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. My team(1Ft)(4.3ITB)
    Grant, Randolph
    Coleman, Alonso ,Jones ,Funes Mori, Fernandez,
    King, Eriksen, Siggy, Coutinho, Mirallas
    Costa, Defoe,Deeney

    I am thinking of mirallas and funes mori to stephens and son for this week.Will do the transfers after the midweek to ensure that they are fit b4 i buy them.Also thinking of defoe to zlatan in gw 31.Thoughts and suggestions?

    • @fantasy foxes Definitely not Son, has a long trip to Seoul, unlikely to be picked. It is time for “Vahrez”. I am thinking of getting Barkley and Costa out for Vahrez myself. But, no point hurrying now, am going to wait till 30th March. I had to transfer out Kane after he got himself injured and incurred a -4 for bringing in Deeney, who then scored a OG.

      • @Shrivathsa On paper Vardy has better fixtures than Costa up to week 34.

        If I was chasing I’d have a think as the points are starting to flow. If leading then Costa seems fine.

        • @Kralin Am chasing. My ML leader has Aguero, Lukaku and Carroll, I have Costa Lukaku and Deeney, hence, I am thinking Vardy, Lukaku and Kane, when he is back. For now, Deeney. Mahrez also seems to be doing well. So, for now, i am going to do -4 and Vahrez

        • @masterdeds @Kralin @Shrivathsa

          In order to get ibra in gw 31,if i sell mirallas and mori , i need to buy 2 players for 11.1m.Any suggestions within this price bracket

    • @fantasy foxes Other than Son you could think of one of the West Ham mids, maybe. Presumably you’ll be benching King during his tough run. But I’m not sure I’d take a hit to get Stephens in – presumably he’s for your bench?

      • @masterdeds @Kralin

        How about lanzini and b davies this week for funes and mirallas?Gw 31 defoe to ibra

        • @fantasy foxes sound good plan..but monitoring ayew…seems he will onfire n if antonio off because injury maybe bilic will give him as starter…
          Davies for 2gw then get jagielka/wilams…i have baines…n thinking the same move…

        • @masterdeds

          Ayew looks good with 3 goals in 4 games.But i would have to do funes mori to stephens to get ibra in gw 31

        • @fantasy foxes i dont know wether stephen is nailed or not.caceres maybe replace him. If soton betrand is my choice n vvd if fit. But if budget is problem i think yoshida is safe than stephen..

    • @ChorleyRocks It would seem all matches have been rearranged (if we assume gw37 is the other possible dgw) except Southampton-Arsenal. Can you speculate round this match, please?

  2. can’t wait! This wild card of mine is like a rash…. Need too know when I can scratch… lol…

  3. DGW-34
    Boro-Sunderland
    Man City-Man United
    Arsenal-Leicester
    Crystal Palace-Spurs
    Chelsea-Southampton
    These are the games included in that round which means Boro/Palace/Man United will play twice. West Brom will have a blank.

  4. So with the DGW fixtures I may make some changes to the wildcard. Defoe I was set on but may now save some funds for Ibra. I have Sacko but won’t bother with any other Palace players with their tough games. A Boro defender I could bring in nearer the time if they look OK. Mata and Miki rotational risks anyhow so not too many options. DGW37 the time to play bench boost then so for those that haven’t played triple cap I guess it’s Ibra or nothing.

    As for the 3rd striker to save funds what do people think. Is Shane Long an option now. Niang, Berahino?? Can’t see many with good games.

    • @Jamo97 really don’t fancy Shane Long, Redmond might play up top. Niasse maybe, Llorente is a good shout. Has it been announced how long Gabi is out for?

    • @Jamo97 Zlatan is clearly the stand-out choice for the DGW. Possibly a Man U defender as well. But I’m not frothing with excitement about this one.

      • @Kralin I don’t think I will get anyone bar Zlatan but may even get Kane over him. Feel they won’t get more then one clean sheet and Valencia and their whole rotation will get crazy which is what has put me off Miki and Mata. Sacko was in my draft but not worth the price how many games he will play with their fixtures, and he doesn’t get the DGW being against Liverpool.

