Gameweek 2 Review – First Thoughts

Robin van Persie by Ronnie Macdonald at Flickr. Licence: CC BY 2.0

RvP, still a Fantasy hot shot?

Gameweek 2 provided us with several interesting Fantasy topics for discussion as we try to optimize our squad picks.

Robin van Persie (RvP) has looked isolated in attack for the first couple of games of the season. With RvP priced at 12.0 his Fantasy owners expect him to be returning a healthy average amount of points per week. At the moment no one in Arsenal’s attack seems likely to score. More worrying  for Arsenal was the fact that Samir Nasri looked the sharpest on Saturday. In spite of Mancini’s threats, he seems likley to be a Manchester City player before the end of the transfer window.

In contrast, Luis Suarez has scored two goals in a little over 90 minutes and is a Fantasy must-buy at the moment. If only we could guess whether he will start the bloody games (make up your mind Dalglish). The jury is still out on the Carroll and Downing partnership, with the latter failing to deliver a successful cross to Carroll this season. He will score, but will he outscore his cheaper priced compatriot? Unlikely, based on current form.

Dzeko looks like the real deal and could be a cheaper option to City’s attack. At the moment, his seems to be a guaranteed starter. Aguero had a little hint of a debut’s hangover; however, his quality is obvious and he should score and assist this season. Both Ivan Klasnic and Kevin Davies got on the scoresheet. The pair looks likely to deliver consistent Fantasy points throughout the season. Bolton’s schedule is tough (Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, and Chelsea in the next five games) but you could do worse than Klasnic at 6.0. I would still wait until after Gameweek 7.

Everton has had a miserable week, capped by their home loss to QPR, of the humbled Bolton loss fame. One of my picks for the week, Tim Cahill, squandered a glorious chance to equalize with a trademark header. QPR looked solid and held on to the end.

The Premier League keeps confounding Fantasy managers trying to predict where the clean sheets will come from. The expected clean sheets (Sunderland, Aston Villa, Everton, and Chelsea) failed to materialize and instead we received a slew of unexpected shutouts (Newcastle, Liverpool, QPR, Wigan, and Wolves).

Perhaps the least surprising, Wolves look a solid clean sheet bet at home with the impressive Roger Johnson in defence. Steven Fletcher registered an assist and has now started the season with a goal and assist [Edit: His assist was removed later.]. Wolves mustered 17 shots on target and look to be sailing comfortably towards a mid-table finish this season.

I’m still optimistic on Sunderland’s defensive prospects with Wes Brown fit. Sunderland dominated the game and should fare better in future matches. More results like this, especially at home, and it will be time to drop Sunderland players. In contrast, Newcastle’s start to the season is unexpected. Don’t be fooled by Ryan Taylor’s Gameweek scores, as Alan Pardew is still looking to buy a first choice left-back.

Torres failed to score yet again. In my books he’s still a wait-and-see player at the moment. Bosingwa, however, seems to be favored by Villas-Boas and provides cheap access to the Chelsea defence with and added goal/assist threat.

What was your take on the weekend’s matches? Please comment below.