The slalom that is Gameweek 10 begins. Gates include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, a clumsy skiing analogy.
- Van Persie: He has been unstoppable since the beginning of last season and hasn’t failed to deliver a goal or an assist when he starts for Manchester United. It doesn’t seem to matter the quality of the opposition, whether he plays at home or away, or whether United have a good game, Van Persie delivers. If you have him, you captain him.
Bale: In last Gameweek’s Friday Foreplay, I mentioned his impressive stats, both in shots and chances created. Not to repeat myself, let’s just say that they are still impressive, Tottenham have a home game against a less than defensively sound Wigan, and that Bale is likely to return Fantasy points.
Mata: Mata’s last five Gameweeks have returned 6, 13, 8, 18, and 9 points, amassed by scoring four times, creating five goals, and grabbing eight bonus points. He’s playing like an angel since Chelsea moved to a front four of Torres, Mata, Hazard, and Oscar. His away game shouldn’t dissuade you, especially after three goals and two assists in the away games against Arsenal and Tottenham.
Suarez still leads the league in shots with 44 in total, a surprising 10 more than second placed Defoe. His Fantasy production has picked up since last season and he’ll be a Fantasy force to be reckoned with if he starts to convert more of his shots. Liverpool face a Newcastle team that hasn’t picked up a clean sheet on their travels in the league this season. Suarez will try to make sure it stays that way.
The aforementioned Defoe has had a consistent season, providing solid performances. His output is stable, although not spectacular. The threat of Adebayor still looms large, although Villas-Boas has said that Defoe will keep his place in the starting lineup as long as he performs well.
Morrison’s flight under the radar was spotted during the week, with over 20.000 Fantasy managers buying him, causing a 0.1 price rise. Most of these managers will have had a look at the fixtures to see West Brom face the worst defence in the league. Southampton arrive with a horrible away record, having conceded an average of four goals per game in their three league games this season.
With Mata’s face being splashed all across the sports news, Hazard has got less attention than at the beginning of the season. He has still delivered a goal and three assists in Chelsea’s last three games and remains an elite midfielder.
Tevez has been rested in Champions League games to start in league games. He isn’t a slam dunk pick, especially given the away game to a solid West Ham team. However, he is delivering for City and will be in the thick of things.
Cuellar is Sunderland’s cheapest defender that is guaranteed a game. The goals per game statistics tell the story we want to hear. Sunderland rank last in goals scored, 0.75 per game, and 2nd in goals conceded, 1.00 per game. Their home record is even better, 0.67 goal per game.
Sunderland’s awful attack this season has led to a single goal in their last four fixtures. If Aston Villa are ever to keep a clean sheet on the road, this is the fixture. Lowton has played every game and although his attacking stats are nothing special (4 shots, 3 on target, and 8 chances created) he’s cheap enough (4.5) to serve as a solid rotation defender.
Despite having faced Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea away, Stoke have the 10th best defence in goals conceded away (1.60). They have conceded fewest goals at home (0.25) and have a strong set of fixtures coming up. With Wilson’s injury, Cameron and Wilkinson are set to fill the full-back spots.
Lukaku’s shots on target are impressive. He leads the league in shots on target (for players that have taken 10 shots or more). Long is a doubt and shoudl Lukaku play, he’s a strong value bet against a leaky Southampton defence.
A true punt for once, based on a gut feeling (warning, known to be unreliable, at best). Manchester City have failed to keep a clean sheet on the road this season and I fancy Carroll to break his duck with a bullet header.
Taraabt has started the last three games for QPR, returning a single goal. He’s not a great statistical bet based on his goals this season but he faces probably the league’s second worst defence in Reading. Like Carroll, Taraabt isn’t a great bet, but something different to ponder.