Musings from Gameweek 14
Bale on the Rise
The speedy Welshman has scored in the last three Gameweeks, adding an assist and five bonus points to the mix.
With Mata’s role under Benitez uncertain, Cazorla not delivering, and Silva’s slow start, Bale is starting to look like an unmissable piece of the Fantasy puzzle and is now the top scoring midfielder (in Fantasy points).
He had an eventful Gameweek; a goal, an assist, an own goal, and a yellow card.
Fellaini didn’t take long to remind us of his Fantasy potential after missing last Gameweek through suspension. He scored Everton’s equalizer against Arsenal with a precise shot in the left corner.
He had a big week, taking four shots (all on target) and creating three chances. He is scoring and assisting home and away, and against all sorts of teams. He’s still a steal at 7.6 and is likely to rise in price yet again.
It’s hard to argue with Michu’s consistency.
Not that I was.
He’s taking his fair share of Swansea’s shots (31 in total), with four against West Brom. He’s scoring in both home and away games and is a midfielder playing upfront for only 7.4.
Like Fellaini, Michu looks like a season keeper.
Nastasic and Azpilicueta
Manchester City are showing the resilience that won them last year’s title. They’ve kept five clean sheets in their last six games, coinciding with young Mastasic’s return to the starting lineup. He’s played his way into the team and is the only real option in Manchester City’s defence at 5.5. Kompany is too expensive and Mancini continues to rotate the fullbacks.
Azpilicueta has started both games under Benitez and looks set to make the right-back role his own. Benitez’s Chelsea looks like it will be a defensively solid, if a rather boring side. For neutrals, it’s bad news, but for the Fantasy manager it’s a chance to invest in Chelsea’s defenders. Like Nastasic, Azpilicueta is the cheapest of the bunch, at only 5.5, and offers some attacking threat.
Chelsea’s Castrated Attack
Mata started on the bench and Chelsea failed to score in their second consecutive game. With a blank Gameweek coming up, the World Club Championship looming, and Benitez’s penchant for rotation, both Mata and Hazard suddenly look much less enticing than under Di Matteo.
The Bale, Fellaini, and Michu offer a way out and a punt on Walcott or Cazorla is also an option given Arsenal’s lenient fixtures.
Gameweek 14 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 14 I recommended Van Persie, Silva, and Mata as the captain picks. Van Persie scored Manchester United’s solitary goal, but both Silva and Mata failed to deliver.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 21/42
- Double digit captains: 6/42