Van Persie’s quiet Gameweek meant that many a manager experienced their first low-scoring Gameweek in a while. However, owners of Adebayor, Mata, Kompany, and the Swansea defence had something to smile about.
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.
Adebayor was man of the match for Tottenham in their 1 – 3 win over West Brom. After missing an early penalty he pounced on the rebound and went on to add BAG (Bonus, Assist, Goal) to his tally. Stealing three bonus points, he ended the round with an impressive 14 points. He now has 33 points in the last three games and is an exciting option at front with Bolton (H), Stoke (A), and Sunderland (H) the next three games. Bale kept up his good form with an assist to one of Adebayor’s goal.
Mata registered an impressive 17 Fantasy points with with a BAG of his own. Sturridge got a goal and stole bonus points. Also high scoring in Chelsea’s much needed home win over Wolves were Terry (clean sheet, goal, and bonus) and Cole (clean sheet and assist).
In the big game of the Gameweek, a headed goal from Kompany and an unfortunate Lescott own goal meant that Liverpool’s encounter with Manchester City ended with a one-all draw. Maintaining their Fantasy form, Silva provided the City assist from a corner and Adam took the shot that rebounded off Lescott.
Van Pesie had his first quiet Gameweek for a while, while Vermaelen scored from a Walcott assist. Both also stole bonus points.
Hernandez scored Manchester United’s only goal from a Rooney assist in Manchester United’s 1 – 1 home draw against Newcastle. Ba scored from a Ben Arfa created penalty, putting his record at 9 goals, 2 assists, and 12 bonus points in 9 games. After their home game against Chelsea, Newcastle have a run of Norwich (A), Swansea (H), West Brom (H), and Bolton (A). Ba is an attractive investment for that four game run.
Walters added his fifth Fantasy productive games in six with an assist in Stoke’s 3 – 1 home win over Blackburn. Scorers Whelan, Delap, and Crouch stole all the bonus points.
Everton kept their second clean sheet of the season with an 0 – 2 away victory at Bolton. Baines added to the clean sheet points with two bonus points and Fellaini got a goal and three bonus points. Everton have an inviting run of fixtures until the new year. Despite being overpriced, an investment in Baines could be a fruitful short term investment.
The much maligned Moses finally returned a productve Fantasy Gameweek with an assist in Wigan’s important away victory at Sunderland. Di Santo scored while Larson got Sunderland’s goal.
Vorm kept another clean sheet for Swansea in a rather drab 0 – 0 draw against Aston Villa.
R. Martin scored and stole three bonus points in Norwich’s 2 – 1 win over QPR. Target man Holt scored and stole a single bonus point.
Out of Sorts
Balotelli showed his naivety by picking up two bookings in 18 minutes against Liverpool. Although fun to watch, he is too unpredictable to own in the Fantasy game.
Nani had yet another quiet game. I’m keeping him for one more week, but my patience is wearing thin.
Adebayor is nearing the elite category of viable captain options. Van Persie has dominated this season, Rooney was undroppable in the early season, and Aguero has looked sharp in his first Premier League season. Adding to the captain list we have Van der Vaart, Silva, and perhaps Ba and Bale in their current form.
With his consistent Fantasy form and goals now flowing, Adebayor is an excellent option for the armband in Tottenham’s enticing fixtures until the new year.
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