One In, One Out: GW28
Holly made a great start on last week’s One In, One Out. Backing Patricio, Federico Fernandez, Bruno Fernandes and Raul Jimenez, Holly’s picks amassed a very respectable 28 points in GW27’s outing. Can she continue her good form? Let’s find out.
OUT – Dean Henderson (£5.2)
IN – Nick Pope (£4.8)
All good things have to come to an end, but two confirmed blanks in the next four means that it’s time to say goodbye to Dean Henderson.
The Blades have kept ten clean sheets this season, but have no fixture this weekend, caused by Aston Villa’s involvement in the League Cup final. Then, in Gameweek 31, Henderson is ineligible to play against his parent club Manchester United.
Luckily there are a number of suitors who have excellent fixtures, plus no blanks and Nick Pope is towards the top of the pile. He has ten clean sheets to his name this season, a penalty save and has registered 84 saves. He has three clean sheets in his last four games and faces a Newcastle side that has failed to score in three games on the bounce. Henderson (£2.65) should be a long-term hold in your Footstock portfolio, but Nick Pope (£1.21) could be an affordable addition to your portfolio.
OUT – John Lundstram (£4.9)
IN – Jonny Evans (£5.2)
It’s time to concede that the show is over. John Lundstram was a gift from the FPL gods, a £4.0 million out-of-position defender, who has been pure gold for half a season. Having held him right to the edge and beyond, I can now confirm that his heroics will not stretch the entire 2019/20 season, with even his winning goal in Gameweek 26 insufficient to break back into the starting eleven. The fact that he remains the fourth highest scoring defender in the game, despite just substitute appearances in his last four games, is testimony to his enduring legacy.
However, he’s likely to eclipsed very soon by a bunch of Leicester defenders, who face goal-shy Norwich, Aston Villa and Watford in their next four games. It’s actually another John that has caught my eye, in the shape of centre-back Evans. He has one goal and two assists for the season, providing a constant threat from set pieces. He’s also a legend of the Footstock Roulette Tournaments, thanks to his superior statistics for defensive actions. 61p looks like an absolute steal with these fixtures.
OUT – Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7)
IN – Bruno Fernandes (£8.2)
Kevin De Bruyne has been an absolute stalwart of this fantasy season, constantly edging Mo Salah to be the top dog when it comes to FPL points. The fixture schedule makes for dire reading though: blank – mun – BUR – che (blank?) – LIV over the next five games. It’s mightily tempting to take the funds out of the Belgian Prince, especially when there’s a Portuguese bandwagon taking off.
Fernandes retains his place as my midfield transfer in tip, with his penalty conversion against Watford only cementing his status. It’s now one goal and two assists in three games and, despite tricky fixtures ahead, he’s expected to prevail. He may only have been in the Premier League for a short time, but he’s already a Footstock legend. King of the tournaments, there are rumours that with him in your side you can clean up against anyone. No player is more talked about in the Slack channel – just a week ago, Footstock players were clamouring to buy him at £30 and his price has only gone up from there. Many more are patiently waiting for the shop to reopen in the hope that they can nab him as a bargain in the packs.
OUT – Sergio Aguero (£11.9)
IN – Diogo Jota (£6.2)
You don’t need to look far to see that Sergio Aguero’s fixture schedule isn’t great, and a big fat score of zero only fuels the encouragement to sell. Yet another Manchester City penalty miss could pave the way for someone else to take up spot-kick duty at the Etihad. Aguero has just one goal from his last four games and could see his minutes managed as Pep Guardiola turns his focus to the Champions League.
Last week I recommended a Wolves striker, but since fear that it was the wrong one. Diogo Jota has been taking all the headlines, with six attacking returns in his last two fixtures in all competitions. He’s known to come alive at this stage of the season and simply cannot be ignored when he hits form. His price has jumped from around £2 to £5 in the Footstock market this week, but with over 20 PPG following his recent antics, it’s an excellent time to buy. Crucially, Wolves have a confirmed fixture in the looming big Blank Gameweek 31, which will be a tough one for fantasy managers to negotiate.