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Fantasy PL Danger Zone - GW8

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Gameweek 8

 

Another international break has passed us by, with many countries punching their ticket to Brazil in 2014. It's Premier League action again for the next four weekends and time to exercise those fantasy managerial muscles. In case you need a quick summary of where we left off in Gameweek 7: Southampton are still shutting clubs down, everyone is cuckoo for Lukaku, and Tottenham.....let's move on shall we? The purpose of this article is to take a look at some popular prospects you may want to avoid this week for one reason or another, along with some viable alternatives: 

 

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Goalkeeper

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) - Migs is still top of the scoring table for keepers in the game, but he's starting to get caught up to, with recent form slipping. Only four keepers are averaging over 10 points per game in the last 3 matches: Artur Boruc (SOU), not surprisingly, along with Brad Guzan (AVL), Allan McGregor (HUL), and David Marshall (CAR).  The trip to Newcastle this week will be a tricky one for Liverpool I feel, and after beginning the season with 3 straight clean sheets, they haven't kept one since. Time to go cheap at keeper right now. You need to free up cash for Suarez.

Alternative:  Last Gameweek I recommended Hugo Lloris.  Sorry about that. If it helps, I got his -1 on my team too. But to be fair, I did recommend Stockdale as a budget option, so congratulations to the three of you that started him. This time around, I will suggest Michel Vorm (7.78m) as Swansea play host to Sunderland. A bit of a risk with Ashley Williams looking to be missing again from the Swans' backline and Jordi Amat deputizing, but I look for Swansea to win this one, Vorm to make a few saves, and hopefully a clean sheet.


 

Defender

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) - City have been woeful away from the Etihad, going 0-2-1 so far, and have conceded three goals to the likes of Cardiff City and a Benteke-less Aston Villa. Zabaleta is singled out here as he is the most owned City defender.  This time around, they travel to West Ham, where the Hammers and their fans will likely still be fired up after the 0-3 drubbing of Tottenham.  Zabaleta offers the additional attacking threat you like, but West Ham can be a tough place to score.  

Alternative: First of all, get Leighton Baines in. He is essential in a home match against a Hull City squad that will likely be without Robbie Brady, and even if he were to feature, certainly not a 100% fit Robbie Brady. Everton have the best clean odds this week I feel and doubling up on your investment with two Everton defenders isn't a bad idea either. But my job isn't to suggest the best fantasy defender in the Premier League for about six years running, it is to dig a bit deeper. So I offer up to you Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal (6.01m). Bacary Sagna looks set to be absent for Wenger & Co. this weekend, and it has been Jenkinson filling in when the Frenchman is sidelined. Norwich have scored a total of 3 goals in the last 6 Premier League matches. I give them less than a 50% chance of scoring at the Emirates.

UPDATE: Sagna has made a late unexpected return to fitness and is available for selection now this weekend, rendering Jenkinson a poor option now. Instead think about Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand, who will likely be deputizing for the absent Ashley Cole as the Blues host Cardiff City. Bertrand is the only natural left back Mourinho really has at his disposal so his chance of starting is all but guaranteed.

 

 

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Midfielder

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham) - This week I ask that you plead "Not Gylfi" when selecting your midfielders. (See what I did there?) Its frightening to ponder where Spurs would be right now without Siggy's contribution, but despite his heroics, he is still a selection land mine in Andre Villas-Boas' side. Fans are clamoring for Erik Lamela and it may be Siggy who is sacrificed. The Icelandic international is a fantasy darling when playing, and he may well be at it again this weekend against Aston Villa, but in this risk/reward scenario, I recommend being cautious.

Alternative: And the Oscar goes to.....Oscar (12.23m). With Mourinho drowning in world class talent at Stamford Bridge, the fantasy nightmare of rotation looked to be in full swing at the start of the season. But it looks to be the nimble Oscar that has emerged as the boss' most favored weapon. When Willian was subbed on late in Chelsea's last match, the two were running circles around Norwich defenders, it looked like a video game where someone was using a cheat code. Pony up the cash for Oscar this week as Chelsea host Cardiff City.


 

Forward

Loic Remy (Newcastle) - With 5 goals in the last three PL matches, Remy is in top form. However, with the current landscape and only three positions to fill here, I don't like Remy as a selection this weekend as the Magpies host Liverpool. I wouldn't be shocked to see Remy score in this one, but I feel one goal is his ceiling, whereas other forwards have matchups with potential for even larger hauls. Keep Remy on your watchlist and if he does come good against Liverpool, think about bringing him in early to avoid any price inflation as Newcastle have Sunderland up next.

Alternative: For the second time this week, I recommend a Swan.  Wilfried Bony (8.76m) is gradually becoming more and more involved in the Swansea attack and unlike Remy, I think this is a good enough matchup to justify investment as they host Sunderland.  Bony brings a physical presence that is the perfect finishing touch to Swansea's possession control style of play, and can score in a variety of ways. I have missed on some calls in this column but I have been pretty good at this particular choice, the Forward alternative. So prove I'm no phony and go with Bony.

 

 



Steve Rothgeb is a contributor for Rotoworld.com and WorldSoccerTalk.com, a self-proclaimed fantasy sports oracle, and Tottenham Hotspur fanatic. He can be found on Twitter @FuzzyWarbles.
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