3 weeks in and it has not been the start to the Fantasy Premier Legaue we had spent all pre season envisaging! Another average FPL week of 40 points wasn’t helped by Monday night football’s goalkeeping masterclass from both Cech and Mignolet. There we were, resting our week 3 hopes on Benteke and Cazorla, only to see us pick up a paltry 5 points from the pair. Even up to the time of writing I am still unsure how Benteke didn’t notch his second of the season.
Anyway, before we carry on, here is how the team looked at the end of the week:
Not that the week started much better. We, along with many others, decided to leave Rooney in and to captain Depay, only to see Krul and Coloccini deliver inspired performances. Depay is a player we will continue to keep our faith in but we will return to Rooney in a moment.
Anyway enough of the glass half empty routine, let’s discuss the positives. We decided to bring in Mahrez after his impressive first 2 weeks and he did not disappoint. A goal and maximum bonus left him comfortably our top scoring player with 10pts. With Bournemouth, Villa, Stoke and Norwich in Leicester’s next 5 games, it would take a brave fantasy gaffer to ignore his services. A Cedric clean sheet (only 6 of the 20 teams kept one in week 3) and an overdue Hazard assist were our other reasons to smile.
So onto our week 4 team. Rather than do anything knee jerk, we decided to turn to one the Fantasy Premier Leagues elite. Come on down, Sergio Aguero!
Rooney (OUT) –> Aguero (IN)
As tempting as it has been to Wildcard or to take a 4pt hit, we decided a single transfer would suffice. Rooney has tried our patience enough and was the no brainer swap for the City striker, who has Watford, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Spurs, Newcastle and Bournemouth in his next 6.
Following his unbelievable performance at Norwich we have decided to go with Butland in goal. Home to a WBA team that have failed to score in 3 of their 4 games so far this season is good enough for us. In front of him is a back 3 of Richards (SUN), Huth (bou) and Cedric (NOR). Fixtures-wise this looks good and we would be lying if we said we weren’t quietly hoping for a cleanie or 2 from that defensive 4.
In midfield we have some big names and some big expectations. Mahrez, fresh from his double figure debut for the FPL Updates XI retains his place for the trip to Bournemouth, whilst we keep faith with Depay (SWA), Hazard (CRY) and Santi Cazorla (new). The last name in our 5 man midfield is Ayew (MUN). Granted, United are yet to concede in the league so far, but with Ayew playing out of position (in the FPL game) and his budget friendly value, he is the perfect man to complete the midfield.
Lastly, our strikeforce. 2 big names, capable of huge returns, with very favourable fixtures. Benteke (WHU) and Aguero (WAT). Our VC Benteke has settled in fantastically at Liverpool and faces a West Ham back line coming off of a horror show against Bournemouth. If he can do half the damage Callum Wilson did last week then we will be very pleased. His one goal so far came in front of his home fans and we wouldn’t bet against him repeating that this week. Last but certainly not least is the week 4 captain, Sergio Aguero. Something about giving Aguero the armband at home leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy! In his last game at the Etihad he tore the Chelsea defence apart, putting to rest any lingering question marks about his early season fitness. Watford may have 2 consecutive clean sheets, but coming up against the attacking juggernaut that is Man City, we fully expect at least a goal from our man Kun.
Good luck to all you FPL gaffers out there. Let’s start seeing some of those green arrows!
By FPL Guru