As the Premier League season draws to a close, we are casting an eye towards next year’s campaign. One of the new game formats we are considering covering is Telegraph Fantasy Football. In this short sample article, top fantasy football player Paul McAnulty will be giving us his five top tips for the upcoming Gameweeks, before revealing his current lineup and transfer thoughts for his own team. Currently ranked 173rd in the world, Paul clearly knows how to play the game.
5 Potential Targets
Harry Kane £7.0m 29.1% Ownership
Spurs don’t have a game this week, but they will have two games the week commencing 20-Apr. For managers eyeing up the English frontman, the difficulty is finding an entry point to utilise the Telegraph’s transfer system. Those familiar with the game will know that this involves getting the points for a player currently in your squad then transferring to another player who plays at a later kick-off time. With Spurs’ next two games not being late kickoffs, it may be wise to wait until the Brighton game on 23rd April to make the move.
Sergio Aguero £6.8m 42.2% Ownership
Although the City frontman is currently sidelined with a minor injury, providing he returns to full fitness, the 14th April could be a good date to target bringing him back into our lineups. This is an ideal time to bring in the Argentine as you could transfer out a Manchester United or Spurs player who has played the day before.
Aymeric Laporte £3.7m 19.4% Ownership
The French centre back appears to be one of the few players most immune to Pep’s rotation roulette. For those holding Liverpool assets, the FA Cup this week represents a prime opportunity to get a “three for one” by switching a Pool player to Laporte.
Ederson Moraes £3.9m 20.0% Ownership
With City having only conceded three shots on target and one goal over their last five Premier League matches, the Sky Blues defence is well worth investment. While Laporte gets plenty on pitch time, ‘nailed on’ under Pep probably only applies to their Brazilian shot-stopper, making him an ideal transfer target for those flush with transfers and seeking extra games.
Ryan Bennett £2.3m 3.0% Ownership
There may well be better Wolves assets than Bennett, but the centreback offers a budget-friendly route into a decent backline that enables you to squeeze in all the big guns. Wolves are still in the FA Cup meaning additional games on the horizon, plus their run of Premier League fixtures look favourable as Arsenal at home is the only top six team they face for the run-in.
My Current XI
Team Value = £48.2m
Transfers remaining = 5
Season Points = 1,868
Overall Position = 173
Previous Gameweek Review
The Gameweek had 15 fixtures in total, giving plenty of opportunities for points with eight of my team having two fixtures. I hadn’t initially planned any transfers for the week, but with Pogba’s form looking pre-Solskjaeresque I decided to move for Azpilicueta after Man Utd’s first game – the move paid off immediately with Cesar’s nine and seven-point returns against Paul’s two against Wolves. I also started the week with Aguero, but with his early withdrawal against Fulham on Saturday, and Pep’s comments on him missing training I decided to remove the Argentine. I opted for Jesus, as the tie against Cardiff and then Brighton in the FA Cup looked too good to resist. The Brazilian’s five-point return against mid-week made the move only marginally justifiable in retrospect. The rest of my team performed respectably, with Hazard’s combined 14 points, and Jota’s nine points, the highlights.
This Week & Transfers
Liverpool play on Friday night, and after Allison’s involvement I’m tempted to move him on for Ederson provided he starts against Brighton. If Man City reach the FA Cup final, they will play three more domestic games than Liverpool from Saturday until the end of the season, meaning the transfer could offer good returns. Salah is another I’m considering moving on, perhaps to Laporte if he starts too, however that would leave me with three transfers left for the remainder of the season, which feels quite stretched taking injuries and potential moves for Aguero and Kane into account. Something I’m going to deliberate over. With Wolves’ involvement in the FA Cup the four postponed games in the premier league don’t cause me any problems as all 11 players have a fixture.
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