With all but one of Gameweek 1’s fixtures now out of the way, it’s time for our weekly roundup of this week’s Fantasy Premier League action.
As the standout performer from Saturday’s win over Spurs, Hatem Ben Arfa has already emerged as a genuine fantasy target. Ben Arfa was at the centre of everything Newcastle created and was rewarded with maximum bonus points, which was no less than the Frenchman deserved, giving him a very respectable total of 10 for the week. Working on the right-hand side of a 4-4-2 in the first half, Ben Arfa demonstrated his versatility by moving into a more central role in a second half 4-3-3. Should Ben Arfa be handed a regular starting role this season, which at the age of 25 I think he should be, he will prove to be an important asset to fantasy managers this season.
With a beautifully taken curling effort from the corner of the box, Demba Ba reminded everyone that there’s more than one Senegalese goalscorer on Tyneside. Priced at a very reasonable 7.5 in the FPL game, Ba clearly represents value for those managers looking for something a bit different. Personally I’ll be holding off on signing Ba, certainly until strike-partner Papiss Cisse gets up to speed. Also, with the form I expect for Ben Arfa, I don’t see the need to double-up on Newcastle attackers.
The early leader in the Nothing But Newcastle Fantasy League is Declan Fanning with his team, The Awesomers. Benefiting from a shrewd captaincy which saw Demba Ba hit an 18 point score, Fanning also hit double figures after ex-Newcastle favourite Kevin Nolan scored the winner against Villa. However, with Chelsea facing Reading on Wednesday, second place Messi Wannabi could take first spot with Mata, Hazard and Ashley Cole set to feature again.
Notable mentions this week go to Premier League debutantes Michu of Swansea and Petric of Fulham. With a string of favourable fixtures set to come, Michu looks fantastic value at 6.6, having already bumped up in price following an 18-point performance. Petric also looks like a solid investment with a well-taken brace against Norwich. With a difficult away trip to Man United this week, Petric then faces West Ham, West Brom and Wigan; games he is sure to prosper in.
If you haven’t joined the Nothing But Newcastle Fantasy League yet, then get yourself over to http://fantasy.premierleague.com and join a private league with 637227-278464 as the code.