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Weekend Wrap Up: Week 13

Sunday, December 01, 2013

We have three game weeks in ten days spanning from November 30th until December 9th.  That means we have to cover a lot of material quickly so we’ll try to keep our columns and news short and to the point in the next week in an attempt to give you all you need to know in order to get the maximum fantasy production out of the next week.


Lets take a quick look at what happened this weekend and what it means for the midweek matchups.


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Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sunderland

The weekend got off to a slow start with this 0-0 draw.  I was one of those people who raved on about Benteke and how he’s got to get out of his slump sooner rather than later but that turned out to be a horrible prediction as Benteke went for negative three points on the day.  His price drops again but I wouldn’t trust him against Southampton midweek.  Antonio Luna, Gabby Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, and Fabian Delph all returned to the starting lineup.


Cardiff City 0 – 3 Arsenal

Arsenal continued their good form and everyone was sharp in the 3-0 win.  Those who didn’t sway away form Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil were rewarded with 19 and 11 points respectively.  Ramsey scored twice, Ozil assisted twice and I don’t think you can get better value for your money than these two reasonably priced midfielders.  There is a slight chance one or both get some rest during the next two weeks so have a backup on the bench just in case.  Olivier Giroud only had six points so his price dropped and I would consider him for the home match against Hull City.


Everton 4 – 0 Stoke City

Stoke City can be decent at home but have conceded 10 goals in their last three away games.  Everton took advantage and dominated the entire game.  The scorers were Gerard Deulofeu, Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo, and Romelu Lukaku.  Lukaku seems to be back on track after his breakout performance last week but Everton travel to Manchester United and Arsenal in the next two weeks so it’s understandable if you want to wait to put him back in your squad.



Norwich City 1 – 0 Crystal Palace

Not a good start for Crystal Palace’s new manager, Tony Pulis.  Norwich’s Nathan Redmond had a fine game all around and has been playing very well as of late but a trip to Liverpool is not a recipe for easy fantasy points next week.  Norwich have moved away from relegation zone but can they continue doing enough to stay there?



West Ham United 3 – 0 Fulham

West Ham have been one of the worst attacking teams this season but when you want to get out of a slump, Fulham is the perfect team to come to town.  West Ham started with Modibo Maiga leading the charge but he was later replaced by Carlton ColeCarlton Cole, Joe Cole, and Mohamed Diame scored for the Hammers as they won a valuable three points that kept them out of the relegation zone.  Fulham have now conceded a stunning 18 goals in their last six games.  Martin Jol is now gone and Fulham fans will be happy if they can remain in the Premier League this year. 



Newcastle United 2 – 1 West Brom

There was tons of fantasy production here.  Yoan Gouffran continued his fantastic form with yet another goal.  I still don’t trust him to continue the production for long but he can’t be ignored right now.  Moussa Sissoko’s goal to win it was spectacular but his fantasy value remains low.  Loic Remy didn’t score but had an assist and a very respectable 12 fantasy points.  Yohan Cabaye has produced double digit points in seven of his last eight games and I am tempted to jump on the bandwagon.  Mathieu Debuchy returned for the Magpies and rewarded fantasy managers with a solid 10 points.  Those who got him with a slight discount during his suspension should keep him in their lineups. Stéphane Sessègnon had another poor display with only two points and with two thirds of his points coming from just three games, I’ll stay away.



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Tottenham 2 – 2 Manchester United

The result was fair at White Hart Lane as Tottenham rebounded from a horrible loss last week to win a point at home against Manchester United.  If before the season someone told me that Manchester United and Tottenham would be 8th and 9th respectively after 13 games, I would have called them crazy.  Times change quickly in the Premier League and these two teams have a lot of work to do if they hope to finish in the top four.  Fantasy wise, Wayne Rooney was the man of note as he scored twice.  Robin van Persie didn’t feature again as he is still recovering from injuries and his status is uncertain for United’s next game.  Tottenham face Fulham next and you should consider their attackers for the tasty matchup.



Hull City 3 – 1 LIvepool

I’ve mentioned Hull City’s home record time and time again but this was a fantastic performance in front of the home crowd.  Liverpool are poor defensively and I can’t see them challenging for the title with the way the defense is playing right now.  They remain a very good attacking team and should remain a great source of attacking fantasy points.  Luis Suarez finally came down to earth but still had six point.  Steven Gerrard scored the goal and finished with 11 points.  The big news here is that Daniel Sturridge was injured in training this week and missed the game. Brendan Rodgers said he will be out six to eight weeks, which is a huge blow for Liverpool.



Chelsea 3 – 1 Southampton

Southampton started the game with a goal 13 seconds into the game and had a few more bright moments at the beginning but Chelsea regained dominance and outplayed the Saints in the second half.  Gary Cahill, John Terry, and Demba Ba scored for the Blues and Jay Rodriguez scored for the Saints.  News of importance here were that Oscar was subbed out in the first half with an ankle problem.  The injury didn’t seem too bad but his status for the midweek match is in question.  Juan Mata put in a good performance and should get another start for the Blues next time out, especially if Oscar is absent.



Manchester City 3 – 0 Swansea City

Nothing new here as Manchester City dominated again at home.  There were some surprises fantasy wise as Sergio Agüero only had one point despite his team scoring three goals.  He had two shots on target but a yellow card hurt his point total.  He remains a good fantasy option despite this performance.  Samir Nasri was the star of the game with two goals.  Manchester City’s next two games are on the road so everyone’s fantasy value decreases a bit considering their away record.



Make sure to come back tomorrow and get all the news you need ahead of Tuesday and Wednesday’s games.




Galin D. is a Rotoworld contributor who enjoys writing about soccer (football). He can be found on Twitter at @GalinDragiev.
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