FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE GAMEWEEK 6: IS BA A BLACK SHEEP?

The Wrap

Well what a week it was Fantasy Manager’s – first of all, the Guru wishes to give a massive congratulations to Greg Schipp. Greg demonstrated great vision by swapping Tevez for Suarez, and then captaining the Uruguayan. A whopping 40 of Greg’s 79 points were earned by this fantastic signing and he absolutely deserves taking out the highest score for Gameweek 6 in The Blog FC Cup. Bold transfers like that win you leagues – as a result, a whopping 35000 managers have followed suit and jumped on the Suarez bandwagon… can he do it again? With the very easy fixtures ahead of him (STO, REA) we think he can – if Liverpool are to turn a corner, Suarez will be involved.

This potential transfer was also discussed by Wiz and Joeluss on the The Blog FC’s Gameweek 5 wrap on The Blog FC HERE, but neither managers were ballsy enough to actually follow through with their ideas. We are going to put these two in the sinbin for their lack of courage… WIMPS! Do the right thing boys!

Equally as awesome as Mr Schipp putting his money where his mouth is, was Tottenham’s victory at Old Trafford… for the first time in 23 years, Spur’s won a game there. Outrageous. And once again, Gareth Bale was the star attraction. 100000 people transferred the Welshman out prior to Gameweek 4, and since that fateful day those who kept faith were rewarded with 2 goals and 3 assists. That’s 35 points in 3 weeks. We have said numerous times on The Blog FC – Bale is a fantasy asset who is a season keeper. Those of you without the cash to fork out on him can look to differentials that benefit from his skill, namely Dempsey. Spur’s attacking coverage is a must.

Flying through the other results we saw Arsenal lose to Chelsea. And the Guru wishes to apologise for informing everyone to sell Torres – he earned 1 goal and 1 assist in his match against the Gunners. Sorry chaps! Still, the Guru believes that his points were gifted to him – the Arsenal defence was dreadful in this match. Can Torres do it vs. Norwich? If you have him, keep him. If you don’t, there are many more options available for you to invest 10 million in.

 

This Month’s Top 5 

  1. joelspurs – Joel Serena – 225 Points
  2. Old Trafford Tragics – Owen Klepzig – 224 Points
  3. Password is Taco – Greg Schipp – 221 Points
  4. B-Run FC – Sam Brunning – 216 Points
  5. Thurlgona Thunder – Scott Wimble – 215 Points
  6. Convicts – John Malone – 215 Points

Our winner for this month is joelspurs!! Commiserations to Old Trafford Tragics who were leading at the end of the gameweek, only to be pipped by joelspurs when the substitutions were taken into account.

Joel can expect his Monthly Prize Winners Pack in the mail!

 

Hot or Not

The Hot or Not is back again this week as the Guru spews forward some ideas for your team.

HOT – Jan Vertonghen. Despite being shifted to left back to cover the injured Benoit Assou Ekotto, the Belgium centre half has popped up on our radar courtesy of some outstanding performances vs. Reading, QPR and United. The big Belgian defender is a guaranteed starting player who doesn’t mind a cheeky bomb forward, regardless of being played at left back, or at centre half. And he can hit a goal too, he got a bit lucky with his finish vs United, but this cracker vs Wales highlight that Verts has a kraken in his boot – akin to his national teammate Vermaelen. Check out this goal against Wales –

With Spurs playing Villa, Southampton and Wigan in the next few gameweeks, we are quietly confident of some clean sheets and perhaps even another goal. He is an option for those of you who cannot afford a high cost defender Baines, Cole/Ivanovic, Kompany et al.

HOT – Juan Mata. Hear us out here. Chelsea are crap. They look uninspired, slow, and don’t have a natural finisher. But despite this, Chelsea are Chelsea and always manage to nut out results in places where they shouldn’t (see Champions League victory, and more recently, their win against Arsenal). Having said this, the Guru firmly believes it is vital to have at least one Chelsea player in your team – be it a defender or a midfielder (not Torres!). Now the Hazard bandwagon has passed – he is 10+ and is already owned by 40% of teams. If you do not have him, we highly recommend drafting in Mata instead. With 2 assists and a goal in his last two starts, not including his two goals in the Champions League midweek, the Spaniard is definitely in form and is involved in nearly everything going forward. At 8.8 you will get a guaranteed starter who is involved in everything Chelsea do, PLUS you will be rewarded with differential points. We think a goal and an assist is on the cards vs. Norwich, before he plays Tottenham and Manchester United. They are tricky matches for him, but with points already against the big teams, the Guru advocates form over fixtures.  Do it.

HOT/NOT – Michu. With no returns over the last few Gameweeks, about 70000 managers have already sold the Spaniard. The Guru thinks this is odd, considering he has two home games against Reading and Wigan. If Swansea are to turn a corner, it will happen in the next two Gamweeks and Michu will reap the rewards. If you have him then keep him for the next two games.  But the Guru does not recommend drafting him in at this point. For those braver fantasy managers, he is Captain Material this week. Do it!

HOT(ish) – Demba Ba. Has scored 5 goals in 3 games and will probably do so again vs. United. In this kind of form the Newcastle forward can score against anyone. After United he plays Sunderland and West Brom, 3 goals in 3 games is not out of the question for Ba. Still a reasonable price too for those looking to maximise their dollars.

HOT – Rickie Lambert. Is the focal point of the team, and is on pennos. On their day Southampton play attractive attacking football and have some easy fixtures coming up. They host Fulham, Spurs and Swansea as well as travelling to West Brom, QPR and West Ham. Nigel Atkins knows these fixtures, especially the 3 away games, are must wins for Southampton if they are to beat the drop. At 6.2 Lambert offers a fantastic budget alternative for those of you looking to catch up to league leaders.  4 or 5 goals out of the next 6 is not out of the question for Lambert, as is the potential for some assists and bonus points.

 

The Crystal (Palace) ball

Gameweek 7 has the potential for some high scores. City will beat Sunderland, and Chelsea will beat Norwich, Spur’s will beat Villa, Liverpool will beat Stoke, and Swansea will beat Reading. These games are bankable and your captain should be coming from the home teams in these fixtures. Bale is great captain material vs. Villa, as is Tevez vs. Sunderland. Tevez does, however suffer from rotation risk but after being rested in the midweek Champions League match, the Guru firmly believes he will get 90 mins vs. the Black Cats. In order of importance to Mancini, the City forwards go Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Balloteli. Those of you with the balls should look to Captain Suarez vs. Stoke, or with even larger balls should look to captain Michu vs. Reading.

The Guru also wishes to highlight the upcoming international break that occurs between Gameweek 7 and 8. We play this weekend, but not again until the weekend of the 20th. If your team does not need any major work (i.e. injuries/bans to key players), we recommend banking your transfer this week just in case anything major happens during the break (injures, form etc).

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