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Gameweek 20 – What has happened to Wayne?

In 2011/12 on January 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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Fantasy premier league gameweek 20 had it all;  Double gameweeks, shock defeats and ridiculous goals.   Spurs and Everton are playing twice, Manchester United got hammered and Tim Howard scored from a goal kick.  This week also pitted 2 of fantasy premier league top scoring strikers against each other, in Wayne Rooney and Demba Ba.

Demba Ba has been on fire this season and has a monumental; 15 goals, 4 assists and 21 points.  21 BONUS POINTS.  A record only beaten by Robin Van Persie.   He has been remarkably clinical and has an amazing trait for a fantasy premier league striker.  He is greedy.

Rooney on the other hand is having a rough time of it.  With 4 goals in 3 games in early December home games against Wigan, Blackburn and then away to Newcastle surely meant one thing for Wayne.  Goals.   But it didn’t happen.  He was rested against Wigan (playing only 27 minutes), dropped against Blackburn and it didn’t really happen for him against Newcastle.

Wayne Rooney's and Demba Ba's match statistics for Gameweek 20

Wayne Rooney vs Demba Ba Gameweek 20 Fantasy Premier League performance

Both strikers were relatively well shackled and limited to only 5 shots between them (Rooney with 2 and Ba with 3).  The big Senegalese striker was remarkably clinical; scoring 1 with a great finish, narrowly missing another and having another saved.

For Rooney however it just wasn’t happening.  He was given little room all night and despite seeing quite a bit of the ball, only made 32/40 passes.  The Manchester United managed 2 shots; one blocked on the line and the other blocked from outside the area.

So where does this leave Wayne and Demba?  Sadly for 25% of fantasy premier league managers who have Ba in their fantasy premier league team, he is off to the African nations and this is his last game for Newcastle United for a while so he needs replacing.

As for Rooney; at £12million he is expensive but is one of the only fantasy premier league players who can score at will.  At home to Bolton for gameweek 21, if you have Rooney in your fantasy premier league team – give him 1 more week.

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