Each week you should be scanning the free agent market in your mini league looking for value pick ups that other managers have missed. These players won’t cost you your place in the Waiver Queue but can provide the extra few points you need on a short term basis. Here we give a full lineup of potential free agent players for Gameweek 9.
< You can learn more about this transfer tactic (called “streaming”) in our article FPL Draft Transfer Tactics: Streaming. >
GOALKEEPER: Julian Speroni, 0.1%, Newcastle United Vs Crystal Palace.
Taking a bit of a flyer here on Speroni. I fancy Palace to score against Newcastle, Leicester could see a reaction against Fabianski’s Swansea and all the other home keepers are likely to be owned. Southampton have failed to score in 8 of their last 10 at home but West Brom have injury doubts over both Ben Foster & Boaz Myhill. Palace’s regular number one Wayne Hennessey doesn’t seem to be very popular with the fans and missed GW8’s victory over Chelsea with an injury so I’m taking a punt on his replacement Speroni this time around.
DEFENDERS: Per Mertesacker, 1.8%, Everton Vs Arsenal.
No defender scored more points in GW8 than German giant Mertesacker (Joe Gomez also got 9.0) in what was his first PL start since April 2016. Put your hand up if you saw that one coming! He is as given the starting berth ahead of Rob Holding who replaced Laurent Koscielny when he went off injured to further exacerbate the Gooners defensive problems. It would be a huge shock to see Mertesacker play a part in Arsenal’s Europa League tie at Red Star Belgrade on Thursday but there is a chance he could start against beleaguered Everton this weekend. Holding (4.2% owned) is the obvious alternative.
Davide Zappacosta, 3% owned, Chelsea Vs Watford.
With Victor Moses facing a spell on the sidelines summer signing Zappacosta should get his chance at RWB. He got the nod in the Champions League draw with AS Roma on Wednesday but beware a defensive reshuffle by Chelsea who have at times placed Cesar Azpilicueta in that position.
Mamadou Sakho, 1% owned, Newcastle United Vs Crystal Palace.
I’d seriously consider picking up Sakho for GW9 and beyond. Palace have a fantastic run of fixtures all the way up to Christmas, only playing one of the “Big 6” in their next 11 games. Roy Hodgson will make them much harder to play against than his predecessor Frank De Boer, the excellent Wilfried Zaha has returned to action with a bang (you MUST pick him up if he’s available!) and Christian Benteke is only a few weeks away from a return. Sakho himself is an absolute beast of a defender, is an influence in both boxes and should be a good contender for bonus points along the way. Just don’t mention his hair.
Aaron Cresswell, 4.9% owned, West Ham United Vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
Had to get some West Ham coverage in this week at home to newly promoted Brighton in front of the TV cameras on Friday night. Winston Reid and Pablo Zabaleta could both be considered but have a higher risk of yellow cards and we tipped Jose Fonte last time out so let’s have a change and choose attacking full back Cresswell. A win for either side puts them in the top half of the table ahead of Saturday’s games.
MIDFIELDERS: Nacer Chadli, 13% owned, Southampton Vs West Bromwich Albion.
Chadli averaged 3.7 PPG last season but hadn’t played this term until appearing on Monday Night Football agiants Leicester. After a summer in which he was frequently linked with a move away from the Hawthorns he announced his return to action with a delightful free kick and will look to kick on from here in a Baggies side not known for it’s creativity.
Manuel Lanzini, 26.9% owned, West Ham United Vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
This is likely to be the last call for Manuel Lanzini as he won’t be a free agent in your league for long. Along with Wilfried Zaha the only reason either men would be available is because they have missed gametime through injury and they are both 2 of the best guaranteed starters for teams outside the Top 6. Grab him while you can.
Shaqiri, 17.4% owned, Stoke City Vs AFC Bournemouth.
Shaqiri has struggled with niggling injuries over the last few years and has rarely found much rhythm in the Premier League. Having started the last 6 games he has a chance in GW9 at home to a Bournemouth side who have been poor so far and are sure to offer more opportunities to the Swiss than last weeks opponents Manchester City.
Fabian Delph, 1.5% owned, Manchester City Vs Burnley.
Forgotten man Fabian Delph has started four consecutive games in all competitions at left back following the injury to Benjamin Mendy. Although he doesn’t receive the full 4pts for a clean sheet like a regular defender he is likely to offer attacking returns in a team that has won 10 games in a row, scoring 36 goals in the process.
Andros Townsend, 10.1% owned, Newcastle United Vs Crystal Palace.
I’ve mentioned in this column before that I’m not a big fan of Townsend generally but he played alongside Wilfried Zaha in an attacking role against Chelsea to devastating effect. I see no reason for Roy Hodgson to change this strategy away at Newcastle in GW9 and his pace can cause trouble for his former Club.
FORWARDS: Tammy Abraham, 20.7% owned, Swansea City Vs Leicester City.
Much like Lanzini this is more of a nod in the direction of picking up Abraham if he is still free in your league as one of the very best 3rd choice Forwards. In fact forget the nod let’s have a giant neon sign or a plane fly past with a banner. GET HIM IF YOU CAN.
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