Fantasy Preview – Match Week 14
It is that time again to check your fantasy teams and make some difficult decision on the players that may quite be living up to your pre-season expectations. Some of you may have already used your wild card option but if you have a transfer or two left leading into this weekend’s round of Premier League games, here are some tips for you.
Alexis Sanchez – Midfielder, Arsenal, 11.4
Sanchez was my big purchase on Black Friday. He ranks top two in every attacking statistic for Arsenal and has four goals in his last five matches. The Gunners also have an absurdly kind run on the horizon with just three top ten attacks on the schedule before February. Walcott would be a very good buy as well if you feel you can trust him, but I’d rather pay a premium for a relatively sure thing.
David Silva – Midfielder, Manchester City, 8.7
Have not seen too many people throwing Silva around as a Coutinho replacement, but he at least deserves to be in the conversation. He has quietly returned to his excellent creative self currently ranking in the top five of key passes. “Well, where are the assists?” you may be thinking. Well, every other player in that top five has at least five assists so a return to the mean should be on the horizon soon.
Leroy Fer – Midfielder, Swansea City, 5.0
Fer was one of my best pre-season calls and I am super glad I own him in several draft leagues. He currently has the seventh most goals in the Premier League and as long as Bob Bradley sticks to the 4-3-3 he should continue to be a threat bombing forward. Tottenham are a tough matchup on paper but have only managed one clean sheet in the last five matches while Swansea conversely have scored in four matches over that same period.
Sofiane Boufal – Midfielder, Southampton, 5.1
This is admittedly more of a gut call than anything. The absence of Dusan Tadic means Southampton need someone else to man the creative ship in attack and Boufal seems both willing and talented enough to pull it off. The matchup helps him as well as he faces the same Crystal Palace defence that just shipped five goals to Swansea. Sorry Palace fans…
Antonio Valencia – Defender, Manchester United, 5.4
Did you know that Antonio Valencia currently has the second most successful crosses (17) in the Premier League right now? That kind of attacking threat is always worth adding to your fantasy team. The Everton matchup is not as frightening as you may believe either as they rank eighteenth in attacking efficiency over the last five matches.
Mesut Ozil – Midfielder, Arsenal, 8.6
Ozil has quite frankly been a profound disappointment this season. Last season at this point he had eleven assists, this year? Two. In fact, there are eight defenders with as many or more assists than Mesut Ozil. I personally upshifted to Alexis but feel free to shift down to Walcott or any of the other nineteen midfielders with more fantasy points.
Romelu Lukaku – Forward, Everton, 9.6
You would be hard pressed to find a more frustrating own in fantasy than Lukaku. After a hot start, he now has just one goal in his last five matches and is averaging just one shot on target per match over that period. Thirty percent of fantasy owners have fallen for the fantasy mirage that is Lukaku, don’t be one of them.
Wilfried Zaha – Midfielder, Crystal Palace, 5.4
I have been pleasantly surprised by his effectiveness but you never want to pay for past performances. The fact is, Palace face five top ten defences over the next six match weeks and that is enough for me to steer clear for now. Also, at the end of that run, he could be gone for a month (even if suggestions are that he may stay in South London) as he recently switched his international allegiance to Cote d’Ivoire who take part in the African Cup Of Nations in January.
Seamus Coleman – Defender, Everton, 5.5
There was a time when I thought jumping on the Everton defence was a great idea and, man, was I wrong. They have managed just two clean sheets in the last ten matches and the fixture list does not do them any favours with Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool on the horizon. He does offer some attacking statistics but you can find that from players on teams who are actually capable of keeping the ball out of the net.
John Stone – Defender, Manchester City, 5.0
At 24.8%, Stones is currently the third highest owned defender in all of fantasy. He has not even played in their last two matches and even when he does play he averages just two fantasy points per game. Sell, sell, sell.
TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE (TOP TEN)
|Rank||Team & Manager||Round Score||Total Points|
|1||ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge||40||732|
|2||Dynamo Dan Dan – Daniel Bright||68||723|
|3||Soper’s No Hopers – Mike Soper||57||720|
|4||himanshu_utd – HIMANSHU SAJWAN||41||700|
|5||Glen’s Eagles – Glen Samuel||45||692|
|6||waddon_massive – Steve Larden||48||684|
|7||Dep’s Destroyers – Derren Depledge||45||677|
|8||Pepsi Guardicola – Craig Perry||43||676|
|9||Yohan Kebab – Fletcher Law||53||672|
|10||Palace Eagles – Gary Holden||50||672|