Yet again we witness a demolition.
This Gameweek it arrived from the unlikeliest of directions as Bolton woke up from their slumber and tore Stoke apart. The formerly untouchable team now has two Fantasy contenders, with Klasnic back to his early season form and Eagles showing impressive form of late.
Analyzing the Fantasy impact of the Gameweek, we look at consistent performers, what players are looking good, who are off the mark, who look out of sorts, and players that have not convinced yet.
Bolton destroyed Stoke 5 – 0 with Klasnic getting a double BAG for a total of 19 Fantasy points. For the price of £5.8 he is looking delish, should Bolton be back to winning ways. Eagles grabbed man of the match with his two goals and two bonus points.
Robin van Persie scored over 10 Fantasy points for the fourth consecutive Gameweek. He was the focal point of Arsenal attacks and registered a BAG (Bonus, Assist, Goal) in Arsenal’s 3 – 0 home win over West Brom. Vermaelen returned with a bang, scoring, keeping a clean sheet, and stealing three bonus points. Arsenal look more compact at the back with the Belgian defender. Arteta scored and stole bonus points while Walcott and Gervinho got an assist each.
Ryan Taylor stole the show in Newcastle’s 2 – 1 victory over Everton. He curled in a splendid long range effort and consequently stole three bonus points. Simpson and Ba got assists while Drenthe assisted Rodwell (who also got two bonus points) in Everton’s consolation goal.
Bent and Agbonlahor proved their worth with 15 and 12 point Gameweek, respectively. Agbonlahor has 6.1 points per game and is tempting at only £7.3 but beware of a tough schedule that sees Aston Villa visit Tottenham and Swansea before facing Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal at home (with a Bolton game sprinkled in between). Pilkington, Morison, and Holt got Norwich’s Fantasy points.
Bale, watchlisted last last week, and Lennon ripped Fulham’s defence to shreds with their speed and interplay in the first half of Tottenham’s 1 – 3 win away at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. Fulham came back with a vengeance in the second half and were only denied by man of the match Brad Friedel. The 40 year old registered an amazing 11 saves to get a respectable five points in spite of a goal against. Adebayor nicked an assist in the final minute to add to his already impressive assist tally this season.
O’Hara scored a whopping 15 points in Wolves 3 – 1 win over Wigan. Ward got 10 points for his goal and two bonus points.
Silva scored and stole one bonus points in Manchester City’s 2 – 3 away win over QPR. He has only failed to score over two points twice this season and only once when in the starting lineup. Dzeko got a BAG while Yaya Toure scored and stole bonus points. For QPR Bothroyd scored and assisted and Helguson scored his third goal in four games.
Vorm kept out Suarez and impressed again while N. Dyer surprisingly stole three bonus points in Liverpool’s and Swansea’s scoreless draw.
In games that would have excited Fantasy managers last year, Chelsea and Manchester United both struggled to exert their dominance over supposed lesser opponents. In the Blackburn v Chelsea game, Ivanovic scored and kept a clean sheet with Lampard scoring the winner. Manchester United’s Nani got a corner assist and a single bonus point with Evra, Rooney, and Vidic stealing the rest. After Vidic’s return, Manchester United have kept four clean sheets in all competitions.
Out of Sorts
Huth and Begovic were awful against Bolton. Huth could have lost his place in the starting eleven with that performance. Stoke look a different team away from home, especially after the Europa League games. If you have Stoke players in your team you would be wise to consider them rotation players, demoting them to the bench when Stoke play away from home.
Wigan’s defence was bypassed by the Wolves attackers in what is becoming a pattern this season. Alcaraz was terrible again and Al-Habsi’s heroics couldn’t even prevent a comfortable Wolves victory. There is no reason to have Wigan players in your Fantasy team, apart from Al-Habsi for the saves points.
Rooney played in midfield again and is currently not the powerhouse Fantasy player from earlier in the season. He could be back playing upfront after the international break.
Carroll and Torres both missed sitters and should not be in your team.
Heitinga, not a Fantasy favorite by any means, got a score of -3 with an own goal and yellow card.
In the last couple of Gameweeks we have seen players that were touted to be Fantasy prospects starting to deliver. Some of them had slow starts to the season and could be off and running while for others this will only be a temporary upswing.
- Klasnic has scored in four of the six games he has started. In his first game in the starting eleven since his red card against Norwich he helped Bolton destroy Stoke. He’s cheap, has good fixtures coming up and could play a pivotal role in Bolton’s probable revival. Eagles also bears mention, but his upside is more limited.
- Going off the watchlist and into buy territory is Bale. Lennon steps, nay runs, up the plate in his place. Quick and direct, he troubled both QPR and Fulham, getting assists in both games.
- Drenthe grabbed Fantasy points again and should be on your radar. Rodwell has started scoring but will probably not keep it up.
- Riley played at right-back for Bolton and put in a solid shift. Not a spectacular watchlist target, but at £4.0 he merits a glance.
- Gower is averaging 3.8 chances created per match this season and will provide more assists should that trend continue.
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