Gameweek 24 had an air of nostalgia for Fantasy Premier League managers, as we watched former legends of the game come to the fore again.
A hat-trick from Sergio Aguero (MCI, 11.8) sparked fond memories of the ‘always captain Kun’ days when we barely had to think about who to put the armband on each week.
A 16-point return sawcarry on another FPL tradition as he once again reminded angry former owners why they brought him in the first place - right before another barren spell.
The week also saw a flurry of excitement around a rare swap deal that sawand suddenly emerge as viable FPL options once more.
Both have the potential to emerge as important differentials in the weeks ahead, but with Sanchez’s difficult fixture and Mkhitaryan’s lack of match fitness, we can afford to hold fire for another week at least.
Indeed, with the January transfer window closing at 11pm on Wednesday, if there's ever a time to bank your transfer, this is surely it.
Of course, that's a tough ask for the numerous managers who were hit with a mini injury/suspension crisis over the past week or so.
Although long-term absentees (particularly more expensive casualties like), need to be jettisoned, there are some curious names among the list of most-transferred-out players.
Leaving so soon?
may face some challenging fixtures on paper, but his home form is as good as anyone's right now, and the defences of Liverpool and Arsenal are hardly watertight.
He is now very much a first-team player, and when we look back at the end of the season, a mere £8.2m for a nailed-on Spurs attacking midfielder will be seen as superb value.
Perhaps prompted by the arrival of Sanchez and his curious omission from Jose Mourinho's list of "high quality" players,has been abandoned by over 110,000 FPL managers.
Mourinho on his attacking options - "Now we have five attacking players of high quality – [Juan] Mata, [Marcus] Rashford, [Romelu] Lukaku, [Anthony] Martial and Alexis"— Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) January 25, 2018
We have yet to see howfits into a full-strength United set-up, however. Lingard could yet return to being the value pick he promised to be and deserves at least one more week in our squads until we know for sure.
Given the bizarre set of circumstances that has seenavoid FPL points in a solid Chelsea defence, it’s understandable that some owners feel they’ve had enough.
4 clean sheets for Chelsea, Christensen:— FPL Pringle (@FPLPringle) January 20, 2018
3. 57 mins
4. 57 mins
However, unless Conte actually trying to win an FPL mini-league himself, surely this unfortunate pattern can't continue much longer.
Christensen still has a reasonable claim on a Chelsea starting berth, and shouldn't be at the top of anyone’s transfer-out list.
Despite being touting him as an outside captaincy choice for GW25 by some,has endured a drop in ownership. With 39 points in his last four home league matches, sellers can expect to be punished when an injury-hit West Brom defence travel to the Etihad on Wednesday.
Big names all - but none stand out as much as the player dumped by almost 100,000 managers already - Harry Kane.
Kane or Aguero?
We've been here before, haven't we?
The mere mention of the term "" is enough to send a shiver down the spine of many unfortunate FPL bosses after the Spurs man clocked back-to-back hat-tricks as they looked on in horror.
The situation is different this time. The GW22 exodus was on the back of some poor returns in his previous outings - but that is hardly the case now.
4 - Harry Kane has scored in each of his last four games for Tottenham in all competitions, his best scoring streak since November 2016. Equaliser.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 27, 2018
Now, afterset his owners on the path to a massive points haul last week, many have decided that they need him in their team, and have opted to fund it by sacrificing Kane - for the time being, at least.
I've put together a cheeky #FPL Flowchart for the Aguero headache and #KaneExit discussion. 👨🏻💻🔀— FPL Judas (@FPLJudas) January 26, 2018
Hope this helps and is a good laugh to do!
Let me know where you + your friends/colleagues end up.....think we already know where @JEgersdorff and @ffscout_az will be landing! pic.twitter.com/m60j16Xqrr
When you consider Aguero's security of starts until the return of, alongside three upcoming “red difficulty” fixtures for Kane, the timing seems perfect for this temporary swap.
However, although coming up against the Man United defence is never an easy fixture for anyone, Arsenal and Liverpool may not turn out be as difficult a challenge for Kane as they first appear.
If Aguero significantly outperforms Kane over the three weeks, it will be seen as a canny move. If not, managers will have wasted two free transfers, potentially some team value, and lost out on points from Kane, or some of the other names mentioned above, on what was a temporary measure.
If you’re looking for an alternative to fill those troublesome forward slots, the January transfer window has seen a whole new breed of budget and mid-priced strikers emerge, all practically guaranteed to disappoint and frustrate us in the weeks ahead.
Forwards on the move
If you’ve been struggling to fill that third striker spot this season, don’t worry - it’s not you, it's them!
Some great research on Fantasy Football Scout has shown that the value offered by forwards costing £9.5 and below has fallen off a cliff this season.
Those happy to start two or even one striker from now on should be looking to spend as little as possible on a third, while still leaving the door open for some lucky bench points.
Ironically, in terms of points per game per million (ppgpm)is comfortably the best value forward in the game.
He was the ace up the sleeve for many patient FPL managers waiting for a transfer out of Everton.
Now, after his late goal against West Brom reminded Big Sam of his worth, he looks doomed to limited minutes from the Toffees bench.
