The main story of the weekend was Man City’s absolute rout of Newcastle at the Etihad. David Silva and Sergio Aguero were both pulled just before the 60 minute mark (which obviously frustrated many fantasy managers) but not before inflicting some serious damage. Silva made out with 17 fantasy points and teammate Aguero notched 9, and both should be ready to go again this weekend against Liverpool. Both sides suffered defeats in European play in the midweek and will be eager to rectify themselves with a victory at the weekend, but there are other fixtures that also offer fantasy potential that we will focus on in the GW27 Digest.
Off the Beaten Path
Hype often dictates poor decision-making: the hardest part of this game is deciphering whether a solid performance is a sign of things to come or a momentary flash of brilliance. In Manchester City’s case, it’s likely the train will keep on rolling, but there are other assets and teams who are not fully convincing yet. Arsenal, for instance, looked very solid against Crystal Palace but abysmal against Monaco 3 days later. Whether or not that was down to fatigue remains to be seen, but in this week’s edition of the Digest we focus on players who boast consistency and potential, in squads many may not be looking at right now.
Wayne Rooney | Manchester United- Consistency maybe isn’t the right word to describe Wayne Rooney this year, but the English striker does always work his socks off for his team. And to be fair to him, he has played in a much deeper-lying role for a majority of this season, which surely has effected his goal output. Even when he isn’t scoring, Rooney is working hard for the team, linking up play and switching the ball fantastically. Now with Robin Van Persie sidelined through injury, Rooney will retain his place up top where he has been so dangerous throughout his career. £10.5 is very cheap for a striker that scored 17 goals in last year’s injury-ridden season. Look for Rooney to be a great differential to Aguero and Diego Costa as Manchester United try to finish the season on a high.
Danny Ings | Burnley– I really don’t feel Danny Ings gets the praise he deserves. The guy is only 22-years-old and has single-handedly influenced most of Burnley’s positive results this season, accumulating 9 goals and 4 assists in the process. For such a young player to carry so much weight is very impressive, and Ings has looked like a seasoned-professional in the process. It’s not only his goal-scoring prowess; Ings’ movement off the ball is fantastic and opens pockets of space for the likes of Danny Boyd to forage forward and create opportunities. His link-up play is terrific as well, which really re-emphasizes his versatility and complete game. Burnley face an up-and-down Swansea side this weekend at Turf Moor and I wouldn’t be surprised for a goal and assist to come out of Ings.
Filip Djuricic | Southampton– He kind of came out of nowhere last weekend against Liverpool, but Filip Djuricic looks like an absolute live-wire. Most of Southampton’s chances were created by the Serbian, who should have been awarded 2 spot kicks for challenges he received in the box. His 74 minute appearance against Liverpool was preceeded by a 10-minute cameo against West Ham, but it looks increasingly likely that Ronald Koeman will install the 23-year-old as a regular starter, especially based on his energetic and quality play. He’s also listed as a midfielder in the Fantasy Premier League and is playing as a center forward, which increases his appeal. Add in the fact that he’s only £6.0 and Djuricic could well become the bargain of the season.
Andreas Weimann | Aston Villa- This is the time of year Andreas Weimann always seems to turn it on. He hasn’t been extremely consistent this season and lately has faced competition for minutes from Scott Sinclair and Gabby Agbonlahor. But that doesn’t stop me from picking Andreas Weimann as a good option for the next few gameweeks. Newcastle, West Brom, Sunderland, Swansea. That is the upcoming fixture list for a Villa side that desperately need points to avoid relegation. And Weimann knows a thing or two about saving his squad- some timely goals towards the end of last season barely saved the Villains from an embarassing drop. Weimann is certainly a riskier pick this week, but I’ve got a great feeling he’ll repay any fantasy manager brave enough to draft him in.