No sooner did the last week end, does the next one come along very quickly. After having five players out, I scored a miserable grand total of 28 points which was below the average – never a good sign. Mark Schwarzer scored almost as many points for me as the rest of my players combined. Still, it’s no time to dwell and with four teams playing twice, there’s an opportunity to make up some ground.
Three alternatives to Ronaldo as Captain:
1. Schwarzer/Fulham – Our picks this week will all be players who play twice and where better to start than the Fulham goalkeeper. The Cottager’s defence has been solid all season but Schwarzer has been in particularly good form in recent weeks with 22 points in his last two games. They face Hull and Blackburn, both at home so he’s good value to get double figures overall.
2. Jones/Sunderland – A tough opening game for Ricky Sbragia’s men as they face Liverpool at Anfield but they follow that with a home game against Spurs. A goal at Anfield is probably a tough ask but I think he could cause Tottanham’s defence a few problems in the second game.
3. Santa Cruz/Blackburn – Sam Allardyce’s men are still in a struggle at the foot of the table but since the January transfer window ended, Santa Cruz has been playing quite well. He got an assist last week and faces Everton and Fulham this time around. Both opponents are strong defensively but I’m sure he’s capable of doing something in 180 minutes.
Three suggested transfers in:
1. Beattie/Stoke – 40 points in six games with a positive contribution in each. Only £5.6 million and has played every minute since signing. If Stoke stay up it will be down to him.
2. Jagielka/Everton – By the far the most bonus points of any defender, he has been man of the match in two of his last three games.
3. Downing/Middlesbrough – On the off chance the win against Liverpool wasn’t a blip, Downing is probably the only player worth having from Boro. They have a vital run of games coming up against fellow strugglers and Southgate will look to him to make the difference.
Three to avoid:
1. Aston Villa players – Just beginning to look a bit tired and inconsistent if the Stoke game is anything to go by. Their next six games are pretty tough too.
2. Bellamy/Man City – His great run of form has been interrupted by a knee injury which will keep him out for a couple of weeks. Man City are not far from the bottom but another win or two and they will have nothing to play for, never a good thing in fantasy football.
3. Hull players – Still sinking fast and now their best player Geovanni has had a tiff with Phil Brown. Their other best player Bullard is out for the season and Hull’s run is now something like one win in 18. It’s grim up north.