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Of the 10 matches this past weekend, only two of them had more than two goals. That led to only 18 goals being scored in Gameweek 9, which is the least amount scored in a week for the entire campaign. That also means it was low scoring in the Fantasy world.
Take this stat and drink it: the third leading Fantasy scorer (at premierleague.com) was Kaspars Gorkss. The Reading defender scored, got full bonus points, and only costs… 3.9m. WHAT!? That’s right, only 3.9m. That’s three times less than the most expensive player, Robin van Persie. Gorkss is as cheap as they come and he had the third most points of everyone this week. The fact that he didn’t even get a clean sheet is more confusing.
The leading scorer of the week was Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini. After his hot start to the season, he picked up a knee injury a few weeks ago and was dropped by a slew of owners. Unfortunately for them, he only missed one match and scored twice this past weekend.
Peter Odemwingie was the week’s top forward after he tabbed a brace in West Brom’s Monday night win over Southampton. His value is hampered by an ever-changing rotation of three forwards for the Baggies.
Fulham’s match saw the most goals for the second straight week, but that didn’t help many people in Fantasy leagues as Steve Sidwell was their only goal scorer.
My headline getter from last week, Luis Suarez, continued his scoring ways and led the forwards. He had an incredible goal against Newcastle, controlling a 50-yard lob on his shoulder right to his feet. Most people couldn’t do that if they tried it one thousand times.
In the biggest game of the weekend, Manchester United dominated Arsenal at Old Trafford. RVP scored the opener just three minutes in due to a defensive mistake and he celebrated with class against his former club. The game ended 2-1, but it wasn’t really that close. Wayne Rooney missed a PK and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla scored in the final seconds.
Due to the lack of goals, there weren’t many surprising things to happen. As for the one surprise of the weekend, no one could see the result coming. Wigan went to White Hart Lane and beat Tottenham 1-0. Out of nowhere, Wigan now has two straight league wins and as many points as Liverpool.
Chelsea and Man City both drew which means that Man United is alone on top of the table. Chelsea did not look great at Swansea as the Swans grabbed a late, deserved goal to draw 1-1. Man City’s match was nothing to write home about (maybe unless you’re a West Ham fan) as it ended 0-0.
Because of the lack of goals, there aren’t many numbers to go over. There wasn’t even a ton of clean sheets as 10 teams scored exactly one goal.
Coming off a week with lots of defense, let’s keep things in the same scope with some of the top defenses to look at for Gameweek 10.
Stoke City vs. QPR
QPR has scored a total of two goals in their last three matches. Stoke plays a slow and physical game that doesn’t amount to many scores.
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is currently ranked No. 3 at his position and isn’t all that expensive. In front of him are multiple defenders that cost 5.5m or less. Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth are the obvious options, but former MLS defender Geoff Cameron has eight starts for the Potters this season.
Everton vs. Sunderland
Like QPR, Sunderland is having tons of trouble getting the ball in the net. In fact, they have only scored more than one goal once and have one goal total in their last three matches.
Tim Howard hasn’t had the greatest season between the pipes especially after an own goal last weekend. Still, he’s a solid keeper and one of the best options to get a clean sheet this weekend. Leighton Baines goes without saying as he is the No. 2 overall Fantasy defender. Phil Jagielka is next in line, but he’s still kind of pricey at 6.1m. If you’re trying to save money, Johnny Heitinga is a good option. While he is fighting with Sylvain Distin for a starting spot, Heitinga was the choice against Fulham.
*Check out the latest edition of Premier League Plus - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rotoradio/2012/11/02/premier-league-plus, which covers in-depth all matches from the past weekend. Also, we cover lines and predict scores for each match. The show is live every Friday at 4pm EST. Send your Fantasy questions in to be answered on air.
- Asmir Begovic, Stoke City, 5.0m, vs. QPR
- Tim Howard, Everton, 5.6m, vs. Sunderland
- Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal, 5.3m, vs. Fulham
- Tim Krul, Newcastle, 5.3m, vs. West Ham
- Joe Hart, Manchester City, 6.9m, vs. Tottenham
- Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal, 7.1m, vs. Fulham
- Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City, 5.0m, vs. QPR
- Leighton Baines, Everton, 7.6m, vs. Sunderland
- Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea, 7.2m, vs. Liverpool
- Patrice Evra, Man United, 6.8m, at Aston Villa
- Vincent Kompany, Man City, 7.3m, vs. Tottenham
- Davide Santon, Newcastle, 5.0m, vs. West Ham
- Robert Huth, Stoke City, 5.5m, vs. QPR
- Kaspars Gorkss, Reading, 3.9m, vs. Norwich
- John Arne Riise, Fulham, 5.7m, at Arsenal
- Eden Hazard, Chelsea, 10.3m, vs. Liverpool
- Antonio Valencia, Man United, 8.6m, at Aston Villa
- Santi Cazorla, Arsenal, 9.4m, vs. Fulham
- Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle, 7.9m, vs. West Ham
- Marouane Fellaini, Everton, 7.0m, vs. Sunderland
- Gareth Bale, Tottenham, 9.8m, at Man City
- Michu, Swansea, 7.3m, at Southampton
- Shaun Maloney, Wigan, 5.0m, vs. West Brom
- Yaya Toure, Man City, 8.0m, vs. Tottenham
- Pablo Hernandez, Swansea, 6.1m, at Southampton
- Robin van Persie, Manchester United, 13.5m, at Aston Villa
- Wayne Rooney, Manchester United, 11.8m, at Aston Villa
- Carlos Tevez, Manchester City, 9.5m, vs. Tottenham
- Demba Ba, Newcastle, 8.3m, vs. West Ham
- Olivier Giroud, Arsenal, 8.4m, vs. Fulham
- Luis Suarez, Liverpool, 9.7m, at Chelsea
- Lukas Podolski, Arsenal, 8.4m, vs. Fulham
- Peter Crouch, Stoke City, 6.8m, vs. QPR
- Fernando Torres, Chelsea, 9.8m, vs. Liverpool
- Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, 11.1m, vs. Tottenham
YOU’RE THE CAPTAIN
- Robin van Persie/Wayne Rooney, Man United
- Eden Hazard, Chelsea
- Antonio Valencia, Man United
- Santi Cazorla, Arsenal
- Carlos Tevez, Man City
This one is pretty obvious. The Red Devils are on the road, but will face Aston Villa, who has struggled all year. RVP gets the nod over Rooney if you have both, but there isn’t much separating the two.
Juan Mata hasn’t been ruled out yet, but I’m going with the safe option of Hazard, who you know is going to play close to 90 minutes. Liverpool’s defense hasn’t been great and Hazard has the ability to grab an assist or goal.
The United midfielders haven’t done much this year which is very surprising. They should get at least two goals here if not more and Valencia has been looking the best of them lately with Shinji Kagawa out.
Fulham’s defense doesn’t look the same when they are on the road. Cazorla, who got a garbage goal last week, should be able to lead the Gunners to a goal or two.
Tevez can score against anyone and Spurs aren’t exactly playing well at the moment. It’s not a great matchup, but that doesn’t really matter to Tevez.
*Stats up-to-date as of Nov. 4
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