Let’s meditate for the internal struggle that is Gameweek 16. Modes of conciousness include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, a baffling mental discipline analogy.
- Michu: The Fantasy player of the season and currently joint highest scorer with 10 goals, Michu is making a mockery of the £2 million Swansea paid for him. Although his underlying stats do suggest some slow down in production, his low price would still justify his ownership. But for now, just enjoy owning him and seriously consider captaining him this Gameweek.
Cazorla: I think Cazorla has been suffering from fatigue and that has been the major reason for his lack of end product as the season has progressed. He was rested in Arsenal’s midweek game and should be fresher against West Brom. Wenger’s choice of an inexperienced team against Olympiakos spoke of his focus on the West Brom game.
Sessegnon: The Beninese is likely to be pushed to a forward role with Fletcher out with an ankle injury. He’s probably not the statistically best captain pick but I’m a sucker for double Gameweeks and couldn’t help myself.
After four blank Gameweeks, Berbatov has been shipped out by almost 100.000 Fantasy managers. His shooting statistics show an alarming trend, with an average of a shot per game in the last three games as opposed to his 3.85 shots per game the seven games before that. However, the last three games have been away against Stoke and Chelsea, and last Gameweek’s 10 man loss to Tottenham. The fixture list looks brighter in the next seven games and this home game against Newcastle will go a long way in showing whether Berbatov’s plight is a permanent one.
Ba’s a doubt following a hamstring twinge but should be a good bet if he plays against Fulham. However, don’t go purchasing him now unless you have considered the upcoming tough schedule. Newcastle’s next six games are MCI, QPR, mun, ars, EVE, and nor. Out of these, the only standout game is QPR at home, so Ba could be in for some blank Gameweeks.
Tevez and Aguero should have chances against a Manchester United team that has the worst defensive record of any Ferguson team at this stage of the season. The chance you take is Mancini’s penchant for rotation and given that Balotelli and Dzeko played so well in City’s 6 – 1 win last year, Tevez could be set for the bench.
Fellaini, like Michu, has become a must-have player. Both players have been fixture proof and deliver Fantasy points at a level above their original and current price. Get them in soon, if you can. Tottenham haven’t kept many clean sheets and should struggle to deal with Fellaini’s power and surprising deftness.
With Sessegnon already covered in the captain picks and Fletcher a major injury doubt my double Gameweek focus falls on Le Fondre and Robson-Kanu. I’m not particularly excited by the prospect of either player, but at 4.9 and 4.3, they are budget options that can be held after the double Gamweek as Fantasy squad players. Normally, I wouldn’t put them in the heavy hitters for the Gameweek, but wanted to include some mention of the rather dull double Gameweek.
At home against Reading, an attacking Southampton team will get chances. Lambert is best set up to benefit from this and will be looking to add to his six goals this season.
Sunderland’s double Gameweek sets Cuellar up nicely for a decent chance of a clean sheet. Their game against Reading will be the better chance, as the former sees Sunderland welcome Benitez’s Chelsea to the Stadium of Light.
Norwich’s focus on defence gives Swansea a chance to pick up their third clean sheet in four games, thanks in part to right-back Rangel.
A Suarez-less Liverpool should be manageable for Allardyce’s West Ham. O’Brien’s recent attacking returns makes him a decent pick up at 4.2.
Adam Johnson has two chances to shine in the double Gameweek. He has shown glimpses of the exciting winger he promises to be and will relish taking on Reading at home.
Giroud is owned by only 3% of Fantasy managers but offers a solid access to a decent Arsenal team.
Taraabt features yet again in the punts, mostly due to his convincing underlying statistics, indicating that he is due a goal and assist soon.