Musings from Gameweek 9
He’s just too good to not own.
I mused in last Gameweek’ review whether he was too good to leave out of your team. I now believe he is. He has delivered Fantasy returns in all his starts, including three goals and four assists in his last five games. Looking at his numbers, there is no reason to believe his output to diminish.
He’s got 15 chances created, 25 shots (with impressive minutes per shot and minutes per shot on target), is Ferguson’s main striker, and is on penalties and corners.
What he gives you is an automatic captain’s pick, delivering better results than picking and choosing based on fixtures and “form”.
I wildcarded to get him in. I believe you should get him in too, even if that means using your wildcard or spending points.
Fantasy Elites Deliver
Mata and Hazard scored and assisted, respectively. Mata is still 0.8 cheaper than Hazard and proved last year that he can deliver throughout a season so there is no reason to argue who’s a better pick. Just go for Mata if you have neither.
Ba scored yet again and has the underlying numbers to indicate that he’ll keep on scoring. With home games against West Ham and Swansea and an away game to Southampton in the next three, he’s a solid short-term pick.
All five top Fantasy scoring forwards delivered, including Defoe. Yes, he has to be considered an elite, despite his limited playing time in the last two seasons and Adebayor’s continued threat.
Speaking of Fantasy elites, last years superstar, Dempsey, is emerging as a genuine choice in the Tottenham midfield. He looks to have ousted Sigurdsson from the starting eleven and has provided two goals and an assist in his last four games.
Aguero vs. Tevez
Tevez is being rested for Champions League games which has come in handy for his Fantasy owners. He outscored Aguero again, delivering a sumptuous strike to seal Manchester City’s win. Aguero has been taking fewer shots in the last three games (two on average) as Tevez has increased his output (four on average). I was certain Aguero would be Mancini’s main man up top, but when Balotelli was introduced in the second half Aguero was moved to the flank with Balotelli and Tevez leading the line.
Suarez Finds Consistency
Suarez is finally delivering with some consistency, as he scored and assisted in the draw against Everton. He has an astounding 44 shots, the most in the Premier League. I’ll be watching next Gameweek’s home game against Newcastle with interest, to see whether the old frustrating Suarez returns.
Should this newfound consistency be a sign of things to come from the feisty Uruguayan, he’ll be a Fantasy force; a real game changer.
Instant Return Men
Fellaini provided an assist and Bale scored as the return-men provided instant returns for Fantasy owners.
Lets include Berbatov, as a near-instant return, as he continued to deliver for Fulham. That’s three goals and an assist in four starts.
Baird Strikes Twice
Lightning never strikes twice. Chris Baird will not score again.
Both are wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, both are unlikely to happen. Don’t go getting Baird in for his attacking prowess alone. There is a case for choosing Baird over Hangeland and Riise to chase Fulham’s clean sheets, but Baird’s back to back goals should not factor in that decision.
Gameweek 9 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 9 I recommended Aguero, Bale, and Cazorla as the captain picks. Aguero and Cazorla disappointed, but Bale scored against his former team.
Quality of captain picks:
- Good captain picks: 14/27
- Double digit captains: 4/27