It’s Friday morning in the U.S. and as of now, my fantasy lineup continues unchanged, as I have not used my FT for the upcoming game week. This after 534k managers have opted to bring Kun Aguero in bless him with the captain’s armband after a hat trick against Watford last week. Honestly, it’s been a fleeting thought to follow the herd, but I am against turning on Kane. Sure, he has returned in only 1 of the first 5 game weeks, but the underlying numbers are just to strong. So for now, I will continue to keep him in my starting XI and most likely give him the armband…again!
TRADITIONAL FPL STARTING XI
Continuing up front, with Kane a mainstay in my attack, the forward line is unchanged, with Firmino and Jesus rounding out my front three. The option for the FT, which I have been considering is bringing in Jamie Vardy for Robert Firmino. Missing Sadio Mane, as meant that Firmino was playing out wide and at times deeper to help create. Liverpool face Leicester this weekend and Vardy was a “super sub” for me last in, when Lukaku was failing to score on the road.
This week it could be Super Jamie to the rescue again, as he has posted some good numbers against Liverpool the past few seasons. Since 2016, in three games against ‘Pool Vardy has netted 5 times! Indications are strong he could continue this trend, as 4 of 5 goals were home fixtures. If his services are required, he would earn the captain’s armband without hesitation. Kane has continued to be a frustrating selection. At 10.8 % TSB, Vardy could be considered a differential to forwards that include Kane, Lukaku and Aguero.
The midfielder continue to feature Christian Eriksen and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Eriksen tasted his second no return weekend, last week, as Swansea frustrated Spurs, but he’s still the midfielder in form when compared to Alli. With Paul Pogba still sidelined due to injury, Mkhitaryan should feature as the attacking midfielder. He posted 9 points last week on 1 goal/1 assist. Against So’ton, I expect Man United to score early, then sit back and put the Saints away late, which has been a reoccurring theme this season.
After last weekend’s wild card activation, I look to build on a strong #5mandefence built around Alonso, Kolasinac and Davies. Many mangers lost out on Davies last week after his 14 point haul in GW4, as he failed to play last weekend. Against West Ham, he could see returns from both ends of the pitch. Speaking of West Ham, I was glad to welcome back Aaron Cresswell to the fold, as he was mainstay in my defense in 2015/2016 and 2014/2015. Tough fixture against Spurs, so something will have to give. Finally, the only hold over not to be given the axe, Phil Jones. United should have no problem defensively against So’ton, who can’t seem to muster a goal.
Between the pipes, I lost points last week after bring Lukasz Fabianski in, but no one could have predicted him to outperform Rob Elliot or Ben Foster, who I dropped. This week I turn to the Swansea stopper again, home to Watford.
FPL DRAFT STARTING XI
Unlike the traditional team, the draft team has continually undergone change since GW1, averaging 4 transactions a week! This week I look to maintain a similar strategy, running a 5-3-2 formation out, with 4 City players in the starting XI. For the week I brought in Matt Ritchie and John Stones to strengthen the 15-man squad.
Defensively, I could be set up for 5 clean sheets between Azpilicueta, Alderweireld, Lascelles and the City duo of Stones and Mendy. How these guys were still available was beyond me. Ederson gets the call in goal over Fabianski, which means I could be out a few bonus or save points, but City has the better chance at a CS.
Starting in the midfield, Alli and Coutinho, along with new boy Ritchie. Newcastle faces Brighton and Ritchie has been a hot commodity the past few weeks, so his prospects look promising. Pedro and Jese fill the bench.
Up front, I lucked out with Aguero, captializing on his big points hail last week. This week Joselu is introducded in favor of Hernandez. Much like Kane, Joslu tops that “goal imminent” table. hopefully this is the week he adds to his tally.
The 15-man squad is coming together nicely, but need a big haul in order to climb the table in front of me. While I don’t want to look ahead too far, I am already planning moves for next week.