GW 5 – Kunundrum

Despite a double captaincy failure last time out, my team churned out a respectable points tally to ensure I didn’t drop in rank. With Aguero sidelined for 2 weeks, I look to shake up my team ahead of the weekend.

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Total points: 228
Rank: 1647
38 transfers left
£1.0 in the bank

The KUNundrum

Are you ditching Aguero for just 2 games at the cost of 2 precious transfers?


I’m not sure, although I am leaning towards bringing Sanchez in at present. I’ll then switch Aguero back in for Defoe in a 3 weeks time. Taking this route I’ll miss Aguero at the liberty in a couple of weeks but get an extra match out of Defoe.

That’s currently plan A. The slight problem with going Sanchez is that he’s a very expensive forward, giving me no flexibility in the long term. As a result, I’m also contemplating a couple of other plans that may see me opt for Cazorla or Payet in a switch to 352. This would give me a lot more cash in the bank and greater flexibility later down the line.

Another option is to plump for a straight switch to Lukaku. Great fixtures and he scored a couple for Belgium this week, so could have his confidence back. That said, he hasn’t scored in the PL since March, so would be a risk.

Other transfers 

Noble and Pieters will be gone very soon, most likely this weekend. I’m currently leaning towards Baines and Antonio as replacements. I know that Noble will score a pen if I make the move but I think Antonio is on for a great season now Bilic has come to his senses and stopped playing him at rightback.

I’m also trying to figure out how to get a Watford or Burnley player in ahead of their Monday night clash on the 26th September. A short term move for Capoue or Deeney could be on the cards if Gray gets banned.

Captain Strategy 

Whoever I draft in for Aguero will be my captain on Saturday. I’ll then switch to Hazard on Sunday followed by Defoe as Sunderland play host to Everton on Monday night.


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63 thoughts on “GW 5 – Kunundrum

  1. Justin0 September 8, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    I think I’ll be holding Aguero to save transfers in the long run, which means my biggest headache is one I share with you, namely Pieters.

    I could potentially switch him out for Evans (or McAuley?) which would allow enough ITB for a decent upgrade to Xhaka or Redmond a little down the line if it’s needed. I’m not too sure of any good alternatives though to be honest. I’m all ears if anyone has any suggestions.


    • Will September 8, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Evans / McAuley are both decent options. I still like Davies or a double up on Williams if you have the budget.


  2. Dan September 8, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Do Macauley, Evans more injury prone. Williams also I good option can see Everton being a lot more solid at the back this year


    • Justin0 September 9, 2016 / 1:05 pm

      I’ve had a change of heart (partially thanks to the poll on this site, very surprised how skewed opinion is towards ditch) and decided to dump Aguero for Lukaku. With Williams, that would be a total of four Everton players so I won’t be going that route. I think I’ll shell out the extra 0.2 million and pick up Dawson as his attacking stats look considerably better than both Evans’ and McAuley’s, hopefully he’s the right choice for the long term.

      Thanks for the help, guys.


      • Will September 9, 2016 / 10:30 pm

        Dawson the best West Brom defender for sure


  3. hutman September 9, 2016 / 11:08 am

    I’m new to the skysports game and also a customer of the aguero ban. I’ve already wasted three transfers via an accidental hit of the “confirm” on the app – lesson learned.

    My question relates to the economisation of transfers.

    Strategy 1: Make transfers only for captaincy value. Hence go for Lukaku or Defoe
    Strategy 2: Mid to long term rebalancing. I have a non scoring defender in Donald Love in my defence and Im very tempted to rebalance my team – use 2/3 transfers for the next four to five gameweeks.

    What has been the approach you guys have employed regarding transfers on skysports? I steering toward Strategy 1 must say.


    • Justin0 September 9, 2016 / 11:33 am

      Lukaku is a better option than Defoe in my opinion, if you don’t like him for whatever reason I’d prefer Costa (form) to Defoe too.

      Strategy 1 is good in general but becomes most relevant at the end of the season with the extra fixtures, which is why it’s best to try and keep to less than one transfer a week for the majority of the season. Perhaps share a screenshot of your team so we can take a look and advise from that? It’s a little tough to say whether or not you should restructure without knowing what you have and what you’d need to do.


      • hutman September 9, 2016 / 1:49 pm


        343 / 198 Points / 0.7m in the bank / 37 Transfers used




        Any suggestions appreciated!


        • Will September 9, 2016 / 10:08 pm

          I personally think you need to get your team sorted at the beginning… Pick long term that won’t require a transfer later down the line.. that way you can spend most of your transfers on captaincy. Your team is not in bad shape but Love needs to go in my opinion, although your options at that price are limited.

