Fantasy Preview: Match Week 25
The Premier League season is well into the second half and there is no doubt that your fantasy teams will need a few changes. Here are my latest tips for your teams ahead of another weekend of action.
Romelu Lukaku – Forward, Everton, 9.7
Well this is hardly surprising, is it? His four goals against Bournemouth were not just the most in a match this season, but sees him leapfrog Zlatan Ibrahimovic for most total goals this season (16). Lukaku is now just two goals shy of last season’s total (18) and, with an improved shot accuracy percentage, looks set to score 20+ by the end of the season. Regardless of his transgressions in the past, that kind of upside is worth the gamble.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Midfielder, Swansea City, 7.4
He has been absolutely sensational since Paul Clement became Swansea’s manager. Over the last five matches Sigurdsson ranks top five in goals, assists, shots on target, and chances created! This week he comes up against a Leicester side who struggle mightily away from home (and also sometimes at home) so bring in the Iceland international if you can.
Gabriel Jesus – Forward, Manchester City, 9.2
Well, two goals and an assist in your first two full matches is not a bad way to start at a new club. While the real life performances have been spectacular, the official game is probably the worst format for the Brazilian youngster as his 9.2 price is pretty steep considering he could lose his spot at the drop of a hat (See: Iheanacho, Kelechi). That being said, his price is only going to go up and the next three matches are all against bottom ten defences.
Charlie Adam – Midfielder, Stoke City, 4.7
This is an admittedly half-hearted suggestion, but he has been putting up some interesting statistics of late. He sits top five in assists, chances created, and successful crosses over the last five matches. Another fun statistic – Charlie Adam is younger than Lionel Messi! I digress, Adam does have some rough match-ups coming up but Palace this weekend is not one of them.
Antonio Valencia – Defender, Manchester United, 5.6
He has continued to bomb forward in attack and is finally starting to get some end product from his crosses. Manchester United will not face a top ten attack over the next five matches and, with all of the craziness at centre back, Valencia seems a safer bet with higher attacking upside.
Sergio Aguero – Forward, Manchester City, 12.7
I recommended dropping Aguero about a month ago but even I could not have anticipated his fall from fantasy grace. He has gone from droppable to unownable as he is still the most expensive player in the official game and has lost his starting spot to Gabriel Jesus.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Midfielder, Manchester United, 8.8
I have seen some people heaping praise on Mkhitaryan this week which is, in my opinion, very short-sighted. Yes, the performances have been great but remember that Manchester United will most likely blank in both MW26 and MW28. Unless you think Mkhitaryan can score more in one week than three, do not buy in on him now.
Andre Gray – Forward, Burnley, 6.2
I was at the front of the Andre Gray hype train but, unfortunately, it never left the station. He easily could have scored in either or both of the last two matches, but almost counts for nothing in this format. A match against Chelsea is the perfect excuse to bail on the Burnley forward.
Pedro/Willian – Midfielder, Chelsea, 6.9/7.1
Both are terrific players, but this constant rotation has made both of them irrelevant for fantasy. They have combined for just a goal and assist in the last five matches which just isn’t good enough with the playing time limitations. If one of them does lock down a spot long term it could be an interesting option considering neither are too highly priced
Hector Bellerin – Defender, Arsenal, 6.5
Bellerin’s injury is the perfect excuse to finally get him out of your team. He is currently the third most expensive defender but is only 20th in points! Arsenal have just one clean sheet in their last five matches and are not the elite fantasy defence of years gone by.
TEB FANTASY LEAGUE TABLE – TOP TEN
|Rank||Team & Manager||Round Score||Total Points|
|1||Pepsi Guardicola – Craig Perry||64||1328|
|2||waddon_massive – Steve Larden||61||1318|
|3||Head Down Studs Up ⚽ – Jesse Boyce||58||1307|
|4||ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge||71||1301|
|5||himanshu_utd – HIMANSHU SAJWAN||51||1277|
|6||Dad all over again – Wayne Byrne||59||1274|
|7||Sik United – Sir Wayne Nizamovic||53||1274|
|8||Remarkable Ones – Mark Saunders||69||1262|
|9||Abra-Mandanda – Matthew Freeman||56||1260|
|10||King’s Army – Edward King||51||1260|