Junior Stanislas – GW8
In Gameweek 8, Hull City rocked up to Dean Court off the back of 3 heavy and convincing loses in which they had conceded 11 goals. Bournemouth on the other hand had beaten both West Brom and a rejuvenated Everton in their last two home games and with a newly fit Jack Wilshire in the side, looked a solid home team poised to inflict more misery on Hull. Stanislas hadn’t played the first 3 games of the season through injury and as such was given a brilliantly low value of just £6.9M in the FanDuel game. A bargain for a creative midfielder in this type of situation.
A regular set piece taker (sometimes including Penalties too) and having amassed healthy point hauls in both of the last two home wins, Stanislas was a brilliant differential pick on a week where (if he started) he was likely to not only be creator of chances but potentially traumatise a lacklustre and depleted Hull defence. Sure enough Bournemouth went on to win the game 6-1 and Stanislas duly delivered with 2 goals, 2 assists, 3 chances created and of course a MoM performance.
A total score of 67.5 is the highest weekly score for any player in the game so far this season and defies his £6.9M price tag. Thanks (in part) to Stanislas my team finished a healthy 5th out of 1411 players that week with a total score of 352.75. 20% of my points arriving from one player! Unfortunately my decision to play Sanchez over Walcott that week cost me the title and meant a 5th place take home of £150 instead of the coveted £600 1st place price that week. Nonetheless for a cost of £5 and only 8 weeks into a new season and new game I was pretty pleased with my intuitive differential pick.
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