Musings from Gameweek 32
Low scores and Gameweek 33
The Gameweek was a low scoring one, with the average at only 24 points. Most of the heavy hitters failed to deliver, giving Fantasy managers picking differentials a chance to gain ground.
Gameweek 33 sees Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Fulham, and West Ham play out double fixtures.
Arsenal’s win featured an assist from Gervinho, who has now scored 7, 14, and 7 Fantasy points in his last three fixtures. The worrying thing is his low playing time, with a little less than 180 minutes over the course of those games. Cazorla is a safer option but Gervinho is certainly viable, and a differential.
West Ham kept a clean sheet against Liverpool. Despite being under the gun, and perhaps somewhat lucky to not concede, it shows their resilience and bodes well for the double Gameweek. However, their away game is against Southampton, and the home against Manchester United who will be sure to press for a win following their loss against Manchester City.
Everton’s Baines got an assist and is a differential captain pick for Gameweek 33. Those picking him will be banking on Everton’s home game against QPR, rather than the tougher away game against Arsenal.
Finally, Mirallas is yet another possible pickup, following his three goals in the last four fixtures. He is looking mighty threatening and is a budget midfielder at 6.8.
Cissé’s last minute beauty
Cissé’s seven shots was the highest for the Gameweek and he was duly rewarded with a last minute winner for Newcastle against Fulham. That he was assisted by Cabaye wasn’t surprising, given his seven created chances, also the highest for the Gameweek.
Both are differential picks, owned by 3.6% and 4%, respectively. The pair is a fine choice for those chasing in their mini-leagues.
Were it not for the Europa League, Newcastle players would be attractive for the last six Gameweeks. In all honesty, they probably still are.
Jay Rodriguez’s impressive performance earned him the three bonus points. His goal came in four shots and his assist was one of two created chances. His three goals, two assists, and six bonus points in three games is phenomenal and he’s a great purchase at only 5.2.
He will not be picked up by many since he has not got a double fixture in Gameweek 33, so he is another differential pick, at least for one Gameweek.
In the same game Lambert provided an assist and two bonus points. This means he has only returned a blank in the last two Gameweeks of his last eight, an amazing consistency for such a cheap striker.
I sure wish I had picked him up instead of Fletcher when I had the chance.
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 32 I recommended Suarez, Mata, and Hazard as captain picks. All failed to deliver, my first complete blank of the season. Sigh and double sigh.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 59/96
- Double digit captains: 25/96