Fantasy Football – Gameweek 22


So, the first gameweek with teams playing twice didn’t bring anything spectacular really. As expected, Man Utd won their two games but lost Rooney for three weeks while Rio, Evra and Tevez are now all big doubts for this weekend. I am saddled with two United defenders who won’t play, and Vidic is just a bit too pricey now to bring in. Still, have to think long term I guess. Vidic and Figueroa were the two big points scorers at 17 and 13 respectively while Ronaldo got a couple of assists to make sure my captain choice wasn’t completely wasted. 

Jesus isn't so important now...

Jesus isn't so important now...

This week sees the Merseyside derby, the last Kaka-less Man City team, and Hull looking to complete the double over Arsenal. Let’s take a look at this week’s picks.


Top 3 alternatives to Ronaldo as Captain.

1. Gerrard/Liverpool – The Reds looked slightly bereft of ideas against Stoke and will be looking to bounce back. Everton however will be a tough proposition having not conceded in five. In a tight game you can usually look to Stevie G to be involved in any deadlock breakages and if it ends 1-0 to Liverpool, I’m sure he’ll be involved.

2. Berbatov/Man Utd – Has been playing pretty well recently and has been adding goals, assists and bonus points to his posing and standing around. Still pretty cheap at £9.6m and Utd will look to him and C-Ron now that Rooney is out for three weeks. I can’t see Bolton stopping him.

3. Anelka/Chelsea – A slight risk but I think Big Phil won’t have dropped Drogba for just one game. He was pretty poor for the last few matches (against Utd he was especially wretched) and I think Anelka will get another run now. Stoke at home means goals for Chelsea. 




Suggested transfers in:

1. Arteta/Everton – Last week we said this: “Best player on the pitch in three of his last four games. Clean sheets in all of them too”. This can now be changed to best player on the pitch in four of his last five games. Clean sheets in all of them too. Three goals in the last two as well.

2. Figueroa/Wigan – He was on many people’s radar and indeed in many people’s teams prior to the Spurs game but that will only have enhanced his reputation. Wigan are solid defensively this year and are the best of the rest once you discount the top 3 and Fulham. He’s cheap at £4.2m and he always seems to be bombing forward whenever I catch Wigan highlights on Match of the Day. 

3. Crouch/Portsmouth – Well you have to fancy him against Spurs…




Players to avoid:

1. Rooney & Ferdinand/Man Utd – One’s out for three weeks while the other seems to have a permanently injured back with constant setbacks. With important games in Europe on the horizon, neither will be risked until completely ready.  

2. Fellaini/Everton – Maybe you were thinking he’s playing up front with Cahill so may get some attacking points. Perhaps (he has scored four goals) but he gets booked so often it’s hardly worth it. Twenty games in, ten yellow cards, another suspension in the bank.

3. Man City players – Until the transfer window closes anyway. At the rate they’re going, who knows what the first choice XI will be come February. I do wonder how much Kaka will cost in the game. I reckon about £10 million and he’ll be down as a midfielder.






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