Let’s study for the exam that is Gameweek 15. Learning materials include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, a surprisingly apt academic analogy.
- Van Persie: He was back to his scoring ways against West Ham in a rather uninspiring team performance from Manchester United. Despite registering four shots and four chances created Van Persie didn’t have his best day and is likely to want to improve on his performance. There is really nothing left to say about Van Persie and he is still the Fantasy player to have until proven otherwise.
Suarez: The feisty forward has finally started to deliver Fantasy points with an impressive 10 goals in 14 games this season. He has had a quiet two Gameweeks and a home game against Southampton should be a good way to start a new scoring run. Suarez has an impressive total of 66 shots taken this season, streets ahead of second placed Ba’s and third placed Bale’s total of 46 and 45, respectively.
Cazorla: Cazorla’s Fantasy output has been stifled somewhat and the stats show why. In his first seven games he had an average of 4.1 shots taken per game. In his last seven, his average has dropped to a less impressive 2.4 shots. Similarly, his chances created has dropped off in recent games. Still, he is a quality player and I believe this was inevitable as teams figured out that the best way to stop Arsenal was to limit Cazorla’s influence on games. Now he has to figure out how to play whilst being targeted as a key player. Arsenal’s fixture is kind and I’m betting on Cazorla to start delivering again soon.
Walcott’s claim to Arsenal’s striker spot is backed by his impressive chance conversion. He leads the league with a 40% conversion rate (of all players that have 10 shots or more). At home against Swansea, he will get chances, and even though his conversion rate will regress to a lower, sustainable number he could still be a better finisher that most.
Bale’s is the highest scoring midfielder in the Fantasy game and is on a run of three consecutive goals scored. Bale is playing well and Villas-Boas even claimed that he is “amazed at what he can do for us“. He is almost certain to be free of rotation and is a constant threat, in whatever situation Tottenham are in.
Silva has created almost 3.5 chances per game in his last seven outings and Manchester City look both a more cohesive team and a more dangerous one when the skillful Spaniard plays.
Swansea’s game against Arsenal is likely to be a high scoring one, as both defences are struggling to keep out the opposition. Michu is Swansea’s most potent weapon and is a midfielder playing as a forward. His eight goals make a mockery of his initial price tag of 6.5 and he is still value for only 7.4.
It sounds crazy to place Fellaini in the heavy hitters playing away from home against Manchester City. But he is so strong and has been so consistent (eight attacking returns in twelve games) that he is nearing the must-have category.
West Ham face Chelsea in the early Saturday game. West Ham have kept three clean sheets at home and Chelsea have two clean sheets in a row under new manager Benitez. Jaaskelainen has been outstanding in goal for West Ham and Azpilicueta has started Chelsea’s last five games.
Norwich, playing at home against Sunderland, have proven resilient under Hughes. Ryan Bennet has started the last two games, since Turner’s injury, and is a budget-pick at 3.9.
Sterling is the cheapest way to get access to the Liverpool attack. Despite his young age, he has proved to be more than capable on the right wing and provides valuable support for Suarez.
Gomez’s hattrick against Reading has probably guaranteed his starting place for the short term. He’s a decent punt against a weakened Newcastle team, who have been unlucky with injuries this season.
Taraabt is risky pick but I’m banking on QPR to quickly improve under Redknapp and for the talented Moroccan to play a big role in the revival.