It’s been a while between drinks for the FPL Wash-Up posts, after the International Break gave Fantasy managers a week off. GW9 kicks off tonight, but let’s firstly review GW8.
SCT Manager of the Round: Zafir Ahmed, Z-bangers: 119 points
SCT League Leader: Adam Brady, Awkward Science: 52nd overall
Despite conceding four goals to Manchester City (or Sergio Aguero to be more accurate), Hugo Lloris (£5.6m) made 8 saves, including a penalty to take him six points clear at the top of the list of shot-stoppers and with friendly fixtures in the next four for Spurs, he’s your main man if in the market for a keeper. Forster (£5.2m) has only conceded five goals in 8 games, with Southampton boasting the best defensive record in the Premier League. His fixtures are equally as kind as Lloris’ in the next four.
Only QPR have conceded more goals than Everton, but Leighton Baines (£7.1m) sits 2nd overall for defenders with his attacking returns coming thick and fast. A pair of assists helped him to 15 points last week and should be a priority if you like to spend money in defence. The Southampton back four are providing great value for investors, coming in between £5.0m and £5.5m with three in the top six for points overall.
In case you missed it, Southampton demolished Sunderland to the tune of 8-0, with Tadic (£7.7m) grabbing a goal and four assists in a GAJ-like performance through the midfield. Oscar (£8.3m) played a part in both goals for Chelsea and could be a key POD in just 3.1% of teams, playing more gametime now than in the early stages of the season. Obertan, Cork and Boyd all scored goals to defy their £4.4m price-tag.
Aguero (£12.6m) single-handedly embarrassed the Spurs defence, scoring four goals in a dominant display and proves the point that he’s the highest priced player in the game for a very good reason. Cheaper options in Pelle (£8.2m), Vargas (£6.4m) and Sakho (£5.7m) all reached double-figures with the latter making it a goal and bonus points in four consecutive games.
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