It’s going to be an interesting week upfront as most managers will be scratching their heads at how to fill the forward line as 3 of the biggest names in the league are missing either through injury or the Super Cup. If you were one of the people who had a shocker last week selecting Rooney as the captain, then you’re not alone as he was the highest picked throughout the league and returned you just 2 points. To add insult to injury he is now out for of 4 weeks, after a nasty tackle from Hugo Rodallega left the striker requiring stitches to his thigh. It just goes to show that for all your planning the game never works out how you anticipate… so it’s onwards and upwards as we consider your striking options ahead of this weekends fixtures.
Papiss Cisse (Newcastle) – £6.9 Million Fixture: Aston Villa (Home)
The Senegal striker burst onto the scene in early February coming on as sub against Villa. He then done what every Geordie No 9 should do and scored the winner on his debut. After this he went onto grab another 13 goals in 14 games and arguably earned him the strike of the season for a wonder goal which shot down Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in May. He amassed a highly impressive 105 points by the end of the season. So what’s gone wrong so far in the league this year you say? Well he has played 2 of the toughest teams having opened against Spurs in a 2-1 win and then went on to lose 2-0 against Chelsea. The stats so far are not great as he has only managed three shots on goal with only one of these being on target amassing a total of 4 points. The fixtures do ease up a little this week as they welcome Villa to town who have lost both games and having conceded 4 goals in the process; which could of easily been 6 when they faced Everton last week who where in rampant form. The Newcastle forward will want to open his account this year and who better to play than a team away from home and low in confidence. Once he does, as is the case with most front men a run of form is bound to follow and the goals and points to boot.
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) – £6.9 Million Fixture: Norwich (Home)
After a long and protracted transfer saga which lasted all summer the Togo front man came on for his second Spurs debut following a £5 million switch from Man City last Tuesday. His appearance in the West Brom game was more of cameo really having only been given 27 minutes in the second half to shine. He did not manage a single shot on goal in this time and looked off the pace having not featured much in City’s pre season matches. This is not the Adebayor of last season though who will have to get used to a new manager and style of play for Tottenham. With the supply coming from a free flowing midfield he should more than make up for it in the next 3 fixture weeks. Spurs upcoming fixtures sees them facing Norwich and QPR at home with an away game at Reading in between; given his quality in front of goal he should be able find his match fitness and shooting range again during this time. Adebayor was a selected by a high number of managers last term and it’s no wonder why. Out of 33 games played he scored 17 times and the big man also supplied 11 assists earning 194 points. With Spurs being pretty light up front currently he will get the game time and should all AVB’s plan’s click he can quite easily achieve last year’s points and possibly surpass them.
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) – £7.1 Million Fixture: Arsenal (Away)
The Uruguayan forward seems to have found his form again and sent the Kop into uproar last week scoring a belter against City. The Reds looked poor in their opening fixture against West Brom losing by 3 goals but a more appropriate gauge would be to look at the City game where bar a calamity assist by Skirtel gifting City’s equaliser they could have come away with a win. The upcoming games are not easy for Suarez with his side facing Arsenal away followed by Sunderland at home and then Manchester United away. This is a major test for the new manager. The classy forward has never been shy in front of goal but last term he managed to frustrate a large amount of fantasy managers hitting the post 8 times and only scoring 11 goals with 3 assists. Add to this a lengthy ban and it’s easy to see why people would lose faith in him with a total of only 136 points by the end. However, you shouldn’t lose faith just yet; out of 29 league games he managed 42 shots on target and if he converted those that hit the post’s he would have been right up there with the best of them. A little known fact is that he won more penalties than any other player last season so is good for the cheeky assists. Under Rodgers and new style of play his goals are going to come this season and with him already having 11 shots at goal with 3 of those on target he is going to be up there at the top come May should you have the confidence to keep him in your team.
So there are some options to mull over as we get ready for another round of fixtures, be sure to check back into the managers room tomorrow as we give you our final tips for this weekends fantasy football action.
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