Punt of the Week - Gameweek 2 - Rickie Lambert


Punt of the Week is our weekly article that puts forward a player with potential for big points but also represents an element of risk. Players who aren’t obvious picks.

The FPL Dugout team will take it in turns each week to choose their player, and put forward their reasons here. I’m second up and my name is Sleno!

Let’s be clear, here is Aaron’s quote from last week talking about me: “I’m looking to put some early pressure on him with a triumphant first punt!”

Well let’s just say he did pretty darn well with Mladen Petric last week! But don’t worry, it’s not him again, because Man Utd away … No thank you!

This week I’m going for Southampton’s top striker, Rickie Lambert, valued at 6.0 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

Let me be very clear, I knew I had Gameweek 2 a few weeks ago, I looked at the fixtures and I had a good think about who I wanted to punt for!

I wanted to punt on Michu. However due to his little fireworks last week I feel like if you don’t know about him yet then there is no hope! And I wanted into the light someone that I feel is going under the radar.

Now to say it was surprising that Lambert started on the bench for their first game of the season would be an understatement. But there is no question when he came on he was a game changer, and his goal just ooosed class.

Last year Lambert was on fire and I think his goal against Man City was a little glimpse of what is to come … 27 goals and 14 assists last year don’t you forget!

The potential

There is no easy game in the Premier League, but Wigan at home has to be one of the most appealing!

Now you might not think that Man Utd at home the week after isn’t a great fixture, but remember they are playing Carrick at center-back and Southampton love to score at home!

After a tricky game at Arsenal, games against Villa, Everton, Fulham and West Ham have a fair amount of appeal.

Lambert’s game time looks secure after his goal and I really have no clue why he didn’t start – I wonder if he had a little niggle, but let’s be clear he is the number one striker on their books.

Southampton’s display at Man City showed the watching world that they aren’t here just to make up the numbers, and have goals in them to boot! So now might not be the worst time to invest in a little cheap Southampton player action!

The risk

The risk is this … will Lambert score more than Danny Graham, Mladen Petric or Ricardo Vaz Te. And I make it clear, he will score, but more?

Of course penalties help his cause, but he will score from open play regular enough! Then if he doesn’t score, well he might just assist for you!

But of course it is Southampton, a promoted team, so it’s always going to be a gamble to go with one of their players, but the beauty of their players is they won’t cost you an arm and a leg and give you room to fit in maybe one more “all star”.

The final word

Southampton score a lot of goals at home, 49 to be exact last year, and the way they set their team up this year, maybe it won’t be 49, but they could well be the new Swansea or Blackpool of the last couple of seasons!

So if you’re looking for someone that is going under the rador, has an eye for goals, takes the old pens and is about to score big then why not consider Rickie Lambert!