Thanks again to KM for doing another fantastic job of compiling all the possible "must have players" for Week 6, as I laid in my hostel bed convulsing between frigid sweats and cold heat! However I finally feel on the "up" and well enough to venture from my "sick den" and down to the communal computers to bring you a brief look at some players I have been considering! Let's begin!
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic - I am now honestly convinced Begovic has the best chance for the win, CS, and decent amount of save points as Stoke welcome a wasteful Norwich City side. Those of us who have played this fantasy game for a couple seasons have all probably called on Begovic on occasion and are well aware of his shot stopping ability. Throw in the fact Norwich City have been pretty horrid in front of goal, he looks a perfect mid-priced option this game week. How he hasn't been snapped up by a bigger club (looking at you Arsenal) is beyond me.
Defenders: Rafael - He has recovered from his hamstring injury that has kept him out for quite some time now. It seems an obvious choice to bring in some Manchester United defensive cover when they play host to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend. However many managers will go for the more assured starter of Vidic, Rafael possesses endless energy and attacking prowess down the flank. Should he get the nod at the weekend, at just over 12mil, Rafael offers a good differential over the less exciting pair of Vidic/Ferdinand.
Midfielders: Charlie Adam - I know, I know, two Stoke players in one week? Am I crazy or has the fever just not gone down? Quite possibly, but Charlie Adam has been working his arse off for Stoke. He will get you a couple shots at goal with at least one going on target (he has 7 SOT so far) and already has a goal to his name. We all know from his Blackpool days the lad has a great FK and under Mark Hughes, Stoke have been much more attacking. With Walter's failing to score crucial penalties time and time again, Adam may at some point be given the nod. Valued under 9mil, Charlie Adam offers real differential potential against a Norwich side possibly missing Bassong.
Forwards: P. Osvaldo - He has yet to get onto the score sheet, but if you have had a chance to see him play, his movement and anticipation has been excellent. While Ricky Lambert will remain Southampton's main penalty taker, he is also at the twilight of his career and Osvaldo was brought in to carry the mantle. With a home game against stuttering Crystal Palace, I wouldnt bet against him getting off the mark. If you are willing to take the chance, he is nicely priced at just over 7mil.
Phew! I think I did just about as much as I could manage! I think it is time to step out into the streets for some much needed food! Good luck to all!
I currently sit on: Begovic, Baines, Debutchy, Kolarov, Ozil, Ramsey, Yaya, Brady, Sturridge, Suarez, Rooney (capt)
I could still be tempted to bring in some Utd defensive cover, but not sure who to drop to make room.
How are your teams shaping up? Who do you believe is the best differential pick for the week?