We are back up to a full Premier League programme this weekend so it’s that time again for me to share my tips for your fantasy teams.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Midfielder, Swansea City, 7.7
The Icelandic international has been incredible in 2017 and leads the league in assists since the new year. He’s also proved to be one of the most reliable options in fantasy having blanked just twice in the last ten matches. Funnily enough this week’s opponents, Bournemouth, have conceded two or more goals in eight of the last ten matches. Sigurdsson is definitely a must start and could warrant the fantasy armband this week.
Romelu Lukaku – Forward, Everton, 10.3
Not exactly breaking new ground here, but just thought it was important to point out that the Everton striker is finally trustworthy. He has picked the perfect time to become reliable as he offers a very nice step down from the injured Harry Kane and the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Lukaku has scored seven goals in his last five matches and, based on his career shot accuracy percentage, should be able to keep this pace up.
Sadio Mane – Midfielder, Liverpool, 9.7
After a disappointing outing in the shortened game week many people, to the tune of 37,000+, have decided to bail on the Senegalese winger. I, on the other hand will definitely be hanging onto him. This week Mane will face Manchester City’s aging wingbacks who were left reeling against Monaco’s pace on Wednesday and now must make a quick turn around for Sunday’s match.
Ross Barkley – Midfielder, Everton, 7.1
Like Lukaku, I’ve resented Barkley for years. The potential was always there but if you ever really needed them, like in the DGW last season, they would disappear. Now, however, the English midfielder has adopted a new role at Everton a little deeper and a little further right which allows him more space and time on the ball and his decision making has definitely improved. He now has a goal and four assists over the last five matches and, against Hull’s league worst away defence, he is someone who should absolutely be targeted for MW29.
Alfie Mawson/Martin Olsson – Defenders, Swansea City, 4.6
Swansea have a pretty poor away defence, but with their prices set to rise it may be wise to bring these two in now rather than later. Mawson is tied for second in goals scored among defenders and has done so in almost 1,000 fewer minutes than leader Gareth McAuley. Olsson has already scored two goals, leads defenders in shots on target and is top five in crosses since Joining Swansea in January. Hard to go wrong with either of these two.
Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham Hotpsur, 11.3
Kane was in incredible form but, unfortunately, he has picked up a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Two of those weeks will be eaten up by the international break so he should be back for either the Bournemouth match in MW33 or Arsenal in MW35.
Christian Eriksen – Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur, 8.6
I mentioned him as a sell a few weeks back and, with the absence of Kane, things are not looking pretty for Spurs. Eriksen managed just one assist (no goals) in Kane’s absence earlier in the season and Tottenham drop a full goal on average when the England striker misses out. Oh, and don’t buy in too hard on Son Heung-Min as he only managed two goals in six matches when he played up front earlier this season.
Robert Snodgrass – Midfielder, West Ham United, 5.8
He has been a massive disappointment since his move to West Ham. After being a fantastic fantasy option at Hull, Snodgrass has managed just one assist since his January move. Now that Andy Carroll, Michail Antonio, and Andre Ayew are all back and fit it’s entirely possible that Snodgrass loses his starting job all together.
Marcos Alonso – Defender, Chelsea, 6.8
After early success, the fantasy points for Alonso have definitely dried up of late. Chelsea have failed to keep any clean sheets in the last five matches and Alonso’s only points over that period were from his goal against Arsenal. There are many, many defenders in the game who could manage that return at a hilariously more affordable price.
Tom Heaton – Goalkeeper, Burnley, 5.0
Breaking News: Burnley struggle away from home. Wait, what’s the opposite of “Breaking News”? Oh I don’t know, but the point remains, Sean Dyche’s men have managed just one clean sheet away from Turf Moor and Heaton is no longer making up for that with his save tallies as he’s averaging just 1.4 saves per match over the last five weeks.
TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – TOP TEN
|Rank||Team & Manager||Round Score||Total Points|
|1||Head Down Studs Up ⚽ – Jesse Boyce||35||1542|
|2||Pepsi Guardicola – Craig Perry||46||1533|
|3||Sik United – Sir Wayne Nizamovic||35||1516|
|4||waddon_massive – Steve Larden||36||1507|
|5||Soper’s No Hopers – Mike Soper||61||1503|
|6||Dynamo Dan Dan – Daniel Bright||59||1484|
|7||The blueberry – ian black||46||1480|
|8||Bentekkers – Martin Colairo||42||1477|
|9||Remarkable Ones – Mark Saunders||42||1467|
|10||ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge||43||1464|