Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Gameweek 18 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul midweek. In the picture above, I have displayed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- Who else to start with other than captain consistent himself; Luis Suarez. Time and time again he has proved he can score against anyone, and this week he will face the ultimate test. The Etihad is known to be a fortress for Manchester City on the attacking front, but they still aren't rock solid at the back. Liverpool should go in full of confidence, sitting atop the Premier League, and Suarez will undoubtedly lead the line while wearing the captain's armband for the third consecutive game. With his current form, Suarez is the "safe" pick this week.

Wayne Rooney- Those of you who listened to my advice last article were paid back in style, with Rooney notching 11 points after shaking off an injury. He is away to Hull city, who are never easy competition. In the three games Rooney has played against Hull, he has 5 goals and 3 assists (take into consideration 4 goals came in 1 match). He is a great captaincy differential if you own him this week, but I'd be a bit worried of his positioning.  In away games, Rooney tends to drop a bit deeper in order to support his midfield.

Romelu Lukaku- Lukaku has been streaky of late, only assisting 3 times in his last 4. I expect him to break his 4 game goalless drought this weekend against Sunderland. The struggling Black Cats with be without centre back Wes Brown, as he received a red card in the dying embers of their stalemate last week against Norwich. I expect Everton to win this one quite comfortably, with Lukaku being involved.

Yaya Toure- The jig is up. Those who have overlooked Yaya Toure find themselves in a deep deep hole. What has happened with Toure is very similar to what happened to Ramsey. People (including myself) overlooked them due to the fact that we thought they were over-performing. I have bad news: Yaya is the real deal. Despite the naysayers and fantasy doubters, Yaya has been racking in the points quite consistently. Yaya has accumulated 5 goals and 3 assists in 8 games at the Etihad, and has gotten attacking returns in every game in front of his home fans. If you feel this is the week to take a punt with your captain, Yaya could flourish once again. With his deadly set pieces as well as spot kick duties in replacement for the injured Aguero, Yaya Toure could be a great differential this week. 

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy four clean sheets:

Chelsea at home to Swansea

Everton at home to Sunderland

Tottenham at home to WBA

Arsenal away to West Ham

THE TIDES HAVE TURNEDDespite the early season tactics of 2 rotating cheap midfielders, many are trying to shift funds back into midfield. 

Many sub 5m midfielders are failing to fill their role, as the points have dried up for many of them. With a new plan in place, the suggested "template" that fantasy managers are going for includes a cheaper back line (for the time being) in order to fit 3 heavy hitters in midfield; along with Aaron Ramsey.

If you are planning to do so until January Wildcard, your midfield should look something like this:

Hazard - Yaya/Silva - Walcott/Ozil - Ramsey - (bench fodder)

This template midfield should do well going into January, as most of these players are essential to their clubs and should produce attacking returns.

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