Fantasy Premier League: Picks & Tips for Gameweek 9
Gameweek 9 of the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is just around the corner following the second international break, and KingFut’s pundits are back to review the previous nightmare of a Gameweek, while identifying some key players for your squads ahead of this weekend‘s fixtures.
Another international break has come and gone, and although we’d love to forget Gameweek 8 as much as anyone else, there were still a number of interesting targets which caught our pundits’ eyes. Mohamed Korain (@MKorain) has finally played his wildcard, while Omar Khairallah (@khairallax) and @FPLMad look to quickly bounce back following the disappointing GW8. As always, our pundits will help analyze some captain choices, differentials and players to keep an eye out for in Gameweek 9.
Gameweek 8 Review:
Mohamed Korain (@MKorain): Another week of Premier League action, another horrible FPL Gameweek score. Just 43 points for me this Gameweek after following my gut to captain Kane against Brighton has brought me another red arrow. It was inevitable to activate my wildcard during this international break. Tinkering with the team those two weeks are very frustrating but I have to decide whether I am team Aubameyang or Sterling as soon as possible.
Omar Khairallah (@khairallax): An absolutely terrible GW. I scored 37 points with only Pope, Lundstram and Ayew coming off my bench to score some points. I expect lots of managers will be wildcarding throughout the international break so players may start drifting away from the template teams.
FPL Mad (@FPLMad): Oh this season is so tricky! Two 35ish scores in a row now and I think I need to change my game up a little. Sitting at a season low of 1.3m overall, I’m now at a position that I love to be in and usually excel at: risk, risk, risk!
Gameweek 9 Preview:
Mohamed: Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) – The Leicester hitman is in good form, possibly too good to ignore. Already on five goals this season and with incredible fixtures in the horizon. He has to be included in your transfer plans.
Omar: Ricardo Pereira (£6.2m) – I regret letting go of him when I wildcarded as the man is on hot form, and with Leicester’s fixtures he should be in your team.
FPL Mad: James Maddison (£7.2m) – He just looks like a young David Beckham in the making and I have to pick him for this category. With two goals in his last two appearances, he’s catching a lot of eyes. Also, with the upcoming great run of fixtures, what’s no to like?
Mohamed: Teemu Pukki (£7.1m) – The Finnish striker is not finishing well these days in the Premier League with Norwich City. Since the victory over champions Manchester City in GW5, Pukki’s goal involvement has been zero. I shipped him out of my team till he regains his form.
Omar: Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.4m) – With the upcoming clutter of games you don’t want players who are very vulnerable to rotation, especially with the Pep roulette.
Mad: Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) – About time Salah’s in this category. The Egyptian star hasn’t been convincing at all apart from that Arsenal game in GW3. Understandably, people are selling the Egyptian. I’m thinking about it too; with only 5 pts average in his last 5, the price tag doesn’t justify owning the former FPL ‘must-have’.
Mohamed: Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) – Anwar El Ghazi has begun to retain his form of last year. Having already re-gained his starting spot over Jota, he recorded two assists against Norwich. If he continues to deliver, he will be great value for £5.5m.
Omar: Adama Traoré (£5.0m) – With less than 2% ownership, good fixtures, and playing as an OOP forward, you should definitely keep an eye on Traoré.
Mad: Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) – You could argue Bellerin as well. However, Tierney looks closer to get into that XI starting this weekend with an away trip to Sheffield United. He’s been heavily hyped; one for the watch list definitely.
Mohamed: Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) – Arsenal’s run of fixtures is among the easiest till mid-December. Aubameyang is the obvious choice from the Gunners of course, but if Lacazette is back to his best after his return from injury, he can prove to be a huge differential.
Omar: Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.9m) – 1.3% ownership, hot form, and good fixtures in a very attacking Chelsea side. Get on him!
Mad: Raul Jimenez (7.1m) – I usually try to pick a less than 5% owned player but I had to tip this guy this week. His price has dropped a huge 0.4 since the start of the season because of Wolves’ dip in form mainly due to the Europa League. However, they’re starting to get the hang of it and they absolutely smashed it last Gameweek against City at the Etihad. With favourable fixture until GW16, I can see him becoming a must-have in a couple of weeks’ time.
Mohamed: Harry Kane (£10.9m) – Kane against Watford at home cannot be ignored, right? I know Tottenham’s form is terrible but this game has to be make or break for Tottenham. I think if you have a Spurs assets just hold on for this one game at least. Another obvious captain of course are Abraham and Sterling for me.
Omar: Tammy Abraham (£7.7m) – I expect him to be the most captained player this week and with players drifting away from template teams you might want to play it safe this GW.
Mad: Callum Wilson (£7.9m) – Wilson has only blanked once this season and he faces a super leaky Norwich at home this week. A great captaincy option indeed which a lot of people will overlook for the likes of Aguero, Sterling and Aubameyang. I’m most probably going for him as a differential captain.
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