Musings from Gameweek 16
Rooney and Van Persie
As I covered in last Gameweek’s review, Van Persie and Rooney have similar shots and chances created numbers and the game against City was a perfect example of how owning Van Persie over Rooney is not as clear cut as earlier in the season.
Rooney was deployed in the hole and was excellent throughout. In addition to his brace, he connected play intelligently for United in the space afforded by City’s lack of a defensive midfielder.
Having said that, Van Persie delivered yet again, even though he couldn’t match Rooney’s 12 points. After two blanks, he has scored in three consecutive matches and is still likely the best “default” captain choice each week, regardless of the opposition.
Balotelli Disappoints and Tevez Impresses
Balotelli’s substitution and Tevez’s introduction after 51 minutes was the catalyst for City’s comeback. Tevez must surely have played himself into the starting lineup against Newcastle, especially after yet another Balotelli strop, as he walked straight down the tunnel.
Mancini’s criticism of the Italian striker was strangely worded but direct: “When you have the quality that Mario has, you can’t understand how you throw out of the window his quality”.
Tevez’s partnership with Aguero worked much better than that of Balotelli and Aguero. Both were buzzing around and creating space for each other. Tevez dropped deeper, picking up the ball and either carrying it forward with menace or finding runners in space. He picked up two assists in the Fantasy game and is still likely a fine player to own.
Michu’s Conversion Rate
Michu’s incredible season continues. His brace against Norwich puts him on 12 goals for the season with six in the last five games. The goals have come from a surprisingly low 20 shots on target which indicates that he is bound to regress sooner or later.
However, he has goal-scoring history from La Liga and is sometimes playing furthest forward in an attacking Swansea team so the Fantasy points will likely flow, although perhaps not in the recent abundance.
Johnson States His Case
In the bandwagon craze for Enrique another potent attacking wing-slash-right-back was forgotten. Johnson has registered back to back double-digit Gameweeks, reminding us of his attacking potential. He sits on 57 points, the eighth highest defender despite having missed two games earlier in the season.
Liverpool’s schedule is promising, with home games against Aston Villa, Fulham, and Sunderland in the next five Gameweeks. Johnson has a decent chance to deliver both clean sheet points and attacking returns and is a good differential pick.
Punching Above His Weight
Jason Puncheon staked his claim as the budget midfielder to own with a well taken winner against Reading. The obligatory three bonus points took his round score to 11, a great return for his current price of 4.7.
Be aware that Southampton miss a game next Gameweek so you will likely want to pull your punch for now.
Gameweek 16 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 16 I recommended Michu, Cazorla, and Sessegnon as the captain picks. Michu’s brace is well documented, Cazorla’s dive earned him an assist, and Sessegnon is likely to get at least four points due to his game in hand against Reading.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 25/48
- Double digit captains: 8/48