Punt of the Week – Gameweek 30 – Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney, a punt I here you say? Well with the Fantasy Premier League nearing the business end of the season it’s time for the big names of the league to stand up and be counted and Rooney definitely falls into that category.

The emergence of Luis Suarez this season as a serious fantasy pick means many managers will have struggled picking Rooney’s Dutch colleague with the Uruguayan and keeping a balanced side that is capable of averaging 60+ points a week. Could Rooney open up the key to the perfect mix of attack and defence?

The Potential

Wayne Rooney is a man that thrives on form, if you have him in your side and he is on form then you have a points magnet for sure.

Rooney has on six occasions hit double digit scores from his 11 goals and 9 assists in 18 starts and 2 sub appearances this season.

Last time out against Norwich, Rooney put them to the sword with a goal and 2 assists in a 14 point haul.

Manager-less Reading head to Old Trafford and then United have a trip to Sunderland in Gameweek 31. This will hold no fears as they aim to wrap up a 20th league title before the visit of Manchester City and then a trip to the Potteries to face Stoke.

Ferguson has stated that he wants to outscore everyone in the league and Rooney’s partnership with RVP is the most potent in the league bar none.

Van Persie is having somewhat of a drought, only having scored 1 in 5 in the league and many have doubted the Dutchman and have sought other targets. Rooney falls into that category of players that could fill his shoes.

Rooney is currently owned by only 7.5% of the game so could prove a big differential in the coming weeks.

Luis Suarez currently sits on eight yellows and a couple more could coincide with United’s double in Gameweek 33, thrusting Rooney into our thoughts still further and the potential of massive points gains.

The Risk

With United’s fixture list slowly mounting up, the fear of the rotation word will obviously rear its head on more than a few occasions.

The exit from the Champions League will have eased things slightly but the FA Cup has not helped the April schedule. Rooney is very capable of putting together a run of poor games and has done so before and will do it again.

Rooney has lost his spot-kick duties to RVP and was rumoured to have fallen out with Sir Alex Ferguson after the bench role he played against Real Madrid.

All of this goes against Rooney and games against City and Stoke at the Britannia will not be on the top of Rooney’s list of desired fixtures.

With Van Persie overdue some goals he could take the points away from Rooney. Will Rooney play deeper with Van Persie on the pitch? These are all points that will be answered over the coming weeks.

The Verdict

Rooney’s gametime looks assured, and has shown he is in good form. On his day he’s unplayable, another day unmanagable, but his class cannot be doubted.

At 11.9m he offers potential value compared to Van Persie and the fixtures ahead give Rooney a platform to impress. Will he? Well we’ll have to wait and see!