Action-filled weekdays sparked some life as we entered the new year, with this one featuring a double gameweek as London clubs West Ham and Spurs had two fixtures each. Let’s look at some talking points from an entertaining first gameweek of 2018.
1) The silent assassin
Having amassed 126 points yet having an ownership of below of 10%, Riyad Mahrez has turned out to be a fantasy gem this season. The ones who had him were in for a joyride, as he collected 14 points against Huddersfield this week, scoring and assisting another. Everytime Leicester City score, Mahrez seems to be involved, as his underestimation comes as a surprise to us. A wonderful asset for his team and FPL, he is one to seriously consider!
2) Manchester clubs rediscover mojo
The previous gameweek saw both Manchester clubs falter as stalemates against Southampton and Crystal Palace hampered their progress up the table. But this week, both of them were back to their best as they were involved in comfortable victories – United winning 2-0 away at Everton while City emerged 3-1 victorious against Watford at home. Top FPL picks – the likes of Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and surprise inclusion Kevin De Bruyne – all fetched points to make their owners happy.
Sergio Aguero has scored more goals (100) in the Premier League since the start of 2013/14 than any other player. Century. 💯
3) Hazard and Alonso resume normal service for Chelsea
After an uneventful gameweek 21 which saw Eden Hazard rested, this week brought relief to FPL managers as both the Belgian and Marcos Alonso justified their expensive price tags as the duo hit the back of the net in a 2-2 draw versus the Gunners at the Emirates. Eden Hazard won a penalty, which he took and scored himself, to bring Chelsea back on level terms. A few minutes later, Marcos Alonso showed striker’s instinct as a slick finish put Chelsea in front. With 5 easy fixtures coming up, 4 of them rated 2 on the FDR, these 2 are ones to keep an eye on.
4) Midfield on top, Kane stays a flop
Spurs playing double gameweek made plenty of managers bring in a number of their attacking players. Son, Alli, Eriksen and of course star striker Kane were brought in by several FPL owners. While almost 1.3 million managers captained Kane, plenty of them also trusted him with his triple captaincy chip. While the ones who invested their ownership and captaincy in the 3 midfielders gained fruitful results, the Kane owners were left to rue their luck as he contributed to nothing in the second game while playing only 22 minutes in the first one. He collected just 3 points in total, whereas Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen collected 12, 10 and 8 points respectively.
Harry Kane blanks! So many wasted #FPL Chips #TOTWHU https://t.co/Wjx9zdJh25
5) West Ham investments prove to be underwhelming
The second club involved in the double gameweek – West Ham United – disappointed on the whole as points were quite spread out throughout their entire team with no player standing out. Investment in mid-price West Ham players failed to pay dividends as last night brought an end to a very underwhelming gameweek. Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll all contributed attacking points over the course of the Double Gameweek with only the burly Englishman hitting the double-digit mark. With a decent upcoming fixture list, it might be wise to hold on to our West Ham assets in the shorter term.
SCOUT: Bad news for the 368,000+ #FPL managers who signed Arnautovic for West Ham’s 2 matches. He misses out through injury & ends #DGW22 on 5 points #TOTWHU