#MadPick: Gameweek 9
Gameweek 8 was definitely an odd one; Aguero getting a cameo off the bench with a penalty miss for a -1 score, Benteke missing a penalty and a YC for the same score, Ibrahimovic getting a single point and Stoke finally winning their first league game. It was a week for the differentials definitely though with Walcott the highest owned at 14%. I don’t think this will continue but it’s a lesson to be learned about the importance of differentials.
For those who are new with these articles, this is the second year for this series with the FPLAcademy and last year’s season review of my picks can be seen here. About my picks, the #MadPick is the first and is my top pick of a differential for the week and the second is the honorable mention, #MadHM, for the week. My picks will have to be less than 5% ownership to be qualified as differentials.
Last week, it was a good week for my MadPick, Marko Arnautovic who got 5 points from an assist and was close on a couple of occasions. I definitely think he’s a good option for the upcoming weeks still. Islam Slimani, the honorable mention, was surprisingly benched for the away fixture against Chelsea and didn’t do much off the bench scoring only a single point. I think he can still be a good option but his involvement is questionable especially with Ranieri resting the big guns for Champions league matches.
My honorable mention for the week is a player who has got on the scoresheet last week for the Hammers and showed some good form during the match. Manuel Lanzinihad a decent debut season last year scoring 6 goals and 3 assists. With the Hammers struggling since the start of the season and Lanzini struggling with some injuries, they finally seem to be catching a break with a difficult away win against the in-form Crystal Palace with Lanzini getting on the scoresheet announcing himself as a good option at £6.4 million. With his price, an ownership of 0.2% and 3 three decent fixtures ahead including Sunderland at home, Everton away and Stoke at home, he is my honorable mention for the week.
As for my top pick for the week, the #MadPick, it’s a player who has become an established FPL option over the years with 18 goals and 14 assists across his last two seasons. Gylfi Sigurdsson lead from the front for a Swansea team who took Arsenal to the limit and almost came home with a point from the Emirates last week. I think they will only get better from here and Sigurdsson will definitely have a huge role in kicking off their season. At £7.2 million, he’s definitely not cheap but I think with him playing in a more advanced role under Bradley, being on penalties, free kicks and corners, he’s without a doubt a very good mid-priced midfield option and some would argue fixture proof as well. He’s also owned by only 3.3% of FPL managers and has Watford at home, Stoke away, Manchester United at home, Everton away and Crystal Palace at home in his next 5 fixtures. He’s my MadPick for Gameweek 9.