The question of firepower again dominates the thinking of FPL managers heading into Week 6, not least the dilemma thrown-up by the imminent return to action of Sergio Aguero (£13m).
The Argentine’s recent suspension ruled him out of Manchester City’s last two Premier League fixtures but with nine goals in five games under Pep Guardiola he remains the game’s hottest property.
Sergio Aguero under Pep Guardiola:
Unstoppable form! pic.twitter.com/bnFDnfw1XC
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For those managers who kept Aguero in the squad, the decision is straightforward – re-instate him as captain and sit back and wait for him to rack up the points. Swansea get their second chance in a week to be the side to halt Guardiola’a 100 per cent start but the returning South American is likely to be licking his lips.
For the 71 per cent of players without the City talisman in their line-up, the choice comes down to a matter of whether to trust their existing forward line or try to raise the cash to bring him in.
The problem is that his high cost will require FPL managers to make two transfers or sell one of their highest value assets and raid the difference from the rainy day fund.
To that end, Eden Hazard (£10m) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.7m) are the most-sold players this week.
The Manchester United striker failed to net last week for the first time this season and despite the Aguero fundraising, remains the most-owned player in the game.
Ibrahimovic has a tough month ahead though. He takes on the bruising Leicester duo of Wes Morgan and Robert Huth on Saturday, before trips to Liverpool and Chelsea in Weeks 8 and 9.
Another man players are getting rid of ahead of the week’s action, unsurprisingly, is Harry Kane (£10.9m) who has picked up what looks like a fairly serious injury.
What is surprising though, is the lack of faith shown by FPL players in his likely replacement at the spearhead of the Spurs attack, Vincent Janssen.
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Aside from the ominous-looking encounter with Manchester City in two weeks’ time, the fixtures for the North London outfit over the next month would point to a unique opportunity for the Dutch attacker to step up and get among the goals in Kane’s absence.
Elsewhere Watford’s strong start to the campaign gives great value to their front pair of Troy Deeney (£6.9m) and Odion Ighalo (£7.3m).
The duo both look like excellent investments at this stage of the season with the Hornets’ tough start behind them. An average FDR (fixture difficulty ranking) of just 1.2 over the next five game weeks looks like an excellent possibility for a heavy points return for both men.
Even better value though, in terms of a goalscorer, could possibly be had from a man who FPL players will remember as one of the bargains of the 2014-15 season.
Charlie Austin is available for just £6.2m and seems to be hitting his very best form.
The Southampton striker will be eagerly awaiting this weekend’s encounter with a West Ham defence that has shipped eight goals in the last two games.