An unfortunate result against Chelsea leaves us with little to be cheerful about as we look to assess Gameweek 2 in the Nothing But Newcastle Fantasy League.
While last week’s encounter with Spurs was dominated by Hatem Ben Arfa, Saturday’s defeat against Chelsea was orchestrated by Eden Hazard, with the Belgian adding a goal and assist to his ever-increasing season tally. This was his third successive double-digit performance, giving him a fantasy total of 34 points. With Gareth Bale firing blanks and David Silva only approaching fitness, Hazard looks to be an essential acquisition for fantasy managers. Despite having no fixture for Gameweek 3, his popularity is sure to drive his value above 10m by the week’s end, meaning fantasy managers need to move quickly or fork out later.
This week’s big mover in the Nothing But Newcastle Fantasy League was Rob Loaring with his team It Ain’t Arfa Hot. Letting his head rule over his heart, Rob captained Hazard against Newcastle and was handsomely rewarded. Other star performers included Andy Dalgleish with his team Ron Burgandy. Although solid back-to-back performances left Andy in third place, the absence of any heavy hitters in midfield has kept him off top spot.
Notable mentions this week again go to Michu of Swansea and Marouane Fellaini of Everton. With over 170,000 transfers in this week, Michu’s popularity shows little signs of abating. With four homes games in the next six against Sunderland, Everton, Reading and Wigan, and away trips to Villa and Stoke, Michu looks like he could provide excellent fantasy returns for some time to come. Two goals in two games for Marouane Fellaini has seen 130,000 transfers in this week and a price rise to 6.8. With fixtures looking kind, Fellaini looks a decent bet over the next few weeks, although I personally see Pienaar as a better option over the course of a season.
With Aston Villa struggling following defeats to West Ham and Everton, Newcastle are presented with the perfect opportunity to get back on track. Those fantasy managers who invested in Hatem Ben Arfa following his opening day heroics will be looking for a repeat performance from the Frenchman against Villa. Similarly, with ex-Newcastle legend Shay Given looking shaky over the weekend, Demba Ba will surely be looking to ad to his tally. Newcastle’s defenders also begin to present value with home ties against Villa and Norwich followed by an away trip to Reading.
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