Let’s find the Fantasy Grounding for Gameweek 30. Mains powered equipment includes captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, note the electric analogy.
- Van Persie: With all English teams out of the Champions League we can now predict lineups with more certainty. One of the biggest benefit is the high likelihood that Van Persie will start most of the games in the run-in. Despite his apparent downturn in form, a home game against a managerless Reading couldn’t look better. Also note that his “downturn” reads in Fantasy terms as one goal, three assists and six bonus points in the last five games. Only one of those games was a blank. It just goes to show how consistent Van Persie is, that an average of 5.6 Fantasy points per game is considered a bad run.
Bale: After Bale’s rest against Inter, you could make the argument that Tottenham’s home game against Fulham should propel Bale to the top of the captain picks. You wouldn’t be bonkers. Yet here he is, in second place despite posting an insane 11.8 Fantasy points on average in his last five games. My loyalty to the consistent Dutchman stretched to the limit.
Rooney: A perfect pick for those chasing in their mini-leagues. The option of swapping Van Persie out for Rooney and spending the difference on a major upgrade elsewhere is mighty tempting. As I’ve often stated, I would not touch Van Persie if you are leading. As always, Ferguson could do something crazy like starting Hernandez or Welbeck, so make sure your vice captain is playing.
Under normal circumstances Suarez would be in the captain picks. The difference is simply an away game and the fact that Southampton have only conceded more than one goal at St. Mary’s three times this season.
Mata and Hazard were impressive in the second half against Manchester United and in Chelsea’s win against Steaua Bucharest. Hazard in particular is enjoying an impressive late season. However, the underlying numbers favour Mata who, after a couple of quiet weeks played well against West Brom. He spanked in six crosses, created four chances, and attempted three shots, indicating that he will deliver Fantasy points.
In what will be a cliché inducing “six pointer”, Benteke is the likeliest player to have an impact for Aston Villa against QPR. He’s attempting on average three shots per game which doesn’t justify his four goals in the last five games, but comes close.
The clean sheets this Gameweek are rather pedestrian with my bets placed on Manchester United at home featuring right-back Rafael, Tottenham at home including the cheap Dawson, and Sunderland at home with the safe pick O’Shea facing the blunt Norwich.
Remy offers excellent value and is a real Fantasy threat. His current production of three goals in four is unlikely to continue with an average of two shots per game, but for the price of 5.9 he’s a decent bet.
Sissoko’s three goals and three assists are nothing to sneeze at and he will be a threat against Wigan. Apart from the away fixture in Gameweek 31, his fixtures are excellent until the end of the season.
Kone’s creating a decent amount of chances and averaging over two shots per game. Should Wigan finish the season in their customary excellent form, Kone could benefit greatly.