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It’s Monday, the gameweek is over, and it’s time for the Best XI once again. We didn’t have a Best XI for week 14 since the congested schedule prevented us from putting out every single one of our weekly columns but we’ll get back on schedule with this week. For an in depth review of the gameweek, check out Neal’s Monday Morning Manager. Otherwise, let’s get started.
The theme of this week seemed to be unfamiliar faces. There were some players there I didn’t think I’d see in the Best XI this season such as Mathieu Flamini and Andy Carroll. It is the Premier League after all, and we never know what we’ll get.
It seems that the congested schedule has taken a toll on players as we had our third lowest point total of the season this week at 215 points.
This week the BEST XI cost £ 88.2M*, one of the cheapest we’ve seen this year. That’s partially due to having more defenders than usual and partially due to the midfielders underperforming this week, putting the likes of Leroy Fer and Mathieu Flamini into the lineup with fairly low scores and low prices. The new price of our Best XI (if you were to try to create this team now after the price changes) is £ 113.1M. That’s a 28.2% increase in price.
*Keep in mind the cost does NOT include any substitutes and is thus 96M instead of 100M.
This week’s MVP was Robin van Persie. RvP made the Best XI in week 13 and again here this week with two goals against Southampton today, one of which was the match-winning goal. RvP is picking up steam and Manchester United are getting better and better each week, making him an interesting option. He could be your replacement for Sergio Aguero(check section below).
This week we had a lot of low scoring games just like in week 13 and that gave us another 4-3-3 formation. One thing to note here is that in 12 of the 14 weeks we’ve done this, there have been three strikers in the Best XI. That should tell you that it may not be a good idea to keep Sergio Aguero on your bench now that he’s injured for over a month, as you will suffer both from a lack of budget and from the inability to play a third forward. I would sell.
The new addition here is Papiss Cisse, who has been on fire in recent weeks. The Newcastle striker is moving up the Premier League scoring charts and now finds himself in a tie for fifth place. He is starting to look like a better fantasy option with every passed week.
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No change at the top this week but Arsenal made the biggest jump of the week by going from 10 to 12.
How did your team do this week?