Hopefully you made some preparations for this week and so you're not sat holding Tevez, Davies and Jones as your talented but absent front line. Even the best planning though may have left you needing a quick fix so I urge you to take a peak here for some ideas of some one week mercenaries to fill out your match day lineup. Before settling on transfers though, we of course need to know who are the best plays of the week so without further delay here are this week's captain and clean sheet rankings:
Clean Sheet Rankings
(clean sheets kept - opponents failed to score in parenthesis)
- Chelsea (4 - 2) and (10 - 4)
- Arsenal (8 - 4) and (4 - 4)
- Birmingham (5 - 7) and (3 - 2)
- Blackpool (0 - 8)
- Sunderland (7 - 5)
- West Ham (4 - 5)
- Tottenham (5 - 2)
- Everton (4 - 4)
- Wigan (3 - 0)
- Newcastle (3 - 3)
- West Brom (1 - 6)
- Liverpool (5 - 4)
- Aston Villa (0 - 3)
- Man Utd (4 - 2)
- Blackburn (1 - 2)
- Man Utd
- West Ham
- Aston Villa
- West Brom
Double Gameweek Player Rankings
Most of you will already own a number of these players but based on the past stats and form, I would recommend targeting (and captaining) the below players based on projected points, position scarcity and player value:
- Robin van Persie - he gets the nod here as a transfer target largely because of position scarcity (which other big name strikers would you be happy with this week? Rooney, and . . .?). As a captain though it really is neck and neck though I might lean to Lampard as West Brom/Birmingham have a bigger chance of collapsing and shipping 4 or 5 goals than Liverpool/Spurs.
- Frank Lampard - great fixtures, set piece duties and high upside makes Lampard close to must own this week. Qualifies as a differentiator with an 8.5% ownership. I will probably give him the nod as captain.
- David Luiz - for me Luiz is the best defensive prospect we've had for some time with a rejuvenated Chelsea defense coupled with outstanding offensive upside
- Cesc Fabregas - another frustrating stop/start season for Fabregas, but he remains a top option and has 4 quality starts in his last 5.
- Theo Walcott - we're into the risky pile now but I love Walcott's upside and he's delievered (174 aPoints) every time he's been in the first team
- Samir Nasri - his second half has been slow and as with Walcott the presence of Arshavin makes him a rotation risk but he has the talent to contribute in any given week.
- Didier Drogba - only 3 goals in 2011 makes it hard to back Drogba and his 22% ownership turns me off even more. Always worth a mention though due to his immense talents.
- Laurent Koscielny - the pick of the Arsenal defenders at 5.9m but still not a steal.