DIMITAR BERBATOV BACK IN STYLE
Following up the drought of goals in Gamweek 10, this past weekend had a few more scores. Four of the 10 matches had at least three goals and two of them even had at least five. In other words, it was a normal week of Premier League action.
Once again, the top keepers weren’t the most expensive ones. Four of them had clean sheets and they all cost less than 5.1m at the Fantasy game at premierleague.com. Two of them were Jussi Jaaskelainen and Asmir Begovic, who are Nos. 1 and 2 in total points this year. Even though Mark Schwarzer allowed three goals, he still had six points because of a stopped PK. That doesn’t make a ton of sense, but owners will take it.
John Terry was at the top of the defenders list even though he only played 38 minutes. Somehow he still received two bonus points. They will never figure out a good system for bonus points, so deal with it. Unfortunately for JT, he picked up a possible knee injury, which is not good news for anyone in Chelsea camp. Keep your eye on that, as of posting a final decision couldn’t be made due to swelling.
Along with Terry near the top were a slew of Reading, Stoke and West Ham defenders. Didn’t expect that, did you? All of those defenders can be had for very cheap. Most notably, last week’s cover boy, Kaspars Gorkss, who has 22 Fantasy points in the last three matches.
On the more exciting end of the pitch, Marouane Fellaini was once again the top midfielder. That marks two straight weeks with at least 13 Fantasy points for him. He now has six goals and three assists this year after notching only three goals and five assists all of last season.
Right behind him as usual was Kevin Nolan. He grabbed a goal and full bonus points in a road win at Newcastle. He now has five goals through 11 games this year. He remains a vital part to West Ham’s attack even with Andy Carroll up front.
Theo Walcott found his way back in the starting lineup for the first time since Gameweek 1 and came through with two assists. His pace is unmatched by almost everyone else in the Premier League.
We were taken back to 2010 in the forward department as Dimitar Berbatov led all scorers with two goals, one assist and full bonus points. The Berbs did it all for Fulham as they grabbed three goals on the road against one of the better defensive clubs in the league. He’s the main threat in Fulham’s attack and costs about half as much as Robin van Persie. Once, the most interesting man in the Premier League, now is just another forward that keeps scoring with a cool name.
As predicted on this week’s podcast of Premier League Plus, Nikica Jelavic broke his three-game scoreless streak with the game-winner over Sunderland.
Javier Hernandez was the second highest scoring forward and he only played one half. Chicharito now has four goals and two assists in only 205 minutes of play in the BPL this season. However, until he becomes a starter (which won’t be soon), he’s worth as much as Edin Dzeko in Fantasy.
Also of note, Olivier Giroud had two goals for Arsenal, as he’s looking better in every match. Sergio Aguerio received the start and scored his third of the season. Aston Villa’s 21-year old striker, Andreas Weimann, scored twice against Manchester United. Since he’s priced so cheap, he may be an option to look at if you’re midfielder heavy.
Looking ahead, expect goals from Arsenal and Spurs, West Brom to give Chelsea a real fight and QPR to get their first win of the campaign. As usual, for an in-depth preview of Gameweek 12, make sure to check out this week’s show, Friday at 4pm EST. You can also listen on demand afterwards.
Last week I talked about cheap defenders, this week I’ll talk about cheap defenders. It’s easy to say Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez are going to do awesome this weekend, but what about the value picks that fill out your squad? Those are often your most important pieces as they aren’t owned by the majority.
QPR vs. Southampton
I had Fulham here, but they have allowed eight goals in their last three games so I’m staying away even at Craven Cottage. Southampton has five road losses in five chances with only five goals. QPR has only allowed four goals in their last four home matches, including zero to Chelsea.
Jose Bosingwa has the most value, as he moves forward the most out of the bunch, but they all fall in the same boat of being under 5.0m at premierleague.com. Ryan Nelsen is the cheapest of the starters at 4.0m and has started nine straight matches. That’s a good value for your No. 5 defender. Oh yeah, their goalkeeper is former Inter Milan man, Julio Cesar.
