Musings from Gameweek 5
Defoe Keeps on Scoring
After my many weeks of predicting Adebayor’s return, Defoe torments me with a continued supply of goals. To be fair to myself, I couldn’t see how Villas-Boas could bench him after his brace last Gameweek, and he duly delivered once again. Each goal he scores more firmly grows his roots in the first team and should secure a start next Gameweek.
Everton’s Start is No Fluke
It’s hardly rocket science, but Everton’s start seems like a foundation for a solid season, rather than a series of flukey wins. Baines, Fellaini, and Pienaar are great buys considering Everton’s form and schedule, while Anichebe is a decent short-term punt. The stats back the players up: Baines has the most chances created (24), Fellaini the third most shots taken (16), and Pienaar is in the top 20 in both (12 chances created and 11 shots taken). Anichebe’s stats are also impressive, with 11 shots and two goals.
Van Persie Delivers
Despite a quiet game, Van Persie delivered again, courtesy of a Valencia won penalty. I still think he’s too expensive but what he gives Fantasy managers is a clear captain’s pick every Gameweek. We have yet to see whether he will be rotated when Rooney returns; that would kill his Fantasy value. However, if Ferguson decides to build his team around Van Persie, he could yet justify his price tag.
Mid Priced Forward Options
The Torres blank and Tevez starting starting on the bench made me think about the plethora of valid mid-range forward options. A case could be made for Ba, Lambert, Fletcher, Defoe, Crouch, Zamora, and Berbatov. You even have the punt worthy Rodallega, Lukaku, and Anichebe (in the short term, at least) to think of.
This could be the first season since the holy trinity of Lampard, Gerrard, and Ronaldo, where successful teams are based on a a combination of mid-ranged forward options combined with midfield heavy hitters.
Highest Round Scores
Speaking of mid-ranged forwards, the top ten scoring forwards for Gameweek 5 all cost under £7.8. To contrast this, out of the top ten midfielders, four cost £8.9 or higher.
Lambert is looking an exciting Fantasy prospect, with four goals in five games plus an assist. He will be Southampton’s focal point in most games and has been a reliable goalscorer throughout his lower league adventures. With all the options available, he’s not an obvious pick, but one to watch out for. And of course, his price will rise quickly after Sunday so pick him up early if you are going for him.
Baines’s statistics do not indicate he is a defender. With 24 chances created and 5 shots it’s almost irrelevant that he gets Fantasy points for clean sheets. At £7.1 (at the time of the writing of this article, likely higher when you read it), his statistics would make him a valid pick as a midfielder. This makes him an excellent player to have or buy, especially taking into account clean sheets, 5 points for a goal, bonus points for a defender scoring, and Everton’s form and fixtures.
Gameweek 5 Captain Picks
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 5 I recommended Bale, Tevez, and Hazard as the captain picks. Bale grabbed an assist and bonus points while Tevez started on the bench and Hazard returned a blank.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 8/15
- Double digit captains: 3/15