Aguero (11.4). The Argentine tops the FFS captain poll with 61% of the vote, and looks the safe bet at home to a Brighton side who have conceded the third most big chances (15) so far this season. He also tops the charts for shots on goal (31) and shots in the box (21). The slight concern is that Aguero has been subbed off early in the last two GWs before he could hit a big haul (although GW5 was an injury precaution), with a champions league against Hoffenheim midweek, there is a chance of another early substitution yet again.
Kane (12.4). If you want a relative differential to those in the top 10k where he is only 2.3% owned, Kane would the pick for me. Although Kane hasn’t looked great in recent weeks, he’s still managed 17 shots on goal and 6 big chances so far this season, and he plays a Huddersfield side who along with Cardiff look like the worst side in the league.
Time to Turn to Tottenham?
Spurs are about to embark on a run of three outstanding fixtures against three of the four bottom sides in the league [hud, CAR, whm]. Although Spurs haven’t looked at their best as of yet, you would have thought they will score goals in their next three. Kane is the obvious option for goals, and represents probably the best captaincy option in GW8 vs Cardiff (the only other good captain option that week is Hazard away at Saints). Eriksen and Alli have both been ruled out of the Huddersfield game but could represent excellent differentials if back to face Cardiff being owned by 7.2% and 4% respectively. For the defence it’s not out of the question that Spurs keep clean sheets in all of the next 3GWs. Trippier would be my pick having a strong assist threat as well as being on certain direct free kicks, Aurier is also injured reducing his risk of rotation. The only concern for me is the injuries to Eriksen and Ali takes a lot of creativity out of the side. I’ll likely hold off on investment until the Cardiff game.
One’s to Watch
Richarlison (6.6). A threatening performance against Arsenal in GW6 has persuaded over 200,000 managers to invest in Richarlison’s services ahead of an enticing home fixture vs Fulham, a side who it’s safe to say aren’t great at defending, having conceded the most big chances (22) of any side in the league.
Mitrovic (7.0). Another goal in GW6 netted Mitrovic his 5th of the season making him joint top scorer along with Hazard (the goal also wiped out my Foster clean sheet!). The Serb is getting hard to ignore, although [eve, ARS] in his next two aren’t the easiest fixtures. Not to say he won’t score in those fixtures, as neither team is brilliant at the back. I’ll likely look to bring him in on my WC for fixtures of [car, BOU, hud] GW9-11.
Vardy (8.9). Vardy shot his way into our thinking with a goal and assist for 11pts in Leicester’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield. Leicester have exceptionally good fixtures over the next 9GWs, only playing one of the top 6 in Arsenal. The only question for me would be, do I want to double up on Leicester with Maddisson and Vardy.
Differential of the Week
Each week I will identify a player with under 10% ownership who offers a good mid to long term option to boost your team up the rankings.
The last two differentials of the week, D.Silva (GW5) and Maddisson (GW6) have rewarded their owners with immediate returns of 11 and 8 pts respectively. This week I’m going back to City for the 3.3% owned Sterling who faces [BHA, liv, BUR] in his next 3GWs. For those looking at downgrading Salah, Sterling (11.0) has recorded attacking returns in 4 out of the 5GWs he’s played, and looks to be a firm favourite of Pep’s. There is always the nagging concern of rotation, but Sterling was rested mid week in the league cup, so will hopefully start against Brighton.
I was all set on doing Salah and Ings out for Richarlison and Kane this week for a -4. However with the news that Eriksen and Ali are out injured I think Spurs may lack the creative spark to score too many against a Huddersfield side who are very likely going to park the proverbial bus. As such I think I’ll hang tight and save the transfer. I still like the idea of having Kane captain at home to Cardiff in GW8, and I’ll probably want to get Hazard in against Saints due to his high ownership, so having 2FTs for GW8 is probably advisable.