In a new weekly feature, we analyse which FPL player you should be buying, which you should sell and which you should be holding before each new Gameweek
Player to Buy – Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.9m)
Andriy Yarmolenko is establishing himself as the first choice right winger for Manuel Pellegrini. His recent form will, surely, solidify his spot in the starting 11 for this upcoming gameweek.
After a slow start to his campaign, Yarmolenko has produced 2 goals and 3 clean sheets in the last 3 games for the Hammers. The most recent being a game winning goal against Manchester United at London Stadium.
Yarmolenko was clearly the best player on the pitch creating chances for himself and collecting 3 bonus points in the process.
The Hammers have a plethora of creative players that will only help Andriy continue to be a threat in FPL. At 0.8% ownership in FPL and costing a mere £5.9m, Yarmolenko could really become a differential player with his recent form.
West Ham have a great run of fixtures coming up so look for the Ukranian to keep up the positive production.
Player to Sell – Lucas Digne (£6.1m)
Lucas Digne has become an early season flop in my opinion. His ability from an attacking perspective is not in question, it’s mainly the production from the rest of the Everton players that will cause problems for Digne in FPL.
After 6 GW’s, Digne has a total of 24 points which in fairness, isn’t a bad total to have accrued, but the problem is looking ahead, which we must do as FPL managers.
Everton are really struggling to score goals, which I turn, hurts Digne’s ability to get assists or even goals. In addition to the goal problem, Digne’s cost of £6.1m is quite a high price to pay if we consider that Everton don’t look that solid under Marco Silva.
Question marks surround the entire midfield and front line as Marco Silva can’t find the right mix of players to produce. The Toffees have scored a total of 5 goals this season which makes pretty poor reading considering the favourable start they had.
Until someone can establish themselves as a goal threat AND Everton can show a little more defensive stability, I suggest staying away from Everton players in general. This weekend they host a hungry Manchester City team – I expect another defeat.
Player to Hold – Jamie Vardy (£8.9)
Jamie Vardy has tallied 32 total FPL points so far this year, good enough for 3 goals and 1 assist. A decent start for the English striker, but I predict brighter days are on the horizon for the pacey front man.
From GW 7-17, Vardy has the potential to establish himself as a favorable FPL option. Only Liverpool and Arsenal between that time could cause issues, but as we know, it’s often the case that he thrives in these tougher games as well, playing with the space in behind on the counter as these possession hungry teams look to high press.
Vardy’s xG at the moment is quite low for the talent he has, but with the fixtures upcoming and the form that the Foxes are in, I strongly suggest to hold on to Jamie Vardy if you have him.
With James Maddison and Youri Tielemans, there will be plenty of chances for Vardy to produce points for FPL managers that are debating whether to let him go.