Sam Allardyce on Oumar Niasse: “No, I can’t let him go. There’s no danger of that. The hardest thing to come here in January is to come and play upfront. We haven’t had a lot of goals and we’re trying to increase our goalscoring capacity.” (Source: Liverpool Echo) pic.twitter.com/n9f7n7fzVp— Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) January 21, 2018
would benefit from a move, but Rafa seems unwilling to sell to relegation rivals.
Brighton may seem an unlikely place to look for attacking players, but Chris Hughton looks like he’s about to shift the emphasis to attack as they look to secure more three-pointers.
could be ideal if a proposed move happens.
He’ll face competition from new signingwhen the former PSV striker shakes off an injury, but should have the quality to edge out the likes of , who has the added distraction of a tax fraud case to deal with.
Elsewhere,has finally started to get on the scoresheet for a quietly improving Swansea side. With a move to Chelsea now looking unlikely, is a reasonable pick at this price also.
For those willing to spend a little more, a star turn against Liverpool in the FA Cup has put Jay Rodriguez (WBA, 5.5) firmly back on the map. West Brom’s penalty taker can look forward to facing Stoke, Huddersfield and Newcastle from GW26.
One worth keeping an eye on also is.
Although the 6’ 2” striker has yet to make a big impact at club and international sphere - yet given the competition at Monaco and Argentina, this reveals little. Eleven league goals in two seasons may not sound like much, but his 35% goal conversion rate and minutes-per-goal stats tell a different story.
Southampton agree £19.1m fee for Monaco's Guido Carrillo— FM Saints Researcher (@MatthewLeGod) January 24, 2018
Best mins per goal return since the start of the 2016/17 Ligue 1 season (10+ goals):
1st - Edinson Cavani - 85.2
2nd - Alexandre Lacazette - 86
3rd - Neymar - 89.8
4th - Guido Carrillo - 91.1
When it comes to transfers, some FPL managers believe that buying a player in early in the week is an acceptable risk to bolster team value. Others prefer the reassurance of having all the information from the pre-game press conferences to hand before making a transfer the evening, or even hours, before the deadline.
There's certainly merit in both, depending on circumstances particular to that manager or Gameweek (a tight budget, the prospect of midweek fixtures, etc.).
What we can all agree on though, is when would be- and that is “during a game”.
Thousands of excitable FPL managers recently transferred inright before seeing him subbed off with an apparent injury.
He recovered to face Chelsea days later, but those managers were lucky not to have learned a valuable lesson the hard way.
Remember, you’re not buying concert tickets here. There’s not a finite amount of Nacho Monreals, or any other player, that you need to snap up before others can get their hands on them - so at least wait until after the match has finished before making your move.
Leaving aside the debate around, those looking to bring some pure value into their side can’t go wrong with .
The Crystal Palace midfielder has become the Ruben Loftus-Cheek that Ruben Loftus-Cheek himself always promised, yet never quite managed, to become.
A word on Luka Milivojevic. Player of the season so far without a doubt IMO. He's our top goalscorer in the league now as well. #CPFC— Nick 🦅 (@Nick_CPFC) January 20, 2018
A budget midfielder who takes penalties and has proven capable of scoring from open play is a rare commodity in FPL - don’t let it pass you by.
For those looking to replace Arnautovic and free up some money in the process,offers a lot of potential for relatively little investment.
If he experiences anything like the ‘new manager bounce’ that transformed Arnie’s season, he’ll be a fixture in many sides before too long.
Shaqiri on Lambert.— Stoke Loud & Proud (@StokeLoudProud) January 26, 2018
“I’ve had a few conversations with him and I’m really happy he’s here. It’s a new chapter for the club and it’s exciting.
“We’ve done a lot of work already. As a player you know exactly what he wants. He said to everyone what they need to do.”
Stoke have the added appeal of a clear run of fixtures for anyone who wants to hedge their bets before settling on a.
No Blanks this season for Everton ✅, Stoke ✅ OR Watford ✅— Ben Crellin (@BenCrellin) January 28, 2018
Here's the FPL schedule for the remaining 14 Gameweeks of the season. pic.twitter.com/m19Pa8OKOI
Owners ofwill be glad to see the back of him at the earliest opportunity.
Since his three unexpected clean sheets against Chelsea, Arsenal and Stoke saw him gain an army of new owners, the attack-minded Hammers defender has been letting them down ever since.
Yellow cards out of nothing, red cards for spitting: Masauku can do it all! https://t.co/eK7Oq1zfr2— Always Cheating FPL (@hailcheaters) January 27, 2018
A six-match suspension means he won't be available until GW31, which will probably be a Blank GW for West Ham anyway. Even after that, he'll have fences to mend with an old-school manager like Moyes.
Top of the League
Despite a disappointing 44 points,and his remain top of the Official Irish Examiner League this week. Injuries and suspensions are taking their toll on the World’s number 224 team, and with the likes of Masuaku, Masuaku, Arnautovic, Sane, Elliot and Calvert-Lewin all stinking up his squad, don't be surprised to see the wildcard come out next week.