What an incredible score. Manchester City put a marker down, demolishing Manchester United at Old Trafford, in a 1 – 6 victory. I said in the Gameweek preview that derby’s were unpredictable, but this just takes the piss.
In Fantasy terms, City must now be considered the dominant attacking force and managers should put greater emphasis on Aguero and Silva.
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.
Balotelli was Manchester City’s initial hero, scoring their first two goals. Then came the Great Flood. Aguero got the third goal, while Silva notched an assist and a goal. Substitute Dzeko came on two score two goals and grab an assist. Milner stole three bonus points as well as setting up two goals.
Robin van Persie did it a gain. In a second consecutive Gameweek he won the game for Arsenal against Stoke with two well taken goals. This means his goal tally for Arsenal in 2011 is 30 in 36 games. He is getting hard to ignore and threatens to become a must-own for any Fantasy manager worth his salt. Ramsey grabbed an assist and Gervinho needs to be watched following his BAG (Bonus, Assist, Goal) performance. Walter’s assisted for Stoke’s goal and is still one of my picks for a reasonably priced midfielder.
Swansea’s Graham scored his third goal in three games as well as picking up an assist and stealing two bonus points. However, he could not prevent Wolves snatching a 2 – 2 draw with O’Hara and Doyle both scoring and stealing bonus points. In spite of the two goals, Vorm still picked up three points thanks to his seven saves. Joe Allen grabbed one of Swansea’s goal and is looking like a possible cheap pickup at 4.5. Wolves were outplayed by Swansea but fought back to claim a 2 – 2 draw. They may not be the best of teams, but fight they can.
West Brom secured an important away victory where Brunt had an eventful game. After missing a penalty, he got both assists and stole two bonus points. Agbonlahor and Bent combined for Villa’s goal in the 1 – 2 loss.
Sessegnon finally had the Fantasy game most pundits were predicting before the start of the season. He scored and assisted, while stealing three bonus points. Bendtner joined in with a goal and Brown registered points with a clean sheet and an assist. Bolton were hapless in the 0 – 2 loss.
Newcastle were the worse team for most of the game but still managed a 1 – 0 victory at home over Wigan. Their back line is once again the major winner with Krul grabbing a bonus point and two saves to go with the clean sheet points. Cabaye got Newcastle’s goal and stole maximum bonus points while at it.
Suarez was the best player on the pitch in Liverpool’s 1 – 1 draw with Norwich. Apart from perhaps Ruddy, who got eight saves in a match winning performance at Anfield. Frustratingly (as I had captained him), he was wasteful and unlucky in front of goal. Holt came on for Norwich and got a striker’s goal and stole three bonus points. Notably, Gerrard stole one bonus point, and could prove to be the same bonus point magnet under the new bonus point system, as he was in the old one.
Dempsey assisted for a fantastic Ruiz goal but couldn’t prevent Everton from winning 1 – 3 away at Craven Cottage. Drenthe was the man of the match in a multi-BAG performance. He stole maximum bonus points for a goal and double-assist in his first full game for Everton. Fantasy manager’s need to keep an eye out for him, for he could be one of the surprise buy’s of the season. Rodwell also got a BAG while Saha chipped in with a goal.
Van der Vaart is proving his Fantasy credentials with both goals in Tottenham’s 1 -2 victory at Blackburn.
In the second most surprising result of the Gameweek, QPR managed to hang on to a on one goal lead, playing 11 against 9, at Loftus Road. They won 1 – 0 against Chelsea with A. Ferdinand the main Fantasy beneficiary, stealing three bonus points to go with his tasty clean sheet.
Out of Sorts
The Manchester United team had their “worst result” and looked way off pace. Evans continues to make mistakes and will now be lower in the pecking order at Old Trafford. Rooney is having a bad time at the moment and you must looking to sell him if you believe it will last. For many, Van Persie and Aguero are looking better options at the moment.
Bosingwa got many a owner -2 points by picking up a red card against QPR. Drogba then angered his team mates by lunging in a silly two-footed tackle. He will not have endeared himself to Villas-Boas.
Carroll was again dropped to the bench. If you still own, sell him now.
Chris Herd will not have been happy with his sending off in his second start of the season for Aston Villa.
Bolton, Wigan and Blackburn continue to lose and manager’s should avoid their players.
With a fourth of the season gone trends are starting to emerge. Van Persie is showing his class, Van der Vaart has returned to his goal-scoring ways and Manchester City are averaging over 3.5 goals per game. This should be the time you take a cold hard look at your team and perhaps dump your favorites for proven Fantasy quality. For myself, this means perhaps selling Rooney for Van Persie or Aguero or cleaning up the defence to be able to afford Van der Vaart. Don’t be scared of making drastic changes when it is evident they are needed.
What changes do you think are needed? Will Manchester United bounce back? Is Rooney to be sold? Please comment below.