Musings from Gameweek 2
The Early Stars
The early favorites Michu, Tevez, and Hazard all delivered in Gameweek 2. This is sure to add to the buying frenzy: Tevez and Hazard have risen by 0.3 and Michu by 0.4. If you are going to buy do it early this week.
All are pretty nailed-on as starters. Tevez leads City’s line with Aguero injured. Hazard is fresh and should not be benched what with Mata needing a rest according to Di Matteo. Michu doesn’t have any competition to speak of at Swansea. They lead the list of “should-haves” in the Fantasy game.
I would add Van Persie to that list, both due to him breaking his duck with a beaut’ against Fulham and because of Rooney’s injury. This gives Van Persie the chance to cement a starting place in Ferguson’s new 4-2-1-3 system, with Kagawa likely to start in the hole in most games.
Expensive Midfield Conundrums
Valencia, Nani, Young, and Welbeck have started out wide in United’s first two games. It’s risky owning any of them until Ferguson picks his favorites, if he does at all this season. Rotation could be key for the wily Scot, making the players more or less unownable.
Add to that list Silva (started on the bench against Liverpool), Bale (who hasn’t delivered yet), Cazorla (good but in a misfiring Arsenal team), and Dempsey (embroiled in a transfer dispute), and we have quite the list of expensive midfielders that aren’t exciting picks right now.
Despite conceding twice, Manchester United defender Rafael scored nine points in Gameweek 2. He was playing so far forward that it wasn’t obvious at times whether he or Valencia was playing at right back. In addition to the goal he had one ruled out, had a good shot saved, and was a lively presence in Fulham’s half all game. If he becomes clear first choice at the right side of defence, he’ll be good value at £5.5.
Also scoring were Rangel (who was the highest scoring player with 14 points), Assou-Ekotto, and Skrtel. All are ownable as they offer a decent chance of clean sheet points each week, in addition to their attacking threat.
Everton’s and Swansea’s Great Start
Everton were emphatic winners at Villa Park, following up their excellent victory against Manchester United in Gameweek 1. They look a settled team, for the first time in early season for many years. Howard, Baines, Fellaini, Pienaar, and even Gibson as a value option are likely Fantasy scorers with decent fixtures in their next six games (wba, NEW, swa, SOU, wig, qpr).
The same applies to Swansea, who also have an excellent schedule and a plethora of valid Fantasy options: Vorm, Rangel, Taylor, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, and Graham.
Gameweek 2 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 2 I recommended Bale, Hazard, and Van Persie as the captain picks. Bale was the dud, with Hazard and Van Persie delivering 13 and 9 points, respectively.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 4/6
- Double digit captains: 1/6
Gameweek 2 Points Summary
|Rangel||Defender||1||0||1||3||-1 for YC||14|
|Torres||Forward||1||1||1||3||-1 for YC||11|
|Al-Habsi||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||2||+2 for 6 saves||10|
|Rafael||Defender||1||0||0||2||-1 for 2 GC||9|
|Skrtel||Defender||1||0||0||2||-1 for 2 GC||9|
|Wilkinson||Defender||0||0||1||3||-1 for YC||8|
|Ruddy||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0||+5 for PS||7|
|Vorm||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 3 saves||7|
|Mannone||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 3 saves||7|
|Cech||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 3 saves||7|
|El Ahmadi||Midfielder||1||0||0||0||-1 for YC||6|
|Huth||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Evra||Defender||0||1||0||1||-1 for 2 GC||5|
|Suarez||Forward||1||0||0||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Chico||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Sigurdsson||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 MP||4|
|Foster||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+2 for 7 saves||4|
|Lichaj||Defender||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 MP||4|
|Briggs||Defender||0||1||0||0||-1 for 3 GC||4|