Talking Points For GW29

The Fantasy Football transfer window for game week 27 is now closed. Join me in our virtual Fantasy Football world while we watch the games and hope our points rack up. Sit back, relax, enjoy the football and hang-out here with your fellow Fantasy Football managers and chat in real time as the action unfolds. Perhaps everyone else is experiencing the same “Aggghhhh” player difficulties you are, or the same “Yeahhhh” moment as your captain puts the ball into the back of the net? Talking Points is simply a chat area for us Fantasy Football First managers. Tell us about your highs and lows, and get into the match day atmosphere. Get involved. 

To help you with your early transfer, these are the expected talking points for this weekend

Good Runs

Watford

Watford comfortably sit 13th in the league and the Hornets have every chance of improving this position in the next five games as they face Palace (A), Sunderland (H), West Brom (H), Spurs (A) and Swansea (H).

Watford have kept only four clean sheets all season, only Hull have less (3), so picking up a Hornets defender is a bit risky. If you do wish to gamble, then Holebas is a good shout as the wingback has scored two goals and delivered four assists this season.

There are no clear options in midfield, but up front Troy Deeney has been putting in a set of consistent performances. He has scored five goals in his last six as, just like last season, he picked up form in the second half of the season. Deeney is a solid choice for the upcoming period and since he’s only selected by 6% of teams could be a good differential.

Leicester

Leicester City wrote another chapter in their remarkable story as they overturned a first-leg deficit to beat Sevilla and reach the Champions League quarter-finals where they will face Athletico Madrid. The focus now turns to the Premier League. The Foxes sit 15th in the League, 3 points off the relegation zone. They’ll be looking to keep the momentum going and ensure safety in games against West Ham (A), Stoke (H), Sunderland (H), Everton (A) and Palace (A).

The Leicester defence has looked exposed without Kante’s trademark protection. They have not kept a clean sheet since a 0-0 against Middlesbrough in GW20. Fuchs has been picking up some form, he has scored one and assisted one in his last two games and is a good replacement for the faltering West Brom defenders.

In midfield Mahrez also started to resemble the player he was last year, but the main embodiment of the turnaround has been Jamie Vardy. The England international looks like an unstoppable scoring machine again, bagged two goals and an assist in his last two Premier League games. With Kane set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, bringing in Vardy instead could be a good solution.

Bad Runs

Bournemouth

Bournemouth boosted their Premier League survival hopes by beating West Ham to secure their first win in 2017. The fixtures gradually go downhill from here though, as the Cherries play against Swansea (H), Southampton (A), Liverpool (A), Chelsea (H) and Spurs (A).

The only player to consider through this difficult run of fixtures is Joshua King. The Norwegian has netted seven goals in his last five top-flight games and has been typical of the way Bournemouth have been playing lately. He showed great character to recover from an awful penalty miss to put in a brilliant performance and bag a hat-trick. Excellent value for money in the short term.

Man City

Manchester City are out of the Champions League after failing to overcome Monaco, and can now concentrate on the league. The next three fixtures will define City’s season as they play Liverpool (H), Arsenal (A) and Chelsea (A).

City’s defensive frailties have been well documented but they improved in the league lately, keeping four clean sheets in the last five. Given the schedule, this is not the right time to bet on the City defence but in attack it’s worth hanging onto them. Aguero has stepped up since the injury to Jesus, although most of his goals have come outside the Premier League. The Argentinian is enjoying the linkup with Sterling and Sane, as their pace and creativity can tear up any defence. The young German in particular has been impressing lately, scoring two goals and delivering two assists in the last six Premier League starts.

West Brom

Since West Brom reached the 40-point mark, they lost to Crystal Palace and Everton scoring none and conceding five. This will definitely worry Pulis, as the Baggies have a horrible schedule in the next five as they face Arsenal (H), Man Utd (A). Watford (A), Southampton (H) and Liverpool (H).

The West Brom defence has not been as solid as previous years and the likes of McAuley and Brunt have scored well in the FPL because of their offensive outputs rather than their defensive ones. This looks like a good exit point for both unless you can bench and use them as part of a rotation. In attack the biggest problem in the last couple of weeks has been the lack of quality in the final pass or shot or cross. This combined with the injury to Matt Phillips and if he’s not back there’s no reason to hold onto your Baggies midfielders and attackers.

