Another Foreplay and another hatchet job on a classic. Keeping in theme, the Foreplay is short and sweet this Gameweek so let’s dive into the captain picks, heavy hitters, clean sheets, punts, and the big ol’ rumbling gut.
1. Suarez: An immediate response was asked for, and and immediate response was given. What a performance! Let’s not spend time on analyzing Suarez’s Fantasy appeal. Let us rather marvel at 24 Fantasy points last round and focus on captaining him this Gameweek.
2. Özil: In a rather repetitive Foreplay Özil as again at number two, thanks to a goal and three bonus points against Hull. Arsenal are too good to ignore this season and Özil is a big part in that. Seven assists and three goals are nothing to sneeze at so in he comes.
3. Hazard: Hazard was tremendous against Sunderland which is why he’s a viable choice away at Stoke. Six goals and six assists, backed up by over two shots and two key passes per game, it’s no wonder he’s the top ranked midfielder in this week’s Watchlist.
With Rooney out for United’s home game against Newcastle, there will be added pressure for Van Persie to start. Expect a response from United following the loss against Everton, and expect Van Persie to hurt The Magpies if he starts which we believe he will.
The top teams seem to be finding their groove and Manchester City won easily, allowing Pellegrini to remove Aguero early. This boosts our confidence that he will start again against Southampton. Despite Southampton’s excellent defensive record Manchester City are likely too good not to score, and your best bets are the aforementioned Aguero and the towering Toure.
Given the unlikely start handed to Bendtner, Giroud should be fit, fresh, and furious for a goal in Arsenal’s home game against Everton. Completing the Arsenal hattrick in this Foreplay, Ramsey slots in by default, given his outrageous Fantasy output this season.
Liverpool have the easiest game on paper against a West Ham team in free fall. Liverpool should score, and Gerrard and Coutinho will be involved. I wouldn’t bet against another Suarez goal fest, so you may well have to settle for assists for the nifty Liverpool pair.
Liverpool, Crystal Palace, and Swansea are the best clean sheet bets this Gameweek, playing at home against teams that are offensively weak playing away from home.
Highlighting the cheapest safe options available this Gameweek we pick Flanagan as a short term pick for Liverpool, Speroni as a fine Boruc replacement, and Williams as a bonus point candidate.
Remy’s blank against Swansea was his first in five games and given that Manchester United have only kept one clean sheet since Gameweek 4, it’s not unreasonable to expect Remy to deliver this Gameweek. United are allowing an awful amount of shots on goal in great positions which should suit Remy to a tee with his almost 3.5 shots per game.
Long, covered in the Differentials, faces a Norwich team that has conceded 4.5 goals on average in their last four away games. If you play the fixtures, Long is your man.
If you are looking for a midfield punt, Sterling isn’t a bad shout. Likely starting given his goal and assist against Norwich, he’s both a bargain at £4.9 and a differential.
Big ol’ Rumbling Gut Pick
In the 2011/12 season this would have been preposterous, but we’re placing reliable Valencia as this Gameweek’s Gutter. He’s failed to deliver an assist since Gameweek 1 in a United team flailing under Moyes. Add to that his paltry total of 29 Fantasy points and you have to wonder under what rock our sanity is hiding. Answer: the big shiny one next to the elf sitting under the rainbow.