In a season of amazing scorelines we see another on in Arsenal’s 3 – 5 victory over Chelsea. Villas-Boas high defensive line was punctured repeatedly by Arsenal’s pace.
There were few clean sheets yet again, with none at home and three away from home. Manchester United, Fulham, and Liverpool kept the goals out, somewhat surprisingly.
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.
Robin van Persie scored a whopping 19 points. He is on fire, registering a hattrick and assist and stealing three bonus points. Walcott and Santos both got a single goal while Gervinho, Arteta, and Song grabbed assists. Walcott also stole two bonus points.
For Chelsea, Mata had one of his best games. Both him and Lampard scored and assisted to keep Chelsea midfield owners happy about their returns.
Manchester United’s Evra got a clean sheet and assist for Hernandez, in their 0 – 1 win away at Goodison Park.
Meanwhile in Manchester, City kept dominating opponents. Dzeko, Kolarov, and Johnson scored goals from Silva, Aguero, and YaYa Toure’s assists. Mancini surprised us again by dropping Balotelli to the bench and starting with both Silva and Nasri in what is possibly his strongest lineup.
Sessegnon and Petrov both grabbed BAGs (Bonus, Assists, and Goals) in the 2 – 2 draw in Sunderland. Larsson got another assist and Connor Wickham opened his League scoring for Sunderland.
Graham, my pick for a punt this Gameweek, scored in his fourth consecutive game in Swansea’s 3 – 1 home win against Bolton. However, his Fantasy score is only four points for the Gameweek following his own goal for which Eagles is credited with an assist. Allen chipped in with a goal for his second week running and Sinclair got his third of the season. Assisting were defender Rangel with his first two of the season and Gower with this third of the season. Rangel could pick up more assists as the season progresses as he has been showing strong statistics for key passes, crosses supplied and thru balls.
Norwich and Blackburn supplied an entertaining 3 – 3 draw with Norwich salvaging a point with a last minute Holt goal. Goals and assists are coming all over the place for Norwich. While a positive for manager Paul Lambert, it doesn’t make for exciting Fantasy prospects. Johnson (and Pilkington) are cheap midfield options you can rotate while defender Barnett is supplying goals, assists, and bonus points. With few clean sheets, he is another bench option to consider.
Blackburn is emerging with a couple of players to watch, Fantasy wise. Defender Samba scored again and is one to look out for when Nelsen is back from injury. Samba and Nelsen is a good centre-back pairing that could deliver clean sheets. Midfielder Formica is reasonably priced at 5.0 and grabbed an assist.
Fulham won 0 – 2 away at Wigan where Fantasy Formation punt pick Zamora and Dempsey got an assist and a goal, respectively. Schwarzer, priced at 4.9, got seven saves and a clean sheet resulting in an eight point gameweek.
Liverpool got an important 0 – 2 win away at West Brom. Suarez, a Fantasy Formation punt, got two assists for an Adam penalty and a well executed Carroll goal on the break. Fantasy favorite Enrique got a clean sheet. Suarez and Carroll showed flashes of a good partnership evolving.
Van der Vaart kept up his goalscoring ways while Bale, another punt pick for this week, stole the show with his brace. Lennon is back from injury and registered two assists in a lively performance. Scott Parker is a prime example of how the Fantasy game differs from real-life football. He was everywhere and my man of the match but doesn’t deliver anything from a Fantasy perspective. For Harry Redknapp, he is the first on the team sheet but should not even be in you Fantasy team.
At the Britannia Stadium Newcastle kept up their impressive start to the season by winning comfortably 1 – 3. Ba was man of the match with his second hattrick and eight goal of the season. He is looking great value at 6.4, but beware of their tough fixtures with Everton, the two Manchester teams, and Chelsea coming up in the next four games. Best contributed two assists and Fantasy Formation’s pick, Walters, scored a consolation penalty for Stoke.
Out of Sorts
Although Manchester United secured an important away win at Everton, Rooney was far from convincing. Playing deep in midfield, he was more focused on supplying the players around him, content with Hernandez and Welbeck making runs in the box.
Kompany made many a Fantasy manager unhappy (me included) with his sending off. He picked up -1 points and will be suspended in City’s away game at Loftus Road.
After last week’s red card Bosingwa now delivered a zero point Gameweek. With Chelsea’s inability to keep clean sheets the money can be invested better elsewhere.
I’m now putting QPR in the same bracket as Bolton, Wigan and Blackburn. You should generally avoid players from these teams.
In the last couple of Gameweeks we have seen players that were touted to be Fantasy prospects starting to deliver. Some of them had slow starts to the season and could be off and running while for others this will only be a temporary upswing.
- Sessegnon was hotly tipped to be a Fantasy favorite before the start of the season and has now delivered double-digit Gameweek scores twice in a row. He is a registered as a midfielder and is playing upfront with Bendtner. If you are looking for a mid-range midfielder, Sessegnon is looking exciting at 6.1.
- Graham has scored in four consecutive Gameweeks. He has also grabbed an assist and five bonus points. He currently leads the way in the Value (form) table. At the moment, you can’t do any better than Graham for a the budget forward (priced at 4.9).
- Bale grabbed a brace for Tottenham. He has been playing well for both club and country and should score more in the coming weeks. Tottenham have a good looking fixture list and if you can’t afford VdV, Bale could be your man.
- Drenthe was suspended for Everton against Manchester United and couldn’t play. Against Fulham, however, he scored 16 points in his first full game for Everton. He is a talented player that has let his attitude get in his way in the past. Should he focus on his football, he could deliver Fantasy wise this season.
- Ba grabbed his second hattrick and looks value, apart from the next four tough games.
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