Fantasy football tips for Gameweek 29. In this Fantasy Premier League series FPL Junior (four top 13k finishes in last four seasons) shares his FPL tips by selecting a team each week to try and score as many points as possible. In essence, he will be “free hitting” every single Gameweek. Rather than selecting longer-term options, he’ll solely focus on players with the best form and fixtures for the upcoming Gameweek 29.
Blank Gameweek 29 doesn’t look like a blockbuster Gameweek but there’s still plenty of points to be gained with just four fixtures taking place. With only two “big six” sides featuring cash is definitely not an issue you have to worry about this week. If you can nail a big score in a week where only eight teams are playing you’ll be looking at a large green arrow especially when it doesn’t look like there are that many standout players.
Gameweek 29 Team
I’ve picked a Brighton double up in defence as they face Newcastle at home. Dunk carries the highest ceiling with both goal threat and clean sheet potential to the side while Sanchez can hopefully bring home a steady 6-7 pointer. Only Chelsea have better defensive numbers over the last four gameweeks and Dunk is always a threat from set-pieces. Despite his teammate, Veltman, showing more impressive underlying numbers, I think it’s worth paying the premium in a week where the budget shouldn’t be an issue. Newcastle are averaging just over one big chance a game this seasons but the Magpies have failed to score on just three occasions in their last 10 games.
Cresswell is a sure pick for me despite an arguably tough opposition in Arsenal. The highest owned and highest scoring defender has four double-figure hauls this season as well as set-pieces to his name. The wingback/left sided centreback has created four big chances in his last six games while it previously took him 21 games to reach that many this season. Arsenal sit at the middle of the table for most attacking statistics over the last four gameweeks but have averaged two big chances a game.
The attacking defender theme continues with Dallas completing the back three. Leeds’ defensive numbers have definitely improved recently as they sit around mid-table for most metrics. The part-time fullback, part-time midfielder hasn’t been as attacking recently but over the season he remains first for xG amongst defenders. He seems to find a way to score out of nowhere but from the eye test the positions he gets into always mean there’s a chance of getting a return whether Leeds keep a clean sheet or not. Fulham’s attacking numbers have been quite mediocre as of late, laying third bottom for xG and big chances over the last four but they have faced three “big six” sides.
Reguilon completes the back four as I fancy Spurs to keep it tight against Aston Villa. In the absence of Grealish, Aston Villa’s attack visually looks a lot less threatening. Over the time he’s been missing, Villa have been sitting mid-table for attacking statistics but that has coincided with a kind run of fixtures. The full back’s creative numbers have been underwhelming but he gets well advanced and may be required to be more attacking in the absence of Son from Spurs’ left handside.
Raphina was the first midfielder on the teamsheet for blank Gameweek 29. The £5.6m midfielder has attempted the joint third amount of shots (16) and created the second most big chances (5) over the last five gameweeks. He’s been extremely unlucky not to return more after accruing the highest xA of 3.01 yet returning just one assist. Fulham have been extremely solid defensively and despite backing Areola, I think Leeds will have a number of chances to score and the Brazillian will be involved.
I didn’t think Lingard would make it into the XI come the start of the season but he’s proved me wrong. Since joining West Ham he’s only blanked once and watching West Ham play highlights how involved and important he is to the side. His stats don’t make me believe he’s overperforming and this form will end so he gets a game at home to Arsenal. At this moment, I think he’s West Ham’s best attacking option, just pipping Antonio. Arsenal’s defence isn’t poor so it’ll be a test but one I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lingard come out on top as he’s enjoyed playing them in the past.
Despite being disciplined for the match against Arsenal, Aubameyang gets a place in the XI. After his previous rest, he returned with a goal so I’m hoping for similar things despite him starting in Europe on Thursday. His underlying numbers look good too despite playing limited minutes Despite facing three “big six” sides in their last four West Ham’s defensive numbers are extremely good. They conceded quite a high volume of shots but their xGC and big chances conceded were much lower. I’m not expecting fireworks but Aubameyang is one of the few premium options available this week and he comes with the chance of penalties.
With Son likely to miss out, Bale is Spurs’ stand out midfielder and even though I’m not overly confident in his minutes and his sides overall attacking threat without Son, his ceiling is extremely high. I expect them to score against Villa but I don’t expect a huge score unless Spurs can click.
Kane is a no brainer this week despite the issues and injuries which are occurring around him. Aston Villa are struggling defensively more and it’s just a matter of whether he gets good quality service.
Despite being a doubt all week it seems like Bamford is fit to start against Fulham. He just edges out a Fulham attacker as I favour Leeds who are much more offensive than their opponents. Despite failing to score in their last three games, Leeds’ attack are still creating plenty of chances. Their xG of 7.0 over the last four Gameweeks is four more than how many they’ve put away. Bamford’s been going through a lean patch but I think he’ll bounce back on Friday night.
The bench consists of Areola, Trossard, Maja and Tierney. Returns on the bench aren’t ideal this week as they’re likely to directly affect players returns in the XI.
Gameweek 29 Captaincy
Kane is the skipper against Aston Villa.
Aston Villa don’t get a look in this week against Spurs. Watkins has been starved of big chances while defensively they’re putting a lot of pressure on Martinez to keep the clean sheet intact. Targett looks like the most threatening defender down the left while both centre-backs have been getting chances from set-pieces but they don’t make the cut.
Fulham have been extremely good defensively as I’ve previously mentioned but I think Leeds will be able to break down their defence. At the back, Andersen and Adarabioyo could be great differentials if they get the better of Leeds as they may be able to exploit Leeds’ set-piece struggles. On the bench sits Maja and his underlying numbers have been impressive since he’s joined Fulham but I don’t see Fulham scoring big on Friday.