FPL is currently like being in the ring with Katie Taylor. You’re getting pummelled by punches left, right and centre and there’s very little you can do about it. Every time you think you can come up for air, another round barrels into you and you can’t even clear your head.
It’s time to rely on instinct. Your spreadsheets can’t keep up with this. Especially when teams are getting Covid more frequently than Downing Street has Christmas parties.
GW17 Defender: Rayan Ait Nouri, Wolves
Wolves have gone toe to toe with both Liverpool and Manchester City in the last two weeks and have conceded a total of two goals, one of which was a ridiculous penalty given for a blatant ‘Rib-ball’.
Young Ait Nouri came in for GW9 and has grabbed his chance with both hands. He’s conceded just four goals in eight games, grabbed five clean sheets in that time, and even threw in a cheeky assist.
At just £4.3m and under 1% ownership, I’m both confused as to why nobody else has spotted him.
GW17 Midfielder: Mason Mount, Chelsea
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
Mount has now started the last three games, has racked up 31 points and is facing an Everton side in disarray and on the verge of mutiny, judging by the scenes at Selhurst Park.
The Rafa appointment jarred at the time, and it looks increasingly ridiculous now. Just because a job comes up next door doesn’t mean you should take it.
GW17 Forward: Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa
Slim pickings this week, to be fair. Not that we don’t have some strikers I fancy to score, it’s just that I’m not sure many of them will play due to Covid. Ronaldo? Doesn’t look like it. Kane? Heh. Vardy? Oops….
Watkins has shown some recent form and he’s facing Norwich City this week. That’ll do Ollie, that’ll do.
GW17 Captain: Mo Salah, Liverpool
What do you get when you mix the most potent attacking player in the history of FPL with the worst defence in the league this season?
You get 14 Goals, 10 Assists, 19 Bonus Points, 160 total points in 16 games, averaging 10 points per game for nearly half a season.
You get a team conceding over two goals a game heading to Anfield on the back of a four-goal thumping by Leicester.
You get your Captain. You get your Triple Captain. You get the chance of a lifetime. Grab it!
GW16 Outsider: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
Started the last five games and has scored three and assisted once in that time, amassing 34 points.
Incredibly he’s owned by just 1.6% and with a game against Leeds, he could be a hell of a differential.