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Gameweek 20 – What has happened to Wayne?

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

It's all about the bonus points scoreboard

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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Gameweek 17 – The Academy

In 2010/11 on December 10, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Patrice Evra branded Arsenal football club an academy yesterday,

“For me, Arsenal is a football training centre,” he told Canal+. “You watch the match, you enjoy it, but are you going to win a title afterwards? That’s what people remember.

“It has been five years since they won anything and, for a big club like Arsenal, that is a crisis.

“We can lose against them on the 13th but, at the end of the day, what is there (for Arsenal)? There is nothing. There are no trophies, there is nothing.”

So which players have graduated from the Arsenal academy and who needs to back to school?

Samir Nasri – Top of the class
Samir Nasri’s numbers speak for themselves. 8 goals, 1 assist and 14 bonus points. He has now equalled the number of goals he scored in his previous two seasons and at 6.3 points / game is arguably the most in form player in the Premiership.  1st class with honours. 

Laurent Koscienly – Detention
As Nasri’s numbers are impressive Koscienly’s are woeful.  Laurent is averaging a whopping 1.6 points / game.  For a defender playing for the team (currently) top of the premier league this is pretty incredible.  If we break these down he has; 1 clean sheet, 1 goal, 3 yellow cards, 2 red cards and a points / game ratio lower than Tal Ben Haim and Danny Gabbidon.  He is so far off the pace, if he’d be going any slower he’d be going backwards.  Lunchtime detention.

Jack Wilshire – Future star
Jack ‘s stats are solid if not spectactular so far this season; 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 bonus points, averaging 2.5 points / game.  Although decent you could expect more from an Arsenal centre midfielder with his talent.  Not to sound like Simon Cowell, “having said that” for an 18 year old in his debut fantasy premier league season, these stats are impressive and you could do a lot worst at £4.9 million.  1 gold star. 

So have Arsenal graduated?  We’ll have to wait for Monday night to find out.

Gameweek 16: The Snow

In 2010/11 on December 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Snow is rubbish.  It is wet, it is cold, it adds an hour onto your journey into work and worst of all can ruin your fantasy premier league game week.

I honestly don’t see anything positive about.  I mean even snow balls.  If you were walking past a muddy field, would a farmer just pick up a ball of mud and throw it at you?  No – then don’t throw a snow ball.

To date in gameweek 16 only Blackpool vs. Man United is called off.  Now that was inevitable wasn’t it, especially following Ian Holloway’s comments earlier in the week;

“We haven’t got undersoil heating at Bloomfield Road, so the club has brought in something that looks like it should be on a fairground. I waited behind it for 10 minutes thinking I could get myself a hot dog!”

Despite the hot dogs cancelled games can royally mess up your gameweek, especially like me when you’ve got 4 players in 1 game.

Not only this but it adds another variable to when picking a player;  are they on form? playing at home? are they cheap?   Now you’ve got to consider the weather forecast and if the teams playing have decent facilities at their ground.  It’s snow joke.

There is only one good thing about snow and fantasy premier league.  Double gameweeks.