After another meaningless international week (didn’t we already know England are currently better than Germany) I’m sure many people will be looking at their fantasy teams and seeing them decimated with plenty of injured players. Of the top of my head Berbatov, Brown, Walcott are definitely out while many others like Lampard and Gardner face fitness tests. Once again a good subs bench may come into play.
Last week Ronaldo and Anelka did the business as el Kapitan but I got egg on my face by saying avoid Stephen Ireland. He went on to score 13 points against Hull. Maybe I should say avoid Fabregas so that he’ll do the same and final get double figures in a game. This week he’ll be suspended though so I should probably pick someone else…
Top 3 Captain Picks:
1. Torres/Liverpool – After having a bit of a lover’s tiff with Rafa, he looks in line to start at home against Fulham. He came off the bench for Spain midweek and scored within a few minutes and I fancy him to be amongst the goals on Saturday.
2. Anelka/Chelsea – As long he keeps scoring thirteen points a game, you should keep picking him as Captain. Newcastle at home means a high likelihood of this continuing.
3. Ronaldo/Man Utd – For once he has a seemingly tough away game at Aston Villa meaning it’s not as straightforward a pick as normal. But with Berbatov out and Rooney coming back form injury, United will rely on him even more. Aston Villa are a good side but Shorey and Young seemed a bit one paced as full backs. It will be an interesting matchup if nothing else.
1. Agger/Liverpool – They have some very winnable games coming up meaning high potential for clean sheets. Agger is always a good bet for some attacking points too as he belts the occasional free kick and is a threat at corners and whatnot. He’s also the cheapest first choice Liverpool defender.
2. Belhadj/Portsmouth – Traore managed to bag himself a clean sheet last week but only by coming on for an injured Diarra. We’ve mentioned before though that Kranjcar’s fitness will mean less minutes. Belhadj meanwhile has been first choice left back all year and is good value at just £4.5M.
3. Djourou/Arsenal – A bit of risky one but could be potentially very good if it comes off. Gallas has apparently resigned/been dropped as captain (YES, YES, YES!) and I think Wenger has finally seen that he is the weak link in the Arsenal defence – both on and off the pitch. Sagna and Eboue are out meaning Toure (though also a doubt) should play as right back. This leaves a spot in central defence open for Djourou. He’s only £4.4M and is well worth a punt. Please note I can’t be held responsible if Wenger decides Song should play ahead of him. Let’s not hope not…
1. Gallas/Arsenal – Mainly for the reasons detailed above but also because the pricier Arsenal defenders offer poor value for money. Either way I don’t see him playing in an Arsenal shirt for a while.
2. Middlesbrough players – Boro are performing pretty well are are comfortably in the top half of the table. However real life results don’t always translate into fantasy football success. Only three teams (West Brom, Sunderland, Blackburn) have accumulated less fantasy points overall than the Teesiders. This tells us they are winning but not keeping clean sheets, and not scoring lots in those wins. Turnbull is perhaps the only guy who is worth having.
3. Fabregas/Arsenal – If I give him advance warning that he is being avoided maybe he’ll prepare extra hard for his return vs Chelsea. *clutches at straws*