Thank goodness the international break is over.
If you managed to escape with a healthy fantasy Premier League (FPL) team or if you managed to avoid watching the Slovenia versus England match, congratulations! That is about as good a lay off as you could hope for.
For those that were heinously bored with the dull international period, do not fret! The Premier League is back so let’s help you select players to add or drop from your fantasy teams as we head into match week eight.
Andros Townsend – Midfielder, Crystal Palace, 6.3
Let’s lead off with a Crystal Palace player! Townsend is currently leading the league in successful crosses (13) yet only has one assist? Yeah, that’s going to balance out soon. Add his ownership (3.9%), Christian Benteke (three goals in five starts) and West Ham’s defence (worst in the league) to the equation and you get a serious break out candidate.
Jermain Defoe – Forward, Sunderland, 7.2
We know that Defoe is just a goal gamble but, at just 7.2, he’s worth it to me. His four goals are just two off the league lead and he’s doing it with his lowest shot accuracy percentage in years (54%)! If you average the defensive rankings of their next five opponents it would come in at a whopping 15.2 … out of 20. Buy now.
Liverpool currently have the second best attack in the league and I do not see that changing anytime soon. Short term, this Manchester United defence has failed to keep a clean sheet since Chris Smalling returned to the side. Long term, after this week, Liverpool will face just three top ten defences before Christmas. As I mentioned last week, I don’t care which Liverpool midfielder you like most, just pick someone and roll with him for months.
Patrick van Aanholt – Defender, Sunderland, 5.0
It’s tough to own a Sunderland defender considering how awful they have been, but now that he’s fit, van Aanholt is at least worth a look. His attacking ability keeps him relevant as he led all defenders in goals scored last season (6) and already has two in this young season. Defensively he is little more than a clean sheet gamble, but maybe the odds are a little better at the moment as Sunderland will face just one top ten attack in their next five matches.
Hugo Lloris – Goalkeeper, Tottenham Hotspur, 5.4
I mentioned Lloris as a player to buy when he returned from injury and boy has he delivered! He is averaging about six points per game since his return including a spectacular six save performance against Manchester City’s league leading attack. He sits behind the strongest defence in the Premier League and that, despite the cost, makes him worth an add for me.
Jamie Vardy – Forward, Leicester City, 9.8
Things are not looking great for Vardy at the moment. He is the most expensive Leicester forward, but not the best one with new man Islam Slimani both the better player and the better fit. Even if Vardy was at peak form I would avoid him for the next month as Leicester face four consecutive top ten defences. Time to start looking for this year’s big thing instead of holding on to last year’s.
Romelu Lukaku – Forward, Everton, 9.4
As if I was going to pass up an opportunity to sell Lukaku. He’s fighting a thigh injury he picked up on international duty, faces a top five defence this week, and is arguably the most frustrating FPL player I have ever seen! You can hold onto him if you want, but I’m done with him. Again.
Marcus Rashford – Forward, Manchester United, 6.9
Listen, I love the Rashford narrative as much as the next guy, I just do not think he will keep getting the minutes. Jose Mourinho has been able to avoid this decision due to injuries and lack of form but how long can he keep Martial and Mkhitaryan on the bench? At almost 10% ownership it seems many are willing to live with the possibility of him losing his spot. I, however, am not.
Gareth McAuley – Defender, West Bromwich Albion, 4.8
This guy is 25% owned? Seriously?! West Brom have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four matches and their next three matches are all against top five attacks. Are you holding onto him for his goal scoring ability? His one goal this season matches his total from the last two seasons. If you are reading this and still own McAuley … stop it.
David de Gea – Goalkeeper, Manchester United, 5.5
I have mentioned to drop him in previous iterations of this article, and that was when he was performing well! Now Manchester United have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four matches and I would be stunned if they manage it against Liverpool’s attack. In case you did not listen last time, it’s time to sell de Gea.
TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – TOP TEN
|Rank||Team & Manager||Round Score||Total Points|
|1||ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge||61||420|
|2||himanshu_utd – HIMANSHU SAJWAN||72||402|
|3||Glen’s Eagles – Glen Samuel||34||390|
|4||Cabayern Palace – Trevor Lewer||53||388|
|5||Soper’s No Hopers – Mike Soper||54||387|
|6||Red n Blue Stratford – Andrew Cochrane||41||382|
|7||For Fuchs Ake – Declan Wood||36||380|
|7||Regals Eagles – Jonathan Miles||37||380|
|9||Dynamo Dan Dan – Daniel Bright||49||378|
|10||Yohan Kebab – Fletcher Law||51||376|