Musings from Gameweek 17
Cazorla was exceptional in Arsenal’s demolition of Reading. His first hattrick was accompanied by an assist and bonus points to break the twenty point barrier; a very sweet captain’s choice for a lucky few.
Arsenal’s festive fixtures are promising and many will be drafting in the silky Spaniard after this display.
However, the proposed London Underground strike could put a spanner in the works as Arsenal’s game is likely to be cancelled. Also be aware that the strike could affect Fulham’s game against Southampton, but QPR’s match with West Brom has been confirmed to kick off at 3pm as planned.
United Cover Essential
As I covered in the last two Gameweek reviews, Van Persie and Rooney have similar shots and chances created. The game against Sunderland was no exception as both delivered Fantasy points.
Considering United’s favourable schedule, owning both Rooney and Van Persie is an option, although the threat of rotation always looms large over the festive period.
Get at least either of the United strikers in and consider both, especially as a means to catch up to your mini-league leader.
Fellaini’s Head Butt
Fellaini’s three game suspension means he’ll lose out on the holiday games against wha, WIG, and CHE. It’s a big blow to over 41% of Fantasy managers who have brought him in and will lead to a massive price drop in before next Gameweek.
If you are going to get rid do it as soon as possible to maximize the gain. Possible targets are abound, including the plethora of midfield options covered in this article.
Midfield Options at Norwich
Norwich’s loss-less streak continued with an impressive 2 – 1 win over Wigan. Pilkington and Hoolahan grabbed a goal and assist each, to the dismay of the over 78.000 Snodgrass owners who brought him in after last Gameweek’s 16 point display.
All three are viable options, with Pilkington the most exciting pick, considering his discount on Snodgrass and eight goals last season.
Silva is Quality
Eight chances created speaks of the influence Silva had in the Newcastle game. He’s edging towards the top of the chances created list, leading the way in minutes per open play chance created.
Manchester City welcome Reading to the City of Manchester Stadium next Gameweek. If Reading’s game against Arsenal is anything to go by, we could witness a lamb brought to the slaughter with Silva likely to deal the killing touch.
Adel Taraabt has consistently put up good numbers this season, and has averaged over three shots and two chances created per game since Redknapp’s arrival at QPR.
Regression finally set in as he bagged a brace against Fulham, securing a much needed 2 – 1 win to lift QPR out of the bottom spot for the first time this season.
He played in the hole behind Cisse and should he be handed that spot on a consistent basis, he could make a mockery of his low price (5.5).
Paul Lambert applauded Benteke’s performance against Liverpool, noting that he was “brilliant” and could “be anything he wants”. He certainly looked unplayable and is posting excellent underlying numbers, averaging over 3.2 shots and 1.5 chances created per game.
He’s a viable second or third striker and could benefit from what looks like an Aston Villa team getting better as the season progresses. Be aware, though, that the next two games are Chelsea away and Tottenham at home so it could be better to be patient on this purchase.
Many Fantasy favorites continue to frustrate. Berbatov, Long, Suarez, and Defoe all delivered blanks. Defoe’s was only his second in a row but it was Berbatov’s sixth, and Long’s and Suarez’s fourth in a row.
Suarez’s lack of goals is most worrying, considering his price and Berbatov’s seems to coincide with Ruiz’s injury and a move back to an attacking midfield position.
With Fellaini’s suspension, possible game cancelations, and regular injury hits, the disposal of the blanking strikers are unlikely to be a priority. For Berbatov and Suarez, there is also the issue of a kind fixture list and the tendency of the players to deliver in bursts.
I would hang on a little longer, hoping for returns over the holiday fixtures.
Gameweek 17 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 Van Persie, Rooney, and Suarez as the captain picks. The United players deliverd while Liverpool’s shock loss against Aston Villa left Suarez frustrated.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 27/51
- Double digit captains: 9/51