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This week I’m going to look at some of the flops of this Premier League fantasy season. It is always disappointing when you pick a player that you think will do well for you only to have them give you few, if any points. There can be many reasons for this including injuries, changes in team tactics, or a player just not doing as well as they had in previous seasons. I’ll be breaking this down position by position.
Goalkeepers: The goalkeeping position is always a difficult one and how well a keeper does also involves how good their defense is in front of them.
Joe Hart would certainly be the most disappointing of goalkeepers this season. Having Vincent Kompany out for most of the season has not helped, but he has also made several errors and this has led to him being benched for the past two weeks and his future up in the air. He has conceded 11 goals with only three clean sheets and 19 saves.
Petr Cech is something of a veteran goalkeeper and most fantasy players expect him to be a solid choice. Instead he has made mistakes and looked shaky. He has three clean sheets and does have 32 saves, but has also allowed 10 goals and has dropped in value.
David de Gea is still a young keeper, but playing for Manchester United means that there are high expectations. He also has three clean sheets as well 33 saves, but has allowed 13 goals which has hurt his value this season.
Some other disappointing performances in the lower end of value would include Michel Vorm and John Ruddy. Both have had some bad performances and not done as well as they did in the past.
Vincent Kompany has been injured for most of the season for Manchester City and could be out for several more weeks with no set time for return.
Thomas Vermaelen, the Arsenal defender has played in three matches this season and only played a full 90 in one of those, the 1-0 loss to Manchester United.
Manchester United: the entire back line has struggled this season. Their best performers have been Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, but even Vidic has not played in every match. Therein lies the problem in selecting anyone from United, Evra has come the closest to playing every match having missed just one.
Manchester United: Once again I’m putting down the team since there are so many midfielders here that just aren’t worth picking. In many ways they are suffering from a manager still seeking his best 11, but many of them also have not performed up to the high standard expected. This includes Nani, Michael Carrick (never much of a fantasy performer anyway), Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia, and Shinji Kagawa.
Michu: the Swansea midfielder was one of the best performing fantasy players last season, but has really dropped off this year.
Frank Lampard: I’m a little hesitant to include him, because he is still a solid player, but he is getting older and this means that he is becoming less effective in the box to box midfielder role. He will still get you points, but not like he used to.
Jack Wilshire: Wilshire has spent most matches coming in off the bench. In the matches he has played a full 90 he has only put in two decent performances.
Theo Walcott: Injuries have plagued Walcott’s season which means he is not someone to pick until he can prove he is back.
Santi Cazorla: Last season Cazorla did quite well and got points for many fantasy teams. This season he has gone missing for many matches and has only played two full 90 minute games.
Willian and Mata have both been mostly left on the bench with Willian getting two full matches and several substitute performances. Mata has taken much more of a hit having yet to complete 90 minutes and playing in only seven matches.
Nikica Jelavic: Many people thought that Jelavic would take off as Everton’s go to striker. He was basically given five matches to stake his claim and managed to get two assists and zero goals.
Christian Benteke: After last season’s break out performance I thought that Benteke would be a solid fantasy performer. Instead he has done little to prove he should be kept in any fantasy team, especially considering his cost. He has four goals this season, but those all came within their first four matches
Jozy Altidore: I think most people thought that Altidore would be a decent low cost forward that could come in off the bench of a fantasy team. He played well in the Eredivisie, but this has yet to translate into anything in the Premier League.
Demba Ba: This is one area that one could simply add all of the Chelsea strikers. Ba was a player that performed very well with Newcastle, but has really dropped off now that he’s with Chelsea. Not worth picking up, especially with the rotation of forwards at Chelsea. Fernando Torres may be cementing his place as the number one choice now meaning that Eto’o may be another player to look at dropping.
Steven Naismith: Much like Jelavic, Naismith has not gotten going with scoring or providing much of any decent fantasy performance. He put in one good display in Everton’s 1-0 win over Chelsea by grabbing the only goal. Still, he has only completed one match and has played in a total of eight matches for 284 minutes.
This week there are several players that should be looked at in terms of whether they will be available or not come match time. A few of those doubtful include: Thomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, and Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Peter Odemwingie (Cardiff), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace), Tony Hibbert (Everton), Robert Brady and Allan McGregor (Hull City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Fernandinho and Matija Nastasic (Manchester City), Rafael, Phil Jones, and Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Andy Wilkinson (Stoke City), Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham), Nicholas Anelka, Boaz Myhill, and Scott Sinclair (West Brom), James Collins, George McCartney, Joey O’Brien, Mladen Petric, and Razvan Rat (West Ham United).
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