The title of this post could be “Fantasy Forgotten,” rather than “Funny Feeling Friday,” but let’s take a look at the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker and current Tottenham forward Emmanuel Adebayor.
With Jermain Defoe still struggling with an ankle injury, Adebayor is a near guarantee to start this weekend at West Ham, and while his teammate Gareth Bale is the obvious in-form fantasy selection in midfield, Bale comes in priced at 10.1m.
With fantasy managers looking to complement RVP & Suarez up front with a solid third striker, Adebayor could just be the man in the coming months, though his 9.0m cost makes him a bit of a risk. Here’s the bad news: He has only 2 goals the entire season. 0 assists. In 830 minutes played. Tottenham are more than capable of playing ‘without a striker’ – with a combination of Dempsey, Holtby and Bale attacking from advanced midfield positions – so Adebayor’s place is not secure. And Defoe, the little man, has had a good season and could return in the coming weeks.
That’s why Adebayor is owned by less than 1% of fantasy managers.
The good news? He has class, and on form, has proven to be a lethal Premier League finisher. 17 goals and 12 assists for Tottenham last year and an almost telepathic connection with Gareth Bale led Tottenham to finish fourth. They’ll be fighting for third and fourth again this season and his contributions will be critical. He scored 24 league goals at Arsenal in 2008. 24 Premier League goals.
He has just 3 goals in 24 appearances this season in all competitions, but AVB still has faith in him. I have a funny feeling he’ll start scoring regularly over the next few weeks to give fantasy managers something to think about in the ‘can’t quite afford Suarez/Aguero’ 8m-9m price bracket. Three goals in his next four or five games would help Tottenham’s Champions League push and fantasy managers’ mini-league aspirations. It’s certainly feasible.
There you have it. The tall Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Your Funny Feeling Friday.
Good luck to all managers.