If only there were four forward positions available to us fantasy managers…
I mean imagine if we had the riches of Lukaku, Kane, Morata and Aguero. What else would you need this season? A drinks cabinet to bask in the weekly success? Alas, the fun and over indulgent drinking every weekend just doesn’t exist and so we must settle for tameness, a squad that must contain players you wouldn’t watch even if money had shaken hands. Whether it’s the gameweek seven itch looming ever closer or just the fact that the squad meanders towards yet another late season rally, the atmosphere around the dressing is subdued, bordering frustrating. Welcome to the ATFPL picks.
Ben Foster is back as West Brom prepare to entertain a Watford side who to date have collected maximum away points and so are somewhat bucking what on paper looks a favourable fixture. Nevertheless with the Baggies two clean sheets already at the Hawthorns we back the West Midlands club to restrict Marco Silva’s stallions.
Moving into defence and we select Phil Jones despite the severe injury doubts as Manchester United host bottom of the table and without a goal to their name Crystal Palace to Old Trafford. While it’s unlikely the former Blackburn Rovers man will feature these are the type of reports that you let auto sub do their thing with. Alongside the injury prone United man is Simon Francis as Bournemouth play a vardy-less Leicester City outfit while Ben Davies and Spurs travel to surprise package Huddersfield in what will be the first true test of the Terriers Premier League credentials.
Deciding to save our transfer and carry two into the international break the same midfield four remains. Riyad Mahrez, so far a disappointment travels to the Cherries looking to break his own season’s goalscoring cherry with the Foxes’ talisman topping the shots inside the box charts from players who have yet to taste the back of the net. Here’s hoping the Moroccan gets lucky this weekend at the expense of Francis above. Elsewhere Michail Antonio is persisted with for at least one more gameweek as West Ham host Swansea while Pascal Gross has the daunting task of taking his Brighton squad to the Emirates Stadium. In the same match Aaron Ramsey will look to continue a home record of registering attacking points in 100% of matches in front of the Gunner’s faithful.
Could there be anywhere else to throw the armband at other than Romelu Lukaku this gameweek? Goals in five of six Premier League outings along with continued success in Europe combined with the Eagles landing in Manchester; we think not. This is despite our belief that Harry Kane and Spurs will educate Huddersfield in the art of ruthlessness while Gabriel Jesus will be expected the lead the line for Manchester City against Chelsea after Sergio Aguero’s “break” time antics. Seriously, you earn that amount of money and you haven’t got a private car to take you to the airport? Think of the 700,000 plus fantasy managers that transferred you in last gameweek next time on your day off please Mr Aguero. We mustn’t forget that it’s a long season ladies and gents.
This week the bench consists of the ever present Tom Carroll, Kyle Naughton and the man that is seemingly always injured.