Other Talking Points

  • Michail Antonio has netted more Premier League goals than any other West Ham player since his debut in September 2015 (17). The forward’s turn of pace and strength was an effective outlet for much of the game against Bournemouth and his overall performance was hugely impressive. As West Ham has a decent schedule, Antonio is a good transfer going forward.
  • Romelu Lukaku produced another action-packed performance as he was involved in the first two goals before heading in the third. Big Rom has been involved in 24 Premier League goals this season (19 goals, 5 assists) – only Alexis Sanchez has been involved in more (26). Despite concerns over his contract renewal, we back the Belgian to go and better his best return in a single Premier League campaign.
  • Ross Barkley was used in a free role by Ronald Koeman and had six shots during the game – one more than the whole West Brom side. If you can’t fit in Lukaku then Barkley offers a cheaper Everton alternative.
  • Hull struggled to find that clear-cut finish until Niasse replaced N’Diaye on 63 minutes. His two goals were both decent finishes under pressure – and might have given parent club Everton something to think about. Hull has a good schedule and Niasse could prove an interesting differential if he can regain his place in the starting line-up.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has provided more assists than any other Premier League player this season (11). Get the Icelandic for the rest of the season.
  • Boro have failed to score in 14 games this season, with seven of those coming since the turn of the year. Don’t consider any attacking options, despite their kind run of fixtures.
  • Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in 35 goals this season (21 goals, 14 assists), more than any other PL player in all comps. In his last 20 games in all competitions, Sanchez has either scored or assisted 22 goals (13 goals, nine assists). The Chilean remains Arsenal’s main player and a great fantasy option despite the concerns over his contract.
  • Mesut Ozil was brought on just before the half hour and he played a significant role in Arsenal taking control of the game after a spirited start by Lincoln. Mesut Ozil registered his first assist for Arsenal in any competition since January 22nd (vs Burnley), after a run of five games without one. Get the German if you think Alexis’ head is not in the right place.
  • Son Heung-min scored a hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup with an easy win over League One Millwall, but lost striker Harry Kane with an ankle injury. Monitor if Son can take Harry’s place during his absence.
  • Christian Eriksen has scored nine goals in all competitions this season, surpassing his tally from 2015/16 (8). Both he and Dele Alli should step up during Kane’s injury and are great options for your team.

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588 thoughts on “Talking Points For GW29

  1. Any Stoke or Watford fans here. Berahino has started two and they have great fixtures it feels insane to be considering but he if in form could be great. How is he looking?

    Also Niang is he playing upfront as I can’t trust Deeney again. Watford don’t feel to be playing too well though?

      • @kamzy89 I might just avoid Watford to be honest. Keeping Defoe is a possibility but I might need to save more funds for when the DGWs come along.

  2. Sorry if you guys already talked about this, but the game difficulty checker in the site shows arsenal having a triple gameweek on gw37?! Is this true?

  3. How many players we looking at having for DGW37?. Personally don’t see many teams with that great games. Arsenal, City and a possibly relaxed Chelsea. Spurs stand out as well. How many DGW players should I be looking to bring in now in advance do you think?

      • @SecretZorro I suppose I have 7 FT beforehand so I can be clever to get 15 if they look appealing.

        • @SecretZorro @Zaid I will play my bench boost Gw37. Yeh I think I will fill the squad with 10-12 players now and then bring in promising ones later on. It may be as if last year with Mahrez and Kane that there will be players with a single fixture better then DGW options. I’m likely to just get some cheaper and good players as you say. Ranging from Sanchez to Pickford.

    • @Jamo97 Many teams and options to select from in DGW37, look at fixtures around DGW aswell.

      DGW37 is long way to go, you can add some cheap players on bench like Capoue/JWP/Yoshida/Prodl/Kone etc on bench who will have double and get a starting XI which you want at this stage.

