Fantasy Football – Week 14/15

Due to an odd mid-week game week where hardly anyone scored points, there’s not much to talk about regarding movement on the table. So, this week we look at transfer targets.

Simply looking at a player’s total points will not give a complete picture of high scorers. You should also check points per game to find players who are missing from the leaders list due to injury, suspension or earlier team selection policy.

Cudicini – In for the long haul?
Chelsea ‘keeper Carlo Cudicini averages 5 points in the five Barclays Premiership games he has played this season, keeping clean sheets in 4 of them. With Petr Cech sidelined until next year, Cudicini looks set to be between the sticks for the Blues for the foreseeable future. At a current cost of 5.0 he represents excellent value compared to current clean sheet leader Manchester United’s Edwin Van der Sar, who has a current cost of 6.0 and 7 clean sheets in twelve games.

Vidic – A blast from the past?

Serbian stopper Nemanja Vidic is a permanent fixture in the Manchester United defence with 8 successive starts. Five clean sheets, 2 goals and an assist from those 8 games have helped Vidic earn an average of 6.4 points per game. Vidic will be hoping he can match the scoring exploits of former United captain Steve Bruce who managed an amazing 19 goals in all competitions in the 1990/91 season.

At a current cost of 6.6 Vidic may be too expensive for many fantasy managers, so how about Aston Villa’s Gary Cahill at a cost of just 3.8? Cahill has started Villa’s last two Barclays Premiership games in place of the injured Martin Laursen and kept clean sheets in both. The talented central defender also has an eye for goal, as was evident in his spectacular strike in the derby win over Birmingham City in April 2006.

Geremi – An exception to the rule?
Generally, fantasy managers are best advised to avoid midfielders who are actually playing in defence. The exception to this rule may be Chelsea’s Geremi. The versatile Cameroon international is currently starring at right back and with a goal and 2 assists in Chelsea’s last two fixtures, averages 6.3 points per game which is the highest of all midfielders.

Rooney – A lesson in patience?

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney leads all outfield players with an average of 6.5 points per game. Interestingly, the England forward’s seven goals have come in only three games, two of which were after gameweeks when Rooney was sold by more than 5,000 fantasy managers. Do the best things come to those who wait (before clicking on Confirm Transfers)?