  5. So, GW34 is now a DGW.
    If you remember, cup fixtures were CHEvTOT and ARSvMCI,
    leaving CHEvSOU, TOTvLEI, ARSvSUN and MCIvWBA to be re-jigged.
    Already have BOUvMID, HULvWAT, SWAvSTK, WHAvEVE, BURvMUN and LIVvCRY.
    Extra matches are CHEvSOU, ARSvLEI, MIDvSUN, CRYvTOT and MCIvMUN.
    This makes 11 matches in all, with CRY, MID and MUN getting two matches each.
    3 extra teams playing twice -1 (WBA) not playing at all = one extra match.
    Seems like a break with tradition to massively re-jig depleted GW, rather than just tacking extra fixtures to a normal 10 game GW.
    Hope this saves you some head-scratching !

  6. Thinking of doing Robertson to Valencia but any other transfers anyone would recommend? 1.6 in bank.

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  7. What do people think to a 352. Had Defoe and was well set but feel attack is too costly. Can’t trust Deeney got Tadic over Gabbi. Looked at Niang and Berahino but they are not for me. Midfield seems to have very valid options. But I’ve never really played 352 through choice, does I think make much difference.

    • @Jamo97 3-5-2 is absolutely fine. Sanchez outscores all strikers so far, with Hazard and Alli – and many more – giving the forwards a run for their money. I’d look closely at these high-yielding midfielders before jumping on Vardy, for example (which I know you’re not considering).

      • @Kralin @WBAler @Edgefielder @Zaid Thanks guys seriously consedering it. That is a beat point made about clean sheet points as well, I have always preferred 343 but may risk this out till the seasons end. Not especially keen on any 3rd striker. Have even looked at Berahino and Niang :wacko: When I come to play bench boost though that 3rd forward may well be dropped and the 5th mid is guaranteed.

    • @Jamo97 Hello Jamo97.
      Think most people have had problems recently getting forwards to fire on all 3 cylinders.
      Nothing wrong with 352 and you get great scope with 5 over 4, especially with a very low cost third striker, like Barnes or Crouch (even Stuani with a DGW outing in GW34) ‘cos your’e going to bench them anyway.

    • @Jamo97 This year I have played 3-5-2 every match but twice and it has worked very well for me. Sometimes we overlook that mids get 5 points for a goal while forwards get 4, and midfielders get 1 point for a clean sheet while forwards get 0. It adds up over time and has made the difference in some close head-to-heads. Several mids are scoring as many goals as the best forwards and they tend to get more assists. :book:

    • @Jamo97 If you are picking 3 forwards, try Luka-Costa-Ibra. Expensive but likely to bring goals on consistent basis considering they are in golden boot race.

      Mid-price forwards works some time and fails some time… You can try Borini as 3rd forward, gives enough cash to get a decent midfielder.

    • @ChorleyRocks I don’t twitter much so can I ask the obvious one about which personnel are de rigueur for the looming DGW? Is it wise to think of Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace personnel as well as Zlatan? (Personally I think not, but the wise may see otherwise.)

      • @Kralin Have you seen Palace fixtures? not for me that shower. Boro’ yup, I’ll have 3, Utd, yeah Ibra & maybe a mid. Not sure about our fixtures either $ity & Burnley away :doorpeek:

      • @Kralin In DGW 34, Palace have the toughest fixtures, Sakho in form, but cannot play against Liverpool. Next is defenders, conceded 4 to Pool and lost at home to Spurs. But with the Big Sam Effect, may not concede 4, both games away, Zaha might be worth investing though as he did well in the reverse fixture against Liverpool. If i had to pick one CP player, it would be Zaha. Middlesbrough seemingly has the best fixtures. Have the worst form though. Negredo on the other hand, scored against SUnderland and Bournemouth in the reverse fixture, but has done nothing for a while. Is the most transferred in player in round. For Man Utd, Valencia is rarely rested, so probably the safest with Zlatan. Am going mad trying to convince myself to go big on Double Game Week players. Last year I did that and AlliKane killed me. This year, they have Crystal Palace away.

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