Fantasy Football – Gameweek 13


Another midweek of action has passed and we saw many performances in the Carling Cup to take note of. Sadly players like Jack Wilshere and Frazier Campbell won’t be starting in the league just yet so we have to look at more familiar foes as we set our team for this weekend’s fantasy football.

Can't play, doing homework

Can't play, doing homework.

Last week our risky captain choices proved to be a bit of a bust for once. One of our readers commented on Ashley Young being tired in the past couple of games and indeed he (and the rest of the Villa side) didn’t do too much in a limp defeat to Boro at home. I read a stat on that Aston Villa have only started 14 different players this year. Their core players play every game in all competitions and never get taken off either – no wonder they need a rest. Maybe Rotation Rafa needs to manage Villa for a game or three.

Elsewhere, Torres didn’t start and as I predicted Ronaldo did nothing in another big game. Bendtner should have had at least a goal and assist but got neither. Hopefully the more he plays the more he’ll produce…


Top 3 Captain Picks:

1. Whoever you have from Berbatov or Rooney or Ronaldo/Man Utd – We took some risks last time so will play it safe this week. Man Utd have Stoke at home and will be looking to bounce back after  defeat to Arsenal. I see Utd putting three or four past them. Rory Delap is a threat as always but Ferdinand and Vidic should deal with any bullet throw ins. The goals and assists are often shared in Utd’s big wins so go with whoever you have in your team. 

2. Whoever you have from Anelka or Lampard or Deco/Chelsea – Similar story as above. Chelsea were knocked out by Burnley in the Carling Cup and Big Phil was not happy with his strikers. Chelsea have responded well in the next game after their losses this season and this trend should continue against West Brom away. It may not be a goal fest but a comfortable victory and clean sheet is a reasonable target. Anelka has been in good form recently while Deco could make fools out of Greening and Morrison.

3. Keane/Liverpool – If the history of football is anything to go by, we can be certain of one thing – Robbie Keane scores goals in bunches. You wait ages for one and then you get six or seven over the next ten games. He scored twice last week so now is the perfect time to put the theory to the test. Bolton away, they’re not very good, he should get some nice points. 




Suggested Transfers In:

1. Keane/Liverpool – See above. The one thing that can make this whole theory go the proverbial mammaries up is that Torres is now fit and Rafa doesn’t seem overly keen on playing the two of them together up front. Still, the right wing isn’t that far away from goal is it…? 

2. Kranjcar/Portsmouth – Was out injured for a couple of months but now that he’s fit again I expect most of Portsmouth’s play to go through him. Crouch and Defoe currently lead Pompey’s assist table with three each and looking at their other midfielders (Diarra, Diop, Davis) it’s not hard to see why. Already Kranjcar has made a difference with a goal and assist in the past two games and he’ll take their set pieces from here on in.

3. Bent/Spurs – I’ve been banging on for a while about how you should get him in. Five goals in five games and a £7.2M price tag should be persuasion enough. Plays Fulham this week so has a good shot of extending that record.





Players to avoid:

1. Ireland/Man City – I’ve mentioned before how Man City are struggling at the moment. Ireland is still great value but I think his purple patch this season has come and gone. Of course City will get back into form but it’s always going to be about Robinho, Wright-Phillips, Jo and whoever they get in January. Those guys will grab most of the points, bonus or otherwise. Ireland hasn’t done anything in four weeks, Delap is over a million cheaper and will give you similar production. 

2. Zaki/Wigan – Seeing him at first hand during the week made me realise just how well he’s done to get eight league goals thus far. Wigan don’t give him much service – he works hard and creates most of his chances himself. Don’t get me wrong, I still think he’ll score a fair few, but if you don’t already have him in your team I would sooner look at someone like Bent instead. Spurs will score far more goals over the rest of the season.

3. Traore/Portsmouth – Just something I noticed while writing about Kranjcar. He didn’t play last week and the spot he had on the left wing is now filled by the Croat. He’s too attacking and raw for Adams to play him at left back and if he misses Saturday’s game against West Ham it may be time to get rid.






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One Response to “Fantasy Football – Gameweek 13”

  1. Football Guy Says:

    Its a good thing I have C-Ron and Berba!!!! Although I don’t remember you banging on about D-Bent for ages

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