Sure, Swansea are coming off of a 3-0 victory and Chelsea just lost 3-1 in the league and then failed to score in 120 minutes of football at home against Fulham on Wednesday in the Carling Cup.
Last year at this point in the season Chelsea had scored 21 goals. This year? Only 8.
I think that’s about to change this weekend. The obvious suspects are Lampard and Torres – from a fantasy perspective – they’re expensive, but should produce the goods. Juan Mata (9.5M) made our Weekly Starting XI and even though he is owned by only 3% of fantasy managers and is certainly eligible for a ‘FFF’ selection, I think he is less of a ‘surprise’ choice and more of a ‘nailed-on’ choice so let’s go with the Frenchman Anelka.
Nic Anelka gets the nod as our Funny Feeling Friday despite scoring only 1 goal in Chelsea’s 5 league games so far and completing 90 minutes only once in those 5 games. Certainly not consistent.
Anelka is owned by only 1.7% of fantasy managers and isn’t even guaranteed a start – as surely Mata and Torres are, but the Frenchman played a sublime through ball to Torres in his 45 minute cameo at Old Trafford and perhaps that’s done enough to earn him a start at home to Swansea.
Anelka plays the game at his own pace. His first touch is as good as any striker’s and his vision is also superb. He’s not an ‘out and out goalscorer’ anymore – instead he drifts from wide areas to central areas and plays combinations well, a skill that will come in handy against Swansea – a team just promoted from the Championship who may not be accustomed to such fluid movement and first touch ability.
I think Juan Mata (9.5M) will be the big fantasy winner this weekend but Anelka (only 8.5M) is my surprise selection to chip in with a 60+ minute game and a goal or an assist. He just gets the nod in this slot over other Chelsea potential winners this weekend that aren’t popular selections – Mata (3% owned), Meireles (2% owned), or Ramires (5% owned). Those three midfielders could bomb forward and grab a goal, but Anelka is my main man with Sturridge out injured.
There you have it. An oldie but a goodie. Bolton’s former superstar will produce the goods against Swansea, despite his limited ownership, lack of playing time this season, and 32 year old legs.
Le Sulk. Your Funny Feeling Friday.
Good luck to all fantasy managers.