Star Player and Punt - Gameweek 9 - Luke v Kevo
We kick off our Star Player and Punt series, with Luke going into battle against Kevo. Both Luke and Kevo have chosen a Star player (free choice) and Punt (under 4% ownership), with the winner taking on the next challenger in Gameweek 10.
Luke’s Star Player – Sergio Aguero
Just when everyone thought that no one could rival Diego Costa, there goes Sergio Aguero with 4 goals and 19 points! A real differential if you were one to captain Aguero last weekend.
It may seem to be an easy pick to suggest Aguero, but he is really a super pick as only twice this season has he failed to score, and one of those games was against Chelsea. Aguero showed against Tottenham last weekend why he is quite unstoppable, if he keeps his form and fitness then he will be right up there with the best players in the world.
Of course there is a risk that his hamstring injury could return, but with the form he is in that is a risk that I and a lot of other fantasy managers are willing to take. If it’s a choice between Aguero and Costa, which is a dilemma for a lot of fantasy managers, then I would choose Aguero as he is on penalties and Costa is not.
Next up is West Ham, and even though that won’t be an easy game for Aguero, with the form he is in you would think he will be among the points again this weekend. Last weekend saw Aguero have 12 attempts at goal within the box, with 9 on target, surely this will be another good weekend for us Aguero owners!
Kevo’s Star Player – Graziano Pelle
With Diego Costa looking likely to miss another Gameweek through injury, I’ve opted for the Saints striker, Graziano Pelle, as my Star Player.
The Italian has scored 5 goals in 4 home starts, totaling an impressive 6 goals and 2 assists in his first 8 games in the Premier League. Consider this coupled with the winning goal on his international debut then it’s no surprise Pelle is the second highest points scorer in the game, and is owned by 22% of teams.
Saints welcome Stoke City to St Mary’s this weekend, a team that in their last two away games shipped 3 at Sunderland and 2 at QPR, so given this I believe Pelle will add to his already notable home form, and my advice would be if you haven’t got him already get him in as soon as you can.
Luke’s Punt – Willian
This is a risk but if it wasn’t then it wouldn’t be called a punt!
I hear you all asking why are you punting someone in who might not play? Well here are 2 good reasons, he should play as he always plays in the big games, the only big game he didn’t play in this season was against Arsenal but as Kevo would say that’s an easy game for Chelsea! The second reason is because Schurrle is still an injury doubt.
Willian has 1 goal and 2 assists this season in 305 minutes but with him facing a shaky Manchester United defence, he could get more points especially as he and Chelsea are very good on the counter attack. He is owned by only 0.4% of managers, another good reason for picking Willian is that he played well in Chelsea’s recent Champions League win so he’ll be going into this game with bags of confidence.
Kevo’s Punt – Bobby Soldado
I know, I know we’ve been here before but this time I really do believe he’ll come good.
I’m a bit discombobulated as I opted for him last time out and he’d didn’t play, however at 0.9% ownership I do believe he’s a good option and he’s sure to come good soon……isn’t he?
OK he missed a penalty last week against Manchester City but anyone that saw the full 90 minutes saw a lively Bobby Soldado in his first start of the season. He assisted Eriksen for the Spurs goal and caused the City centre-backs problems all game until the red card killed Spurs off.
Soldado is under so much pressure to prove his worth, not only to justify his £26m transfer fee, but also for my sake here on FPL Dugout where he’s known as Loldado and Penaldo (shame on you, you know who you are). So a home game against a struggling Newcastle team that have shipped 7 goals in their last 3 away games could be the fixture that kick starts Soldado’s Tottenham career.
You could go with my advice or you could choose to ignore it, after all I’m the guy that a few seasons ago started off with 3 Spurs players: Gomes, Bentley and Pavlyuchenko (yes honestly I did).