The daring FPL managers among us took the risk of transferring in Bournemouth's out-of-position midfielder Josh King after his good performance vs Man United last weekend. We were rewarded for our optimism in the end, King had a field day against a helpless West Ham defence, but it didn't always look so promising.
Early in the game King missed a penalty. Then Bournemouth won another which Benik Afobe fluffed and many wondered if Eddie Howe's side would be given many more opportunities; whether it was their day. It was definitely King's day though, the Norwegian bagging a hattrick. The implications of this in FPL were that if you gambled on King you were rewarded with 18 points, which is nearly the week's average.
Captain Lukaku The Sensible Choice
A theme that has emerged this season is that the usual suspects have been the safest captain picks. By the usual suspects I mean of course the highest owned players. This week, with no Harry Kane, Eden Hazard or Diego Costa, due to FA Cup commitments, to tempt you with your captaincy, Lukaku was the overwhelming favourite. 41% of all teams have Lukaku, the highest owned in the game. The next most owned of all the starting players in this blank gameweek was Mane (25.1% ownership). The 2nd most owned striker of the 4 fixtures was Llorente (14.5%), who was unfortunately forced off with a dead leg in the first half. The Spaniard should be back next week and could be key to his side's performance against Bournemouth, who have not kept a clean sheet since gameweek 19.
Many struggling teams (like mine) can be accused of 'chasing points' by captaining out of form players, as this gameweek has reiterated the importance of 'playing the percentages' in order to choose a reliable captain. Lukaku, with a goal and assist at home to West Brom, is exactly that. Despite good performances now and then, Coutinho, Mane and Lallana are not.