Nick Pope (BRN) – If you kept faith in “the Pope” last weekend away at Liverpool, he rewarded you handsomely with 11.25pts. With an easier match-up at home to come next versus Huddersfield, you can be more optimistic that the young goalie will come up with another clean sheet. It is worth noting that Huddersfield have not scored in their previous two away games. Also with only 1 goal scored in their last three games, Huddersfield have lost their early momentum and may slide further down the table after they visit Turf Moor this weekend. Have faith in the Pope and scoop him up! [OWN%: 1]
White smoke seen emerging from chimney at Turf Moor. They’ve chosen a new GK. #BURCRY
— John Wallin (@FantasyGaffer) September 10, 2017
Other worthy differential: Matt Ryan (BHA) home to Newcastle. After arriving at Brighton this summer, Ryan has seen his team struggle to adapt in the Premier League. Surprisingly for his miserly points return, he has only conceded 5 goals in the last 4 matches, giving him additional motivation to look to give his side a chance at a second clean sheet this weekend. Newcastle are hot at the moment with a 3-game win streak, which may indirectly boost Ryan’s rather paltry tally of only 8 saves in 5 games if the Toons continue attacking away from home. Ryan hasn’t lived up to our expectations yet, but this weekend might just be the change of fortunes he (and we) may be hoping for. [OWN%: 4]
Punt: Wayne Hennessey (CRY) away at Manchester City. A disastrous start to the season for the Eagles makes this punt a notable high risk option for Togga players. Looking at Hennessey’s performances does not inspire much confidence, but one might easily forget his contribution in GW2 away at Liverpool where he conceded just one goal, and made an incredible 12 saves on his way to racking up 23pts! With a barrage of attacking options at City’s disposal, along with their scary attacking returns, you may be right to assume another scoreline of 5-0 is in the reckoning. Expecting a clean sheet might be folly, but a healthy return of save points for the Welshman may just be on the cards yet again. A high risk punt? Yes, but a punt nonetheless!
Jamaal Lascelles (NEW) – Captain incredible! The towering beast has scored twice in the last two games for the Toons, and averages a terrific 17.75 PPM in his last 3 games. Away at Brighton next, expect his aerial threat from corners to be ever present. Can he make it three in three? Surely he is in the form of his life, and this has reverberated into his side sitting in fourth position in the Premier League after five games. Lascelles is not owned by many Togga players at the moment, but he will definitely be snapped up soon enough. A worthy pick in my opinion, as he has already demonstrated. [OWN%: 12]
….I think Jamaal Lascelles may just be my new Mathieu Flamini pic.twitter.com/0QVYdzbgaN
— Ryan #FPL 🔰 (@FantasyYIRMA) September 16, 2017
Other worthy differential: Shane Duffy (BHA) home to Newcastle. If you picked him last week, he would have rewarded you with a 15.75 bonanza, taking his points tally to 47.5pts in his last three games! Considering this only included 1CS, his stats for aerials, clearances and interceptions are growing at a much faster pace. As previously mentioned, Newcastle are a team in form, but this will only allow the Irishman to use his amazing performances to register yet another good return for his Togga owners. He is definitely worth a look for GW6. [OWN%: 6]
Punt: Aaron Cresswell (WHU) home to Tottenham. Cresswell is averaging a healthy 14PPM in his last two games, largely due to 2 clean sheets and 5 chances created. A London derby awaits, and what better place to host it than the London Stadium itself! West Ham have beaten the Spurs in their last 2 home games, not allowing them to even register a goal. With both sides looking to generate more momentum, expect a feisty end-to-end battle, giving Cresswell the chance to register points on both ends of the pitch. Not a bad punt to take I’d say!
Solly March (BHA) – With teammate Pascal Gross now owned by almost 60% of Togga players, our attention switches back to winger Solly March. With form on his side, March will be hosting an in-form Newcastle next. A goal and an assist in his last 3 games, with an average of 14.2PPM makes March a great candidate for another solid return this weekend. Pick him up while you still can! [OWN%: 23]
Other worthy differential: Christian Atsu (NEW) away at Brighton. Contributing a goal and assist in his last two starts, Atsu has established himself as a key man for Newcastle on the wings. A strong preseason and start to the Premier League have done him wonders, with Newcastle reliant on his take-ons and chances created. Travelling to Brighton next, expect Atsu to continue to build on his good form with a another respectable attacking return. [OWN%: 21]
Punt: Jordon Ibe (BOU) away at Everton. After rightly being termed as a flop in his first season for the Cherries, Ibe has not been able to nail down a first team spot. With Fraser and Stanislas both providing more rounded attacking options along with their work rate, Ibe has found it hard to come back in the reckoning. However, the promising winger has registered 4 chances created in his last two games, while averaging 13.5PPM after providing two assists as a substitute. His two valuable assists resulted in the Cherries registering their first points of the season last weekend. Everton are a team lacking confidence at the moment, but having played the brunt of their difficult games will now look to consolidate and notch a few wins under their belt. If given the start, expect Ibe to use his form and confidence to provide the Cherries with a fighting chance of securing a valuable point. Another risky punt for y’all to consider!
Laurent Depoitre (HUD) – After scoring as a substitute to rescue a point for Huddersfield last weekend, Depoitre notched an impressive return of 19.5pts. With both Mounie and Quaner likely to be out for this weekend’s clash at Turf Moor, expect Depoitre to lead the line and stake a claim for himself in the Premier League. Huddersfield have lost their early season momentum, and will look to notch as many points as they can to stay clear of the relegation zone. Turf Moor has not been a happy ground for attackers, and Depoitre will have to be as lively as he was last week to satisfy further interest from Togga owners. [OWN%: 1]
Other worthy differential: D. Calvert-Lewin (EVE) home to Bournemouth. After nearly completing a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup, albeit versus a miserable Sunderland defence, the U20 English WCup winner will definitely be on Koeman’s radar this weekend. The Cherries have not fared well so far this season, and Koeman will expect nothing but a win for the Merseysiders, considering their poor start. Calvert-Lewin already has 2 assists to his name, and has both form and confidence on his side in what’s turning out to be an amazing last few months for him. Keep a watch for the lineup announcement and snap up this young prodigy quickly if he’s still available. [OWN%: 58]*
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been nominated for the 2017 Golden Boy award. pic.twitter.com/93T4S7O4oT
— Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) September 19, 2017
Punt: M. Biram Diouf (STO) home to Chelsea. Firstly, Diouf is playing out of position as a RWB in Stoke’s 3-4-2-1 system. He also averages a decent 9.13PPM, which is impressive considering Stoke have already played Arsenal and Man United in their first five games of the season. His only assist so far this season has come against a rather resilient Man United defence. With David Luis out this weekend, expect Diouf to raid down the right hand side and prove to be a menace for the Blues. He will be also be required to complete additional defensive duties with Hazard and Alonso likely to overlap. Diouf is a bit of a mixed package, and with goals conceded not impacting his points return, he could prove to be an interesting punt selection for the week.
*With a rather limited set of attackers to select from, differential picks that have <60% of Togga ownership will be considered going forward.