Hello internet, welcome back to another week in which we start discussing all that is Fantasy Football, with all five (yes just the five) games being played after the late Monday night fixture between Leicester City and Newcastle United.
And although there were just a handful of league fixtures, some of the things that happened during the FA Cup encounters will also be a talking point as we look forward to the final 8+ games of the season!
Why the plus? Well you can’t have teams miss a game and not have it re-scheduled, meaning that the long-awaited double gameweeks are set to be revealed in the coming days.
Those that saved their wildcards and special chips will be in for a treat in the remaining months left of the season, and the lessons that we learned from this past gameweek could come useful in planning to deploy them.
Here are FIVE FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE Talking Points from the weekend action.
Manchester City were hands down favourites to beat Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, but the almighty Sky Blues were unable to break down the resilient Canaries.
Manuel Pellegrini deployed a 4-4-2 formation with Wilfried Bony partnering Sergio Aguero (who many captained) up front, but even with two strikers, they could not penetrate Norwich’s back line.
And we believe it’s the absence of Yaya Toure, who picked up an injury prior to the game and is the real force in driving the ball forward in midfield. The last three league games the Ivory Coast ace didn’t play, City did not only fail to win, but failed to score.
Those that captained Sergio Aguero missed a rather obvious trend, and that is always choose a player facing Aston Villa.
The last five games, the main captain choice from the team facing the Villans have produced, with Harry Kane scoring two during the weekend clash, while Aguero also bagged two, Romelu Lukaku one, Marko Arnautovic two, and Roberto Firmino had an assist in a 6-0 thrashing.
Up next for Villa is Swansea City, and in-form Gylfi Sigurdsson is a very tempting choice.
Leicester City are continuing to defy all logic by winning another game and extending their lead at the top of the table, beating Newcastle United 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.
And although Jamie Vardy got an assist, the game was bossed by midfielders N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater, with Shinji Okazaki scoring the winning goal with a sublime bicycle kick.
With Vardy and Riyad Mahrez probably starting to feel the fatigue from a straining campaign, it could be their other stars that will push them towards becoming champions, meaning there may be other players worth investing in instead.
There were talks of #Wengerout in previous seasons, but none of them displayed as much support and rage as this time around.
Arsenal are once again stumbling towards fourth and despite Chelsea and Manchester City struggling this term, they were expected to mount a real challenge for the title.
But they’re falling short once again, and their Fantasy Premier League assets are becoming less relevant by the gameweek. Alexis Sanchez is a shadow of the man that carried them last season, while Olivier Giroud is just not that 20-goal striker. Mesut Ozil is also looking dejected, and a strong finish to the campaign looks unlikely.
Well Everton have three double gameweeks on the horizon, but Romelu Lukaku is the person managers should be monitoring due to his brilliant form this past weekend against former club Chelsea.
Just his sheer presence was a nightmare for the Blues (scoring a brace in the end), and with the Belgium international already on 18 goals just one behind top scorers Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane, expect him to push hard for the Premier League golden boot.
Once the double gameweeks are announced, there are not many better players to captain or triple captain during that period.