          Gray will need to go soon as he will likely get a hefty ban. Maybe look to switch to 352 and upgrade Love to Baines/Williams. Good luck!


    • Hornetto September 9, 2016 / 1:30 pm

      frustrating to have wasted some transfers because of the app lay-out….so go for minimum transfers over the next few weeks and only to add captaincy value, in my opinion
      . I would leave the defender alone….his replacement might score only a handful of points. Major transfer surgery at this stage of the season might be costly later!


    • Will September 9, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      Think he will start. Not going sanchez myself anymore though – but not because of this


  4. Hornetto September 9, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    I think this has happened before……and he always seems to start! Good to have a heads up though…cheers


  5. Dan September 9, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    This is my other team guys any suggestions would be welcomed

    Dawson mcAuley Valencia
    Lamela Kouyate Firmino Barkley
    Kun Gray Zlat
    0.1m ITB 216 points

    Thinking downgrade Lamela>9m or less player to do Firmino>Hazard Sunday, not sure whether or not to save the transfers for Kun on this team either.



    • Will September 9, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      Hmmm Kun > Haz seems the obvious one for me. Think Firmino could come good. Could still do Lamela to a cheepie though… would you then have enough in the bank for Gray > Aguero?


  6. Ian Parrin September 9, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Holebas Friend Nsue
    Hazard Tadic Firmino de Bruyne
    Aguero Ibrahimovic Negredo

    39 TFs
    214 Points

    Thinking of doing Aguero to Lukaku.

    Will leave 1.1M ITB to deal with Jakupovic/Nsue if they get dropped.

    Can decide on how to get Aguero back when his ban is over.


    • Will September 9, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Like Lukaku, although not keen on spending the Aguero cash. Think many will struggle to find a replacement if/when Nsue is dropped

      KDB could be a good differential for you next week!


  7. Sam W September 9, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    Not bothered by the Aguero ban. With all my transfers still intact I’m happy to move him on. Was set on Sanchez but really want Cazorla and as I already have Xhaka I’m weary of the triple Arsenal. The slight chance that Sanchez might get a rest gives me the excuse to turn to Lukaku. Strongly considering hiding behind the sofa for Aguero against Swansea to maximise games from strikers. Allows me to have an extra game of Lukaku.


    • hrunny7 September 10, 2016 / 12:35 am

      That one game against Swansea has me terrified, crazy isn’t it


  8. hrunny7 September 10, 2016 / 1:40 am

    Captains are Payet and Rondon. Is Ibrahimovic a better option?


    • Dan September 10, 2016 / 8:37 am



    • grafiddler September 10, 2016 / 9:03 am

      I reckon Payet is worth a punt


    • Will September 10, 2016 / 9:42 am

      Think I’m going to punt on Antonio. Can see a tight Manchester derby


    • Sam W September 10, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Cazorla for me. Hoping for an exiting week!


  9. Dan September 10, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    I don’t think this is a tight Derby Will! Ha


    • Justin0 September 10, 2016 / 1:42 pm

      Ha, great game as a neutral at least.

      As an aside, where do people usually go to keep an eye on live stats for the purpose of determining bonus point allocation? I normally check FourFourTwo or WhoScored which I’ve found to be very good with the exception that the successful tackle count isn’t accurate.


  10. Dan September 10, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Downgrading Lamela> Capoue or Gueye to do gray>Hazard

    Capoue is chipping in with goals and the odd tackle bonus and gueye looks like a bonus point magnet and is cheaper who do we reckon?


    • hrunny7 September 11, 2016 / 2:03 am

      If you don’t need an extra everton player then probably capoue, Just for the burnley-watford game.


  11. hrunny7 September 11, 2016 / 2:01 am

    The tackling stats are: you have to win the tackle but also possession I think. Whoscored shows tackles that don’t win possession as well which makes it look like a player has made loads of tackles.

    So you need a tackler who wins possession. For example, a tackle that goes out for a throw-in won’t be classed a tackle by Opta.


    • Sam W September 11, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      Not quite. If the ball goes out of play then it is deemed safe and will be classed as a tackle by Opta. If the ball stays in play then the tackle must recover possession for either the tackler or a teammate to be classed as successful by Opta. Other Opta definitions for the game can be found on the scoring page.


      • Will September 12, 2016 / 10:25 pm

        Useful link. Cheers


  12. Dam September 11, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Last dilemma is to get Antonio who is away to Brom or let Redmond play Swansea and get Antonio after?


