Peyman Picks: Gameweek 5

The highlight of this weekend’s games will undoubtedly be the Manchester derby, but from an FPL perspective, investing in players in a top four match-up could prove costly. Liverpool v. Man Utd only saw one goal and before that Man Utd hosted Chelsea at Old Trafford for a goalless draw – not quite the fantasy thrillers. After perusing the fixtures, the matches that immediately catch my eye are Liverpool v. Southampton, Newcastle v. Hull City and Arsenal v. Stoke. All home teams have favorable fixtures with three of the hottest players in the game looking to continue to add to their point tallies.

  • Who’s hot and “in-form?”

    One tool that I like to use frequently is the statistics tab located on the far right when logged in. You can sort players by virtually any statistic out there, but the one that I tend to use the most and find most beneficial is the ‘form’ option. This will sort the current most in form players at the moment, making your job as manager that much easier when it comes time for your weekly team selection or captain decision.

  • Strikers:
    Giroud
    Sturridge
    Campbell
    Benteke

  • Midfielders:
    Ben Arfa
    Ramsey
    Eriksen
    Ozil

  • Defenders:
    Baines/Distin/Jagielka
    Fonte
    Shawcross
    Enrique
    Zabaleta


  • Who to watch this week

    Spurs midfielders: Most notably, Eriksen and Sigurdsson. It all depends on how AVB will rotate and who will make-up his starting midfield, which makes it a risk considering the options at his disposal and their congested fixture schedule (something he has already brought to our attention). The Dane (Eriksen) had a fine debut, assisting on a goal and having a hand in another while providing a clean and effective creative spark in the attacking third of the pitch. He followed up by notching a goal last night during their Europa League opener. Sigurdsson reminded us of his eye for goal by grabbing a brace last weekend out and if he continues to remain in favor on the left flank, can prove to be a nice cut-price option in midfield.

    Sessegnon: His new manager already emphasized how important his contribution could prove for the Baggies this season as he looks to kick-start his campaign with a home debut against his former club. I would be very surprised if he didn’t at least have a hand in a goal or two this weekend.

    Lukaku: Looking to make his debut in another blue shirt after having to sit out against his parent club last weekend, the young Belgian is out to prove a point and I doubt it will be long before he begins where he left off last season, on the score sheet. Roberto Martinez’s patient yet full-flowing and attacking style of football might suite Lukaku, provided that he should get a lot of chances up front.

    Frazier Campbell: Having failed to score in his last two matches, but already having accumulated two goals and an assist in four appearances, he will look to be among the goals again as Cardiff host a tough Spurs side in what looks to be a great match up.

    Berbatov: Having been so close to scoring last week, only to have two goals called back due to offside, the silky smooth striker will be itching to open his account in the West London derby – provided he can shake off a tight hamstring.

  • ‘Peyman’s Picks’ of the week:

  • GK: Myhill
    Def: Toure, Coloccini, Gibbs
    MF: Michu, Ben Arfa, Eriksen, Ozil
    ST: Giroud(VC), Sturridge (C), Benteke

    Bench/Alt. options: Walcott, Nolan, Coleman, Ivanovic.

  • Other recommended #FPL resource sites:

    www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk – Official partner of the Barclay’s Premier League for a good reason; the game’s best resource for everything fantasy football related with weekly in depth articles, team news, squad selection projections, captain polls, fixture difficulty, forum discussion and even a weekly podcast!

    www.totalfpl.com – Great for getting ahead of the price changes and also an alternative perspective on weekly team selections.

    Good luck and until next week, ‘Live, Breathe’ fantasy Premier League!

    Follow me on Twitter: @RedOranjePey

    Peyman Picks: Gameweek 4

    Now that the international break is finally over and the seemingly endless transfer window has slammed shut, we’re back and ready for game week 4 feeling as though the season has begun all over again. Teams are now finally beginning to settle with managers looking to establish their starting 11 after such a hectic summer period. With a number of fantasy players having taken advantage of the international break and close of the transfer window to play their wildcards and shake up their teams, this game week has the potential for some big scoring separation. There’s no need to be hasty as managers are tentatively working their new signings into their squads gradually and tactically. But be sure to keep an eye out for some of the highlights that could make way sooner than later and help shape and transform the season early on.

  • Price changes

  • On the rise: Giroud (ARS), Ben Arfa (NEW), Dawson (TOT), Ward-Prowse (SOU)

    Free falling: Dzeko (MANC), Defoe (TOT), Schneiderlin (SOU), McAuley (WBM)

    Notable Injuries: Podolski (Arsenal), N’Zogbia (Aston Villa), Bent (Fulham), Silva, Clichy, Kompany (Man City), da Silva (Man Utd), Foster (West Brom), Carroll (West Ham)

  • Who’s on the Radar?

  • Mesut Ozil (£10M) – The highlight transfer of the summer window, he’s definitely not one to be overlooked. Due to a reported illness, he did not train Friday, but could still make a cameo appearance off the bench. Those itching to throw him into their squads immediately might want to hold off a week or two until he cements his starting role and is playing a full 90 mins.

  • Romelu Lukaku (£7.4M) – Unavailable to play against his parent club Chelsea this week, Lukaku is out with a point to prove to Mourinho after failing to impress his new manager with another loan move away from Stamford Bridge in successive seasons. Once available, it will be interesting to see if he can spear-head Everton’s attack and propel them forward in the same impressive way he did for West Brom last season.

  • Stephane Sessegnon (£6.8M) – With a recent move to West Brom he looks certain to be the focal point of Steve Clarke’s attack up front playing in his preferred “in the hole position while looking to add some creative spark and flair for Anelka and co. Priced at only £6.8M, he looks a bargain and a great differential option.

  • Christian Eriksen (£8.0M) – Ajax new boy will be looking to establish himself as one of AVB’s starting midfield options in attack. His versatility allows him to be effective playing either out wide or centrally, which will only strengthen his chances of considerable play time. His position will likely depend on the manager’s formation selection of either a 4-3-3 (wide-left) or a 4-2-3-1 (central, “in the hole”). He is a proven playmaker and has the ability to find the back of the net, so at his price he could be a fantasy favorite as the season progresses.

  • Willian (£8.5) – With Mata looking to have fallen out of favor and not necessarily fitting the style of play or game plan of ‘The Happy One,’ it remains to be seen if the Brazilian will earn a starting place in Mourinho’s 11. If he does, then he could be a great buy at his price and role just behind the striker.
    Rooney (£10.5) – We all know about his importance and what he can do for Man Utd. and it looks as though it’s all set up for him to prove his worth and make a point in a pivotal season for his club, for now. He is the type of player who needs to be challenged and providing he stays fit, can be a cheaper alternative capable of boasting numbers on par with his Dutch compatriot.

  • Peyman’s Picks of the week:

    GK: DeGea
    Def: Hangeland, Vertonghen, Ward-Prowse
    MF: Michu, Ben Arfa, Cazorla, Hazard
    ST: RVP (C), Benteke (VC), Soldado

    Bench/Alt. options: McGregor, Evra, Paulinho, Lambert, Giroud, Berbatov

  • Other recommended #FPL resource sites:

    www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk – Official partner of the Barclay’s Premier League for a good reason; the game’s best resource for everything fantasy football related with weekly in depth articles, team news, squad selection projections, captain polls, fixture difficulty, forum discussion and even a weekly podcast!

    www.totalfpl.com – Great for getting ahead of the price changes and also an alternative perspective on weekly team selections.

    Good luck and until next week, ‘Live, Breathe’ fantasy Premier League!

    - Peyman.

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