- The Gameweek 15 Friday Foreplay proved successful with all the captain picks getting on the Fantasy score sheet and most of the big hitters delivering. In addition, Swansea, Arsenal, and Liverpool kept clean sheets as predicted while my punt on Adam paid dividends.
Analyzing the Fantasy impact of the gameweek, we look at notable performances and possible diamonds in the rough.
Nani, Rooney, and Valencia led a Manchester United mauling of Wolves at Old Trafford. Ferguson moved Nani to the left wing and started with Valencia on the right, demoting Ashley Young to the bench.
It was an emphatic answer to the naysayers after dropping out of the Champions League with a limp display in Basel. The next six games include Blackburn, Wigan, and Bolton at home while United travel to QPR, Fulham and Newcastle. With this favorable run of fixtures you should invest in at least one United attacking cover.
In the game of the week, Sturridge assisted both Chelsea goals in their 2 – 1 win over Manchester City. He is proving to be a value purchase and a cheap access to Chelsea Fantasy points. Meireles scored a Lampard-esque goal, arriving late into the penalty box while Lampard himself buried the winning penalty after having replaced Meireles. Terry, surprisingly, stole bonus points again.
Van Persie scored again for Arsenal with probably the strike of the season. The quality of the finish prompted a worshipping kiss of the boot from goalkeeper Szczesny. Arteta stole bonus points for the fourth time in five games. Arsenal have kept four clean sheets out of seven games with Vermaelen playing. He’s a triple threat defender, offering the promise of goals and bonus points in addition to clean sheets.
Ba got both goals for Newcastle and is looking scrumptious as a third striker pick. He is priced at only £7.2 and has home games against Swansea and West Brom coming up.
Swansea registered another clean sheet at home, in no small part because of Vorm’s heroics. He saved Dempsey’s penalty around the 80 minute mark in addition to making several quality saves throughout the match. Surprisingly, he did not get bonus points but scored 12 Fantasy points nonetheless. Sinclair scored and stole bonus points and former punt Gower got an assist for Graham’s goal.
Stepping up to take Tottenham’s penalty versus Stoke, was Adebayor. With Tottenham’s regular penalty taker, Van der Vaart, on the pitch, it was surprising to see. This bumps Adebayors Fantasy potential even higher while removing an important piece of what made Van der Vaart a must-own last season.
Also producing this gameweek:
- Larsson scored Sunderland’s late winner in dramatic fashion. With only seconds left on the clock, he buried a free kick on the edge of the area to remind us of why he is an attractive mid-range option for your Fantasy midfield.
- Suarez capped of a brilliant display to score Liverpool’s only goal of the game against QPR. Enrique got a clean sheet.
- Etherington reminded us that there is more than one goal scoring midfielder at Stoke with his brace seeing off Tottenham. The other goal scoring midfielder, Walters, popped up with an assist following a long throw in.
- Morison scored again for Norwich, Fletcher got Wolves’ only goal, and Klasnic got Bolton’s consolation strike before limping off with a knee injury.
Keep an eye out for…
- …Valencia. Getting three assists and a bonus point he is only priced at £7.8 and could be a cheap option for the midfield. It’s hard to see Ferguson dropping him after this display which could mean a bench role for Young in the coming gameweeks.
- … Suarez, who could start a goal scoring run following his winner against QPR. If his finishing improves he has the quality to punish defenses.
Out of Sorts
- Ashley Young is in danger of starting on the bench after Valencia’s and Nani’s excellent performance against Wolves. For £9.8 you would be better served getting the aforementioned United wingers or perhaps Mata or Silva.
- The Newcastle defence could be facing its demise as a Fantasy force with S. Taylor’s injury. Now is a good time to sell with Evans of Manchester United or another Swansea defender cheap options.
With Nani’s and Rooney’s displays this week, is it time to purchasing United attackers and captaining them? Will the fixtures help Rooney get goals consistently over the festive period or is Van Persie still the default captain’s choice for his owners?