Plenty of Fantasy Football managers are licking their wounds last week as a number of reliable men failed to perform. Bar those with Angel Di Maria in their side it was a tough week, with the average points haul just 36. Luckily this week there was no European action so a number of notable players put their feet up as managers rotated for the Capital One Cup.
We’re all looking to bounce back in style this week, and the traders are telling us we need to give the armband to one man, and one man only. There’s no surprises who.
He might set you back 11.0 but Diego Costa has already racked up a staggering 42 points and with Chelsea facing Aston Villa at home on Saturday afternoon is a dead cert to be your captain for the week. The Chelsea man has seven goals in five games and the traders are running scared, making him a 4/7 shot to score at any time this weekend. Great news if he’s in your team already, and if he’s not it might be time to play the wildcard or throw in the towel.
In total there are seven strikers odds-on to score this weekend which has the bean-counters in Power Tower scrambling. The best value of which might well be Graziano Pelle who is guaranteed to start and costs just 7.7. The Southampton striker has three goals and an assist in his last three games and Saints can take advantage of a home tie against newly promoted QPR on Saturday.
In the middle of the park the top three midfielders most likely to score this week will be wearing the blue of Chelsea. Cesc Fabregas (9.4) is probably the most appealing of the three as, although he hasn’t scored in the league, he has six assists in six games and is marginally cheaper than Eden Hazard.
Elsewhere Angel Di Maria (9.8) is a purchase managers should be making. He regularly appears in the most-likely-to-score list and, despite playing just three games, he is the seventh highest scoring midfielder on the game. Two goals, two assists and four bonus points tell you all you need to know about the Argentine midfielder and Man Utd fans should be confident of three points at home to West Ham.
At the back, it might be worth considering ditching your Aston Villa duo.
Villa’s defenders have done Fantasy managers proud this season. Despite costing no more than a top price of 4.5, Alan Hutton, Philippe Senderos, Aly Cissokho and Ron Vlaar have all racked up a minimum of 16 points, courtesy of three clean sheets in five games. After a 3-0 tonking at the hands of Arsenal though, they’re the least likely team to keep a clean sheet this week according to the traders, so it’s probably wise to get rid.
One man to get in as a replacement cold be Nathaniel Clyne at 5.3. Southampton have also kept three clean sheets in five games, and with a goal and an assist to boot, Clyne is the highest scoring defender on the game. He can add to that points haul with a home game against miss-firing QPR.
Burnley are the side struggling most up fornt and they face an away tie to West Brom this weekend. Shrewd managers should side with the Baggies to keep a clean sheet, and Andre Wisdom (4.1) is a nice cheap option to bag you a cheeky clean sheet.
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