Week 7 arrives in the first week of October, but unfortunately this is followed by another two week layoff for yet another boring set of international fixtures. Remember that this weekend starts with a Friday kickoff, meaning that FPL teams need to be set one hour prior to kickoff on Friday evening.
I’m sure that this will be a debate that will continue for the remainder of the season, but with Sergio Aguero fit once again, the question of choosing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Aguero, or both is relevant. As it stands Ibrahimovic is the most owned player at 54.1%, however, he is also the player transferred out the second most this gameweek at 175,086. On the other hand, Aguero has been transferred in the most with 308,146 transfers increasing his ownership to 40.9%.
With most experts picking Aguero, Zlatan has actually become a differential for teams at the top of the game. For myself, I have already staked myself on Zlatan. While I would have the funds to move him out for Aguero, I have no plans to do so.
In completing a front three there are several mid-range forwards to look at bringing in for this week and future weeks as well. Jermain Defoe leads this list as the third best forward this season having scored 4 goals, including 2 last week. At 7.2 he’s a good value for money especially fixtures against teams that have struggled to keep out goals like West Brom (H), Stoke (A), and West Ham (A).
Troy Deeney at 7.0 is another one that has a run of favorable fixtures coming up against Bournemouth (H), Middlesbrough (A), Swansea (A), and Hull City (H). In the last three matches he has scored 6, 6, and 2 points including two goals in that time.The one downside with Deeney is that he has also picked up 3 yellow cards this year, half as many as all of last season.
The final two are more in line with bargain picks. Salomon Rondon (6.6) might be a good choice, especially if you are planning to use your wild card before gameweek 8. With West Brom facing Sunderland (A) there is a good chance for Rondon to make it 3 goals in 3 games. The same is true for Charlie Austin at 6.3 with Southampton taking on Leicester City (A) followed by Burnley (H). It gets more difficult for them after that with matches against Man C (A) and Chelsea (H).
With Kevin De Bruyne getting injured and being out till late October with a hamstring injury, many FPL managers are scrambling for replacements making KDB the most transferred out player with 329,728 teams moving him along. Eden Hazard is another casualty with 142,337 teams parting ways and he is one that I have already dropped having gotten the most out of him for the first 3 matches of the season.
When looking for replacements Liverpool is one team full of midfield options. Adam Lallana (7.2) is currently the second highest scoring midfielder with 40 points behind de Bruyne at 49 points. In fact, Lallana is also second behind de Bruyne in the bonus points system with 158 to 199.
The more I look at his stats, the more I see him as a relevant option not only for this week against Swansea City (A), but also for future weeks. Yes, gameweek 8 has Liverpool hosting Manchester United, but this is followed by an excellent set of fixtures against West Brom (H), Crystal Palace (A), Watford (H) and then Southampton (A). With 3 goals and 3 assists the lack of clean sheets and 9 goals conceded matters little.
Another mid-priced midfielder to look at would be Theo Walcott at 7.6. He currently has 36 points and 2 goals in the last 2 matches. The next four matches are some of the most favorable in the league traveling to Burnley then facing Swansea City (H), Middlesbrough (H), and Sunderland (A). They then take on Tottenham (H) followed by Manchester United (A).
Captain Pick For the Week
There are really only three choices, in my opinion, for captain this week: Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero, or Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Of those three Sanchez and Zlatan face opposition that are in the bottom half of the table. Arsenal take on Burnley (A) who have allowed 8 goals this season while Manchester United face struggling Stoke City (A) who have allowed 15 goals. Man City have the more difficult match up against Tottenham Hotspur (A) who have allowed a league low 3 goals.
Breaking down their statistics a bit more looks like this:
Alexis Sanchez has scored 4 goals this season with 17 shots taken. He has a shot accuracy of 67% and an average of 1.6 shots on target per game. In addition he has created 10 chances this season. Both his shot accuracy and chances created are better than Zlatan and Aguero. He will be facing a Burnley team that has allowed 17 shots per game, the third most this season.
Sergio Aguero has the most goals of the three with 5 so far. He has taken 19 shots and has a 50% shot accuracy rate including 1.8 shots on target per game. He has created the fewest chances with 6 so far. As mentioned above, Tottenham has allowed just 3 goals this season and has given up 10.5 shots per game as 6th fewest for the season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 4 goals with the most shots taken in the league at 32 (an average of 5.3 compared to Aguero’s 4.8 per game) and has an accuracy rate of 43% (the lowest of the 3) with 1.7 shots on target per game. Stoke City has allowed the 7th most shots per game with an average of 14.7, but have also allowed the second most goals in the league with 15 given up.
Of these three Aguero has the most bonus points with 153 compared to Sanchez at 135 and Zlatan at 116, if that is an area that you want to look at for making a decision.
My own Captain Pick for the week is to go with Zlatan. He scored a goal in Manchester United’s midweek Europa League match and will certainly be wanting to get another in the Premier League. Not to mention that they are going up against one of the worst defenses in the league.
If you really want another option, Romelu Lukaku might be the next best choice. In taking on Crystal Palace at home, there is a good chance for goals since the Eagles have given up 2 goals in each of their last matches (both away) and they have yet to keep a clean sheet. Lukaku has 4 goals of his own from the 5 matches he has played in, although 3 game in the one match against Sunderland.
Don’t forget to set your team early before the Friday night match. The deadline is for 19:00. Hopefully these FPL tips for week 7 come in handy and can make a difference in your team. As for my team, it looks like I really need to ship out Leighton Baines and the struggling Dimitri Payet. The question is which one or should I go ahead and take the -4 hit. In addition to setting your team early, be sure to check for injuries in your squad. Good luck and have fun!