West Ham vs. Stoke City
Stoke City has trouble scoring in every match. They have scored five times in six road matches. When you don’t average more than one goal per match, it’s not good.
Jussi Jaaskelainen and his back line now have two straight clean sheets. One at home against Man City and the most recent one at Newcastle. Both of those are very, very impressive. Like QPR, every defender is 5.0m or less. George McCartney has been the best value as he already has two assists in his role that allows him to get up the field more. Winston Reid is the next best option as he hasn’t missed a game yet all year.
- Joe Hart, Manchester City, 6.9m, vs. Aston Villa
- Jose Reina, Liverpool, 5.8m, vs. Wigan
- Jussi Jaaskelainen, West Ham, 5.0m, vs. Stoke City
- Mark Schwarzer, Fulham, 5.1m, vs. Sunderland
- Julio Cesar, QPR, 5.0m, vs. Southampton
- Jose Enrique, Liverpool, 5.7m, vs. Wigan
- Vincent Kompany, Man City, 7.3m, vs. Aston Villa
- John Arne Riise, Fulham, 5.7m, vs. Sunderland
- George McCartney, West Ham, 4.0m, vs. Stoke City
- Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City, 5.0m, at West Ham
- Leighton Baines, Everton, 7.6m, at Reading
- Patrice Evra, Man United, 6.8m, at Norwich
- Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea, 7.2m, at West Brom
- Jose Bosingwa, QPR, 4.9m, vs. Southampton
- Kaspars Gorkss, Reading, 3.9m, vs. Everton
- Marouane Fellaini, Everton, 7.3m, at Reading
- Gareth Bale, Tottenham, 9.8m, at Arsenal
- Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle, 7.9m, vs. Swansea
- Juan Mata, Chelsea, 9.4m, at West Brom
- Steven Gerrard, Liverpool, 9.4m, vs. Wigan
- Antonio Valencia, Man United, 8.6m, at Norwich
- Michu, Swansea, 7.4m, at Newcastle
- Santi Cazorla, Arsenal, 9.4m, vs. Tottenham
- Esteban Granero, QPR, 5.5m, vs. Southampton
- Yaya Toure, Man City, 7.9m, vs. Aston Villa
- Robin van Persie, Man United, 13.6m, at Norwich
- Luis Suarez, Liverpool, 9.8m, vs. Wigan
- Carlos Tevez, Man City, 9.5m, vs. Aston Villa
- Demba Ba, Newcastle, 8.3m, vs. Swansea
- Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham, 7.3m, vs. Liverpool
- Nikica Jelavic, Everton, 8.5m, at Reading
- Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, 11.0m, vs. Aston Villa
- Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham, 9.0m, at Arsenal
- Lukas Podolski, Arsenal, 8.3m, vs. Tottenham
YOU’RE THE CAPTAIN
- Robin van Persie, Man United
- Luis Suarez, Liverpool
- Carlos Tevez, Man City
- Demba Ba, Newcastle
- Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham
RVP leads all positions in Fantasy Points and faces Norwich this weekend. Just look at his numbers, he’s following up his 30 goal, 13 assist campaign very well. He has a goal or assist in seven straight matches and in nine of 11 games. Yeah… he’s good.
Right behind RVP in points is Suarez. He is Liverpool. Without Suarez, the Reds would be sitting in the relegation zone. He has scored our assisted in four straight games and seven of 11 contests. These two guys are in form.
Tevez didn’t skip a beat in his missed season and continues to get the start up front for City. Villa just allowed three second half goals to United at home and now they travel to the Etihad. City will score plenty.
Ba was surprisingly unable to hit the score sheet at home last weekend, but will have a good chance to redeem himself against the Swans. He has seven goals on the campaign.
Liverpool has not been great defensively and Berba has been feeling it. He has three goals and two assists in his last three matches.
*Stats up-to-date as of Nov. 11
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