Welcome back to another addition of transfer talk where I look at the best performers this week and analyse whether they will keep it up, who’s price will go up, who is the real deal and who is not! UPDATED as at 6:12 p.m EST (Baines, Jenkinson, Duff, Rafael)
Well yet another eventful gameweek has finished and we start to settle down into the regular season. Let’s take a look at the Big movers and losers so far this week.
- Torres (10.1) – Well I hate to say it but I was wrong. Fernando showed me up with a breathtaking performance, proving to us all why we thought he would be a great pick before GW1. It took him a while but it seems he has certainly arrived now. Hazard seems to be bringing the best out of him and teeing him up for that goal was just what he needed, the class of the old Torres. While there were other occasions where he could have taken a shot but hesitated, his confidence is slowly growing. Consecutive goals and bonus point hauls is all pointing towards a Torres resurgence. Keep an eye out on the transfer window, expect his price to remain steady over the next gameweek as Chelsea have the upcoming blank. If Chelsea don’t sign another striker lock him in! Selection issues are biting hard so he is one striker you can pencil in each gameweek.
- Hazard (9.8) – Well this young lad keeps going from strength to strength. Yet another classy performance handed owners another 13 point haul, bringing him to 1 goal and 6 assists in just 3 GW’s! Wow, he is close to becoming a captain lock. He is growing in confidence week by week and at 21 will only continue to improve. A must have for all managers, get on him NOW if you haven’t already his price will only continue to surge!
- Tevez (9.4) – Similar to last week, same story. Relishing his chance to lead the Man City line with Aguero out he is a must and a definite captain option. Miles ahead of both Dzeko and Balotelli so game time should not be an issue, at least not for the next couple of months. Get him in!
- Van Persie (13.1) – The story of the gameweek, opening his Manchester United account with a stunning half volley, 100000 managers have already jumped on board. With United’s easy fixtures and Rooney out for a possible 2 months he is set to lead the United line, and dominate he should. Great option if you can afford him, but don’t muck around. If you are happy with your 3 strikers don’t feel you must fit him in, a luxury trade if things aren’t going well and probably only possible if you are using your wildcard as you will need to restructure. As I say safe option, but only if you can afford.
- Fellaini (6.7) – I suspect a bit of a trap here, with over 100000 managers already trading him in this week after similar numbers last week. He has started well and picked up 18 points and 2 goals already. Don’t expect him to continue though, two headers are great but he will not be a consistent threat. Easy alternative with a far greater appeal is my next man.
- Pienaar (6.5) – He showed us why we had watchlisted him all pre-season with a stunning strike to open Everton’s account. A constant threat and amongst almost all of Everton’s attacks. Not only a goal threat but a potential to assist too he outweighs Fellaini in my opinion. A 3 point bonus haul equals what Fellaini has done in both gameweeks so he may be more PPI friendly too, fantastic option and I recommend over Fellaini.
- Rangel (5.0) – A great option here. Firstly I need to vent, been lining him up all week as I was planning the use of my wildcard. Leave it too late on a saturday arvo to finalise my trades, before rushing in Williams to my squad. I thought no worries, it’s a blunder but surely it won’t cost me. HOW FUCKING WRONG WAS I! Anyway Williams is still a good alternative but Rangel has attacking potential and with Swansea looking very solid and a soft run of fixtures to come he is a great option, expect a price rise soon so all aboard!
- Michu (7.0) – What else can I say, an absolute gun. 5 out of 6 bonus points, 28 points in 2 games, already gone up 0.5. If you were dumb enough not too have him yet seriously reconsider playing this game, get him in!
- Rafael (5.5) – Finally getting a gig at RB he took no time in asserting his presence to us fantasy managers. A first up goal called offside followed by a header from a Young cross he was outstanding. His attacking endeavours didn’t end there as he nearly added a second with a powerful drive. He could be gold for the next few weeks but with Jones soon to return I don’t feel he is a viable option just yet without job security.
- Baines (7.0) – Lastly we have Baines, the Everton full back is still giving his managers great returns on their investment. Key to his success is his liking to the new EA Sports PPI index where he always features heavily, snatching 5 out of 6 bonus points so far. He leads the way for all defenders averaging over 30 PPI per week, if he keeps that up along with Everton’s form, fixtures and his attacking threat and you have a star. Great option.
- Lescott (6.5) – Disaster for all those with Lescott, as he sat out the game as City switched to a 3-5-2 formation. This removes his job security and he now becomes almost unpickable. With Richards still injured Zabaleta seems a safe and cheaper replacement. Get off quick before his price goes down.
