Oh what a week. With the average at just 43 points this week we managed to just beat it getting a total of 46 points. Shocking returns from costly Lukaku and Aguero, were somewhat eased by the fact that other expensive players like Kane and Kevin de Bruyne also flopped. Our captain Marcos Alonso did the business as he kept a clean sheet, but overall a lot of people, including ourselves were left very disappointed.
Wayne Hennessey – 4.5m – 1 point
Crystal Palace’s abysmal defending sees Wayne Hennessey concede two more goals. Providing only one save throughout the match it was a poor performance from the Wales keeper, and an all round poor performance for Crystal Palace. With Hennessey being first choice for the foreseeable future, a better transfer can be made improving the team elsewhere.
Vincent Kompany – 6.0m – 1 point
An absolute wonder goal saw Vincent Kompany lose his clean sheet. The Belgian defender grew frustrated throughout the game and also earned himself a yellow card, something which is becoming common for City defenders over the season. A lack of coverage from the midfield could mean the defenders could be left in dangerous positions more often than not. A slight injury concern during international duty could signal another injury led season for Vinny, it may be worth keeping an eye on getting him out soon.
Status: Keep (for now)
Maya Yoshida – 5.0m – 6 points
Maya Yoshida bags himself another clean sheet. With Southampton managing to keep hold of the Virgil Van Dijk and signing his Dutch compatriot Wesley Hoedt, it could be a sign that Yoshi’s time in the side is running out. With a lack of game time, and perhaps unwillingness to play for the Saints again, and Hoedt’s uninspiring performances for the Netherlands, I feel Yoshida keeps his position in the side. 2 clean sheets and an assist so far. A simple swap to Cedric, should he be dropped.
Eric Bailly – 6.1m – 6 points
United weren’t threatened by Leicester throughout the game. A comfortable clean sheet again for Eric Bailly and company making it 3 clean sheets in a row. With Bailly and de Gea being the best routes into the United defence, he most likely will be kept long term. Bailly has looked less a card magnet than in previous years, and has even looked threatening from corners. The best Eric since Cantona.
Marcos Alonso(C) – 7.0m – 12 points
Alonso managed a clean sheet against an Everton side who never looked like challenging. Everton had 0 touches in the Chelsea box in the first 45 minutes and barely troubled the home side in the second half. Everton made it a very handy clean sheet for the pricey defender. Alonso coasted through the game and looked tidy on the ball but didn’t really threaten, close to a bonus point but in keeping a clean sheet managed to earn us 12 points as a captain. With little risk of rotation, or his role being usurped by Alex Sandro, Alonso is a requisite for FPL this year. A 7m midfielder which can get clean sheet points, and is a free kick specialist.
More insipid performances like this from Everton, could lead some of their fans to drink. Just make sure to order an uber if you do.
Status: Keep, dear baby Jesus KEEP.
Dele Alli – 9.5m – 9 points
While Kane blanks it’s Alli who finds himself bagging again this season. The only player in our team this week that managed to do so, surprisingly. He earned himself two bonus points despite Tottenham conceding in the last minute. Alli looks likely to continue in the same vein of form which earned him plaudits last season, and he’ll probably flip you off if you think otherwise.
Willian – 7.1m – 3 points
A fine example of how a good performance doesn’t translate to points. The Brazilian notched another 3 point tally with a clean sheet, 0 assists, and 0 goals. While Willian had his chances in the game, we’re disappointed to see he failed to get any further points. With Hazard and Pedro the likely starters for Conte, the Brazilian is in the bin, unless one or the starters gets injured during the international duty.
Status: In the bin
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 8.3m – 5 points
Subbed after just 73′ minutes but Henrikh keeps on assisting even when he is performing badly. If he manages to do this throughout the season we won’t mind him being subbed. Another assist makes it 5 from 3.
Manolo Gabbiadini – 7.0m – 2 points
Gabbiadini is currently a victim of poor service. The Italian is always making intelligent runs, but nobody has the pass to find him. As soon as the midfield clicks I think Gabbiadini could start scoring more and more. A clear favourite as a starter over Austin, but with options like Chicharito, and cheaper Bony now, we can’t wait wait that long.
Status: Keep, for now.
Sergio Aguero – 11.5m – 1 point
So much for him being nailed on. Aguero started from the bench and did very little when coming on. City look very narrow and somehow still managed to cross the ball more often than pass it on the ground. A trip to Argentina awaits where he most likely won’t start, but jetlag could affect him. Morata could be a cheaper out of the inconsistent City side.
Romelu Lukaku – 11.6m – 0 points
He had a stinker. It felt a lot like the Manchester of old when Lukaku stepped up to slot away his penalty, and it was saved from Schmeical. United were lucky that Rashford came on and saved them, and we were lucky that so many people had captained Lukaku rather than our choice Alonso. The missed penalty resulted in a -2 instead of a +4, meaning that Lukaku finished with a total of 0 points this game week.
Rob Elliot – 4.0m – 7 points
He kept a clean sheet because a bird shat on him. The Irish stopped had a solid performance and made a brilliant double save to keep West Ham at bay. His distribution still leaves a lot to be desired but for a 4.0m starting option, you can’t ask for much more. This is the second time the bookies have chosen a goalkeeper which is more likely to keep a clean sheet, yet the substitute scores higher.
Jason Lokilo – 4.5m – 0 points
0 minutes and looks to be dropping in value soon, though that could be due to wild cards. If I play my wildcard, which is unlikely. Lokilo will be going. 3 game weeks, 0 minutes, 0 points. Cork, Billing, Stephens, Chalobah, James, Surman,, Romeu, Hayden all better options for the 4.5m option.
Status: Swap (if you have a WC)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 4.5m – 0 points
Injury prevented RLC from getting on the pitch this week, with the Chelsea loanee being out with a groin injury which happened in training. The England youth international should be back for the next game week’s fixture against Burnley.
Kevin Long – 4.0m – 0 points
On the bench again. 0 minutes. Liam Rosenior came on against Watford for 45 minutes and stifled Richarlison’s attacking play, while fellow 4.0m option Chancel Mbemba was one of the performers of the week. This just goes to show how much of a bizarre week it was overall. Mbemba will likely be benched after the international break and I think Bruno is still the first choice at Brighton, but was on a yellow. Long is only an injury away from starting.
A bad week overall leads us to move down the overall rankings, but still leaves us in the top 1% of players. Thankfully we have two free transfers which allows us to move out some potential deadwood for more likely point scorers. Keep an eye out for our clean sheet probability, expected point probability, and team preview coming up during the week.