Star Player and Punt - Gameweek 17 – Villa Simon v Johnny Walker

Two goals from Tom’s GW16 picks just wasn’t enough as Villa Simon edged him out 16-13 to set up a south coast challenge between Weymouth and Portsmouth. Both have chosen a Star player (free choice) and Punt (under 4% ownership).

Again our challenger needs no introduction and is one that can remember football before the Premiership, ahh happy days…

I’m John “Johnny” Walker or JW for short. Being from the south coast of England, I am a fan of Havant and Waterlooville FC and Pompey. My team, Lavant Loonies, have been partaking in the FPL since 2007 with a highest finish of 18k and a lowest last season of 448k. I have been an active member of FPL Dugout for the last 3 or so years and started joining cup competitions about 18 months ago, but I am still awaiting my first win. In last season’s Champions League I had the enviable record of played 6, won 0, drawn 0, lost 6, so I am probably the team that most ‘Dugouters’ hope to draw in competitions.

Villa Simon’s Star Player – Yaya Toure

So then, this week it’s time for Yaya to step up. City have a tasty looking home banker against Neil Warnock’s Eagles.

City have injuries to their strikers but If Yaya plays in the hole behind, he is more likely to get on the end of things, that’s if Fat Frank doesn’t get there first. He should still be on pens, and most free kicks in and around the box.

He has only got the 4 league goals this season but 2 in his last 2 home games. In the long term Yaya owners will be shipping him out due to Yaya being one yellow away from a ban and also the ACON on the horizon. (That’s me trying to play mind games here and trying to dissuade people not to buy, to keep him as a differential for me with only 11% ownership at time of writing this).

Johnny’s Star Player – Robin van Persie

I had hoped to choose Yaya as my star player but Simon wisely chose him ahead of me so I am going for RVP. A couple of seasons ago van Persie was sensational and became the ‘must have’ player in every team. Even in the under performing Moyes United team, RVP still managed to bang in goals and score highly for those who kept faith with him, but at the beginning of this season his gilt edge appeared to be tarnishing.

For the first time in yonks his FPL price dropped and he looked spent. However, in the last 4 weeks he appears to have rediscovered some of his magic and has started to score for the old faithful and the ‘born again’ van Persie-ists. Despite a recent improvement in the Aston Villa defence, I believe RVP will leave Villa Park on Saturday with a couple more goals to his season’s tally.

Johnny’s Punt – Samir Nasri

Nasri was an easy choice for me this week for three reasons:

a) Man City have what appears to be an easy fixture at home.

b) Man City have no fit strikers so might have to rely on midfielders pushing forward.

c) Nasri has put in some very impressive displays for Man City in the last 4 weeks both in the Premier League and in Europe.

I’m amazed that only 2.3% of teams have Samir Nasri and expect that figure to rise rapidly in the next couple of weeks.

Villa Simon’s Punt – Andy Carroll

Big Andy Carroll is my punt this week. Hammers are in good form and home to the Foxes. Last time out at the Boleyn, the Hammers beat Swansea with Big Andy the star of the show, netting 2, assisting 1 and raging havoc on their defence.

I feel he could do the same to a leaky Leicester back 4 with his trusty sidekick Kevin Nolan, at time of writing less than 2% ownership.