Gameweek 27 has gone by and it was quite a ride. With a few major upsets and one or two expected high scoring matches, Fantasy Premier League Managers had a topsy-turvy week. Looking back in hindsight there were quite a few results that taught us a few things.
As the saying goes, Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. So let’s take a look at what we learnt from Gameweek 27 and what we can do differently going forward.
1. Owning the Liverpool Front Two is almost essential
Liverpool has been one team that has really paid off for Fantasy Premier League Managers, mostly due to Mo Salah. One player whose contribution to the team has gone under the radar is Roberto Firmino. Salah and Firmino have really picked up their game for the team, and both of them have been consistent while getting in points.
Salah is the player with the most number of recorded points in this Premier League season while Firmino also makes the cut into the Dream Team. This week alone, each had a goal and an assist to their names after their match with Southampton.
Besides being phenomenal, having players from Liverpool seems like a good idea at the moment, with them being one of the only teams to surely not blanking in Gameweek 31, having been knocked out of the FA Cup.
2. The Sergio Aguero conundrum
Aguero has been a bit of an unstable quantity this season. While there is no doubt that he is a sure source of points, the initial switching between him and Jesus made some managers not go for him as a choice for their clubs.
After an amazingly big haul this week, with four goals, Aguero looks like a must-have. The question about what to do with him does not go away because of this, however. His big goal hauls may not be enough grounds for him to be brought into the team for two reasons.
One is that City may be facing a couple of blanks, with them not playing until March. Their game in Gameweek 28, already postponed due to the Carbonaro Cup, may suffer another postponement after their FA Cup Draw. This along with the unsure Gameweek 31 makes having too many City players an iffy choice for now.
The other reason is that Jesus is slated to make a comeback to the City team in the next two weeks. If he does, Aguero may see himself on the bench for League games, if he is reserved for Cup games instead, by Guardiola.
Sergio Aguero in 2018: Watford: ⚽️ Burnley: ⚽️⚽️ Bristol City: ⚽️ Liverpool: 🅰️ Newcastle: ⚽️⚽️⚽️ Bristol City: ⚽️ Cardiff: ❌ West Brom: ⚽️ Burnley: ❌ Leicester: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ FC Basel: ⚽️🅰️ 👕 11 appearances ⚽️ 14 goals 🅰️ 2 assists
3. The Chelsea Verdict
The Chelsea Defensive Line has seen quite some switching around in recent Gameweeks. With Alonso’s injury, and the switching between Rudiger, Cahill, Luiz and Christensen, Conte has a number of options in front of him, and he has been giving all of them a chance.
Two of the only players to not be switched around quite as regularly? Azpilicueta and Moses. Azpilicueta has been consistent and Moses has also not missed too many games. Having either or both of these defenders in the team may be a good idea, especially after their big point hauls in the last match, with 8 and 12 points respectively. However, watch out for their punishing fixture list.
4. The return of the full-backs
The full-backs have been disappearing from our teams in recent weeks after the initial spurt of good performances. They did not deliver enough points and were not consistent in their performances. This seems to be a problem of the past at the moment, after some brilliant performances this Gameweek.
Cresswell, Moses, Naughton and Davies have all gotten big hauls, at 11, 11, and 12 points respectively. This is not a one and done situation either, as this trend has developed over the last few weeks. Maybe one to keep an eye on.
Big win! Great character from the lads 💯 nice to get another goal too ⚽️😀 #CFC
5. West Ham’s returning Mojo
West Ham seems to have found some of the form that they so obviously lacked earlier on in the season. While they are not a stable team by any means, their attacking form has improved considerably. In the last four matches that they were actually a part of, Chicharito and Arnautovic are making waves for The Hammers. This week saw them see off Watford with a 2-0 victory, with one goal each shared by Chicharito and Arnautovic. The two are doing their part to get their team back on track and it may be wise for FPL managers to make a move now where they are concerned. The impending return of Manuel Lanzini will only add to their attacking firepower.