- Bale (9.5) – Two consecutive blanks have some managers worried, but not me. His price may cop a hit but stay strong, there are more easy fixtures to come and with Adebayor slowly working into it I expect him too come good soon, he will explode soon. Stay strong!
- Silva (10.0) – More disaster for some managers with Silva being sat out, clearly still tired from international duties over the break. Give him time to recover, possibly trade for now as I see a price drop coming soon. Don’t totally write him off, he should be fresh for next weekend against QPR so expect a start and big returns! Make a decision here, if you chose him to start with I would persevere, unless you think there are better budget options i.e Nasri. Job security of City players is becoming even less certain, not good signs.
- Lampard (9.0) – After a fantastic first two gameweeks Lampard owners would have been cursing their luck as he missed out on what would have been his 3rd goal of the season from the spot. His job security was always in doubt so get off him quick smart, price drops are coming soon. Not a good long term option.
- Rooney (12.0) – Definitely the big loser of the weekend here. Seemingly United’s number one option many had thought a home game against Fulham was a great chance for him to score a bag and gave him the captain armband. We had expected RVP to start with him, but not for him! Injury aside he had lost already purely on job security. Fergie’s reluctance to not play them together will have worried a lot of managers, not only frustrating them with a solitary 1 point, or 2 if you captained him. No one saw it coming and it has huge side affects, when they are both fit and firing neither off them can be considered a safe starter, and when your paying over 12.0 this is unacceptable. Luckily for RVP owners, and for some Rooney owners the decision has been made a lot easier with Wayne’s nasty injury. Expected too miss at least a month, possible 2 opens up the door for Vanners to shine. RVP is a decent short-term option, but in the long run I feel neither are viable. Get off-board Rooney ASAP as a price drop is imminent.
- Sunderland and Reading players – Why, how can we possibly have expected that. Middle of their summer and a match is called off for rain! Sure come the British winter certain games are always going to be called off but not yet. Plenty of managers, my self included were hurt by this and suffered the consequences losing head to head matches and rankings because of it. Just the luck off the draw really, a double gameweek will follow suit but maybe not soon enough, especially for Reading owners. Price drops are close for them so make up your minds quick…
Finally I will look at some of the possible knee-jerks some managers will make this week, which ones are viable and which ones are a mistake.
- Nasri (8.5) – I had him from day one and he produced. Typically the sheep followed and jumped on board last week, only getting his 1 against Liverpool and are already considering selling him! Remember why you brought him in, if you have to trade then do so but stick it out otherwise.
- Kagawa (8.5) – Most people’s target for Nasri after scoring his first on the weekend. I agree he looked good and will be a good option, but I’m not sure he is a must have just yet. Good move if you can do it but don’t expect him to produce brilliant returns every week, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nasri outscored him this week, it’s a long season. Great option like I say though, congrats if you picked him.
- Torres (10.1) – I like many had written poor Fernando off last week only to see him dominate Newcastle on his way to 11 points. Yes he showed signs of breaking his drought and increased confidence but we can’t lock him in just yet. Well done if you kept him and watchlist if you don’t have him but definitely don’t feel he is a MUST just yet.
- Adebayor (9.6)- After just 20 minutes of his first game people are already considering trading, especially for Torres! Wow. Keep for the next few gameweeks if you brought him in, watch and see if you haven’t. I reckon he will still produce similar results to last year but only time will tell.
- Bale (9.5) – People are already trading out last years top scorer after 2 gameweeks. What’s wrong with you people! Keep, keep, keep. He will start to produce sooner or later and when he does he will punish you dearly if you traded him. Brilliant player and will go big soon enough.
- Jenkinson (4.6) – Watch out, yes he has seemingly started the season well scoring 8 points in both outings with 2 bonus points each game. But don’t forget Arsenal have played out 2 lacklustre 0-0 draws and with Koscielny and Sagna nearing returns his time is almost up. He hasn’t even played that well, just EA’s system seems to favour him. Arsenal will start to open games up once there squad gels so don’t expect such juicy defensive returns either.Don’t jump on board… please 🙂
- Duff (6.1) – Another typical bandwagon after a good first two gameweeks. A decent player and will produce solid returns but prepare for barren runs, he will not score every week… or anything near that. Perhaps the exit of Dempsey has favoured him, only time will tell. For now however I am very wary.
- Van Persie (13.1) – Finally the former arsenal man makes the headlines again. With Rooney‘s injury people are suddenly considering him a must have. He isn’t yet. I won’t be jumping on board and I’m not sure he will justify his price tag in the long term. Good short-term option but nothing more… yet.
Well that’s it for this week, a huge wrap up as always. Hold off on some trades but complete others if you have too, until next week good luck trading! I hope all that bummed out this week can bounce back in the next!