This week we’ll be a quarter of the way through the Fantasy Football season, and in a lot of leagues the wheat will finally have separated from the chaff. At the bottom you’ll have the guys who haven’t logged in since selecting Stoke’s Bojan as a lone striker back in August, while at the top you’ll have the guys who have been blessed by captaining Diego Costa since week one. Whether through luck or skill, if you’re still in the mix, here’s who our trading floor suggests you bring in this week.
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There are two sides odds-on to keep a clean sheet in the top flight this weekend – Chelsea who are home to QPR and Arsenal who are home to Burnley. With both sides boasting a raft of top qaulity defenders, it can be hard to find a value alternative who will still pick u a clean sheet, but Calum Chambers might fit the bill. At 4.6 he won’t break the bank and he picked up a cheeky bonus point while keeping Sunderland out last week. If you do have money to burn in the Fantasy bank, Chelsea duo John Terry and Gary Cahill are both priced at 6.4 and provide a dangerous aerial threat from set pieces. neither have scored so far this season so you could argue one of them is due a goal.
Everton are also well up on the list of teams likely to keep a clean sheet ahead of their home game with Swansea. Seamus Coleman will cost you 6.9 but, despite just starting five games this year, he has 29 points to his name courtesy of two clean sheets, two goals and an assist. A well worthy purchase if the Irishman isn’t in your side already. Interestingly Manchester United are in the bottom three of the table so Fantasy managers might think about giving David De Gea a break ahead of the trip to Manchester City.
Up top, it’s the same old story…
Is he fit? Will he start? The Diego Costa rumour mill goes into overdrive on a Friday evening/Saturday morning as Fantasy Football managers consider whether he is worth risking despite not being fit. Sergio Aguero and Graziano Pelle are the only two players in the game with more points than Costa who has racked up nine goals in just seven games. He will set you back 10.8 if he’s not already in the team and has missed the last two league games. Will Jose Mourinho bother risking him at home to QPR? We’re not so sure. Didier Drogba scored on his first Premier League start for Chelsea since his return last week and could start again if Costa isn’t fit. He is one of six strikers odds-on to find the onion bag this weekend, and at 6.2 could be a great value purchase.
Southampton travel to face Hull on Saturday and Graziano Pelle still represents a great Fantasy buy at 8.3. He has six goals in his last seven league games plus three assists and has racked up a massive 59 points this season. Steve Bruce won’t be looking forward to meeting a Southampton side in flying form.
In the middle of the park the top six players most likely to find the net either play for Arsenal or Chelsea, so we know where to look. Alexis Sanchez could be the one to plump for after the Arsenal man’s brace against Sunderland last week. That’s three goals, an assist and two man of the match performances in the last two games for Sanchez who has racked up 29 points in the last fortnight alone. He’s hitting some form after a few matches without a goal and now could be the time to gamble on the man worth 10.4 in the game.
The only midfielder with more points than Sanchez is Cesc Fabregas. The Chelsea man only has one league goal to his name but eight assists. There have been just two weeks were Fabregas has failed to either bag some assist or scoring points so he is well worth the investment at 9.7. Three yellow cards in his last four games is a slight concern and managers should be wary that the midfielder is just one booking away from an automatic ban.
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