Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek Nine preview
The second international break of the season saw millions of Fantasy Premier League managers across the globe unleash their ‘Unlimited Transfers’ wildcards as they sought to make drastic changes to their side’s fortunes.
But for those happy Hammers who stuck by their boys in Claret and Blue, a 1-0 win at Goodison Park yielded plenty of positives and – more pertinently – points!
Ahead of the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to London Stadium on Sunday afternoon for Gameweek Nine, here are some of the West Ham FPL highlights…
Oggy scores big at Goodison
A clean sheet, the winning goal, all three bonus points and a 1-0 victory on the road; days simply don’t come much better for centre-backs than Angelo Ogbonna’s at Goodison Park.
The 33-year-old defender not only wrote the headlines with his match-winning goal 16 minutes from time against Everton, but also jettisoned himself into FPL’s ‘Kings of Gameweek Eight’ XI – only Ben Chilwell of Chelsea matched his points output (15).
What’s more, Ogbonna’s ‘Form’ score of 6.0 – a player’s average score per match, calculated from all matches played by his club in the last 30 days – tops the charts for the Hammers, along with Jarrod Bowen (also on 6.0), who recorded the assist on Sunday.
Only ten other players in the Premier League can better that ‘Form’ score, and with the Hammers picking up their 29th goal from a set-piece on Sunday – no team has recorded more since manager David Moyes’ first game back in charge in January 2020 – and with Bowen being a regular corner taker this season, there’s every chance that run could continue.
Opposition FPL report
Tottenham’s highest-scoring FPL player so far this season has, as you might expect, been the gifted Heung-Min Son, who has already recorded three double-figure returns in seven games this season.
Classed as a midfielder in FPL, and thus lending extra points to his regular goal contributions, the South Korean is ranked as the third most in-form player in the Premier League after Mohamed Salah and Jamie Vardy, and is owned by some 14.8 per cent of managers.
Historically, Son has also been a high scorer, a magnificent total of 228 points last season bettered only by last season’s second-highest ranking player overall, captain Harry Kane (242).
The England captain ranked first for the highest goals and assists (1.08) per game across the league last year, but had not produced more than two points in any gameweek prior to last weekend’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United, when he recorded 12 via a goal and an assist.
Enter our supporters’ league!
In case you hadn’t heard, we’ve been inviting Claret and Blue supporters who enjoy a spot of casual FPL to take part in our own mini-league, where the top-scoring players each month could are in with a chance of winning West Ham-themed rewards.
Remember, too, that there will be an overall end-of-season prize winner as well, with these being the latest standings in the league prior to Gameweek Nine this weekend.
If you’d like to throw your hat into the ring, all you’ll need is our league code (nlz9u2) or you just need to click this link here.
This writer is 1,581st, for what it’s worth - I don’t think I’ll be winning it!