Musings from Gameweek 12
City Back on Top
Silva’s return to Manchester City’s lineup coincided with their first thumping since last season. He’s such an intelligent player, buzzing around in the final third, always available for a pass and providing a creative spark for City’s deadly duo upfront.
He leads the league in minutes per chance created in open play, having created a total of 27 chances in his limited game time.
City face a difficult set of games in their next four, including games against Chelsea, Everton, and Manchester United. But with Silva on board and with home games against Everton and United, I would bet on City to score and Silva to be involved.
Add to the mix that City are likely to miss out on the Champions League and the trio of Tevez, Aguero, and Silva start to look mighty attractive again. If you are going for Silva, act quickly, because his price will be rising tomorrow.
Shorey Outshone Baines
Nicky Shorey put in nine accurate crosses from 16 attempts, out-crossing Baines’s 13 attempts. Moreover, Shorey created six chances resulting in a single assist.
His statistics in the last four games is tempting, with an average of 16 crosses and 4.5 chances created per game.
He is a budget choice, priced at 4.1 and has a double Gameweek 16. However, his schedule is tough but he can easily be rotated and offers hope of attacking returns.
Better Sub Than Starter
Hernandez’s poor game against Norwich puts to bed any theories that Manchester United’s best striking duo isn’t Rooney and Persie. This should offer Fantasy managers reassurance that Ferguson can take fewer chances with both players.
Hernandez is still more suited to coming on as a substitute while Welbeck is raw compared to his older strike partners.
Van Persie is the only ownable striker in United’s ranks, and really their only Fantasy attacking choice at the moment.
Out Of Position
The same theme continues; out of position players benefit in the Fantasy game.
Defender playing as wing-back Enrique was sometimes the furthest man forward for Liverpool while Sterling supported Suarez as a winger-cum-striker. Liverpool’s three man defence suits both Johnson and Enrique.
Michu continues to impress as a striker-slash-support-striker, grabbing his seventh goal of the season.
Fellaini, Cazorla, Hazard, Sessegnon, Walters, and more; midfielders with limited defensive duties are more likely to be involved in assists and goals.
Fulham v Sunderland
Martin Jol’s men were much better than the 1 – 3 scoreline suggests. Despite going down to 10 men early on in the game, they attacked and were unlucky not to be rewarded with more goals.
A little luck and Berbatov could have had a goal and an assist in a special Fulham win.
Keep faith in both the team and the languid Bulgarian.
Sunderland need more than one game to spike any real Fantasy interest but signs from Fletcher, Johnson, and Sessegnon are encouraging.
Gameweek 12 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 12 I recommended Van Persie, Suarez, and Aguero as the captain picks. Van Persie failed to assist or score for the first time when starting for Manchester United. I fared better with my South American contingent, as both Suarez and Aguero bagged a brace and double digit scores.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 19/36
- Double digit captains: 6/36