Fantasy Preview – Match Week 34
This week’s fantasy preview will be a bit different as you should only be looking to bring in players with two matches this week. Instead of the usual buy/sell format, I have highlighted players that are must haves, risky picks, and bargain bin options. Now, without further ado, let us get started!
Arsenal: Crystal Palace (H), West Bromwich Albion (H)
Must Own: Alexis Sanchez – Midfielder, 10.9
Alexis comes into this match in remarkable from, with three goals and two assists in his last five matches. While I like Craig Dawson and Joel Ward in fantasy, neither possess the defensive ability to contain the Chilean.
Risky Pick: Gabriel – Defender, 4.3
After an up and down season it looks like Gabriel has finally locked down a starting spot in this Arsenal side. He has little more than a clean sheet gamble, but boasts matches against the 14th and 18th worst attacks in the league.
Bargain Bin: Alex Iwobi – Midfielder, 4.6
He has only played three matches, yet has already notched two goals and two assists! Not only is he a great pick up in his own right, but Iwobi’s low price means it is possible to get multiple ten plus10.0+ players into your squad.
Crystal Palace: Arsenal (A), Man United (A)
Must Own: N/A
Risky Pick: Jason Puncheon – Midfielder, 5.5
Puncheon has been nothing short of fantastic since his return from injury with ten chances created in the last three matches and a goal against Norwich. Arsenal and Manchester United are both tough matchups, but they did concede a combined six goals last week so nothing is impossible!
Bargain Bin: N/A
Everton: Southampton (H), Liverpool (A)
Must Own: N/A
Risky Pick: Romelu Lukaku – Forward, 9.0
Lukaku burned everyone that brought him in for double MW33, and he burned them hard. He has earned just two points in four of his last five matches and now faces two top ten defences this week. Unfortunately, if you bought him last week you are forced to roll the dice in the hope that you will salvage something out of ‘Blankaku’.
Bargain Bin: Joel Robles – Goalkeeper, 4.3
He has ten saves in his last ten matches. That is the most positivity I could muster, but if you want a cheap starting goalkeeper option to offset the cost of upgrading to someone like David de Gea there are few better options.
Liverpool: Bournemouth (A), Everton (H)
Must Own: Roberto Firmino – Midfielder, 8.1
Firmino was subbed off early against Dortmund so he should be on fresh legs for this double match week. This is the riskiest pick of the must owns, but I am more confident he will get two starts than, say, Coutinho.
Risky Pick: Divock Origi – Forward, 5.4
He has been nothing short of phenomenal recently, the risky part of adding him is that he may well play less than 120 minutes over the next two matches. That having been said, he could still end up with a goal and assist even in limited minutes.
Bargain Bin: Alberto Moreno – Defender, 4.6
I do not enjoy feeling like a prisoner of the moment, but the fact is there is a fantasy upside with Moreno. He bombs forward enough to get crosses into dangerous areas and neither Bournemouth or Everton have looked particularly dangerous in attack of late.
Manchester City: Chelsea (A), Newcastle (A)
Must Own: Sergio Aguero – Forward, 13.5
Listen, the last time Aguero played Newcastle I told you to drop him and then he scored five goals. I am not going to make that mistake again! The Chelsea matchup is much less concerning as they are already rotating and giving the kids a chance.
Risky Pick: Samir Nasri – Midfielder, 6.7
This is my differential play of the week. Not only is he owned in just 0.5% of leagues, but he has the best chance of starting both matches due to not being registered in the Champions League. Oh, and he has a goal and an assist in just 115 minutes of action.
Bargain Bin: N/A
Manchester United: Aston Villa (H), Crystal Palace (H)
Must Own: David De Gea – Goalkeeper, 5.8
The Tottenham match was not a pretty one, but De Gea still put in an admirable performance with seven saves. He recently kept clean sheets against two of the top five attacks in the league (Manchester City, Everton) and in this double week faces teams ranked 14th and 20th in goals scored.
Risky Pick: Marcus Rashford – Forward, 4.5
His goal in the FA Cup was tremendous, but unfortunately I do not think Rashford can sustain this pace much longer. He is currently averaging less than a shot on target per game and yet has a 100% shot accuracy which will regress to the mean. Add Wayne Rooney back into the mix and Rashford’s value plummets.
Bargain Bin: Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Defender, 3.9
Despite Manchester United conceding three to Tottenham, Fosu-Mensah, who had a terrific match by the way, walked away with a clean sheet due to the scoreline at the time of this substitution. He has played fantastically well the last two matches and is an absolute steal at this price.
Newcastle United: Swansea (H), Man City (H)
Must Own: N/A
Risky Pick: Aleksandar Mitrovic – Forward, 6.2
With three goals in his last three matches Mitrovic seems to have finally be living up to his price tag. The matchups are decent, but there is no certainty that he will get either start let alone both of them.
Bargain Bin: Karl Darlow – Goalkeeper, 3.9
I have no confidence in his ability or the defence in front of him, but Darlow is a fantastic price dump option.
Watford: West Brom (A), West Ham (A)
Must Own: N/A
Risky Pick: Odion Ighalo – Forward, 5.6
He is still a talented forward and is getting plenty of chances but his confidence seems a bit shot. If he sees the ball go into the net he could rediscover the form that made him a must own earlier this season.
Bargain Bin: Craig Cathcart – Defender, 4.6
Watford are no longer the dominant defence they were earlier in the season, but facing West Brom’s 3rd worst attack could be their best chance at a clean sheet since February.
West Bromwich Albion: Watford (H), Arsenal (A)
Must Own: N/A
Risky Pick: Craig Dawson – Defender, 5.1
While not the defensive juggernaut of years past, West Brom still sit top ten in both goals allowed and clean sheets. The matchups are split as you like the Watford matchup, but hate the Arsenal one.
Bargain Bin: Jonny Evans – Defender, 4.5
He is a pure clean sheet gamble which is decent against Watford, but awful against Arsenal.
West Ham: Leicester (A), Watford (H)
Must Own: Dimitri Payet – Midfielder, 8.5
Payet has been incredible recently with two goals and three assists in his last five matches! I am a little concerned about these matches as both are against top ten defences, but sometimes you have to listen to chief from @FPLHints and trust form over fixtures.
Risky Pick: Andy Carroll – Forward, 6.3
Yes ,he scored a hat trick against Arsenal but this is what he does, have a big match then disappear for weeks. Also, fun fact, Leicester have not conceded a goal in the last five matches.
Bargain Bin: Manuel Lanzini – Midfielder, 4.9
Quick guess how many players have created more chances per 90 than Lanzini? If you guessed one, you are right! Only Payet has been better! At 4.9 he is an absolute steal.
TEB Fantasy Football League – Top Ten
As we head into the business end of the fantasy league season we see two familiar faces make their move into the top ten. Defending champion Asher Weston is 7th while the previous season winner Dan Bright is 8th. Just 66 points cover the current top ten which promises an exciting run in to see who takes the TEB title.
|2||Crystal Phallus FC||Simon Dixon||74||1,908|
|3||Chelsea Dagger||David Gilbert||52||1,906|
|4||Tea and Busquets||Lewis Carter||74||1,895|
|5||Money Cabaye Success||Matt Jones||89||1,892|
|6||Soper’s No Hopers||Mike Soper||89||1,880|
|7||Best Weston||Asher Weston||60||1,878|
|8||Dynamo Dan Dan||Daniel Bright||55||1,872|
|9||Game on Weddell!||Jonathan Bailey||70||1,868|
|10||Wei’s Tight Shorts||Mark Bailey||93||1,867|