We go parachuting, experiencing the freefall that is Gameweek 12. Jumps include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, a strained skydiving analogy.
- Van Persie: Another Gameweek, another list with Van Persie. Despite Norwich having only conceded one goal at home in their last three matches, Van Persie is just too powerful a Fantasy pick to not captain.
Suarez: His recent displays have not gone unnoticed by Fantasy managers who have recruited Liverpool’s dangerous striker in droves. His price has gone up by 0.2 (now at 10.0), in part because of Liverpool’s home game against Wigan. Surprisingly, Wigan’s defence has been better away from home, with their only clean sheet in their win over Tottenham in Gameweek 10. Nevertheless, Liverpool have scored in their last four games in all competitions, and Suarez in his last three League games.
Aguero: This is a risky one with Mancini running rotation rumbles this season. I believe Aguero is Mancini’s main striker. This means the other starting place is a toss up between Tevez and Dzeko. Manchester City scored in every home game last season and have not failed to score for their first three home games this season. Silva’s return from injury adds to City’s creativity which will only help Aguero, as witnessed by his goal in last Gameweek’s win over Tottenham.
With Aguero a captain pick, Silva and Tevez are relegated to the heavy hitter category. Silva was Mr. Consistent last season, delivering an astounding 16 assists as well as 6 goals and will collect Fantasy points with regularity throughout the season. The only hesitation with Tevez is whether Dzeko takes his place in the starting lineup after his fourth goal in four games coming on as a substitute.
Cazorla trails only Silva and Baines in minutes per chances created, despite having only registered two assists this season. Arsenal v Tottenham is likely to generate goals and Cazorla is integral to Arsenal’s attacking game. Giroud’s brace against Fulham guarantees him a starting place against Tottenham
Under Villas-Boas, Tottenham are reliant on their wingers for attacking thrust. When Bale plays to his potential, they are hard to stop and he will be motivated to perform against Arsenal.
Berbatov keeps on delivering, and has now scored five goals and registered three assists in six starts under Martin Jol. A home game against Sunderland is tougher than it would appear looking at the teams league position, but Fulham are strong at home and Berbatov a good bet to score.
Fellaini is the popular midfield choice at the moment, having risen 0.3 in price during the week. Everton face Reading, who concede on average 1.8 goals per game and the towering Belgian should get his chances.
Speaking of chances, Baines should create a fair few against Reading if his 22.2 minutes per chances created is anything to go by. Short answer: It is.
West Ham’s and Stoke’s defences are ranked third and first, respectively, having conceded on average 1.0 and 0.91 goals per game. If ever a game was likely to end 0 – 0, this is it. Jaaskelainen and Begovic are popular goalkeeper choices but should you be looking for cheap defenders McMartney and Wilkinson are budget choices.
QPR’s Cisse has only scored a single goal this season, at home against Reading in Gameweek 10. However, playing against Southampton elevates strikers to at least decent punts for the Gameweek.
Manchester United’s defence has been bailed out by their impressive strike force multiple times this season. With Vidic missing, Holt will relish the match-up against Ferdinand and Evans or Smalling and is likely to get a chance or two using his physicality inside the box.
Ba’s seven goals this season has come as a surprise, following his goal draught in the latter part of last season. However, he’s scored both home and away and against all types of opposition and should be dangerous against Swansea.