Musings from Gameweek 36
Given Mancini’s statement that Pantilimon would play the FA Cup final it was no surprise to see Hart start both games. He came away with 15 points, courtesy of two clean sheets, seven saves, and a bonus point.
In hindsight he was clearly the best choice for the Gameweek due to Mancini’s heavy rotation. Not a single defender played both games which was a disappointment for those banking on big defensive points from City.
Rotation also applied to City’s strike force with none of the trio playing close to the full 90 minutes and Aguero only delivering two points in 77 minutes.
I was gutted, after having spent four points getting Aguero in. I shouldn’t complain too much because the Argentinian was a risky pick.
Bale’s goal and 12 points means he has now delivered double-digit returns in 8 of his last 11 games. That’s just absurd and those not holding and captaining him this Gameweek should just silently weep.
Unless of course they captained Hart in which case I’ll just shut my mouth.
Kone and Maloney
Wigan’s Kone and Maloney delivered, as predicted, and are decent options to hold. Wigan face Arsenal away from home in a game that will be crucial in both the relegation and Champions League fight.
Given Wigan’s amazing record in May I wouldn’t dare write them off. If they win, Kone and Maloney are likely to be involved.
Oscar outdoes Mata and Hazard
Oscar provided a huge differential swing in the double Gameweek. Owned by only 1.8% of Fantasy managers, compared to Mata’s 28% and Hazard’s 21% percent, he outscored the former by 5 and the latter by 11 points.
His three goals in the last four games and relatively low price makes him a decent punt for the last two games, away at Aston Villa and home against Everton.
Adebayor Shows his Worth
To my surprise Villas-Boas went with Adebayor up top against Chelsea. He performed admirably, scoring Tottenham’s first and laying up Sigurdsson goal with a clever back heel. He worked harder than I’ve seen him do all season and is tempting as a last gasp differential punt.
With the spotlight on Benteke, following last Gameweek’s hattrick, Agbonlahor was not to be outdone again. He’s another massive differential, owned by only 0.4% of Fantasy managers, and provided a welcome 13 points due to his brilliant brace and three bonus points.
Since coming back from injury he’s scored eight goals and provided four assists in twelve games, reminding us that he should be in our thoughts when constructing next season’s squad.
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 36 I recommended Bale, Aguero, and Mata as captain picks. Aguero was the disappointment, as covered above, but Bale and Mata came through.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 68/108
- Double digit captains: 31/108