Fantasy Football Weekend Picks

This weekend provides one of the English top flight’s rarities with five of the top six in action on a Saturday. With this will come the majority of the players in your Fantasy team. It’s time then to identify who will be Matchday 11’s movers and shakers.

The Captaincy Debate

There is only one place to start and that’s with Arsenal Captain Robin van Persie. His hat trick at Stamford Bridge last week was sublime. The Dutchman will be up against West Brom at the weekend. Jonas Olsson and Paul Scharner might not be relishing playing against one of the Premier League’s in form players. The worry for them is the hunger that van Persie is displaying currently.

You could be better off though taking a chance on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. This turn of phrase is not commonly associated with the England forward but he has lost his way since an impressive start to the season. A stand out performance against Otelul Galati in the Champions League could signify a change in fortune for Rooney in the league beginning with Sunderland at Old Trafford..

Maybe you’re  looking for a value-for-money option who’s in more convincing form. Step forward Demba Ba. Two hat tricks in his last five games has helped to fire Newcastle into the top four at this early stage in the season. He’ll be looking to continue his run against Everton in the early kick off on Saturday.

Then again, perhaps you would prefer to put your faith in Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan was unfortunate not to net in his last two outings against Norwich and West Brom. It could well be a case of third time lucky when Swansea City travel to Anfield. The Reds’ leading talisman already has four goals this season despite being up against one of the best goalkeepers in the division in Michel Vorm.

The Captain – Although no Roy Hodgson side tends to ship goals, the confidence coursing through van Persie currently means if he is in your team, he simply has to be captain.

The Vice Captain – Wayne Rooney is not the sort of player to go missing for long periods and he will surely end his run of four games without scoring in the Premier League on Saturday.

Long Term Look

Managers are always important to a player’s progress. Last season, Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor struggled to find any form under Gerard Houllier. Since Alex McLeish’s arrival at Villa Park, the forward has looked capable of rediscovering some of the dazzling form he displayed when Martin O’Neill was at the helm.

Agbonlahor has four goals this season, which is already more than he netted in the whole of last season in the Premier League. Add to that four assists and it demonstrates how dangerous the man with three England caps  has been  in the final third this season. In comparison to other forwards, he is a relatively cheap option in Fantasy Football and is well worth consideration if any striker in your team is starting to falter.

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