Musings from Gameweek 10
Back from injury, he has scored 5 and 15 points in consecutive games. Against Liverpool he attempted two shots and created two chances. In the game against Fulham he was unstoppable, taking six shots (all in the box, with four on target) and creating one chance and supplying three crosses.
His returns are not surprising and he’s registered an impressive 38 total shots despite his two game injury. At 7.0 he’s a steal and a season keeper. He’s going to rise in price soon so get him in early, preferably Sunday night, if you want him before next Gameweek.
I feel like I’m on repeat; Robin van Persie is too good not to own.
Take my failed wildcard round as an example. I used my wildcard this Gameweek to get in Van Persie and a host of other players that did not deliver (including Tevez, Bale, Baines, Hazard, and Begovic) with three players on my bench that delivered (McCartney, Maloney, Gorkss). Alright, moan over. This round, were it not for my captain Van Persie, would be a horror show.
It arguably still is, but you get my point.
He’s your get out of jail free card, your band-aid for bad rounds, your icing on a great Gameweek. He’s everything you want in a Fantasy player except his high price. Just accept it and move on. Find a way to get him in or be prepared to complain for the rest of the season as he continues to bang in goals and assists.
I reviewed the Aguero vs Tevez debate last Gameweek and was happy to see Tevez starting the game as I had suspected. However, with City in a funk and Mancini’s rotation going wild, there are big question marks over both Aguero and Tevez in a Fantasy lineup. With credible choices in the same price range (Suarez, Ba, Defoe) or even cheaper (Berbatov, Crouch, Lambert) it is becoming increasingly hard to justify holding on to the Argentinians.
Speaking of strikers, Suarez is hard to ignore. His fantastic goal against Newcastle gives him an average of 8.8 points in the last five Gameweeks. Despite Liverpool’s three away games in their next four fixtures, Suarez’s total of 63 attempts this season makes him a constant threat.
Liverpool’s attacking game is based on him and opposed to the uncertainty surrounding City’s strikers you can be certain that you’ll get your 90 minutes of a shot every fifteen minutes from Suarez.
It’s looking mighty tempting to swap Tevez for Suarez, even if that translates into not having any City coverage.
The Case for Defences
Wigan, West Ham, and Norwich kept clean sheets against Tottenham, Manchester City, and Stoke City respectively. With Manchester United not keeping many clean sheets, City defenders being rotated or out injured, and neither Arsenal nor Tottenham showing strong defensive returns the case for cheaper defenders in a rotation strategy emerges.
All have cheap options such as Ramis for Wigan, McCartney for West Ham, and Bassong for Norwich.
Throughout the season, you could do worse than rotate the home player in from a selection of three cheaper players and use the money for an elite striker such as Van Persie or a solid Fantasy midfield choice such as Bale or Fellaini.
Baird strikes thrice.
Two goals and a yellow card. Zero points.
Nevertheless, he’s cheap and in a Fulham defence that is decent at home. The last two goals were not good reasons to buy and this Gameweek’s nil is not a good reason to sell.
Gameweek 10 Captain Picks
I’m documenting whether I’m passing the test with my captain picks. If a captain pick scores over three points in the Gameweek it is considered a success and I am also noting double-digit Gameweek scores.
In the Friday Foreplay for Gameweek 10 I recommended Van Persie, Bale, and Mata as the captain picks. Van Persie unsurprisingly delivered, Bale had a frustrating Gameweek, and Mata was injured. I also recommended Suarez highly, but that is scant consolation for those that went for Bale or Mata.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 15/30
- Double digit captains: 4/30