Musings from Gameweek 24
Rooney as a differentiator
In the Gameweek preview I highlighted Rooney as a possible pick over Van Persie if you are chasing a lead in your mini-league. It sure paid off for the brave few that ventured that route as Rooney fired home both United goals in a tense 2 – 1 win.
He has seven goals, an assist, and ten bonus points in his last six games, a sweet return by any measure. In those six games he has over three shots per game and eleven chances created. Those numbers are decent but not indicative of the aforementioned sweet returns.
Expect some regression but still a decent return should his overall game not change much. He’s a viable option at the moment.
Le Fondre’s incredible super-sub heroics continued against Chelsea as buried two late chances to salvage a valuable point in Reading’s relegation battle.
He must surely get a start sooner rather than later and we will have to take a good hard look at his contribution over 90 minutes. If he is anything close as good a finisher as the substitute appearances indicate, he could be a great budget pick up front.
I would still rather be late to the party to avoid wasting a transfer on a player likely to regress to a normal shot to goal ratio.
Sturridge and Suarez
Suarez started on the left wing against Arsenal, as Sturridge seems nailed on up top for Rodger’s Liverpool. Both delivered, with Suarez getting a goal and Sturridge the assist for Henderson’s goal.
Their stats are similar, with four shots for Suarez against Sturridge’s three while both had a single chance created.
The selling point for Suarez was staying on the field for the whole 90 minutes while Sturridge was substituted after 70 minutes. I would expect him to play more as the season progresses, at home, and against weaker teams than Arsenal.
There’s nothing conclusive yet, and I still think Sturridge is great value at 7.4 and a good option for replacing Suarez to free up cash.
Fantasy Football Scout’s Mark man-love for Baines has finally been justified in the last four games. He has an impressive three goals, two clean sheets, and six bonus points for a total of 39 points in the last four games.
This coincides, not surprisingly, with an attractive run of fixtures soon to come to an end. After next Gameweek’s home game against Aston Villa, Everton have three away games in the next four and then a home fixture against Manchester City.
Still, Baines’s attacking threat is not to be discounted and he could still deliver. Just don’t get over excited and get him in without considering the reason for the recent returns.
The midfield elite
While Silva failed to capitalize on his brace last Gameweek, Mata, Walcott, and Bale, all scored and delivered on their Fantasy promise. In Mata’s and Walcott’s case, this is a continuation of an excellent run of Fantasy returns, while Bale’s was the first in four games.
Going without at least two of the three musketeers is risky and going without all is madness.
I would much rather look a critical eye at heavily owned Michu, Fellaini, Hazard, and Cazorla, if looking to free up some pounds for purchases.
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 24 I recommended Van Persie, Rooney, and Aguero as captain picks. Only Rooney delivered this week, while Van Persie was unlucky to have a legit goal ruled out and Aguero drew a blank against an excellent Cesar in QPR’s goal.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 44/72
- Double digit captains: 19/72