Fantasy Preview – Match Weeks 15 And 16
A double match week makes my life much more difficult so I am cheating a little this time around by combining tips as we brace ourselves for the multitude of games heading our over the next few days.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Forward, Manchester City, 6.6
He is a must own whenever Sergio Aguero is out. Iheanacho has more goals (19) than starts in his Manchester City career (18) and is actually better than Aguero in minutes per goal! There is a slight chance that the Nigerian does not get the start due to playing the full Champions League match against Celtic, but with such a high ceiling and at such a low price I think he is worth it regardless.
Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham Hotspur, 11.1
In fantasy I often live by the motto “I’d rather be a week late than a week early”. That lead me to hold off on bringing Kane back in, but he’s just been too good to ignore now. He is currently seventh in goals scored (7) despite having played at least 246 fewer minutes than everyone in front of him. In fact, the next highest scoring player with as few minutes as Kane is Islam Slimani on just four goals. The Manchester United match on Sunday will not be an overly easy match for Kane, but with Hull City and Burnley on the horizon you may want to beat the price rise while you can.
Kevin Mirallas – Midfielder, Everton, 6.1
This is more of a hunch than anything as he has been less than terrific and the schedule gets iffy going forward, though I suppose Arsenal and Liverpool have only managed two combined clean sheets over the last five matches. Anyway, the Yannick Bolasie injury was awful but Mirallas looks set to be the main beneficiary of that playing time. He takes the set pieces when he’s actually on the pitch and is somehow fifth in corners taken despite only starting ten matches this season. I realize that isn’t a slam dunk statistic but hey, I said it was a gut call!
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Midfielder, Swansea City, 7.4
Last week was always going to be a tough one up against the league’s best defence. There’s no doubting that Sigurdsson is coming good now though as he is currently top five in shots on target and has two goals and three assists in his last five matches. Also benefiting him is his schedule in which Swansea will only come up against two top ten defences in the next five matches.
Cedric Soares – Defender, Southampton, 5.4
After a tough run of matches and injuries, things are about to start looking up for Cedric and the Southampton defence. He has climbed into the top five of successful crosses among all players and has already kept two clean sheets since his return from injury. As far as matchups go, Southampton are about to hit a nigh unprecedented run of fixtures as they will see just three top ten attacks before March!
Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 13.0
Four matches is just too long to hold on to the talismanic striker. Downshift to Kane, Costa, or Ibrahimovic, upgrade your midfield and worry about finding a way back to Aguero further down the road.
Yannick Bolasie – Midfielder, Everton, 6.0
I was really high on Bolasie a few weeks ago but he has now suffered knee ligament damage that will keep him out for months. Kevin Mirallas and/or Gerard Deulofeu should be the beneficiaries of his playing time.
Roberto Firmino – Midfielder, Liverpool, 8.8
Full disclosure, I’m not getting rid of him this week, but it’s totally understandable if you want to. At 8.8 he is taking up a fair part of your budget and with three consecutive blanks it is time to start having this discussion. West Ham United should not pose too much of an issue if you want to stand firm one more week, but after that he will face four straight top ten defences. Proceed with caution.
Jose Holebas – Defender, Watford, 4.8
Holebas and/or Cholevas was an early season darling but things have gone south and fast. He is averaging just one point per game over the last five matches and has not contributed in attack since early October. With four top ten attacks in the next five matches it is time to move on.
Manchester City Defenders – 4.7 – 5.9
Last week I mentioned how down I was on Stones and upon further reflection I kind of hate the entire defence at Manchester City. Not only have their individual performances left much to be desired but now Fernandinho will be missing in front of them and they have Bravo in awful form behind them. I don’t care what the matchups are there is no excuse for rostering any of them at the moment.
TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE TABLE (TOP TEN)
|Rank||Team & Manager||Round Score||Total Points|
|1||ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge||73||801|
|2||Pepsi Guardicola – Craig Perry||99||775|
|3||Soper’s No Hopers – Mike Soper||56||772|
|4||Dynamo Dan Dan – Daniel Bright||45||764|
|5||waddon_massive – Steve Larden||76||760|
|6||Head Down Studs Up ⚽ – Jesse Boyce||109||756|
|7||Abra-Mandanda – Matthew Freeman||90||753|
|8||himanshu_utd – HIMANSHU SAJWAN||60||748|
|9||King’s Army – Edward King||70||741|
|10||Disammas – Sam Baxendale||69||740|