Fantasy Preview – Match Week 7
Another weekend is almost upon us which means another round of Premier League fixtures for us all to enjoy.
There were some that questioned my suggestion to drop Eden Hazard last week but I feel somewhat vindicated after the big loss for Chelsea at Arsenal last weekend, a game in which the Belgian had little if no impact on whatsoever.
Read on to find out who should face the dreaded drop from your fantasy teams this weekend and who you should be looking to recruit.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Forward, Manchester United, 11.5
He is currently only one shot on target and one goal shy of the league leaders so I’m not sure why everyone is so intent to drop him. He’s dropped 0.4 in value in just two short weeks and is now back to his original price point of 11.5 which was a steal then, and still is now. This week he faces a Stoke defence who have just improved from worst in the league to just second worst! Not only is Ibra still ownable, but he’s a decent captain option this week as well.
Theo Walcott – Midfielder, Arsenal, 7.5
I’ve been one of his biggest detractors for years, but even I can’t deny how terrific he’s been the past few weeks. He was easily Arsenal’s best player in the first half of their Champions League and was subbed off in the seventieth minute so should be fit to start yet again this weekend. He has now scored four goals in his last three matches and faces just one top ten attack in his next five matches. Iwobi is of interest if you want a cheaper entry entry point into this Arsenal attack.
Adam Lallana – Midfielder, Liverpool, 7.2
He is objectively the best value in this Liverpool team. I’m not a fan personally, but it’s hard to argue with Lallana’s recent successes. He is the cheapest option in their midfield, that actually plays in the midfield, and is still only half as owned as Coutinho. They have a very nice run of fixtures on the horizon (Swansea, Manchester United, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Watford) so, regardless of who it is, just be sure to bring in a Liverpool midfielder.
Willian – Midfielder, Chelsea, 7.4
While everyone has been vacillating on how they feel about Hazard, Willian has quietly been putting in solid performances, again. He is second in the league in both crosses and corners taken and actually has better pass accuracy, more chances created, and a higher shot accuracy percentage than last season! He will start racking up points soon and I would rather be on the right side of that run.
Charlie Daniels – Defender, Bournemouth, 4.9
Adam Smith is currently drawing all the plaudits but it’s Daniels who has the statistics backing him up. He currently has more successful crosses and more key passes, is 6% less owned, and has a clean bill of health unlike his teammate. Bournemouth may seem an unlikely source for clean sheets but they are currently tied for the second most in the league and have a nice run against teams that average just 13.3 in league defence.
Kevin de Bruyne – Midfielder, Manchester City, 10.7
Unfortunately de Bruyne will be out for the next 3-4 weeks with a hamstring injury. While researching I did notice that KdB averages just 5.5 per game when Aguero is on the pitch which, while not alarming, is worth noting.
Erik Lamela – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 6.9
I’m a big fan of his and continue to believe he will have a terrific season, I’m just not sure which competition he’ll do that in. He played a full ninety minutes in Tottenham’s 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow midweek and could miss his third consecutive Premier League match. Even if he does start it will be against Manchester City and the third ranked defence in the league.
Alvaro Negredo – Forward, Middlesbrough, 6.6
He got off to a hot start, but statistically things are looking rough for the Spanish international. In fact, Negredo has just two shots on target … all season! It’s sometimes easy to confuse low price for high value but at this point I view Negredo as unownable, even against West Ham’s league worst defence this week.
John Stones – Defender, Manchester City, 5.0
Stones is currently the second most owned defender in the official game and for what? He has yet to keep a clean sheet, in fact he has yet to earn more than three points in a single match. His next two opponents (Tottenham and Everton) are both tied for fifth in goals scored so now is the perfect time to drop the English centre back.
Ben Foster – Goalkeeper, West Bromwich Albion, 5.5
It’s possible they keep a clean sheet against Sunderland, I’m just done. No clean sheets in the last three matches is bad enough, but three of their next five matches are against top five attacks in the league. It is time to move on.
TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – CURRENT TOP TEN
|Rank||Team & Manager||GW||TOT|
|1||ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge||51 >||359|
|2||Glen’s Eagles – Glen Samuel||50 >||356|
|3||Red n Blue Stratford – Andrew Cochrane||50 >||349|
|4||For Fuchs Ake – Declan Wood||58 >||348|
|5||Regals Eagles – Jonathan Miles||64 >||343|
|6||Soaring Eagles – Domenico De Prospo||63 >||337|
|7||Cabayern Palace – Trevor Lewer||59 >||335|
|8||Soper’s No Hopers – Mike Soper||78 >||333|
|9||himanshu_utd – HIMANSHU SAJWAN||47 >||330|
|10||Dynamo Dan Dan – Daniel Bright||52 >||329|