Musings from Gameweek 26
From last Gameweek’s review:
Bale had nine shots and three chances created against West Brom as he pushed Tottenham to a hard fought win against West Brom. In his last ten games he has taken on average 5.6 shots per game, never going under three shots. The numbers indicate a chance for explosive returns and believe he will be one of the highest Fantasy scorer for the latter part of the season.
Get him in.
That about sums it up. He scored two goals in eight shots and created two chances when running riot against Newcastle. He could even have had a couple more goals.
Again, get him in.
The double Gameweek
Michu woke up from his slumber to punish those that had lost faith. 18 points from two goals and an assist means whatever he does in the second game he’s likely to end up as the top double Gameweek pick.
That is in stark contrast to the hotly tipped Liverpool trio. Gerrard’s penalty miss deprived his owners of a goal and Suarez’s owners of an assist. Zero points for Gerrard, a single point for Suarez and zero for Sturridge, who wasn’t risked due to his injury.
With Rangel and Hernandez also chipping in this looks like a Swansea double Gameweek, unless Liverpool turn it around in the second game.
I liked the look of Maloney early on in the season and he delivered some cheap Fantasy points from Gameweek 1 to 11. However, his output diminished and he only delivered one goal between Gameweeks 11 and 22, and was benched as Martinez tinkered with Wigan’s setup.
From Gameweek 18 onwards he has returned to the starting lineup and has delivered two assists and two goals in his last five games.
His main competition for the sweetest budget pick is Puncheon of Southampton. His goal against Manchester City puts his totals for the season to four goals, six assists, and eight bonus points. All in all, an acceptable return for such a low price. He’s been a regular starter since Gameweek 11 and seems to have the faith of the his manager.
Keep the faith
With all the talk of faith, the argument for ditching Van Persie for Rooney or a midfield boost crumbled in a single afternoon. His goal, assist, and three bonus points returned 12 Fantasy points for those who kept faith (or, to be honest, those too scared to make the swap).
He’s simply too good to sell, whatever the price.
My gamble on Fletcher seems silly now, following the performances of Benteke and Lambert in recent weeks.
Benteke has been stunningly consistent, as he attempts to almost singlehandedly save Aston Villa from the drop. He has six goals in his last six games and has the shooting statistics to back up his returns. Almost four shots per game is excellent for the price of 6.9, although that is bound to keep rising.
Lambert has gathered the third most Fantasy points in the League, only behind Van Persie and Suarez. That alone should be enough evidence, considering he couldn’t have been lucky for so long. He’s fixture proof, having scored against elite teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City, and away against Stoke, as well as a brace against QPR, and goals in both games against Aston Villa to prove he can deliver against relegation strugglers.
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 26 I recommended Suarez, Gerrard, and Sturridge as captain picks. It’s not looking good after the first game, but I’ll reserve judgement until after the second game.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 47/78
- Double digit captains: 19/78