Well hello there. Welcome to my Gameweek 3 musings. As I mentioned last week, we can’t draw a whole hell of a lot from such a small sample size. However, as we head into the international break and the end of the transfer window, I feel there are somethings of interest to fantasy players everywhere.
- Is Kolo Toure related to the Wolverine? On Wednesday, Toure looked as though his groin had been ripped in two. Unable to put stand or put any pressure on his leg, Toure was stretchered off and was presumably looking at a lengthy absence. Miraculously, he has healed enough to be potentially in contention for this week and should, at minimum, be back in the lineup in Gameweek 4. To be blunt, I am shocked. Let’s see if this isn’t just gamesmanship from Rodgers.
- Roberto Soldado needs to pick up his production ASAP. Soldado has gotten off to a splendid start, scoring twice from the spot and averaging a brilliant eight points per game. He’s risen in price once and is about 80% of the way to another rise. Great start right? Not so fast. Soldado’s underlying stats have been poor and his performance at home against Swansea was atrocious. The Spaniard has just 3 shots from open play, only one of which hit the target, Even more concerning was his lack of presence in the box last week as he managed just one touch in the penalty area. That’s simply not good enough at £ 9.6 million. If he doesn’t improve this week I will probably ship him out for Benteke or Sturridge after the break.
- Shrek is back! Shrek is back! It now appears that Wayne Rooney will stay with the Red Devils this year. From a fantasy perspective this is massive. Rooney was nearly as good as his much more lauded (and expensive) teammate last season, averaging nearly as many shots, chances created and fantasy points per 90 minutes as Van Persie. This was especially true before Rooney’s Boxing Day injury and the fall out from his UCL benching. At £ 3.5 million cheaper than the Flying Dutchman, Rooney represents a real alternative for access to United’s attack. I, for one, will be keenly watching his performance over the next few weeks to see if he is the man for me.
- The change in bonus points are real, but overstated. The new BPS formula has been a hot top in the FPL universe so far this season. Defenders and goalkeepers have been grabbing bonus points that, in past seasons, would have fallen to attacking players. Midfielders in particular have been victimized with only 28 bonus points being awarded to midfielders thus far. It is my opinion that the system has changed, but it is not as dramatic as the early results have made it seem. The real difference this season has been a lack of goals, with scoring down about 25% as compared to last year. This obviously favors defenders and keepers with respect to bonus points. Once midfielders begin scoring again (they have scored just thirteen goals in total) they’ll grab the bonus points. I have empirical data to back this assertion, but will save that for next week.
That’s it for now. Good luck to all!