Notable Fantasy Performances
The Title Race
Everton blew the title race wide open with an incredible two goal comeback to tie the game with Manchester United at 4 – 4. Rooney kept up his excellent scoring record with a brace. Nani and Welbeck were United’s most dangerous attackers and both assisted twice and scored once. For Everton, Jelavic grabbed a brace, Fellaini and Pienaar scored, and in an unlikely twist Hibbert registered two assists.
Everton’s form is pushing their players higher up on the watchlist for next Gameweek. Jelavic is an excellent third choice striker and Pienaar is showing his old form on the left wing.
In the Wolves v Manchester City game Aguero and Tevez continued collecting Fantasy points. Aguero scored from a Clichy assist while Tevez assisted a Nasri goal. The form of the Argentinian strikers can’t come at a better time and sets up a tasty title clash with Manchester United next Gameweek.
The Battle for Champions League Spots
Newcastle registered a comfortable 3 – 0 home win over Stoke City. Ben Arfa was quiet but Cabaye ran the show with two goals, an assist, and three stolen bonus points. He’s a differentation choice, with a 3.7% ownership. He was taken off early against Stoke with an ankle injury, but Pardew has already claimed that he will be ready for the game against Wigan.
Newcastle’s Cisse is unstoppable and has risen £1.3 in five Gameweeks. He’s already gone up £0.1, with Fantasy managers getting him in for the double Gameweek. If you’re going for him, do it sooner rather than later.
Arsenal and Chelsea battled out a fairly entertaining scoreless draw that is interesting in Fantasy terms for the fact that both goalkeepers (Szczesny and Cech) stole two bonus points.
Tottenham were slayed by a Taraabt free-kick who got himself sent off for a kicking the ball away.
The Relegation Battle
In the Blackburn v Norwich game Hoilett scored one of the goals of the season (see 1:35 in the video). His goal secured an impressive 2 – 0 win for Blackburn.
Petrov assisted an Eagles goal for Bolton in a 1 – 1 draw with Swansea. Bolton still have a game left in the Gameweek.
With the fight left in the relegation teams, one wonders whether Tottenham’s supposed easy games (Blackburn (H), Bolton (A)) aren’t a real bitch at this stage in the season.
Gameweek 35 Captain Picks
From Gameweek 25 onwards, 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 35 I recommended Aguero, Rooney, and Cisse as the captain picks. Rooney delivered a brace and bonus points, Cisse grabbed a BAG (Bonus, Assist, Goal), and Aguero scored.
Quality of captain picks from Gameweek 25 onwards:
- Good captain picks: 17/30
- Double digit captains: 8/30
Gameweek 35 Points Summary
|Cabaye||Midfielder||1||2||0||3||-1 for <60 min||17|
|Kenny||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||2||+2 for 6 saves||10|
|Cech||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||2||+1 for 5 saves||9|
|Szczesny||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||2||+1 for 3 saves||9|
|Taraabt||Midfielder||1||0||1||3||-3 for RC||8|
|Boyce||Defender||1||0||0||2||-1 for YC & -1 for 2 GC||8|
|Hart||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||1||+1 for 3 saves||8|
|Foster||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+2 for 6 saves||8|
|Mignolet||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 4 saves||7|
|Robinson||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 3 saves||7|
|Hill||Defender||0||0||1||2||-1 for YC||7|
|Hibbert||Defender||0||2||0||0||-2 for 4 GC||6|
|Bosingwa||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Onuoha||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Cahill||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Williams||Defender||0||1||1||0||-1 for YC||4|
|Sammon||Forward||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
|Neville||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for YC||4|
For a summary of players scoring over three points in Gameweek 35, please refer to the table above.
Any comments on the round? How did your team do? Did you choose the right captain?