The Good, The Bad, and The Smugly: In a regular series, our writer picks out 3 fantasy picks with contrasting fortunes so far this season.
It’s been two weeks since the last article, so how has everyone been doing?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. This week’s ‘Good’ Award has to go to Auba. Arsenal were already convincingly beating Fulham before this man came on and left his mark on the game. Two goals and an assist in 28 minutes? Outstanding performance, and surely the best definition of the term ‘super sub’.
Arsenal gave Fulham a leathering last weekend. The Cottagers now have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, conceding 21 goals in 8 games. Swiss cheese. On the other hand, The Gunners are flying it. Putting five past poor ol’ Bettinelli last weekend ensured them 4th place, just pipping Spurs to this spot. This was with a comparatively weak lineup, with big players like Auba and Ozil starting on the bench. Though, Arsenal definitely seem to have their silky mojo back (Looking at you, Ramsey).
Pierre was a class act when he came on. He didn’t take too long to jump into proceedings. Indeed, it took him all of five minutes to assist Ramsey in that previously mentioned sumptuous goal. He then showed he still has an eye for the back of the net, by scoring a lovely volley with his lesser foot. Finally, he put one more passed an already downtrodden Bettinelli to secure the three bonus points for himself. I kinda feel bad for Lacazette.
If you have Auba, hang on with both hands. He has taken slightly longer to perform this season, but I reckon this is the beginning of something beautiful. He is now putting away chances that he was missing in the first few games. Currently sitting at £10.7 and 8.9% ownership, he could even be a tasty differential.
Harry Kane. Scoring a measly point, there’s no doubt in my mind who gets the ‘Bad’ award this weekend. It was both a poor personal and team performance. Harry looked lethargic against Cardiff, having lost the ball the most times of any player in the match (4).
For a game which people thought that Spurs would win by a few goals, it didn’t exactly turn out that way. Tottenham were quite lucky to walk away with three points on Saturday, in all honesty. Everybody was misfiring, not only Kane, as Moura and Son should have had a goal to their names as well. Alas, it was left for the aptly-named Dier to score one of the easiest goals I’ll ever see. I’m actually surprised he got the ball in between the sticks, I’ve seen this lad take some shots from outside the box, and they’re not pretty.
Back to Kane, however, and it was a very disappointing performance from a man who scored 13 points in gameweek 7. He also lost the most duels of any player in the match which, to me, clearly shows the man is tired. He’s been a workhorse for Spurs in recent times. He has gone from last season to the World Cup, straight back into this season and midweek Champions League.
I mean, I don’t want to see him benched, but the stats don’t lie. I’d like to see him get a rest this weekend, but that’s probably unlikely with upcoming international games against Croatia and Spain. Lord knows this man needs a break.
In my opinion, I would stick with Kane if you already own him. I don’t see a point in getting rid, seeing as this boy always turns up in the long run. His form so far is definitely and, uncharacteristically, streaky. I wouldn’t, however, say it’s cause for giving him the boot just yet (not the golden boot either, for that matter).
Matt Doherty. As an Irishman, I’m pleased to give this week’s ‘Smugly’ award to a fellow Paddy. When I look at what Doherty has given to Wolves, I wonder how Cyrus Christie has made the cut for Ireland’s RB spot. Maybe I’m still sour after the latter handed that first goal to Christensen, ultimately tossing us out of the World Cup before it even began in that fateful 5-1 hammering from the Danes. Whoops, bit of a segue. I think this article was supposed to be about Fantasy Football, or something.
Doherty has scored an excellent 15 points this gameweek. In a defensively solid side who have only conceded six goals (fourth best in the league!), Matt is bombing up and down that right flank. This is proving a lucrative choice, as he has now opened his goalscoring account for the 18/19 season with a delightful one-two before rifling a shot past Hennessey.
With his fourth clean sheet of the season, Doherty looks to be part of a Burnley-esque budget defence which does offer attacking value in the shape of its wing-backs. The best part? He’s currently priced at £4.7 and is owned by 9.6% of players. Not bad for an inexpensive defender who has now reached double digits for a third week thus far.
If you don’t have Matt or any Wolves defender, I’d definitely consider him. Wolverhampton face Watford and Brighton in that order over the next two gameweeks. Those two haven’t exactly been banging in goals of late. Maybe, this is an opportune time for this tough Wolves defence.
Join us after the international break for a chance to see who will be next gameweek’s Good, Bad and, most importantly, the ‘smugly’.