Man, I didn’t see the Yak coming. Four goals and a yakking 21 points are amazing returns for a £5.5 priced striker. Although some have touted Yakubu as a possible value purchase, nobody saw the haul coming.
Analyzing the Fantasy impact of the Gameweek, we look at notable performances and possible diamonds in the rough.
Yakubu scored 21 Fantasy points despite not being involved much in Blackburn’s 4 – 2 win over Swansea. In the unlikely event you captained the Yak, I salute you! Samba had a decent outing with an assist and two stolen bonus points.
Van Persie kept up his extraordinary form with yet another BAG (Bonus, Assist, Goal). Vermaelen scored an unlikely 16 points with a BAG of his own. Walcott recorded his fifth consecutive productive Fantasy gameweek with an assist while Arteta stole bonus points to grab 10 points.
Bale kept on upstaging Van der Vaart (who only came on as a substitute late on) with a BAG, scoring 13 Fantasy points. Although Tottenham face Stoke away next Gameweek, Sunderland (H), Norwich (A), and West Brom (H) lie in wait in the next six gameweeks. Defoe got a rare start and duly delivered with a BAG, scoring 12 Fantasy points. Don’t go overboard getting him in, since he will be rotated when VdV gets a look in again.
Manchester City produced yet another goal-fest with five different goalscorers. In on the bonus point action were Yaya Toure and Nasri with a goal each and Silva with an assist. City’s strike force split the spoils with Aguero and Balotelli scoring while Dzeko assisted.
Mata (assist) and Sturridge (goal) deliverd Fantasy points again and are looking more attractive with each productive week. Terry stole three bonus points with his clean sheet performance.
Jones rewarded the 20% of managers owning him with his first goal for Manchester United in their 0 – 1 win over Aston Villa. Playing in midfield, he delivered his first double digit Fantasy score since gameweek four. Nani showed signs of the attacking force of last season, especially after being moved to the center following Hernandez’s injury. With United’s fixtures, he could prove somewhat of a differentiator with net transfers at -150.000 managers in the last six gameweeks.
Also producing this gameweek:
- Helguson scored yet again for QPR in their 1 – 1 draw with West Brom. He now has six goals in eight games. Great value at £5.5. In the same game, Long came back from injury with a goal and three stolen bonus points.
- Morison scored Norwich’s consolation. He is showing consistency and is a viable third striker.
- Huth, who scored Stoke’s winner in their first positive result following a Europa League game. Shawcross got a clean sheet and two bonus points.
Keep an eye out for…
- …Gower, passing master for Swansea priced at £4.5. He is registering key passes each game and delivered his fourth assist of the season. If you are in need of a fifth midfielder you could do worse.
- …Lennon, who could prove a cheap cover for the Tottenham attack. Priced at £7.2, he scored again this gameweek. He has now scored twice, delivered three assists and stolen four bonus points in six gameweeks since coming back from injury.
- …double goal winner Fletcher, who was Wolves’ hero in their 2 – 1 victory over Sunderland. He has a great goal per minute ratio. Should McCarthy choose to start him regularly you could do worse with a third striker.
- … Dempsey, who seems to be underrated yet delivers every season. He scored Fulham’s winner against 10 man Lucas-less Liverpool.
Vermaelen, Baines, Jones, Huth, and Terry provide food for thought with excellent gameweeks while expensive strikers Rooney, Bent, Suarez, and Adebayor were blunted.
With the rise of cheap strikers is it now viable to start spending on defenders?