Musings from Gameweek 8
Mata and Hazard Prove a Point
The Fantasy battle of the Chelsea midfielders continues as the the Blues overrun opposition with the creative trio of Mata, Hazard, and Oscar. Hazard leads the Fantasy game in points (60) with Mata close behind as the second highest scoring midfielder. The argument is mounting that a Chelsea midfielder should be a part of all teams. Whether to pick up Hazard or Mata is the question.
A word of caution though, as Chelsea have a tough schedule until their blank Gameweek 17 (MUN, swa, LIV, wba, MCI, FUL, wha, sun).
Defoe continues to score, notching his fifth goal of the season. He has failed to deliver more than two Fantasy points only twice this season. His output is also not dependent on the outcome of the game or bound to home or away fixtures. He has scored three away and two at home, in losses, draws, and wins. He also has two assists to add to his appeal. As long as he is starting games and scoring he’s a good pickup, although the threat of Adebayor always looms large.
Riise on the Rise?
Riise’s third assist in as many games has caught the eye of many a Fantasy manager. He had a brilliant game, statistically, against Aston Villa. He created four chances, supplied 17 crosses, and enjoyed the most touched of any player in the game (100).
Still, I’m not convinced as the Fantasy game has registered four assists on his name with only eight chances created. That’s two more assists than Baines with 25 less chances created. It’s not sustainable and he’s bound to regress over the course of the season.
Still, he’s one to monitor, especially if he starts delivering crosses and creating chances with more regularity.
Van Persie a Must?
Van Persie is now looking like the powerhouse of last season, after his goal, assist, and bonus points against Stoke. He has delivered in all his starts and offers his owners a great captain’s pick every Gameweek.
With all three forwards that started the game against Stoke delivering this Gameweek, he is bound to be rotated at some point. However, if his output continues, that is a sacrifice that can be made. Especially as his partnership with Rooney looks to be getting better by the game.
Like Chelsea, Manchester United have a tough schedule ahead with three of the next four games on the road and Arsenal coming for a visit to Old Trafford. However, if there is one player that you would bet on in tough games it is Van Persie, and he could be vital as the Fantasy season progresses.
The Value of Sterling
Sterling’s goal for Liverpool meant he collected full bonus points and 11 Fantasy points in Gameweek 8. For only £4.8, the young midfielder is great value for his owners. He’s started every game since Gameweek 2, creating 16 chances (16th in the league) in 598 minutes of play.
Despite Noble’s brace it is Nolan’s output that is most interesting for Fantasy managers. At £6.4 and averaging almost six points per game he’s a solid third, fourth, and fifth midfielder. At his price he can also be rotated without too much pain.
Again, I must warn that West Ham’s schedule is looking tough until the new year so his purchase must be done after serious comparison with other midfield options.
The surprise clean sheet of the Gameweek reminded us of how contrasting Hughton’s style is with Norwich’s former manager, Lambert. Norwich defenders could be a decent buy, only to be played at home if they play anything like their display against Arsenal.
Also, I wouldn’t discount Arsenal’s Fantasy assets just yet.
Gameweek 8 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 8 I recommended Cazorla, Van Persie, and Suarez as the captain picks. Cazorla disappointed, but Van Persie and Suarez delivered.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 13/24
- Double digit captains: 4/24