Jay Egersdorff – the West Ham king when it comes to Fantasy Premier League – is back to share his tips as the season really starts to get interesting.
And now the 33-year-old wants to help out his fellow Hammers with his tips right here, and remember there's still time to join the Official West Ham FPL League in association with Hantec Markets…
Slow start? Don’t worry
Jay says: “Have you had a slow start? Don’t let that get you down. Before the international break, I was on 167 points – a solid start but it is nothing specatacular.
“I aim to get 50 points per week as I know if I maintain this throughout a season I’m on track to finish well. Overall, I’m pleased with my goalkeeper and defence, and attack, but in midfield I’ve been badly let down by Wilfried Zaha, Willian, Aaron Ramsey and Kevin De Bruyne.”
Don’t rush your chips
Jay says: “During the international break, I heard a lot of people used their wildcards already to refresh their whole team. I think that unless you had a spectacularly poor start, that’s a mistake.
“You want to sit on it for a few weeks and let the land lie. European matches have already started and it may lead to player rotations in the league. Analysing how the transfer window signings settle is also important to do, now.”
International breaks are important
Jay says: “Many will be hoping that if their selections do well internationally, they could carry that form into their club football. I was hoping that would be the case with Harry Kane and Aaron Ramsey, and Kane has now started scoring.
“A concern is injuries – Chancel Mbemba was a solid, cheap option, but was injured with DR Congo, so you must always watch out. International breaks are annoying – I’m always desperate for the Premier League to return!”
This month’s tips
Jay says: “For me, I think a wise choice could be a Swansea player or two – they have a decent run of games, although they soon play West Ham! Tammy Abraham could be a bargain.
“The Liverpool trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino look promising and, as I said at the start of the season, I think Chicharito will sparkle for the Hammers.”
New kids on the block
Jay says: “At the end of the transfer window, some moves happened that you should keep your eyes on. Renato Sanches didn’t have an ideal debut but he is certainly a very reasonable selection at £5m.
“I think proven players who remained at their clubs such as Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa, Riyad Mahrez and Philippe Coutinho could be interesting choices if they rediscover their top form.”
Claret and Blue picks
Jay says: “I’ve said before, Chicharito is an obvious pick. I’m confident he’ll score goals this season. Michail Antonio is a great FPL player who gets goals and assists.
“Declan Rice – if he continues to get minutes – could be a bargain. Only Slaven will know if he’s a good pick and will be in the team, though! Finally, keep an eye on Marko Arnautovic – now he has served his suspension, he’ll be desperate to make amends and can be a brilliant FPL option.”