Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Manchester United Strikers: "Coverage" vs. Consistency

There is much debate when it comes to the Fantasy Football front, on the hot topic of coverage. Firstly, let's define coverage, from a fantasy perspective.

"Coverage"- Trying to maximize the number of high scoring players from top teams in your fantasy squad.

In my opinion, "coverage" is a mere misconception in fantasy football. 
People believe, "If I have Danny Welbeck, I will have Man.Utd "cover", therefore not needing anyone else." -WRONG! 

Last year, talisman striker Robin Van Persie accumulated 26 goals and 9 assists to his name, also winning the Golden Boot.

Wayne Rooney had a season full of injuries, only netting 12 times, while also providing 10 assists.

Welbeck had a woeful season in terms of fantasy output, as he only found the net once, and assisted a mere 4 times.

Looking back at Fantasy Totals of 2012-13, this is how these 3 strikers produced:
RVP- 3123 minutes, 262 pts (6.89 PPG)
Rooney- 2014 minutes, 143 pts (5.29 PPG)
Welbeck- 1301 minutes, 57pts  (2.11 PPG)

**Special thanks to for calculating the Points Per Game (PPG) averages**

As most of you know, Welbeck outscored RVP in GW1 by 1 bonus point, both of them notching a brace vs. Swansea. Since then, Welbeck's price has risen to 7.6, and is near another rise. I have a strong feeling that the 47,146 fantasy managers that have drafted Welbeck into their team will face sheer disappointment. Welbeck blanked GW2 vs. Chelsea this week, also missing a sitter set up by fellow countryman Wayne Rooney. 

To conclude, I believe that RVP is the only Manchester United player that I would trust to return points on a consistent basis.

Many will argue that Rooney is a valid value option at only 10.5, but as we witnessed last season, not owning RVP may well be detrimental to your FPL team. Yes, Wayne Rooney may have his little spurts of fantasy production, but he is a very hot and cold player. With RVP, you are almost guaranteed points if United produce in the offensive end, as he had a 45% goal involvement in all of United's goals last season, which is huge.

Robin Reliant as we know, is of course always in contention for the captain's armband of your FPL team each week, and rarely lets you down. All of last season, RVP blanked a total of 5 Gameweeks, which is very impressive considering some of the massive hauls he raked in.

So my advice in terms of United attack: RVP or nobody. 


  1. Welbeck would never be considered adequate United cover because he is not a high scoring player. Bad example to make your point.

    1. Tell that to the 47k managers that transferred him in the past 2 weeks..