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FPL Transfer Tracker - Week 7

by Sean Sullivan
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

 

Eden Hazard had gained more than 400,000 new FPL managers, myself included, at the time of publication last week.  Hazard seemed like a no-brainer against West Ham after scoring five goals in three matches. However, the Belgian blanked as Chelsea were held to a scoreless draw by West Ham.  Hazard wasn’t the only top transfer target that disappointed though. Ryan Fraser, the second most targeted player, blanked in Bournemouth’s 4-0 defeat at Burnley. On the other hand, managers who took my advice on Aleksandar Mitrovic and James Maddison got eight points apiece.  Here is how my guys performed in Gameweek 6. 

 

 

Player

Prediction

Hit or Miss

FPL Points

Eden Hazard

Goal in GW6

Miss

2

Ryan Fraser

Assist in GW6

Miss

2

Lucas Moura

Avoid

Hit

3

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Goal in GW6

Hit

 8 

Romelu Lukaku

Avoid 

Hit

2

James Maddison

Tip of the Week

Hit

8

 

 

Before we get down to business, the reason why my column did not appear yesterday was the product of how I went about replacing Benjamin Mendy.  Rather than merely pivoting to Kieran Trippier as planned, I pulled the trigger on an extremely aggressive Wildcard.  Send me your thoughts, questions and concerns on Twitter (@Sean_Sullivan_1) 


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— Sean Sullivan (@Sean_Sullivan_1) September 28, 2018

 

 


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FPL Transfer Tracker – Gameweek 7

 

 

James Maddison (£6.8m)

 

After just a half-dozen Premier League starts, Maddison is already making quite a name for himself.  The 21-year-old has scored or assisted in each of his last three starts and currently ranking fifth amongst all FPL midfielders with 34 points. The Leicester City playmaker wasn’t a popular choice until this week though.  Maddison gained 179,000 new managers, more than any other player after he scored a picturesque free kick and returned eight points in Leicester City’s 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town. Is he a legitimate long-term option in the 7.0m – 6.5m midfielder bracket?  


Considering James Maddison for #GW7?

📈 Last Three Gameweeks 📈

⚽️⚽️ goals
⚽️ assist
2⃣1⃣ #FPL points pic.twitter.com/WP2bV6RexM

— Sean Sullivan (@Sean_Sullivan_1) September 27, 2018

Based on his body of work so far, the England Under-21 international is positively trending upward.  First things first, he has an apparent monopoly on set pieces. Maddison has taken 68.1% of his clubs’ corners, converted their lone penalty, and fired a league-best five shots from direct free kicks.  His underlying statistics have also steadily improved.  Since Gameweek 3, he’s averaging 3.6 shots and 2.6 key passes per match.  There is also something to said of Leicester’s next two fixtures. Newcastle has conceded two goals in each of their three matches at St James’ Park, and Everton is yet to record a clean sheet this term.  My verdict? Maddison is an excellent short-term option for the next two Gameweeks.

 

 

Richarlison (£6.6m)

 

 

The Brazilian winger returned from his three-match ban in the loss to Arsenal at the weekend and, as expected, is a sought-after option ahead of Gameweek 7.  Richarlison blanked in the defeat at the Emirates, but his four shots, two of which were on target, were a reminder of how integral he is to Everton’s attack. Despite missing two matches this season, the summer signing is Everton’s top scorer (3) and second-most productive shooter with nine shots in four appearances.  Richarlison seems like the sub-7.0m midfielder with the highest ceiling this week considering Everton play at home against a Fulham side with issues in defence. The Cottagers have allowed 22.7 shots per match and conceded at least two goals in each of their three away games this season. Richarlison, one of the primary reason why I used my Wildcard, gets my stamp of approval here.  

 

 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.3m)

 


The early frontrunner for budget pick of the season, Wan-Bissaka should be in your team at this point.  What has made him such a coveted asset? Bonus points. The youngster has earned maximum bonus points in each of the last two Gameweeks, and three times across five starts.  Wan-Bissaka’s nine bonus points, which are joint-best with Marcos Alonso, have been the product of his steady defensive work rate. While his season averages of 4.2 successful tackles and 2.6 interceptions per match are impressive, the fullback has managed to outperform those marks since returning from his one-match ban.  He’s won five tackles and made three interceptions in each of his last three starts.

 

 

GW

Opponent

Points

Bonus Points

1

Fulham (A)

12

3

2

Liverpool (H)

-2

0

4

Southampton (H)

0

0

5

Huddersfield (A)

9

3

6

Newcastle (H)

9

3

 
 
 

Wan-Bissaka’s ability to regularly return bonus points has made him the second most popular defender, with his 28.4% ownership topped only by Marcos Alonso (45.0%).  In other words, he has starting value whenever Crystal Palace faces clubs outside the top-six. Wan-Bissaka is in the conversation with Bournemouth (A), Wolves (H) and Everton (A) in the next three Gameweeks and will be a top bench option during Palace’s brutal run of matches between Gameweek 10 - Gameweek 13. 



Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.1m)

 

 

Alexander-Arnold is coming off his best FPL performance of the season and has now recorded more clean sheets (5) than any other defender.  His 11-point haul marked the fifth time in six starts that the fullback has returned at least five points this season. Alexander-Arnold’s consistency, coupled by his first assist of the season at the weekend, has earned him more than 150,000 new managers ahead of Gameweek 7.   

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold #FPL

- Fourth highest-scoring defender in @OfficialFPL

- Seventh highest-scoring defender in @Fantrax_EPL pic.twitter.com/ulYXpqCj9P

— Sean Sullivan (@Sean_Sullivan_1) September 28, 2018

The England international has some impressive underlying statistics and is the fourth highest-scoring defender (34 points).  However, I would suggest looking elsewhere because of Liverpool’s next two matches. The Reds travel to Chelsea this weekend and then return home to host Manchester City.  Back-to-back games against the co-second and top scoring clubs have led me to downgrade him in my short-term rankings. His current value as a top-five defender will return with Huddersfield (A) and Cardiff (H) after the international break.  Alexander-Arnold is a no-go for me.




Bernardo Silva (£7.5m)

 

 

Bernardo Silva’s stock has spiked after his goal and assist in the 5-0 win at Cardiff City last weekend.  The Portuguese international appears to be the “safest” route to Manchester City’s midfield as his 453 minutes rank third amongst all of Pep Guardiola’s outfielders.  Since Riyad Mahrez started in the midweek Carabao Cup victory over Oxford United, all signs point towards Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling flanking Sergio Aguero this weekend. Silva should get the not in midfield alongside Fernandinho and Gundogan, while David Silva will return for the Champions League clash with Hoffenheim on Tuesday.  If Pep goes with this approach, then Silva could be in for a big outing in Gameweek 7. Brighton is allowing 18.4 shot per match on the road this season and conceded twice in their previous away outing at Southampton.



Tip of the Week - Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.9m)

 

 

Any discussion of differential midfielders must begin with Gudmundsson, who is selected by just 0.9% of teams ahead of Gameweek 7.   After supplying two assists in Burnley’s emphatic 4-0 win over Bournemouth, the midfielder heads to Cardiff City well-placed for another big outing. No club has allowed more goals at home this season (8) than Cardiff, who have conceded at least three goals in each of their last three matches. With a home match against Huddersfield Town to follow, JBG could easily be a top-10 midfielder over the next two Gameweeks.