Fantasy Premier League Week 9 Transfers and Tips: Mo no more
The international break has concluded so it is time for Neil Monnery to return with his weekly look at the best and worse fantasy moves ahead of GW9...
'Romelu Lukaku - £10.9m. The thrilling 3-2 comeback against Newcastle had all but nothing to do with the Belgian front man. I know he's up against his former team and that alone should get the juices flowing but at such a large price, Lukaku is very hard to trust right now.'
Eight to like
Alexandre Lacazette - £9.6m. The word is out that Arsenal might actually be better than anyone really expected. Since the former Lyon man won a starting spot, he's scored four and nabbed three assists in those five appearances. Going into the campaign not much was expected but now the 27 year-old is a sneaky hot pick fantasy wise. Leicester on the Monday Night Football is a fine opportunity to transfer him in. Unai Emery's men have shown to be a very good second half team so far this season.
Alexandre Lacazette is available at 5/2 to open the scoring in Arsenal v Leicester City (Sportsbook)
Callum Wilson & Josh King - both £6.4m. Bournemouth are scoring goals and their front two are leading the way. Wilson has a stonking seven assists so far along with three goals. For King he's banged in four and set up one. Southampton aren't scary opponents so if you need a dive into the bargain bin for a third striker, you could do a lot worse than either of these two.
Kevin de Bruyne - £9.7m. A big welcome back to the Belgian superstar who seems primed for his keenly awaited return to the first team this weekend. Man City are level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool despite their best player having played just half an hour this season. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that he's a good pick in FPL but being £3.1m cheaper than the disappointing Mo Salah, owners of the Egyptian should be considering this swap right now.
Kevin de Bruyne is available at 7/5 to score anytime in Manchester City v Burnley (Sportsbook)
Matt Doherty - £4.7m. In my column for GW7, I wrote the following about the Wolves right-back:
Matt Doherty - £4.4m. There is nothing better than watching a player to determine their fantasy value. I bring this up as when Wolves played Burnley on the telly a few weeks back, it was the first time I'd watched Doherty. I came away mightily impressed. The Irish international constantly overlapped and found himself in attacking positions. Southampton at home is a clean sheet opportunity and he looks like a player who'll provide a handful of dangerous balls into the box.
That week he created one and kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Southampton. The following week he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. Why only 12.2% of teams have selected him, I have no idea. He's £300,000 more than he was then but still a buy now candidate.
Federico Fernández - £4.4m. It isn't often that a Newcastle defender will fill up many column inches here but with Brighton at home on Saturday, this is one of the better cheap clean chances around. The visitors have found the back of the net in one game this season and that wasn't the longest journey ever, Southampton. This is purely a like based on a very favourable match-up.
Ross Barkley - £5.7m. Once a weekly fantasy option, the former Everton man has seen his career stagnate over the past year or so. Having finally netted for his new club, it is perfectly reasonable to expect more from the 24 year-old. He might not be a week in, week out starter at Stamford Bridge but as your swing fifth midfielder, the man whose been capped a surprisingly high 24 times for his country is a real option. Alex Keble likes him to expose the Manchester United midfield on Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge - £5.8m. This is a pick based on a potential opportunity due to injuries to Sadio Mané and Mo Salah, both of whom have returned from international duty carrying knocks. Watch the reporting closely as we get towards game time but if either miss out, who wouldn't want a striker of Sturridge's class for £5.8m against Huddersfield?
Aaron Ramsey - £7.3m. I started with a Gunner and will end with one. In ten minutes on the pitch at Fulham, he both scored and grabbed an assist. If that isn't enough for a starting spot then I don't know what is. With the way Arsenal are playing at the moment, he'd be excellent value at £7.3m should he play the full 90 minutes.
Two to avoid
Mohamed Salah - £12.8m. It is time to jump off this bandwagon and hop aboard either Eden Hazard or the aforementioned KDB. The potential to reinvest your savings elsewhere is extremely tempting. Salah may well return to his 2017/18 form but the signs aren't looking good. He's also an injury doubt this weekend.
Romelu Lukaku - £10.9m. The thrilling 3-2 comeback against Newcastle had all but nothing to do with the Belgian front man. I know he's up against his former team and that alone should get the juices flowing but at such a large price, Lukaku is very hard to trust right now.
Arsenal are starting to really tick and a Monday night game with Leicester makes me think Lacazette along with Aubameyang are real options here. Liverpool travel to Huddersfield but the goals have not been flowing for Jurgen Klopp's men so far this season, which is making me reticent in giving any of their attackers the armband. Eden Hazard against his old manager is another big play and who could forget Sergio Aguero?
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*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW9 is 11:30 on Saturday.