Thursday, 3 October 2019

MadPick - Zero Hero (Gameweek 8)

@FPLMad continues his series of 'Zero Hero' picks which focus on super low-owned players. They could be uber-differentials (at 0.9% or less), thus require more scrutiny and evaluation over a three Gameweek window. Over the years, he has provided an assortment of successful differentials on a weekly basis through his own set of parameters and is relishing this new challenge. Here's his Zero Hero pick for Gameweek 8: After a great debut by their new boss Graham Potter with 0-3 away win at Watford, Brighton have had a below average start with 3 points in their following 6 matches. Sitting 16th, they still have a lot of work to do especially offensively; they’ve only scored 5 goals this season including the previously mentioned 3 goals in the season opener. Potter has been hugely hyped since then but has still failed to improve the results. However, with their fixtures turning, we might see that happening sooner rather than later. The success of Pukki and Abraham has turned a lot of heads this season, especially the ones who don’t think strikers who are proven at the Championship level can make it in the Premier League. Those two has been lighting up the Premier League this season with 13 goals between them. This brings me to this week’s pick; Neal Maupay, who seems to be having a hard time compared to the other two; he’s only scored twice so far this season. In order to strengthen their attack, Maupay was brought in this summer by Brighton among other additions like Trossard. The former Brentford striker comes in with a good reputation; he has scored 25 goals and 8 assists in the Championship last season compared to 29 goals & 10 assists for Pukki and 25 goals & 3 assists for Tammy Abraham.
So far this season, he has looked dangerous for the Seagulls with 33 penalty area touches, 17 goal attempts but only two goals and a low goal conversion rate of 11.8%, which makes one wonder what he can do when that improves. At the head of the Seagulls attack, he has great potential over the next few weeks. This weekend, he plays at the Amex Stadium a bedraggled Tottenham Hotspur’s defense who has just conceded 7 goals in midweek. In the following 3 weeks, he comes up against Villa, Everton and Norwich who have conceded 39 goals between them, averaging 1.8 goals conceded per match. With those fixtures coming up, an uber-low ownership of 0.5% and a £6.0 million price tag, he’s this week Zero Hero!
I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions about this week’s pick.

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