Fantasy Premier League game week 15 comes this weekend just a few short days after week 14 scoring ended. This week I will be taking a look at some of the Manchester United midfielders as options as we move into the holiday period.
Historically Manchester United has always had several top players for a Premier League fantasy team. In the past couple of seasons this has not been the case. Last year saw a significant dip in form for most of their players and this season there have been a large number of injuries.
These injuries continue to be a problem and they are a risk for any team, but especially for these Manchester United players. I will be analyzing three of the Red Devils midfielders that you could look to pick up for your team. None of them have been popular picks among teams, but all three have been trending upward.
The 25 year old may have just joined Manchester United this season, but he is already starting to have an impact in the middle of the pitch. His biggest gameweek so far came in week 4 when he provided a goal, assist, and clean sheet in their 4-0 win over QPR. This was followed by another goal in their 3-5 loss to Leicester City.
These are actually his last two matches in which he played the full 90 minutes, although this is mostly due to his broken rib injury. He has featured in United’s past two home matches and provided assists in both matches.
He has been a driving catalyst for Manchester United in the midfield and provided a solid link in transitions from back to front. If he continues to get more playing time he will trend upward.
With Angel Di Maria and Wayne Rooney both out injured and Daley Blind a long term injury, Juan Mata should continue to get playing time. I would say he will still get playing time even when Di Maria and Rooney return considering his recent performances.
He has now played in consecutive 90 minute matches and when he has played he has performed well. Last match he contributed a goal, but more than that, he put in a solid performance in the midfield showing some quality leadership abilities.
Again, injuries have led to Fellaini getting a chance in midfield and he has done well to stake his claim as a player named on van Gaal’s team sheet every week. He has now played in 6 consecutive matches for a full 90 minutes.
During this time he is starting to become the box-to-box midfielder that Manchester United have been lacking for several years. He may have scored just one goal and one assist in this time, but he is starting to grow into his role.
You can see by his performances that he is becoming more and more confident and working hard to remain a starting member of this team.
Here is a quick breakdown of what each player has to offer your Fantasy Premier League team:
|Ander Herrera||Juan Mata||Marouane Fellaini|
|Shots on Target||2||5||8|
This means that you will need to make a decision as to which area you think each one will excel at the most this season.
My pick out of the three right now is dependent on what price range you are looking in. I am currently leaning towards Fellaini as the best option out of the three based on his stats and his cost, making him the best value. Currently he is listed at £6.3 on the official Fantasy Premier League.
This is a pretty good bargain considering what he can bring to your team as well as his recent form and consistent playing time. I would recommend him in the upcoming holiday period due to his ability to play in a long stretch of games and be able to impact the game throughout all areas of play.
While my own fantasy teams have been suffering recently, I’m putting that down more to a combination of indecision, experimentation, and forgetting which team has which player and what combination I am trying to go with. Hopefully in the coming flurry of matches I’ll work my way back up the tables.
Good luck in your fantasy soccer endeavors this weekend! Oh, and don’t forget to read up on the Premier League injuries. Don’t put someone in your team if they aren’t going to be playing.