    • Will September 12, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      Hmmm could wait it out until they play each other. Tough call


  13. Hornetto September 11, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Maybe wait until Antonio becomes captain material a bit later on with his Monday night match. Pullis’ trusty defence will not make life easy for Antonio…..


    • Will September 12, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      Looks like you’re having a stormer this season Ian! Lukaku cap tonight as well?

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  14. Hornetto September 11, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    nice plan, Ian. Any thoughts on Mane at this stage?


    • Ian Parrin September 11, 2016 / 1:30 pm

      Hadn’t thought of doubling Liverpool, but after yesterday’s performance then maybe…


  15. Dan September 12, 2016 / 9:18 am

    43 points with Baines, Barkley & Lukaku(C) to go. 0-4 Everton will do ha!


  16. hutman September 12, 2016 / 10:28 am

    thinking of dumping mahrez for mane/firmino – not convinced by hazard either


    • Dan September 12, 2016 / 10:47 am

      Mané and firmino are both really good options. Why aren’t you convinced with hazard? he looks back on form this season


  17. hutman September 12, 2016 / 11:50 am

    for Hazard price – you’d expect set pieces, pens and goal threat. From what i see he seems to satisfied in isolation on the left flank, whilst Willian & Oscar coordinate most of the attacks.

    Indeed he is back to form, and on pens but for his ability there’s so much more to offer – small mentality player.


  18. Dan September 12, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Hazard in form is a MOTM magnet too. Don’t fancy either Oscar or Willian, there’s better options at that price


  19. Hornetto September 12, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    captaincy options with Chelsea still needed as well for some match days, I think


  20. hutman September 12, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    agreed he’s a bonus magnet, probably his biggest swing.

    tempting as it is to pull the trigger ill have to stick with both mahrez & hazard, as im already in transfer overdraft in terms of gw to transfers ratio.

    having not played ff for a good five years knowing what i’ll be letting myself in for (wasting time on boards like this; all respects paid) – must say the one true lesson learnt in the past holds true for today; mindgames against yourself; so tempting to rid of non performing assets and pile on the bandwagons. However i must resist, be prudent and steadily accumulate. I must ignore my own biases, watch games (more time wasted) and form sound judgements, and if all fails Lamps (c) will bail me out.. oh wait.


  21. Dan September 12, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I think vast majority had lukaku captain tonight so won’t of caught up much but I’ll take it!


    • Dan September 12, 2016 / 10:53 pm

      Great stuff! I wish you did Will then I would of overtook you! lol

      On another note Barkley is a gonna after tonight, benched next game


      • Cian September 13, 2016 / 4:26 pm

        Barkley & Firmino are my two fantasy nemeses….when their in my team they do absolutely nothing and as soon as I take them out they score for fun !! their the two most frustrating players in fantasy for me !! Uggh rant over lol !!

        but yeh if u didn’t own lukaku or even captain him last night u defo missed out big time !! last night was not the night to forget about Fpl !! I nearly forgot to bring him in last night, left it till 19.55 to get him in ha ! Phew


        • Dan September 13, 2016 / 4:32 pm

          Firmino is much the better player though! be surprised if Barkley starts after that dreadful 45mins, Mané incoming.


          • Cian September 13, 2016 / 5:33 pm

            awh yeh I agree..barkley has a lot of potential tho..what about Lallana ?? cheaper and also on form


    • Cian September 13, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Will, do you play Fpl too ? and if so how are u doing so far this season ?


      • Cian September 13, 2016 / 4:30 pm

        Or Dan how about yourself?


        • Dan September 13, 2016 / 4:34 pm

          Only do Sky Cian don’t like all the subs malarkey, up to 1936th rank now you?


          • Cian September 13, 2016 / 5:36 pm

            awh I see ha..yeh its annoying when ur bench gets more points than ur actual team (I’m looking at u capoue !!)..oh nice rank man..mines 1677th last time I checked..its still early days but I want to beat my previous best rank of 243th two seasons ago !


      • Will September 13, 2016 / 6:55 pm

        I do yeah, but to be honest not paying much attention this year. I actually thought I had lukaku in fpl… then checked my team…

        I have linked my team in the links above somewhere. How you doing Cian?


        • Cian September 13, 2016 / 10:22 pm

          yeh I bought costa instead of lukaku last week so had mixed feelings watching lukaku score a hattie last night lol!! yeh I’m not doing great around 500k+ atm last time I checked , but was around 2.5.m + this time last season tho so..


  22. hrunny7 September 13, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Who needs fabregas when you can have gueye, the man’s a machine. I wish I’d got him instead of barkley

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dan September 13, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Same Hrunny! So much cheaper as well


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