Musings from Gameweek 34
Whether you are a Manchester United supporter or not, there is no doubting their comprehensive Premier League title win.
That Van Persie capped off the title with a superb hattrick is fitting.
From a Fantasy perspective, the three goals, added to the two goals last Gameweek, goes to show that sometimes patience is needed with the proven stars.
Boy, did Van Persie pay off for the masses that captained him against Aston Villa.
With Rooney now firmly entrenched in the middle of the park the question is not between Van Persie and Rooney, but rather of whether Ferguson will rest Van Persie in the remaining games. My guess is that Ferguson will more likely play his star striker, both to cement his Golden Boot standings and to try to finish the season with a record amount of points.
Other interesting possible late season purchases, such as Phil Jones, De Gea, and Kagawa, are probably overshadowed by double Gameweek 36 players and the threat of rotation.
As an aside, Van Persie’s volley was sublime.
While Giggs demonstrated his class with two excellent assists in United’s win, fellow countryman Bale showed himself to be a worthy successor with a well taken goal and a beautiful assist to help Tottenham come back from a goal down to secure an important 3 – 1 win against Manchester City.
I highlighted his potential for this Gameweek, despite being an injury doubt, and his performance secures his place as the must-have player for the double Gameweek in two weeks time.
It’s hard to see the logic in captaining anyone else, apart as a desperate last ditch punt to get to the top of your mini-league.
Defoe and Dempsey
Defoe’s introduction, at the expense of Adebayor, was part of Tottenham’s transformation to the Villas-Boas famous 4-3-3 formation. The change included a Dempsey-Defoe-Bale triumvirate that destroyed City’s defence.
Should Villas-Boas decide that Defoe’s performance is worthy of a start next Gameweek, he’s a great punt for the double Gameweek, and for the remainder of the season.
Another worthy punt, Dempsey, had three shots in the game against City, and has the habit of popping up in the penalty area when needed. He should be no stranger to Fantasy managers, based on his superb last season with Fulham.
City’s capitulation against Tottenham was typical for their season, as they finally lost the Premier League crown to their arch-rivals.
For Fantasy managers it should give us pause on whether it is wise to invest in their players for the double Gameweek. There is really no guessing Mancini, and he could choose to make a point to City’s owners by playing the second string team, especially before the FA Cup final game against Wigan.
Tevez, Silva, Yaya Toure, and Aguero suddenly seem less exciting prospects for the rest of the season. Take the chance if you want, but don’t come crying that you weren’t warned.
While the story of the Liverpool and Chelsea 2 – 2 should have been the performance of Suarez, all the coverage has of course focused on him biting Ivanovic.
A grown man biting another man.
From a Fantasy perspective this surely means Suarez is banned for the rest of the season, putting his owners in a pickle. The obvious swap is for a Manchester City striker, although that means trying to predict Mancini’s fancies as City have nothing to play for in the league.
Another choice, if you want to stay at Liverpool, is downgrading to Sturridge, and use the money elsewhere. The striker came on against Chelsea at halftime and showed his class with a well taken goal and the assist for Suarez’s equalizer.
Normally he would be worth a punt, but you really should be looking at players with a double Gameweek 36.
On Towards Gameweek 36
Remember that Tottenham, Chelsea, Swansea, Wigan, West Brom, and Manchester City play two games in Gameweek 36
The safe choices are ones from Tottenham and Wigan; both teams that have something to play for, while the risks are in City’s and Chelsea’s players.
Try to squeeze at least Bale and possibly Michu in if you are leading in your mini-league, to ensure that your rivals have to go for outside bets in order to gain points.
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 34 I recommended Van Persie, Suarez, and Michu as captain picks. Van Persie delivered in style, Suarez in controversy, and Michu not at all.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 64/102
- Double digit captains: 29/102