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Fantasy Premier League – Gameweek 35 Preview

16/04/2010

Just four weeks left and 44 points to play with. My lead has been shrinking slowly but hopefully the season can be seen out without too much fuss. It’s starting to get rather tricky given the numerous injuries to the so-called ‘big’ players. Indeed only Drogba and Lampard can say they’re fully fit right now with maybe Rooney to come back soon. The search is on for the less heralded players who can make a difference.

In terms of overall performance, a second shocking week in three (by shocking I mean 1.3millionth for the week) means I’ve dropped out of the top 10,000. I’m still on track for my highest ever finish both points and position wise but it would be nice to end things on a high.

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Gameweek 34 Top Gun (aka Tom Cruise Approves):

Graham Alexander Burnley

Maverick approves of vendettas. Reminds him of the one he had with Iceman.

Graham Alexander seems to have some kind of personal vendetta against Hull. After winning the gameweek 11 Top Gun for 21 points against Hull (two goals, clean sheet and 3BP) he decided to repeat the trick last week in the return match. Another two goals (both penalties) coupled with being man of the match saw 17 points coming his way.

There was no clean sheet this time but once again it illustrated the value of having penalty takers in your fantasy squad, even if they do play for a rubbish team. Elsewhere, Adebayor and Tevez continued their newfound high-scoring partnership with 15 and 11 points respectively. Let’s see them do it against Man Utd this weekend though.

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Three Captain Choices:

1. Young (or maybe Agbonlahor)/Aston Villa – Aston Villa play twice this gameweek; both away games against basement dwellers Portsmouth and Hull. If they have any lingering hopes of finishing fourth then six points is a must. The fact Villa are away in both matches should suit their counter-attacking style and I’m looking at their paciest players as captain options.

While Milner is a fair shout, he’s burnt many a manager in not one but two previous double gameweeks and his recent form hasn’t been great anyway. Young (Ashley not Luke btw!) on the other hand has four assists, a goal and three bonus points in his last five. Meanwhile upfront Agbonlahor tends to score in bunches and he got his first goal in about six weeks on Wednesday.

2. Tevez/Man Utd City – You just know he’s going to do something against his old team.

3. Bullard/HullPhil Brown’s Iain Dowie’s side are the other team playing twice and while the realist in me thinks they’ll lose both, on the the other hand they face a Birmingham side in poor form and with nothing to play for and an Aston Villa side fading when it matters. You might be looking at goal or two if nothing else and the likeliest man to score for Hull is Bullard.

Ashley Young fantasy football

Gets a Captain's tick.

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Three Suggested Transfers In:

1. Van Persie/Arsenal – I mentioned last week you should keep an eye on him and if Wednesday’s ultimately fruitless 25 minute cameo against Spurs is anything to go by then he’s not far from being back amongst the fantasy points. Arsenal face Wigan this weekend before Man City at home next week.

While he may not start this time, I imagine he’ll be getting a minimum of 30 minutes before a super motivated start against his old friend Adebayor next weekend. As good a differential as you’re likely to find at this stage.

2. Johnson/Liverpool – Sneakily scoring quite good points over the last five weeks after returning to full fitness. Liverpool are pretty solid again right now and he’s popped up with a couple of assists too. Still well pricey at £7.6m but maybe get him in and cheap midfielder rather than hoping that the likes of Arteta etc will regain fitness.

3. Gomes/Spurs – 26 points in three games, still under £5m.

Robin van Persie

Might be worth a pick.

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Three To Avoid:

1. Vermaelen/Arsenal – Another key player at Arsenal bites the dust for the season.

2. Torres/Liverpool – One of the most frustrating players I’ve encountered in fantasy football. So good yet injured so often.

3. Birmingham players – Bottom of the form league.

thomas vermaelen arsenal

Are you taking the mick?!

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T.

Fantasy Football – Gameweek 35

02/05/2009

Just four weeks left until the end of the season but still plenty to play for. Our recent picks have been scoring well, with captain suggestions Arshavin and Fabregas both doing well. The Russian got a solid seven points while Cesc got the week’s highest score with 16. Torres could easily have had double figures too but ended with just two points as nothing quite went on target for him. Elsewhere, we tipped Chris Brunt and he had another massive game (14 points) while Rooney is developing a nice little run of form and has scored three goals, two assists and seven bonus in three games. On to this week.

 

Top three captain picks:

1. Torres/Liverpool – With Liverpool being the only top four club not halfway through a Champions League semi final, it means they will be the only team guaranteed to play all their big boys this weekend. I felt Torres was unlucky last week and on another day could have scored a couple. What better way to get back amongst the goals than a home game against Newcastle? 

2. Arshavin/Arsenal – Whilst I think Wenger will ultimately play Cesc this weekend, it’s less risky to go with Arshavin instead given the potential for an understrength Arsenal side. Portsmouth are just about safe and whilst they are hard to beat at home, I imagine Arshavin will be capable of twisting Sol Campbell silly if he comes up against him. 

3. Lennon or Modric/Spurs – Plays West Brom at home. I know they thrashed Sunderland last week but I think it was a one off. In light of most of the Spurs strikers being out of form/in mourning/injured it makes sense to go with one of their attacking midfielders instead. 

Yay

Yay

 

Three potential transfers in:

1. Brunt/West Brom – Showed his fourteen point effort two weeks ago was no fluke by matching it last week. Four goals and five bonus in three games. I know we tipped Lennon as a potential captain but that doesn’t mean West Brom can’t score against Spurs.

2. Yobo/Everton – Will replace the injured Jagielka in a solid Everton side. They could still pick up a clean sheet or two before the end of the season. 

3. Nelson/Blackburn – Quietly picked up six bonus, a goal and a clean sheet in his last five games. Chelsea aside, Blackburn’s remaining games are all against fellow strugglers.

May(be)

May(be)

 

Three to avoid:

1. Newcastle strikers – One goal since Shearer took over. 

2. Berbatov/Man Utd – I have a strange feeling Fergie may go with Tevez for the next couple of games. Either way, Rooney is the man in form and scoring.

3. Jagielka/Everton – Out for the season.

Nay

Nay

 

T.


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