JUAN MATA: SILENT, BUT DEADLY
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All Fantasy Sports are played with a certain kind of mentality. There’s a popular slogan that can be used, “What have you done for me lately?” In American football, if someone goes off for 100 yards and a TD one week, people will think he can do it again the next week. In basketball, if an unknown player gets a double-double, many will think he is a must add. And of course in soccer, if a guy scores or assists, he will be added by a ton of owners.
Juan Mata got two goals and an assist last week and it took less than a day for 50,000 people to pick him up for their squads. On the other end of that is Marouane Fellaini who was most likely dropped for Mata. Those were all of the owners who didn’t realize Fellaini was hurt and that Mata was still in the league. Yes, he’s in the league and yes, he has three goals and five assists in his last four matches. And in case you were wondering, Mata means “to kill” in Spanish, a very good metaphor for what he is doing on the soccer field lately. But obviously, that’s not literal.
And of course Yaya Toure didn’t score a goal or assist so he’s the second most dropped player this weekend. Close behind him is Fernando Torres, who didn’t score against Tottenham. For some reason, these people did not know Torres scored a goal and an assist in two straight games before his match with Spurs. It just shows how quick owners will bail on a player or jump on a bandwagon.
After checking out my rankings for this week, you’ll get a pretty good idea of who is a keeper and who you shouldn’t put much thought into.
GAMEWEEK 8 REVIEW
Besides the Juan Mata dominance at White Hart Lane this weekend, there were a few more notes to take away from Gameweek 8.
First of all, home clubs are the way to go unless you involve the best teams in the league. Chelsea and Manchester City were the only two road teams to win on the road while the home side won/draw in the other eight matches.
Going back to the Man City win, they scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to come back at West Brom from 1-0 down with only 10 men on the field. Eden Dzeko was the savior once again. He now has three goals in his last 13 minutes of play. Still, that doesn’t mean a lot for your Fantasy team, as he has one start in the past five matches.
West Ham continues to show they are better than a recently promoted club by beating another fellow promotion side in Southampton, 4-1. The Hammers sit tied for fifth in the Premier League table. Their midfield has kept them afloat on the feet of Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble.
Liverpool got a much needed - but not very convincing – win against relegation headed Reading. Arsenal lost at Norwich 1-0, but they get a pass because they had to go on the road after an international break.
Swansea got their first win since Gameweek 2 and seem to have life again. Michu grabbed his sixth goal of the campaign and has the second most fantasy points for midfielders.
With a lot of the top clubs playing each other over the next few weeks, there are some players you’ll need to look at that you normally wouldn’t.
Norwich (at Aston Villa, vs. Stoke City, at Reading)
The two clubs they play on the road are near relegation, while Stoke has trouble scoring. Russell Martin has played in every match this campaign and is only 4.4m. Alexander Tettey is their cheapest midfielder at 4.5m. He’s gotten two straight starts and had an assist and two bonus points against Arsenal. Grant Holt is a goal fiend with three straight games with a goal. He had 15 last season.
Stoke City (vs. Sunderland, at Norwich, vs. QPR)
With two home matches and one on the road at Norwich, look to the Potters for defenders.
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is as cheap as they come at 4.6m and he has two clean sheets in his last three matches. Marc Wilson is at 4.5m and hasn’t missed a game for the Stoke back line. Charlie Adam looked good against Man United and might be a good buy again. Peter Crouch is their top scorer and still brings in good value at 6.7m.
YOU’RE THE CAPTAIN
- Carlos Tevez, Man City
- Gareth Bale, Southampton
- Santi Cazorla, Arsenal
- Juan Mata, Chelsea
- Wayne Rooney, Man United
It’s been awhile, but I am taking Robin van Persie off my captains list for his match at Chelsea.
It’s important to note that Tevez has started three straight games for Man City up front. In fact, he’s only came in as a sub once all season. City will have at least three goals at home against Swansea this week.
Bale was missed against Chelsea this past weekend, but he’ll be back for Southampton. Like Man City, they should be in line for at least three goals at home.
Arsenal took a week off last week against Norwich, so we’ll give them a break. Cazorla will work his way in and out of the QPR defense for at least an assist.
Mata is on fire and Manchester United cannot stop him. Keep in mind, United’s defense has been very suspect this season and they don’t have Nemanja Vidic.
Just like Mata, it will be very hard for Chelsea to be able to stop United completely, especially with Rooney and Van Persie up front. I’ll give Rooney a goal or assist.
- Joe Hart, Manchester City, 6.9m, vs. Swansea
- Asmir Begovic, Stoke City, 4.6m, vs. Sunderland
- Vito Mannone, Arsenal, 4.6m, vs. QPR
- Tim Krul, Newcastle, 5.3m, vs. West Brom
- Tim Howard, Everton, 5.6m, vs. Liverpool
- Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal, 7.1m, vs. QPR
- Vincent Kompany, Manchester City, 7.3m, vs. Swansea
- John Arne Riise, Fulham, 5.5m, at Reading
- Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City, 5.0m, vs. Sunderland
- Carl Jenkinson, Arsenal, 5.2m, vs. QPR
- Leighton Baines, Everton, 7.5m, vs. Liverpool
- John O’Shea, Sunderland, 5.0m, vs. Stoke City
- Steven Caulker, Tottenham, 4.7m, at Southampton
- Davide Santon, Newcastle, 5.0m, vs. West Brom
- Joleon Lescott, Man City, 6.3m, vs. Swansea
- Gareth Bale, Tottenham, 9.5m, at Southampton
- Santi Cazorla, Arsenal, 9.5m, vs. QPR
- Juan Mata, Chelsea, 9.0m, vs. Man United
- Kevin Nolan, West Ham, 6.4m, at Wigan
- Samir Nasri, Manchester City, 8.2m, vs. Swansea
- Aaron Lennon, Tottenham, 7.0m, at Southampton
- Eden Hazard, Chelsea, 10.3m, vs. Man United
- Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle, 7.9m, vs. West Brom
- Yaya Toure, Man City, 8.2m, vs. Swansea
- Seamus Coleman, Everton, 4.8m, vs. Liverpool
- Carlos Tevez, Manchester City, 9.4m, vs. Swansea
- Wayne Rooney, Manchester United, 11.7m, at Chelsea
- Lukas Podolski, Arsenal, 8.6m, vs. QPR
- Demba Ba, Newcastle, 8.3m, vs. West Brom
- Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham, 7.0m, at Reading
- Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, 11.1m, vs. Swansea
- Jermain Defoe, Tottenham, 7.8m, at Southampton
- Robin van Persie, Manchester United, 13.4m, at Chelsea
- Peter Crouch, Stoke City, 6.7m, vs. Sunderland
- Fernando Torres, Chelsea, 10.0m, vs. Manchester Inited
*Stats up-to-date as of Oct. 21
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