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Fantasy Preview – Match Week 22

The weeks just seem to fly by at the moment so here I am again with some Fantasy Premier League tips for your teams. While I cannot guarantee success I am confident that one or two suggestions may be of benefit to fantasy managers.

BUY

Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham Hotspur, 11.1

With last week’s hat trick, he now sits just one goal behind the league leaders despite missing five matches. Kane’s current rate of 0.86 goals per 90 is the highest of his career and it looks sustainable as his shot accuracy continues to hover around his career average of 59%. You will definitely want him in your team as he chases a second golden boot.

Ross Barkley – Midfielder, Everton, 7.0

Last week I buried the hatchet with Giroud, why not follow it up by making peace with Barkley? He has notched two goals and two assists in his last five matches and has launched himself into the top five of key passes! He is an even better option considering Everton face just one top ten defence in their next five matches.

Peter Crouch – Forward, Stoke City, 4.8

What year even is this?! Crouchie has rolled back the clock all the way to, huh, 2015 I guess? That was the last time that he scored in three consecutive starts… until now! At 4.8 Crouch is an amazing budget-freeing option for those trying to fit multiple high priced forwards into their team. I personally would not play him against Manchester United this week, but this is the cheapest he’ll ever be as his price looks likely to rise at least once before teams lock.

Eden Hazard – Midfielder, Chelsea, 10.4

This is more of a “don’t sell” than a buy to be fair. I just do not understand why over 25,000 owners have shipped out Hazard the week he plays Hull and their 19th ranked defence. He has been a little disappointing at a very high price, but this is not the week to get rid of him.

Antonio Valencia – Defender, Manchester United, 5.4

He now leads all players in successful crosses having notched 10+ crosses twice in the last three weeks! That kind of attacking potential combined with the fact that Manchester United are back in the top five in both overall defence and clean sheets makes Valencia a very interesting fantasy option.

SELL

Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 12.8

Adding Aguero to the sell list is giving me awful flashbacks to his five goal outing against Newcastle last season, but hear me out. He has just three shots on target since his return to the team, faces the league’s best defence this week, and has blanked in 66% of matches this season. He is the most expensive player in the official game yet is 32nd in scoring. I know how dangerous it is to go against Aguero in FPL but, for now, he is not even close to a decent value.

Christian Benteke – Forward, Crystal Palace, 7.4

I was so convinced things were going to get better with the appointment of Big Sam, but man was I wrong. Since then, Benteke has averaged less than a shot on target per game and has failed to earn more than two points in any game. The potential positive addition of Schlupp is neutralised as Palace will now face Everton who are tied for the best defence over the last five matches.

Robert Snodgrass – Midfielder, Hull City, 5.8

The performances have been pretty solid of late, but the coming matches are so tough that I can’t, in good conscious, recommend anything but selling Snodgrass. He faces five straight top ten defences, three of whom are in the top five! He’ll be ownable again in the future, but I’m definitely shying away for now.

Charlie Daniels – Defender, Bournemouth, 5.3

If this feels harsh considering his recent attacking performances… that’s because it is. The two goals and an assist in the last five matches is pretty solid, but Bournemouth have allowed three goals in four of those five matches! I just do not want to own a defender that’s part of a rapidly declining defence.

Divock Origi – Forward, Liverpool, 6.6

Origi went from good option to unownable so fast! He has lost his previously automatic starting spot, and when he is starting it is not even always up front. The matchup against Swansea is not technically a bad one, but I’m downshifting to Crouch to get more desirable players in elsewhere.

TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – TOP TEN

Rank Team & Manager Round Score Total Points
same Head Down Studs Up ⚽ – Jesse Boyce 51 1149
up ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge 74 1147
down Pepsi Guardicola – Craig Perry 70 1144
up himanshu_utd – HIMANSHU SAJWAN 84 1143
down waddon_massive – Steve Larden 68 1141
up Sik United – Sir Wayne Nizamovic 81 1125
up Soper’s No Hopers – Mike Soper 82 1122
down King’s Army – Edward King 66 1120
down Dad all over again – Wayne Byrne 47 1119
10  same Abra-Mandanda – Matthew Freeman 78 1119

 

 

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Kevin De Vries

Kevin De Vries

Kevin lives in the US and hosts the EPL Roundtable podcast. He has more than a passing interest in Dutch football. Avid supporter of Spurs and Pittsburgh Steelers among others.

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