FPL Gameweek 9 – Team TSZ

This season, we’ve pooled our (self-proclaimed) collective genius together to form ‘Team TSZ’, a fearsome squad of fantasy point machines who will gun for glory in our very own FPL mini-league.

Decisions will be made collectively after polite discussion. ‘Team TSZ’ consists of:

Rob EstevaManaging Director

Trystan PughSports Content Manager

Tim BlackwellChief Sports Data Scientist

So how did we get on in Gameweek 8?

Last Gameweek’s Points

GW points: 51
GW average: 50
GW rank: 2,503,454
Overall rank: 493,940 (▼)

A frustrating gameweek, and it's not difficult to see why. Captaining Kane at home to Cardiff was a trap many FPL managers fell into, and we were no different. His blank on Saturday meant that Chelsea's win at Southampton on Sunday was a difficult watch for the 'Team TSZ' triumvirate, due to the continuing excellence of Eden Hazard. FPL Partridge put it best...

If truth be told, the armband was always going the way of Kane in GW8, but the same cannot be said for who we decided to bench...

I obviously didn't shout loud enough when lobbying for Doherty over Tarkowski in our weekly 'Team TSZ' Skype call. This can largely be put down to the fact that I've had a bit of a mare in the decision-making department recently, but my hesitation was to the detriment of the site team, as the 15-point haul by the Wolves full-back - dubbed 'the new Alonso' by the FPL Twitterati - went to waste. Bench points have been a common occurrence for us in the early part of the season:

An incredible 99 points have been sat in the stands so far. Can anyone beat that?!

GW8 wasn't without some positives though. Clean sheets from Alonso and Trippier supplemented attacking returns for Fraser, Richarlison and the aforementioned jewel in the crown, Hazard.

It was no disaster, then. It just could have been a lot better. We fell a few places in the TSZ mini-league but we're confident of bouncing back with a strong GW9.

Gameweek 9 Team

Formation: 3-4-3
Vice-captain: Aguero
Transfers made: 2 (Maddison > Salah, Kane > Wilson)
Point deductions: 0
Substitutions made: 0

Despite his underwhelming output so far, Salah was always coming back into our team given Liverpool's run of fixtures. With a trip to Huddersfield this weekend followed by an enticing home tie against Cardiff in GW10, we're confident that Mo can bring home the points. Indeed, such is our confidence in the man, we're even handing him the armband this weekend! There are risks attached; he's carrying a slight knock and the highly-owned Aguero is the overwhelming favourite in the community, but the prospect of Salah being a differential captain was just too tempting to ignore.

To welcome the Liverpool man back into the fold, we used our two free transfers; a double swoop which also involved swapping Kane for in-form Wilson. Maddison was the sacrificial lamb in midfield, a move I wasn't completely comfortable with given Leicester's kind run of fixtures, but Rob's Everton bias was so strong towards keeping Richarlison that I was powerless to argue against it. Tim wasn't available for the deciding vote because apparently some things are more important then FPL, like holidays. I'm not convinced.

We were loath to get rid of Fraser given what happened last time he returned 'injured' from an international break. We've learned our lesson there.

For the rest of our Gameweek 9 content, visit the links below:

Captain Picks - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...

Projections - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...

Fixtures - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...

Team News & Predicted Line-ups - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...