Five talking points ahead of FPL Gameweek 6 as Sergio Aguero returns
The most polarising player in FPL is once more available for selection at Manchester City - will he be going back into your fantasy squad?
A free-scoring Man City outfit welcomes back the Premier League's best striker this week as Aguero returns from suspension.
Whether or not you choose to splash out the required £13.0m on the Citizens hitman will certainly impact the makeup of your squad for the next few gameweeks, while there are options aplenty to choose from if you decide to go without.
The Aguero conundrum (...again)
The Argentine striker seems to represent an FPL talking point almost every week. From fitting him in your initial squad, to captaining him, to his ban and now his availability in GW6, there is no shortage of fantasy decisions posed by the City frontman.
Almost 250,000 transfers in have seen the striker rise back up to his original £13.0m price, with further rises likely if he begins finding the net again in the coming weeks.
However, with teammates Raheem Sterling and in particular Kevin de Bruyne looking ripe for investment, managers must decide exactly how much City coverage they require in their teams.
Aguero left no doubt of both his fitness and his quality in the Champions League last week with a hat-trick against Borussia Monchengladbach. Some believe he's essential:
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However, there is no doubting that a more balanced squad is achievable without the 28-year-old. A mixed fixture list sees Pep Guardiola's side play Spurs (a), Everton (h), Southampton (h), West Brom (a) and Middlesborough (h) from GW7.
As the top scoring team in the league with 15 goals in five games it is certainly advisable to have at least one City attacker, though there are mentioned alternatives to the pricey Aguero.
The striker currently only features in 28% of teams but that will rise before Saturday morning's deadline and rise again if he nets away to Swansea.
What to do about Zlatan?
An extremely popular move this week has been the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bring Aguero back into teams. At £11.8m after a midweek price drop, the Manchester United striker has seen his stock fall as a result of the club's recent poor form.
A lucky assist award in United's defeat to Watford means the forward, who plays at home against Leicester City and Stoke City in the next two gameweeks, has blanked just once in five Premier League outings.
The only viable attacking option in Jose Mourinho's side from an FPL point of view (until Marcus Rashford cements a starting place), the Swede stil features in over 60% of squads.
Any returns will hurt sellers, while those abandoning ship will point to United's form as a logical reason to go without the 34-year-old.
Topping the Premier League shots chart with 27 (though just eight of those hit the target), Ibrahimovic is certainly trying his utmost to add to his tally among a malfunctioning United attack.
Janssen could be THE third striker choice
Step forward into fantasy relevance, Vincent Janssen. Having netted for the second time in two games, Harry Kane was beginning to return to form before damaging his ankle in the 1-0 GW5 victory over Sunderland.
It looks like the England striker will be sidelined for at least six weeks, though Mauricio Pochettino said today that Kane needs another scan before an exact timeframe is put on his injury:
Tests prove inconclusive but #THFC believe Harry Kane could be side-lined for between 6-8 weeks.— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) September 19, 2016
At £7.8m, Janssen could prove an excellent value route into an extremely attacking Spurs outfit:
Spurs 1-0 Sunderland FT:— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) September 18, 2016
On Target: 9-2
Pass Accuracy: 89%-63%
Chances Created: 22-5
Having netted from the spot as Pochettino's side demolished Gillingham in the EFL Cup this week, the Dutchman looks set for penalty duty during Kane's absence.
With an abnormal amount of penalties being awarded this season due to new Premier League guidelines for referees, the former AZ Alkmaar hitman could be able to overcome a fixture list that features ties against Man City (h) and Arsenal (a) in the next six gameweeks.
Can Capoue continue scoring?
It has been a simply ridiculous few weeks for Etienne Capoue, both in real life and FPL terms. Four goals and an assist in five games sees the French midfielder top the fantasy premier league scoring charts with 44 points.
If (like me), you've left him on the bench for his hauls, there could be further despair as his conversion rate from shots on target of 80% is unsustainable:
With many high-price forwards scoring well, using the Watford midfielder as a fourth midfielder is becoming a popular tactic. The Hornets do set off on an excellent run of fixtures up to a GW11 tie away to Liverpool, so there is certainly merit to this.
Capoue owners will be hoping that weaker opposition in the form Burnley, Bournemouth and Middlesborough (the next three fixtures for Walter Mazzarri's side) will allow the £5.0m-priced player to fire in more efforts and continue his incredible scoring run.
With just seven efforts in total across five fixtures, the former Spurs player will likely need to increase his shot tally in order for the points to continue flowing.
You can't have them all
The count of players with double-figure scores in GW5 was 17.
A 15-man squad restricted by the available FPL budget simply means that, at the current time, there will be big points hauls brought in by players that you do not have.
Last season, the prices of Riyad Mahrez, Dele Alli, Jamie Vardy in particular made it much simpler for FPL managers to cover the bases better, while high scorers were harder to come by.
This campaign has seen a dearth of clean sheets coupled with a relatively high amount of double-digit scorers. Manager can only hope that a use of form, fixtures, stats and watching games can point them in the direction of some of these high scorers while accepting that it is impossible to have them all.