      Likely to have Spurs mid and a defender, Sanchez, someone from Chelsea, someone from Saints, someone from Leicester. Thats almost 5-6 DGWers already, use FTs to get desired DGWers like Sane/Sterling/Mustafi/Giroud/whoever you prefer…

      I would suggest to look at fixtures as a whole rather than just DGW fixtures(which are probably going to be not so good)

      For example, Palace will play Liverpool and Arsenal in DGW if iirc, nobody worth picking just for that. But in GW33 and GW35 they face Leicester and Burnley at home which makes that set of fixtures not so bad for any kind of punts. Not suggesting to pick Palace players at this stage, just an example…

  4. *Man City pair Sagna and Zabaleta pull out of international duties due to injury.
    *Everton confirm Schneiderin suffered “a minor calf injury” vs Hull and will be assessed ahead of GW30.
    *James McArthur and Matt Phillips withdraw from Scotland squad due to injury.
    * Kyle Walker confirms he will join up with England to further allay fears on his thumb injury.
    *Phil Jones released from England squad after picking up injury in training.
    *The FA reject Hull’s appeal over Tom Huddlestone’s dismissal vs Everton.

  5. Team not looking that great for next week with poor bench, Baines away and Sanchez, Gabbiadini, Obiang all flagged. Bank £0 1FT.

    Any early transfer needed or wait until all internationals have finished.

    Thanks

  6. Was sort of hoping Sanchez was out like Kane has opened up different sides. Is Theo Walcott nailed on in this Arsenal side, seems decent value when he plays.

    • @Jamo97

      Who knows what goes through the mind of Arsene Wenger these days?
      Since returning from injury, Walcott’s game time has been – 45, 69, 68, 17 and 64 minutes. Of course, there could be tactical reasons for all these substitutions, but it does no make thrilling reading from a fantasy footy point.

      As Arsenal play Man City next, I would swerve bringing him until after – unless Sanchez is defo ruled out, and there are no other midfielders that you are looking to get rid of

      • @OldGoat It’s a shame, because Walcott is usually an ultra-reliable (and cheap) fantasy asset. I have a completely unsubstantiated theory that the players know that AW is leaving, hence the drop off in performance and the general feeling of listlessness that seems to be sweeping the club.

        It’s annoying, because they’ve got nice fixtures coming up.

        • @Kralin

          Interesting theory. Maybe the players want Wenger to declare he is leaving before they up their game.
          One thing though, listless performances = no Champions League next season, and players always want to participate in the top tournament.
          Some may leave in the summer, but for those left behind, then Europa League (or no qualification at all) is a poor substitute.
          They surely must improve soon, unless they really want to slip from the top table altogether

      • @OldGoat @Cralin. Yeh he could be a great pick but I think I’d rather Mane for now. I could get in Sanchez if fit as he’s the realiable man but is he worth his price now with his and their situation, and he looks out on the wing. Some games hes great some not. It’s a tough debate. Walcott would save funds to improve elsewhere e.g. Valencia but he could easily be rotated and I’m not too keen on their games. With Sanchez I’d still have enough for Ibra for now and could downgrade elsewhere before their DGW but Kane may even be a better pick with a single GW v Palace if he is back as Utd have 2 tough games. With me heavily chasing I’m already taking some risks not sure what to do here. Thanks guys :thumbup:

        • @Jamo97 but Kane may even be a better pick with a single GW v Palace – agree entirely. I suspect Man U will play for a draw against Man City.

  7. My team(1FT)(4.3ITB)
    Thinking of selling Jones and Mirallas for gw 30.And then Funes and Defoe in gw 31.What do u guys think.And also any other suggestions below 5.1m other then b Davies as rose might return.Appreciate it so that I can plan after the international games

    • @fantasy foxes

      As you have Valencia, Alonso and Coleman, I would go for a cheap benchwarmer.
      Fabio may not be a great choice, but he is only 4.4, and Middlesbrough have a DGW34 with Sunderland and Bournemouth, so he might come in handy.

      Ward-Prowse is a reasonable cheap 5th midfielder. However, after GW32 their fixtures include Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd, and whilst they will have a DGW or two (dates to be announced), those games will be against Arsenal and Man Utd.

      Given that Arsenal also have 2 games to be arranged against Southampton and Sunderland + they have better fixtures, then would you consider Iwobi as a punt? He is more expensive than JWP at 5.6, but might get you more points overall

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