Picking the in form & out of form players is not just about the present week but also about the potential into the future. Players often go into ‘purple patches’ or the more elite manage to make a run of it providing both fantasy value & a massive haul of points.
Over the season some statistical insights have been made into Bale & Mata even the reinvigorated Steven Gerrard. The sneaky pick of Dawson as a regular starter & even Evans emergence as starting centre back. It has been an interesting yet in many ways a ‘budget friendly season’ with many a defender being found at the ludicrous price of 4.0 and the emergence of mid price talent in all positions.
Daniel Sturridge is one such man who has popped out of the shadows of Chelsea & Manchester City to bring much delight to our fantasy seasons. Many question marks were placed over the transfer to Liverpool.
- Would he work with Suarez?
- Would he be too selfish? (both shooting & teamwork)
- Is he of the highest level?
- Was he overpriced?
- Is he nothing more then overvalued injury prone English talent?
Simply he has answered all the doubters by hitting the ground running both in all competitions. Daniel has averaged a healthy 5.1 in his five Liverpool appearances having scored or assisted in each. The constant injury troubles have once again appeared with the quad strain leaving him out of the WBA game. He managed to bounce back from that with a strong 90 minute showing against a weak Swansea and looks the best value forward to round out the season.
Liverpool is still locked in a battle for European honors next season no matter how dreadful they are at times. Following the GW27 blank they face 5 teams in the lower parts of the table in the next 6 games. These clubs are ones that are battling for there status. They do provide the odd upset but they do also leak a high number of goals especially to quick counter attackers (Sturridge & Suarez).
Many will be looking to Luiz Suarez with some justification at a still relatively cheap 10.8 filled with explosive returns. Those that hold RVP well & truly have explosive returns (& not a giant budget to expend) making Sturridge a tasty prospect. Sure Sturridge is going to bring in a few less points a game but his value enables an additional midfielder to be purchased in that 4th & 5th position.
Marc Wilson is the prime example of an exciting out of form defender. He has just recovered from a broken leg & has been playing reserve team games. He is a chance to return to the left side of Stoke City’s defense this week. Marc returned an impressive 4 clean sheets in 9 matches (44%) as Stoke started the season rather strongly. Personally my fears were Stoke would really struggle without their only natural left back (they did try to sign Popov in the off season as cover). Those fears were realized as Wilkinson & Cameron both struggled on the left side. This also resulted in Shotton playing on the right side (who is nothing more then a long throw specialist).
This resulted in Stoke losing their shape (over time) having not kept a clean sheet for some time (boxing day). Wilson is no savior but he is seriously going to change the shape of this unit. Those with funds tied up in Begovic could well do with a trade off over time to Wilson. Personally it is going to give me a very handy cash flow for the final third of the season. I strongly advice to jump on him when fit. My friend in the world of Stoke City (grinpowerdiah) states that he is more then likely ready to go (85% chance of playing 90 minutes in my opinion).