Fantasy Preview – Match Week 38
With a tear in the eye, I bring you my final fantasy preview of the season as we head in to the final round of games on England’s top division. Those of you that are challenging in your fantasy leagues, I wish you the best of luck and hope that my tips have helped at least one or two of you!
Buy: Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 13.6
His goal against Arsenal was his sixth goal in the last five matches and his twenty-fourth on the season. He currently sits just one goal behind league leading Harry Kane despite playing about a thousand fewer minutes (2,271). Swansea City have hit a weird vein of form, but you have to look at Aguero as a decent captain option and potential triple captain in MW38.
Buy: Alexis Sanchez – Midfielder, Arsenal 11.1
Another triple captain option this week is Alexis Sanchez. He has notched four goals in his last five matches and now gets to face an Aston Villa side who rank last in, well, pick a statistic! His recent struggles against relegation battling teams (Norwich City, Sunderland) can be disregarded as both were fighting for their survival at the time.
Buy: Eden Hazard – Midfielder, Chelsea, 10.9
‘Better late than never! Right guys? Guys?’ – Eden Hazard, probably. The Belgian has finally rounded into form, averaging 7.8 fantasy points over his last five matches. His four goals over that period have come while Chelsea have had little to play for, so that should not be an issue. Hazard will likely be one of the few Chelsea stars to get meaningful minutes this week.
Sell: Daniel Sturridge – Forward, Liverpool, 10.2
This has nothing to do with the form or ability of Sturridge, but everything to do with Liverpool playing in the Europa League final just three days after this match. I would be stunned if he gets on the pitch Sunday.
Buy: Christian Benteke – Forward, Liverpool, 8.0
Those Sturridge minutes have to go somewhere and my bet is Benteke. He has three goals and an assist in his last 183 minutes played and he should be able to cause problems for the West Bromwich Albion defence who have no clean sheets in their last five matches.
Sell: Cesc Fabregas – Midfielder, Chelsea, 8.5
His three assist game against Bournemouth feels like it was ages ago, and was also the last time he accrued any significant fantasy statistics. Manager Guus Hiddink is expected to play the kids against Leicester City but, even if Fabregas gets onto the pitch, do not expect much against the third best defence in the league.
Buy: Anthony Martial – Forward, Manchester United, 7.7
Martial has been a frustrating fantasy option this season. He plays well, I bring him into my team, then he stops scoring. There is always a chance that happens again, but you have to be impressed by the performance he put in against West Ham United. Now he faces a Bournemouth side who notoriously struggle against pace and have failed to keep a clean sheet in nine of the last ten matches.
Sell: Willian – Midfielder, Chelsea, 7.0
He could miss the match against Leicester City by choice or injury. Seriously, just avoid an non-Hazard Chelsea players.
Buy: Dusan Tadic – Midfielder, Southampton, 6.6
I hate bringing in Southampton players as they all suffer from random benchings. That having been said, he has been incredible recently with two goals and six assist in his last five matches. Bonus: He is owned in just 6.7% of leagues meaning he is a perfect player for those of you desperately trying to climb up your mini-league standings.
Sell: Andy Carroll – Forward, West Ham United, 6.6
He was not quite as bad as Lukaku in double MW34, but was probably the biggest fantasy disappointment last week. Despite having a few dangerous chances over the double match week (6) we should have known better. Is it possible he ends up on the scoresheet against Stoke City. Sure. Is it worth gambling on him? Not for me.
Buy: Jermain Defoe – Forward, Sunderland, 5.4
He scored at the front end of the week and impressed against Everton despite failing to convert his four shots on target. Sunderland are safe, but surely Defoe will be wanting to add to his goal tally (15) and could well do so against a Watford defence whose last clean sheet came Valentine’s weekend.
Sell: Heurelho Gomes – Goalkeeper, Watford, 5.1
He is in the top five of goalkeeping ownership and conceded six goals in double MW37. Six! He earns enough saves to maintain some level of relevance, but you should have a better keeper on your team, and then play that guy.
Buy: Patrick van Aanholt – Defender, Sunderland, 4.8
I went with Kaboul last week, which was fine, just not as great as van Aanholt (17 points) or Lamine Kone (21 points). The Dutchman’s six goals are the most of any defender and at 4.8 he is a bargain. Kaboul and Kone are still decent options if you need a more extreme differential.
Sell: Charlie Daniels – Defender, Bournemouth, 4.8
They are averaging exactly two goals conceded over their last ten matches. They have just one clean sheet in their last ten matches. Daniels has earned more than one point three times in their last ten matches.
TEB Fantasy Football League Table – Top Ten
Leader Matthew Freeman takes a good advantage into the final week by extending his lead to 44 points. Moving up into second place is David Gilbert while defending champion Asher Weston has a fantastic week and moves ominously into third. Looking likely we will have our winner from the current top three but will our reigning champion retain the title?
|2||Chelsea Dagger||David Gilbert||85||2,216|
|3||Best Weston||Asher Weston||117||2,212|
|4||Crystal Phallus FC||Simon Dixon||76||2,209|
|5||Mané Kurian FC||James Kearney||106||2,205|
|6||Dynamo Dan Dan||Daniel Bright||89||2,189|
|7||There can only be 1||Jonathan Bailey||74||2,188|
|8||The Remarkable Ones||Mark Saunders||93||2,182|
|9||E Pluribus Anus||Rory Jackson||76||2,173|
|10||Kimpton Kickers||Neil Kimpton||82||2,169|