Derby matches, a dubious sending off, home and away game thrashings, 34 goals, and 6 clean sheets.
In only one Gameweek.
Analyzing the Fantasy impact of the Gameweek, we look at consistent performers, what players are looking good, who are off the mark, who look out of sorts, and players that have not convinced yet.
Liverpool won away at Goodison Park, thanks in part to Rodwell’s dubious sending off early on in the game. Another part of Liverpool’s win was Suarez‘ excellent performance, capped by a goal to seal the game for Liverpool.
Enrique continues to impress and provides his second assist in as many games. This time his assist was supplemented by a clean sheet and two bonus points. I still have my doubts over the Liverpool defence, but with his low price and attacking upside Enrique provides good Fantasy value.
Agbonlahor has 5.9 points per game playing for the defensive Aston Villa. He was man of the match in Villa’s 2 – 0 win over Wigan and provided a goal and assist in addition to his three bonus points. And this all, while playing with a back injury. Bannan now has an assist or goal in three successive games. He is a rotation risk, but at 5.0 he is a steal in his current form. Given, and the Aston Villa defence, have only conceded 5 goals, 0.71 goals per game.
Silva got another assist and played well for City yet again. This time the focus of City’s punishment was the hapless Blackburn, conceding 4 at home. The City defence must now be considered the best bet for clean sheets, recording their fourth in total and the first away from home. Kompany is seldom rotated and got his six points this Gameweek. Having foolishly sold Nasri this week, he delivered an inevitable two-digit Fantasy performance, assisting twice and scoring a deflected goal after a Silva assist. His form is frustrating and he has only contributed Fantasy points in City’s thrashings this term, suggesting he can not be relied upon for consistent points. However, it is a small sample to draw conclusions from so keep your eyes peeled for him.
In a quiet week for Rooney, he only created one goal in Manchester United’s unconvincing 2 – 0 home win over Norwich. Anderson scored again and stole three bonus points. He continues to play every game and looks integral to Ferguson’s plan this season.
Krul had an outstanding game at Molineux and is a big part of Newcastle’s early season form. Although he didn’t keep a clean sheet he recorded 7 saves, adding two points to his Fantasy score. Cabaye sparkled again, registering an assist and bonus point in the Magpies’ 1 – 2 away win over Wolves. Ba scored again.
Bolton shipped five goals at home and scored a single consolation goal. Petrov provided the consolation assist in another horrendous Bolton performance. Lampard answered his doubters by smashing in a hattrick. In spite of his performance, his high price should dissuade most Fantasy managers from acquiring his services. Sturridge tormented his former employers, grabbing a brace and assisting a goal. Should he become a regular at Chelsea his low price is mighty tempting.
Fulham vanquished QPR, putting a spanner in the works for QPR’s bright start to the season. Murphy’s steady influence in the middle of the park is showing and he already has 3 assists and two goals, thanks to his set-piece duties. Andy Johnson stole the limelight with a hattrick, an assist, and three bonus points. Also impressive were Dempsey with a goal and assist and Zamora with 14 Fantasy points thanks to two assists, a goal, and two bonus points. He how has bonus points in every game he has played, alongside his three goals and assists in four games.
Swansea’s defence continues to impress, with Vorm excellent in goal. He is now the highest scoring goalkeeper in the Fantasy game, after claiming the fourth clean sheet of the season in a convincing 2 – 0 victory over Stoke. Sinclair benefited from set-piece duties, scoring his second goal of the season.
Although he did not score, Adebayor was a menace for the Arsenal defence. His clever chip provided Van der Vaart with the opening for Tottenham’s first goal in their 2 – 1 derby victory over Arsenal. Both Van der Vaart and Ramsey scored and have assists or goals in three consecutive Gameweeks. At 6.3, Ramsey is looking like a cheap option for an attacking midfielder.
Off the Mark
Bendtner rescued Sunderland with a goal, an assist, and three bonus points to show for his performance. In the 2 – 2 draw, West Brom’s Brunt got his first assist after from the first Gameweek.
For most of the match, there were no signs that Carroll would open his scoring this season against Everton. He was slow, lost possession on numerous occasions, and generally looked out of sorts. Still, a goal is a goal, and he will be looking to build upon that goal. Inexplicably, he stole 3 bonus points.
Bent scored a poacher’s goal for Aston Villa’s second. The goal was provided by Agbonlahor, who is much better value at 7.0. It wasn’t Bent’s first of the season but is highlighted here because so much was expected from the hitherto consistent goal-scorer.
Balotelli played his best game for Manchester City and could have scored more than his single goal. Mancini will be thrilled by his showing and his performance provided even more uncertainty over City’s forwards.
Danny Graham scored his first Swansea goal in the Premier League, punishing Woodgate for a defensive error.
Out of Sorts
Odemwingie looks a shadow of the player that terrorized Premier League defenders in the latter part of last season.
In a move likely designed to put Dzeko in his place after his strop in Munich, he started on the bench. Fantasy owners were left frustrated as Balotelli and Nasri stole the headlines, the latter coming on for Aguero.
Ward is probably a defender you should be looking to sell, especially if you are looking to gain from his price rise. Wolves have looked susceptible at the back.
The Stoke team again looked shell-shocked after a midweek Europa League game. They are impressive at home but beware of their away form, especially after the midweek games.
In last week’s review I was not convinced by QPR. My hunch was vindicated in this week’s thrashing by Fulham. With the cheap price of the defence they could be candidates for a defensive rotation strategy, but the rest of the team is a wait-and-see for the moment.
Also noted last week was Manchester United’s defence. They were lucky to keep a clean sheet against Norwich with Valencia suffering at right back and Evans looking shaky in the middle. I would hold the investment until Vidic is back.
With another international break comes another decision. Should you get your transfers in early to gain from price rises or wait until after the international games? Unless it is a matter of not being able to complete the transfer due to lack of funds should there be a rise/drop in price you would be well advised to wait this break out. This is a break from my previous advice, but this time the situation is different. Your team should be settled by now and you should be looking to make each transfer count. With probably around three players you want to trade out you can’t afford to transfer in a player only to have him injured come next Gameweek.
Will you use your transfers early or wait until after the break? Please comment below.