Musings from Gameweek 37
Sturridge recorded seven shots against Fulham, the highest in the Gameweek. His hattrick means he has 11 goals in 13 league games for Liverpool, in addition to five assists. He’s been the perfect pickup since Suarez went missing, with three double-digit scores in the last four Gameweeks.
His consistency means he is most certainly a valid captain pick for the last home game of the season against QPR.
Coutinho also continued his hot streak with two assists. He’s one many Fantasy managers will be excited to start with next season. His price is likely to go up, but could be tempered by his relatively short stay in the Premier League.
The Arsenal bet pays off
Betting on teams that need a win paid off with Arsenal’s four goals against Wigan’s one, courtesy of Maloney. Cazorla, incredibly, got all four assists with Walcott, Podolski, and Ramsey contributing.
With Newcastle now safe, Arsenal’s away game promises to provide goal opportunities again so a punt on Walcott or Cazorla is recommended.
The randomness of meaningless games struck as Norwich put four past a hapless West Brom team. Those who gambled on Snodgrass were richly rewarded as he bagged the perfect fantasy dish of a goal, an assist, and three bonus points.
However, it’s hard to recommend the Canaries as their final game of the season is away from home against Manchester City. Keep Snodgrass if you have him but don’t go getting Norwich players in just for the final game.
Despite registering six shots in the Gameweek, Bale failed to deliver, leaving the work to Dempsey and Adebayor.
Adebayor seems to found his rhythm at the right time and is a candidate to replace the suspended Benteke.
Silly red cards
Ramires and Benteke each got a silly red card for a high foot while on a yellow. Fantasy wise, Benteke’s card had a sharper effect, as it both negated the points for his goal and gave rise to a Chelsea comeback inspired by Lampard’s brace and Hazard’s pair of assists.
Picking the right midfielder from Chelsea is a difficult task with the love getting spread around, but I have a feeling that Hazard will be the standout performer next season.
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 37 I recommended Walcott, Bale, and Fellaini as captain picks. Walcott was the only one who delivered with Bale’s blank and Mirallas scoring both Everton goals.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 67/111
- Double digit captains: 31/111