Because of the distribution of games in Gameweek 29, with fixtures crawling well into the week, this piece combines the Gameweek 29 Review and the Friday Foreplay for Gameweek 30.
The most notable Fantasy performances of Gameweek 29:
- Sigurdsson was the undisputed Fantasy star of Gameweek 29, delivering a brace and 15 points in Swansea’s convincing away win at Craven Cottage.
- Valencia and Hernandez combined for three goals, and assist, and five bonus points in Manchester United’s five goal demolition over the sorry Wolves. Evans capped an impressive performance with a well taken goal.
- Vermaelen got a goal and a clean sheet in Arsenal’s important away victory at Goodison Park.
- Hoilett scored again as well as Yakubu, who also stole three bonus points.
- Aguero and Nasri scored in Manchester City’s hard fought win.
Gameweek 29 Points Summary
From Gameweek 25 onwards, 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 29 I recommended Rooney, Dempsey, Ba as the captain picks. Promising Gameweek captain picks produced dissapointing results with only Rooney getting over three points.
Quality of captain picks from Gameweek 25 onwards:
- Good captain picks: 9/15
- Double digit captains: 4/15
|Nasri||Midfielder||1||0||0||3||-1 for YC||9|
|Van der Vaart||Midfielder||1||0||0||3||-1 for YC||9|
|Scharner||Midfielder||1||0||0||2||-1 for YC||8|
|de Gea||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 3 saves||7|
|Krul||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 4 saves||7|
|Cahill||Defender||1||0||0||0||-1 for 2 GC||7|
|Vorm||Goalkeeper||0||0||1||0||+1 for 5 saves||7|
|Young||Defender||0||1||0||2||-1 for 2 GC||6|
|Welbeck||Forward||1||0||0||1||-1 for YC||6|
|Coates||Defender||1||0||0||0||-1 for 3 GC & -1 for <60 min||6|
|Sagna||Defender||0||0||1||0||-1 for YC||5|
|Mackie||Forward||1||0||0||0||-1 for <60 min||5|
|Ruddy||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0||+2 for 7saves||4|
|Carrick||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
|Mata||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for YC||4|
|Brunt||Midfielder||0||1||0||0||-1 for YC||4|
|Tevez||Forward||0||1||0||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
|Foster||Goalkeeper||0||0||0||0||+2 for 7saves||4|
|Orr||Defender||0||1||9||0||-1 for <60 min||4|
For a summary of players scoring over three points in Gameweek 29, please refer to the table above.
The captain picks are rather straightforward this Gameweek with both Manchester United and Arsenal playing easy home games (on paper). Rooney and Van Persie are the obvious picks with Valencia sneaking into third due to his amazing performance against Wolves last Gameweek.
- Van Persie
It’s all about the home teams this Gameweek, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Norwich all having at least a decent chance of high-scoring Gameweeks.
Manchester United face Fulham at Old Trafford where they have won their last four games. They have scored 12 goals in their last four games and enjoy an impressive 2.78 goals scored per game at home. The less said about Fulham’s away record, the better. Play all your United players and don’t be afraid of reaching for Hernandez and Young in addition to the captain picks from United.
Arsenal do battle against an Aston Villa team that hasn’t conceded more than one goal in their last four games. Nevertheless, Van Persie is so hot it hurts, and will be dangerous. Walcott could benefit from the attention on the Dutchman, and contribute with either assists or goals.
Despite facing resolute Everton, Sigurdsson is in such good form that he has to be considered a big hitter. What a loan signing by Brendan Rodgers, who must be the front runner for manager of the year.
Guessing Paul Lambert’s starting lineup is wading in murky waters. He threw us a curve ball last Gameweek, by leaving Holt on the bench. Still, I would start him against Wolves and expect a goal.
Other strong plays include:
- Liverpool have only scored 35 goals all season, and have a much lower Fantasy points ceiling than the top five. However, they face Wigan at home. Wigan concede over two goals per game on their travels so I would bet on Gerrard scoring.
- Sessegnon is back from suspension and plays at home against QPR. Sunderland have missed his creativity and he will be the key to unlocking the QPR defence.
The aforementioned home teams fill up this Gameweeks clean sheet list, with the change of swapping out Norwich for Swansea. All the teams face low average scoring teams and are likely to keep a clean sheet. The teams and the recommended players are:
- Liverpool and Skrtel for the set-piece goal threat.
- Manchester United and Evans for the price.
- Arsenal and Vermaelen for the goal threat. Consider Gibbs if you have a limited budget.
- Swansea and Caulker for the price and the bonus point magnet.
Taking a Punt
- Suarez is down to being a punt at home against Wigan. He has just frustrated too much this season and I wouldn’t hold on to him any longer.
- Hoilett will likely move clubs in the summer, thanks to his impressive displays in the Blackburn shirt this season.