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Fantasy Preview: Match Week 27

If you heeded some of my tips last week then there is no doubt you will have been celebrating the addition of Harry Kane as he scored a first half hat-trick for Spurs and an assist to boot. Even better points if you captained him! Romelu Lukaku was also a success and thankfully, none of my tips to sell did anything major so all in all a good week.

Now onto this weekend to see if I can do any better and help your teams in some way. Here are my tips for you and your fantasy teams.

BUY

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Midfielder, Swansea City, 7.6

The Icelandic international has just been in ridiculous form of late. He ranks top five in goals, assists, shots on target, and successful crosses over the last five matches. Sticking with the theme of “five”, that’s how many top ten defences Swansea will face the rest of the season. Add all of that to the fact that Sigurdsson will not blank in MW28 and you have my pick of the week.

Raheem Sterling – Midfielder, Manchester City, 7.8

Now that he is in line for a double game week, Sterling has shot up in fantasy value. He has earned his success as well as he has contributed towards more Manchester City goals than everyone not named Sergio Aguero in all competitions. Neither of this week’s opponents have a top ten defence which makes Sterling not only an interesting buy, but an interesting captain option as well.

Pedro – Midfielder, Chelsea, 7.0

It’s a shame he has a blank soon as Pedro has really started to turn things around. He has three goals and an assist in his last five starts and seems to have finally won that job over Willian. Chelsea will only come up against one top ten defence in the next five matches so, if you already have a full team for MW28, you should definitely consider adding the Spaniard.

Ryan Fraser – Midfielder, Bournemouth, 4.8

This week is not a great matchup but, at 4.8 and under 2% owned, Fraser is definitely worth a punt. He has finally cemented his place in Eddie Howe’s starting eleven having now made eight consecutive starts and notching four assists over that stretch. He also comes with the added bonus of not only playing in MW28, but doing so against a West Ham United team who have only managed two clean sheets in their last ten matches.

Ben Davies – Defender, Tottenham Hotspur, 4.7

Now, I’m not going to try to dazzle you with statistics on this one. He’s a mediocre left back and offers very little in attack. You know what he does offer though? A cheap entry point into Tottenham’s league best defence. With Danny Rose now likely to be out until April, Davies should get plenty of playing time and/or clean sheets over the next month or so.

 

SELL

Christian Eriksen – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 8.7

I know this looks crazy, but just hear me out! Eriksen is coming off his third highest points tally of the season and, at this rate, should go up in price by the weekend. Unfortunately, that match is against Everton who have had the second best defence over the last five matches. After that? Well, Tottenham blank in MW28 followed by matches against Southampton and Burnley at Turf Moor, you know, where the Clarets are actually good. For the record, I will only be keeping one Tottenham attacker in my team over the next five weeks, and it won’t be Eriksen.

Alvaro Negredo – Forward, Middlesbrough, 8.8

Negredo keeps somehow getting a pass and is still top ten in ownership among forwards at 12.5%. He has only scored once in the last five matches and, in his next five, he has a blank and three away matches. Why is that significant? Oh, only because Boro have the worst away attack in the league with just 11 goals scored.

Nacer Chadli – Midfielder, West Bromwich Albion, 6.0

Actually, if you already have him don’t sell him this week, just don’t buy in on him now. Chadli has been very impressive since shifting towards a more central position the past few weeks. Unfortunately, things are about to get really ugly really fast. After the Crystal Palace match, West Brom will face three consecutive top five defences. It’s possible his form beats his fixtures but I’d rather be on the outside looking in on this one.

Harry Maguire – Defender, Hull City, 4.4

This is a sneaky play as many fantasy managers are probably still assuming Hull are awful in defence. The Tigers have seriously tightened things up at the back and are now conceding 39% fewer goals per match since the appointment of manager Marco Silva. They are actually have a top five defence over the past five weeks! Maguire, specifically, also has some attacking upside as he sits top five in shots on target among defenders over that same period and, is the only one on that list that has not scored a goal.

Tom Heaton – Goalkeeper, Burnley, 5.0

Heaton has been terrific but, sadly for him, Burnley just can’t manage a good performance away from home for their lives! They have the worst away attack in the Premier League and their defence ranking drops from sixth to sixteenth the second they leave Turf Moor. Heaton has only earned one clean sheet in the last five matches and, with three consecutive away matches on the horizon, I’m not confident there will be more any time soon.

 

TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – TOP TEN

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Rank Team & Manager Round Score Total Points
same Pepsi Guardicola – Craig Perry 48 1441
same waddon_massive – Steve Larden 58 1433
same Head Down Studs Up ⚽ – Jesse Boyce 72 1428
up Sik United – Sir Wayne Nizamovic 94 1421
same Dad all over again – Wayne Byrne 61 1392
down ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge 52 1390
same Soper’s No Hopers – Mike Soper 61 1383
up King’s Army – Edward King 70 1373
same Remarkable Ones – Mark Saunders 57 1372
10  up Bentekkers – Martin Colairo 65 1372

 

 

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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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