Because of the lateness of the post, it will be short and succinct. Yet again, I’m combining a review and preview in one post due to the hectic holiday period.
Also, Liverpool and Newcastle players will not be mentioned, as that game has already finished with the excellent Gerrard providing the impetus for an important win at Anfield. He could become an important differentiator should this form continue.
- Rooney: Unlikely to be rested again, he should score against Blackburn.
- Nani: Is a good shout to be number one but Rooney’s penalty duties pip it this week.
- Van Persie: Many would argue that RvP should be at the top of the list. I have a sneaking feeling he will be rested or come up blank so feel free to trust the facts instead of my hunch.
- Differential: Mata scored last week and is instrumental to Chelsea’s attacking play.
Gameweek 18 was a strange in that most of the traditional heavy hitters misfired. While Berbatov claimed a hattrick, both Rooney and Nani fired blanks. RvP returned two Fantasy points while Gervinho scored and Manchester City was held to a scoreless draw reducing their attacking options to three points or less.
Notable performances included Bale, Ba, Mata, Adebayor, Valencia, Evra, Baines, Kompany, Olsson, Warnock, S. Fletcher, Graham, and Modric.
Despite their blanks last Gameweek, Rooney and Nani should be able to capitalize on Blackburn’s defensive problems. With the news that Evans and Smalling are both injured, Ferguson is likely to instruct Manchester United to attack. Captain either of them if you have them. Valencia enjoyed his fourth consecutive productive Fantasy week but will likely be playing at right back again and that should lessen his attacking potential.
Unless, of course, you have Robin van Persie.
He plays at home against QPR and is likely to score. I have a nagging feeling he will be rested or that the pressure of breaking the record will get to him. He was unusually wasteful against Wolves.
Mata and Sturridge are prime candidates to pick up points in a likely Chelsea win over a hapless Aston Villa. Despite Sturridge’s early substitution last Gameweek, he’ll probably start on the right again.
Other interesting options this Gameweek:
- Bale and Adebayor have a tough game away at Swansea, but shouldn’t be discounted in the form Tottenham are in at the moment.
- Huth carries the triple threat of a clean sheet, goal scoring, and bonus points while facing Wigan at the Britannia.
- S. Fletcher has an excellent goals-to-games ratio for Wolves and faces arguably the worst defence in the League, in Bolton.
- Chelsea face a rather toothless Aston Villa at home and could get a cleanie. With Villa’s troubles of defending set pieces, Terry is a good option this Gameweek wit his added goal threat from set pieces.
- A clean sheet for Stoke at home against Wigan is a value bet. The aforementioned Huth is the pick of the bunch from the Stoke defence.
- Normally, Manchester United, would be at the top against Blackburn at home, but because of their defensive injuries the clean sheet isn’t as likely this Gameweek. If you have Evra or Jones, play them but more because of their added attacking potential.
I wanted to remind you again of the double Gameweek next up. You should be getting both Bale and Adeybayor in and possibly the third Tottenham player from the defence. The math is fuzzier with Everton but if you can afford Baines he is a decent punt.
With the January wildcard you can stock up on both Tottenham and Everton players and then wildcard the ones out that aren’t ownable for the long run.
Please don’t make the mistake of using your wildcard to transfer in players and being stuck with them. The other way round is the way to go.
Good luck with your captain pick and please comment below.