Game Week 19 Striker Tips
The Game Week 19 FPL Striker Dilemma
Game week 19 will come around very quickly this week with a Friday evening fixture looking set to catch a few managers out for the final game week of 2016. The majority of game week 19 fixtures will be played on New Years Eve and whilst most people will be focusing on celebrating the new year in style, Fantasy Premier League managers across the globe will be doing no such thing until their teams are locked in.
As we approach the half way point in the season most of us will have found a set of players that we are pretty content with – and of course we all have those players that are constant rotations in our teams. Two of the three striker positions in our teams usually fill themselves but with two top class strikers returning from suspension for GW19 and a host of other premium strikers (Ibrahimovic for one) being bang in form, the decisions around who to play up front could hardly be more difficult to manage. There has been money to be made in selling high and buying back low in terms of your transfer budget – but get it wrong and you could be in a tricky fantasy financial position… with just one week to go until the wildcard returns it could prove prudent to wait until Friday evening to make wholesale changes – but then there could be a case to be made for hanging on to the wildcard a few weeks longer – but that will take some serious planning to get the strikers you want – we assess the options…
The Ibrahimovic Train
Less than 24 hours after the GW18 deadline closed and Ibrahimovic sees himself as the second most transferred in player for this week – these trends tend to continue through the week and it comes on the back of another top performance and him being the most transferred in and most captained player last week. He will cost you £11.6m to bring in now and that is a stretch for anyone. Whilst Man Utd have undoubtedly picked up their form in recent weeks and still have some very decent fixtures ahead, the investment of such a fee is difficult to justify when there is a Diego Costa available at just £10.7m – but not for long.
Almost 50% of managers have the Swedish superstar in their team and if you already have him in then I’d suggest you keep him in for the visit of Middlesbrough to Old Trafford in game week 19. Bringing him in this week might seem a little shortsighted when you consider the other options – after all, Middlesbrough have been fairly water tight at the back and don’t concede all that many goals.
Going Sans Diego?
The most transferred in this player is looking like being Diego Costa with already almost three times as many managers bringing him in compared to Sergio Aguero. Only Alexis Sanchez has outscored the Chelsea striker this season in terms of FPL points and the one game ban now means that Costa can bring back the aggression to his game that had been missing prior to him picking up the fifth yellow. Chelsea are making history with their current winning run and a home fixture against Stoke represents a decent chance to extend their winning run to 13 and Diego Costa will be chomping to get back amongst the action and will be fresh having missed the Boxing Day game.
It looks like the masses are getting it right this week as Costa is the one player who simply must come back in to your team this week. If you gone sans Diego so far this season then this is your best chance to bring him in – and yes, if that means dropping Ibra or not bringing back Ageuro this week then that is what you need to do. Unlike the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea do not look like faltering and whilst they undoubtedly will, you need to capitalise on the form whilst you can. Many managers still have Harry Kane in their sides and this is the perfect switch if you can make it happen – but whatever you do, in our opinion Diego Costa should be the first name on your team sheet.
Sergio Aguero has long been the go to man in Fantasy Premier League and usually if he was coming back from a 4 game ban (after dropping half a million in price) then he would be being transferred back in to teams in droves. The good form of the other strikers and a tough trip to Anfield (and perhaps the imminent wildcard) look to mean that the current £12.8m rated player will remain sub £13m before the wildcard becomes active – but should you even bring him back then?
Unfathomably, Rondon at West Brom who is almost half the price of the Argentine has scored more FPL points than the City striker and with another four strikers above Rondon there are plenty of cheaper options than sticking Aguero straight back in. The question I suppose is whether you can cope with not having Aguero when they face teams like Burnley (GW20) and lose out on a really top captain choice?
For me, Aguero remains a must have player but I am also firmly in the camp of keeping him out until January and take the hit on £0.1m if needs be.
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