Grab your cup of hot beverage and snuggle with your Mr. Bigglesworth because it’s time for your weekly Friday Foreplay.
While your pussy purrs you will be sipping your beverage with glee as you read about captain picks, heavy hitters, clean sheets, punts, and the big ol’ rumbling gut.
1. Aguero: As pointed out in this week’s Mid-Week Round-Up, Aguero had a disappointing last season scoring only 12 goals after being blighted by injury problems. However, this season he has 6 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 league games coming from over 3 shots per game and 1.4 key passes. With Aguero not in the squad in City’s Capital Cup win at Newcastle, we can captain him with the confidence that he will start against Norwich.
2. Suarez: Suarez’s numbers since coming back mirror Aguero’s with 6 goals and 2 assists in four games. His underlying statistics are incredible, with almost 6 shots per game and 2.3 key passes. The only reason he isn’t the obvious pick this week is Liverpool playing away at the Emirates where Arsenal are set to dominate possession and provide stiffer opposition than Norwich against Manchester City.
3. Van Persie: Despite Manchester United’s tough transition this season Van Persie is picking up form, finding the net three times and providing one assist in his last four games. Facing Fulham, who have conceded 39 shots in the box and 33 outside the box, Van Persie is guaranteed to get chances and likely to score. His price is a deterrent, but his output over the course of the season is guaranteed.
Arsenal, led by the impressive Özil, face their first major test since Gameweek’s two win over Tottenham. Özil’s threat comes from his distribution and incisive passing, providing 3.5 key passes per game. His 1.5 shots per game is also decent and can provide Fantasy points as shown in his brace against Norwich in Gameweek 8. Liverpool are likely to defend deeper at the Emirates, placing a burden on Arsenal’s main play-maker to find the openings others can’t. Giroud is also a viable pick, but seems to be losing out to the plethora of attacking options, as documented in this week’s Market Mechanics.
Rooney has found his form under David Moyes, recording an average of 6 chances created and 90 passes in the final third in the last four league games. He’s a viable captain pick if you have him instead of Van Persie, and should have plenty of space to operate against Fulham’s porous defence.
Eden Hazard, a focus of this week’s Fancy a Flutter, seems immune to Mourinho’s rotation with 8 starts in 9 league games as Mata has fallen out of favour. After a slow start to the season he’s scored 3 goals and delivered 1 assist in the last four as well as a goal against Schalke in the Champions League. He did not take part in the game against Arsenal in the Capitol One Cup, indicating that he will start against Newcastle.
Michu´s lack of Fantasy output in Swansea’s 7 goals in the last 4 games is disappointing yet should not give cause for concern. He has 2.5 shots in the last two games and hasn’t missed a minute of league action this season. He’ll come good and the next three fixtures (car, STK, ful) are the perfect platform to start delivering again.
Silva, highlighted in this week’s Flying Under the Radar, has an impressive 97 final third passes attempted and 15 chances created in his last three league games. This is in addition to a decent 5 goal attempts and a favorable home fixture against Norwich. He’s a great differential for those suffering from a bad start to the season.
Still in fashion and still the second best defence in Europe behind only Roma, Southampton defenders are rising in price. Boruc is still good value at £4.7 and fits well in two-way rotation strategies. However, beware of investing in too many Southampton defenders at this time, as their fixtures are set to get tougher, as pointed out in this week’s Watchlist.
West Ham are rugged and well coached under Allardyce, having already claimed five clean sheets. There is slight cause for concern, as four of the five clean sheets have come away from home where West Ham are content to sit back and defend in numbers. However, Allardyce teams are generally great for picking cheap rotation defenders and should Razvan Rat cement his place at left back he’s a great pickup at £4.5.
West Brom sneak into the clean sheets, thanks to a home game against a struggling Crystal Palace team yet to appoint a new manager following Holloway’s resignation. Ridgewell is decent value at £5.0, having already picked up 6 bonus points this season.
Torres, a back-to-back punt pick, is providing the goods under Mourinho and is likely to be given the starting spot against Newcastle. It’s tough to recommend owning him over other forward options this season but if you are feeling particularly frisky he’s a differential punt, owned by only 2.2% of Fantasy managers.
Nolan’s influence is on the wane, but he is still a decent Fantasy option, having provided a goal and 2 assists this season. He’s better suited to playing in a single striker system to be installed at West Ham when Carroll returns, but a home game against Aston Villa will provide him with chances to get involved.
Sessegnon has slotted well into Clarke’s system at West Brom where he is attempting 2.4 shots per game and delivering 1.2 key passes. He should have scored more than the single goal against Sunderland and this Gameweek’s match is the perfect platform to show Sunderland what they will be missing this season.
BIG OL’ RUMBLING GUT PICK
Ricky van Wolfswinkel has only scored one goal this season, in the first Gameweek. He hasn’t started the last two games for Norwich who play away against Manchester City, viable title candidates. Still, we are predicting the Dutch footballer to score. Why? We’re just nuts.