Fantasy Football: Look to Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United for points
Welcome back after the international break. The thorn in the side for many fantasy managers because of one word – injuries. With more than 1000 Premier League players competing in these international fixtures, odds are plenty of managers are going to praying to their respective deities for a clean bill of health to their favourite players come this weekend.I had a terrible gameweek last time round which saw me slip down the SquareFootball league. But one player who didn’t was Dai Eveliegh, who is now top of the pops.
Studs:Manchester United: The Red Devils have a home game against Wigan, so the whole team are studs for me. Van Persie is the obvious power in the front line, but he is now priced at a whopping £13.4m. A total of 30.8% of fantasy managers have shuffled funds around to be able to afford him though. Kagawa and Rafael are the picks of the bunch for me. Rafeal has a real tendency to blast forward and that’s always enjoyable in a fantasy defender.
Arsenal: Home to Southampton this weekend, the London club will be looking to follow on from their victory over Liverpool. Podolski and Carzola look the real deal and I think they will both be on the scoresheet again. Giroud got into a few good positions, but couldn’t put it away. He will eventually, but I am yet to award him the Stud title until he starts hitting the back of the net. Jenkinson is playing great and priced at £4.8m should be in most fantasy teams. Only difficulty here is that Koscielny is back fit, so he might take over from one of the current back four. If he does it's pretty tough on the back four that is yet to concede a goal in the first three games.Chelsea: Although away, the European champions are playing a woeful QPR side. Played three and won three, they have a mass of fire power, so Hazard, Mata, and Torres are studs in attack. Ivanovic can’t put a foot wrong so I’m naming him a stud as well. Mikel is getting gametime in the middle, so if you are strapped for cash, the Nigerian, could be a bargain at £4.5m.
Duds:Obviously try to stay away from defenders from teams on the other end of the matchups listed above.
* I want to name Suarez as a dud because he can’t seem to hit a barn door with a banjo. But I won’t. I know he got that free-kick against Man City, but he just doesn’t seem to know where the goal is. Now that I’ve said this, he’ll probably score this weekend. But I hope he doesn’t because I cant stand his Basil Brush face.
* Maicon is the biggest signing for me this transfer window. His pace and long shot will be very welcome to the fantasy community. Only problem is Mancini’s love of rotation. So we will have to wait and see who he prefers in the wingback positions.
* Everton v Newcastle should be a great game. Very similar teams, it will be close to call but Everton have the upperhand being at home. From a fantasy perspective, Fellaini and Cabaye will be the pivotal points in their respective teams.