whether to stick or twist to Hazard after he was ruled out of the game on Saturday with a hamstring injury.

All these prize assets hitting big returns only meant one thing: big points. The week’s average was 58,  which is double gameweek-high. It was a great opportunity to make up points on your rivals. The standout players were those previously mentioned, but others scored quietly well who went under the radar.

Coutinh-oh yes! The stats behind the magic

Phillipe Coutinho has hit the form of his Liverpool career. It is now 2 goals and 5 assists for him in 6 games, and FPL managers have flocked to transfer him in. Coutinho is the second most transferred-in mid, now with 41% ownership- second most in FPL. He has amassed 64 fantasy points, second only to Alexis Sanchez of any midfielder. He is the joint-third highest point-scorer of the season in FPL- by far the best value premium midfielder in FPL on current form. His combined 9 goals and assists tally is second to Lukaku. Coutinho is second only to Daley Blind in the overall bonus points system (BPS) of every player in the game. In a few weeks Coutinho might be talked about as not the second or third best player in the game, but the single best player who is essential to have in your team.

Joe Allen’s On Fire

If 2 goals and 5 assists is good by Coutinho’s standards, then 4 goals and 2 assists is sensational for a midfield player. Well, they are the numbers produced by Joe Allen recently. At 5.1 he is very much the Coutinho of budget midfielders. Stoke’s run of form extended to 3 straight wins at home to Swansea, where Allen was on hand to assist twice.

Written by Kyle Norbury, 

Stoke fan and Fantasy football nerd.

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