Musings from Gameweek 11
The Gifts that Keep on Giving
Fellaini is the hot potato at the moment. He keeps on delivering game after game and is a serious contender for the first budget-priced must-own of the season.
At the other end of the pricing spectrum Robin van Persie keeps up his record of delivering over three points in every game he starts for Manchester United.
Mata, back from a one week injury layoff, registered an assist and has now delivered in six consecutive games since his lacklustre start of the season. However, with Chelsea facing tricky fixtures until their week off in Gameweek 17, Mata is not an automatic pick.
Suarez scored in his third consecutive game and now trails RvP’s total Fantasy score by only eight points. He’s the focal point of Liverpool’s play but I’m skeptical that he’ll keep up his new-found consistency despite strong fixtures coming up.
All are strong captain potentials every week. Considering RvP’s amazing consistency from last season onwards he is almost an automatic captain’s pick in most games.
Nolan notched the only goal of the game in a hard-faught win over former employers Newcastle. He is playing “in the hole”, right behind Carroll in Allardyce’s 4-4-1-1. He now sits as the fourth highest Fantasy scoring midfielder, behind only Hazard, Fellaini, and Mata.
Looking at the highest scoring midfielders, it stands out that most are attacking midfielders, some even playing more like a striker than a midfielder. Hazard, Fellaini, Mata, Nolan, Michu, and Cazorla have limited defensive duties compared to orthodox box-to-box midfielders and can thus focus more on the attacking side of the game.
In Fantasy terms this means that you should hesitate buying any midfielder not playing as a “virtual forward”. Not because the player isn’t good, but because “virtual forwards” will take more shots in the box, have more shots on target, and be more involved in the play in the final third of the pitch.
The Chelsea Defence
Chelsea haven’t kept a clean sheet in six games and have tough games coming up, including West Brom away and Manchester City at home, before flying off to compete in the World Club Championship.
Selling isn’t necessary but purchasing a Chelsea defender is questionable until after Gameweek 17.
Fulham finally seem to have picked up some form on the road, having drawn three and won one in their last four away games. More importantly regarding Berbatov, is their willingness to take the game to their opponents and attack as witnessed in their thrilling six goal draw against Arsenal. Berbatov was outstanding yet again and is still a steal at 7.4.
Gameweek 11 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 11 I recommended Van Persie, Cazorla, and Baines as the captain picks. Van Persie delivered an assist and Baines got two bonus points, but Cazorla was a surprising blank despite Arsenal’s three goals.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 17/33
- Double digit captains: 4/33