First Ups and Downs of Segment 2

Posted by John Culea

Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty ImagesLiverpool's Daniel Sturridge, left, and Steven Gerrard are currently providing good value for fantasy owners.

The first value adjustments since the start of Segment 2 offer insight on the form of teams and players. Fantasy managers can have their budgets increase if players' values rise and are sold. Conversely, if player values drop, the manager’s budget is reduced when those players are transferred.

Here is a look at selected players and their new values beginning with increases:

GOALKEEPERS
PlayerValueGainPts.Of note
Julio CesarQPR5.6+.362Seven saves in his last two matches
Petr CechChelsea7.6+.2100Spotty performances - increase is a puzzle
Artur BorucS’hmptn4.8+.32112 saves in 3 games for new Saints' wide-bodied #1.
DEFENDERS
Nemanja VidicMan Utd7.7+.334Fit again and scored two games ago.
Cesar AzpilicuetaChelsea7.0+.361Rafa’s choice and capable of assists.
Glen JohnsonLiverpool6.6+.393Starts and finishes; solid choice.
Maya YoshidaS’hmptn5.1+.361Starts every game; getting clean sheets.
Luke ShawS’hmptn4.5+.350Future star; poised and strong.
MIDFIELDERS
Juan MataChelsea8.7+.3134Goals, assists and clean sheets.
Eden HazardChelsea8.3+. 3126In great form until League Cup red card
Frank LampardChelsea7.7+.386Near certain on penalties and now starting despite La-La land beckoning.
Others: Ramires, Chelsea 6.9 (+.3); Adam Johnson, Sunderland 6.5 (+.3); James Milner, Manchester City 6.5, (+.3)
FORWARDS
Robin van PersieMan Utd10.2+.2145The best and should have increased more.
Demba BaChelsea8.5+.3116Only drawback is sharing playing time with Torres.
Rickie LambertS’hmptn6.9+.3109A throwback goal machine.
Romelu LukakuWBA6.0+.379Simply a monster talent.
Jason PuncheonS’hmptn5.1+.383On a roll.
Others: Pavel Pogrebnyak, Reading, 5.6 (+.3); Franco Di Santo, Wigan 5.7 (+.3); Adam Le Fondre, Reading 5.5 (+.3)

And here are selected players who have dropped in value with possible reasons for their lower value:

GOALKEEPERS
PlayerValueLossPts.Of note
Asmir BegovicStoke5.9-.3100Conceded 13 goals in 4 matches after allowing 4 in 8
Pepe ReinaLiverpool6.0-.377No apparent reason for drop but didn’t start v. Norwich; Liverpool has conceded two goals in the past four matches.
DEFENDERS
Robert HuthStoke5.6-.384Part of shaky Potters defense.
Ryan ShawcrossStoke5.5-.381Another member of the leaking dam.
James TompkinsWest Ham4.2-.343Big Sam’s defence was indefensible vs. Arsenal.
MIDFIELDERS
Steven GerrardLiverpool7.8-.2133Mysterious drop; 55 points in 6 weeks; a career resurrection.
Clint DempseyTottenham6.1-.384Once a fantasy machine has played infrequently & produced little under AVB - until Sunday that is. Adebayor who?
Santi CazorlaArsenal7.9-.2142Little man who took fantasy world by storm had done little since hat trick, then posted 15 points in double game week.
Ashley YoungMan Utd6.9-.345Simply an awful fantasy pick.
Antonio ValenciaMan Utd6.8-.355Reduced playing time and even less impact.
FORWARDS
Lukas PodolskiArsenal7.5-.3111Dismal until going crazy against West Ham.
Olivier GiroudArsenal6.6-.381Other half of the puzzle who came to life against West Ham.
Mario BalotelliMan City6.5-.326Why is it always up to me to explain?
Best values: Theo Walcott, Arsenal; Luis Suarez, Liverpool; Dempsey; Gerrard.

Worst values: Young; Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham; Samir Nasri, Manchester City; Wayne Rooney, Manchester United; Sergio Aguero, Manchester City; Nani, Manchester United; Oscar, Chelsea

Likely to increase: Theo Walcott, Arsenal; Podolski; David Silva, Manchester City; Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool; Loic Remy, QPR; Gerrard

Likely to drop: Hazard; David Luiz, Chelsea; Eden Hazard, Chelsea; Marouane Fellaini, Everton; Kevin Nolan, West Ham; Fernando Torres, Chelsea; Nikica Jelavic, Everton; Papiss Demba Cisse, Newcastle

Values change at each Gameweek lock, so the next adjustments will be Tuesday, Jan, 29.

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