Monday, 12 December 2016

Gameweek 15 Review: Is The Vardy Party Back On?

We miss Leicester City, don't we? Last season Jamie Vardy was the FPL striker to have. He scored 24 goals and laid on 6 assists. These are probably well-known facts to you Fantasy Avids out there, but can he return to the kind of form reached in his record-breaking 11-game goalscoring run? So far he has notched just 5 goals and 3 assists, including an uncharacteristic barren run of 10 games without a goal. He ended it on Saturday with a hattrick against Manchester City though.

Leicester City have already made the worst defence of a Premier League crown, losing 7 out of 15 games. This begs the question of whether we saw the best of Leicester and their prize assets last season. Riyad Mahrez stole the show. His 17 goals and 11 assists brought home 240 points over the season, the highest scorer in the game. Similar to Vardy, he has failed to get going, with 3 goals and 3 assists, so fantasy managers have learnt to avoided them.

The Foxes defence was of the meanest in the league last season. Wes Morgan and Robert Huth formed a solid partnership that kept 15 clean sheets, with Fuchs being their best FPL option in defence when he started to be deployed and their defence tightened and had a greater attacking influence from the left wing. So far they have only kept just three clean sheets.

It is not that that bad. At this stage last season Ranieri's men has also kept just 3 clean sheets and conceded 22 goals, just 3 less than they've conceded in the first 15 gameweeks of 2016/17. The issue has been goals. There is a huge difference in the number of goals scored, almost half the 32 they reached at this point.

Leicester won't win the league again, but they will give you a lot to think about over the proceeding Christmas period at much reduced prices than at the start of the season. The Christmas sale is on at the King Power!

Chelsea- The New Leicester

As mentioned last week, Diego Costa is outperforming Ibrahimovic and Aguero and every other striker in the Premier League. His consistency of returns has been scintillating, and with minimal misdemeanours. If he is not this season's Aguero, maybe he is this season's Vardy, as Chelsea have gone on a 9-game unbeaten run and have bulldozed into the early title ascendances with Costa's finishing and Hazard's creativity, along with other polished diamonds.

Eden Hazard has been brilliant without yet reaching his best, now back at his pre-season value of 10.5. FPL managers have a tough decision with Chelsea and Hazard. Is Costa enough Chelsea attacking coverage? Is Hazard just as worthy of signing? Will Hazard go on a Mahrez-esque run of double-figure hauls? Will he go back to an earlier draught of points? Are Pedro, Willian, Fabregas or even Alonso and Moses just as good in terms of FPL? It's enough to give you a heachache.

Written by Kyle Norbury

Stoke fan, football fan, fantasy football nerd

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