Fantasy Premier League tips from the team at FPL Connect ensuring you have those key performing players as well as a few cheeky differentials to get the jump on your rivals from gameweek to gameweek
Hello and welcome to all the FPL managers around the world. The latest instalment of our ‘Team FPL Connect Picks’ is here!
If you’re just reading this series for the first time and have absolutely zero idea what this article is about, hit the link > https://fplconnect.blog/2017/08/10/team-fpl-connect-picks/ where the concept is introduced and explained fully.
Results for Gameweek 14
Well thank god for that – last week’s bleak blanks across the board have been rectified this week with a couple of differentials performing well.
Gaz’s first punt on Sánchez as a differential has paid off, as the extremely under-owned Chilean picked up his 3rd goal in as many GWs in a comprehensive 5-0 victory for Arsenal, picking him up a point in Connects Picks for correctly predicting a differential to score 5 or more points.
I also got myself a point this week with my shout of Sigurdsson for my differential, who’s starting to pick up a bit of form now with a goal and 2 assists in his last 3 games, as Everton begin to turn things round.
With the morale boost of a new manager and Big Sam’s traditional tactics, as well as Everton’s fixtures looking fairly decent for the foreseeable future, Sigurdsson could be one that’s set to benefit and one to look at as a decent differential option.
Pilko’s decent shout of Fabregas didn’t pay off, as Chelsea were only able to net the one goal against a dogged Swansea defence and keeper.
Everyone’s shout for TSP (top scoring player of the week) was a fair way off with rotation setting in for Hazard and Morata/Kane struggling to have the desired impact we predicted.
With those points added in, this is how the table now looks;
- Simon – 13pts
- Pilko – 9pts
- Gaz – 8pts
I open up a 4pt lead on 2nd placed Pilko and Gaz gets to within touching distance of finally dragging himself off the bottom. Lets see who we’ve gone for this week!
Gameweek 15 Picks
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kane – 16pts
- Predicted differential; Fabregas – 11pts
Justification for TSP: As I have recently stated in the latest ‘Captain Article‘, everything points to Kane scoring well against a leaky Watford team (against the sides with more quality in their sides). The stats/information mentioned in that article are very compelling and although Spurs seem to be having a bit of a wobble recently, they do better against teams that set up to attack them and based on the way Marco Silva has approached the bigger teams this year, you have to say that it will suit Spurs and Kane down to the ground. It’s not like he isn’t in form himself with 3 goals in his last 3 games in all competitions. He also bagged himself 2 goals and 1 assist in this fixture last season and I’m backing him to do the same again this year, in what I can only see being an open game.
Justification for differential: I enjoyed Pilko’s shout of Fabregas last week and think it was a good one, but I think he played it 1 week too soon. I correctly predicted that Swansea would keep the scoring down at the Bridge, but I seriously doubt Rafa’s men will be able to do the same in this one. Hazard will be back fully rested and firing and he and Morata (if he plays) link up so well together. They’ll be too difficult to stop for a Newcastle side that are the 3rd worst for conceding big chances and shots inside the box away from home and with these two up front, Fabregas has plenty to aim for. I can see a couple of assists, complimented by a clean sheet and 2 bonus points for the top-class Spanish playmaker.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); KDB – 16pts
- Predicted differential; Sigurdsson – 10pts
Justification for TSP: A lot of us went with this guy at the start of the season, but jumped off after seeing how deep he was playing and no returns in the first 3 GWs of this season, only to be immediately made to regret the decision with him bagging 2 assists in City’s 5-0 annihilation of Liverpool. Since then, he’s gone on to score 4 goals and notch 7 assists totalling an FPL overall points tally of 87, which is second only to the irrepressible Mo Salah. It’s difficult to go with him because of the value that Sterling (who’s level with him) and Sané are providing for a cheaper price, but for those who aren’t comfortable with the limited minutes or fear of rotation that Sané/Sterling might give you, KDB is the man for them and is largely nailed-on – I say largely because this is Pep we’re talking about and anything can happen. This week looks like it could be carnage for West Ham and KDB could be on for a huge haul. I’m going with him to boss proceedings in what should be a City romping.
Justification for differential: Everton are on the comeback trail and with a new manager in, that should add to the boost they received from their latest emphatic 4-0 win. Siggy now has a goal and 2 assists in his last 3 matches and is beginning to look like the Siggy we all loved in past seasons. We know the quality was there, it was just a case of waiting for Everton to get out of their funk and I think they’re finally there now. Big Sam should keep things tight at the back and they haven’t exactly been struggling to score goals at the other end, so I’m fancying Siggy to keep this little patch of form going this weekend when leaky Huddersfield show up. 2 assists and 2 bonus for the Iceman in another comfortable home win for Everton.
- Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Agüero – 21pts
- Predicted differential; Heung-Min Son – 12pts
Justification for TSP: This is solely based on the fixture. I have no idea how many minutes Agüero is gonna get in this one. He had 90 mins mid-week so that probably points to him coming on from the bench, but that’s the thing with Pep, no-one knows what he’s gonna do, so I’m gonna gamble on Kun getting significant minutes in this one and if he does, there need not be an argument for it. For me it’s as simple as Agüero, one of the best strikers in the world, against West Ham, possibly one of the worst defences of any team in any of the top flight divisions in Europe. City could go nuclear in this one and Agüero has bossed some mammoth totals in the past, so I’m backing him to do just that and bag 4 goals in a City 6-0 win – a season defining moment in FPL this year.
Justification for differential: Another team I can see scoring a fair few goals this weekend is Spurs. Perhaps contrary to their recent form, I fancy them to score 3+ goals against Watford in this one. Silva will set his team up to attack what people see as a ‘frail’ Spurs side in the Premier Legaue, but I think it could end up biting them on the behind, as it has done all season when they’ve decided to go hunting the big sharks. Son got half an hour mid-week so I expect him to come back in for this one and I can see him scoring a goal and bagging an assist.