Sky Sports Fantasy Football – Dan’s Transfer Targets 

As we head into Gameweek 12, 2016/17 Sky Sports Fantasy Football champion Dan Cox highlights five players for you to consider for your fantasy XI this week. 

The fixtures are once again spread over three days this week so there are plenty of opportunities to secure some points. 

Gylfi Sigurdsson 9.1m.

Everton host Brighton at Goodison and a player that is worth considering is Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic international has been steadily collecting points and may be a better option than Richarlison at just 0.5m more.

It seems that Sigurdsson is on penalties after taking last weeks spot kick and it may be worth investing the extra budget over the Brazilian. Having a player from Marco Silva’s side is desirable as in Gameweek 18, Everton host Watford on a single game day. So by bringing in someone now will save you a transfer down the line and provide you with an all important captaincy choice.

Some quick stats, Sigurdsson is on 61 points for the season, with an impressive 41 points in his last four games. Those 61 points have come from five goals, two MOTM awards and an assist. In just 6.9% of teams he’s well worth a second look. He’s also in a low percentage of teams so another good return this weekend will really propel you up the leaderboard. 

Mo Salah 12.9m

After a goal, two assists and the MOTM award in the 4-1 win over Cardiff, Mo Salah is returning the sort of points we are accustomed to. Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Saturday and I’m expecting another decent day for Salah.

Arsenal don’t have the most solid of back lines, especially if Granit Xhaka is playing makeshift left back again, and It could be a very fruitful day for Liverpool’s lethal attack. And I’d imagine Salah will be a very popular captaincy choice. Still the most selected player in the game at 44.66% ownership, on five goals, two assists and two MOTM awards he’s now starting to replicate last seasons form. 

Marko Arnautrovic 10.1m

West Ham host a Burnley side that have been in terrible form. The Clarets have conceded 21 goals this season and nine in their last two. Admittedly those last two games have been against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Arnautrovic didn’t make last weekend’s game with illness so you’ll need to keep your eyes on Manuel Pellegrini’s press conference for an update on the Austrian striker. However, I’m expecting the hammers hitman to return to action.

In just 7.1% of teams – again a goal or two will help you climb the leaderboard. With 44 points this season Arnautrovic has been steadily going about his business. With four goals, one assist and one MOTM to his name the West Ham talisman is normally the driving force in the West Ham team.

Priced at just 10.1m I think he’s a great alternative to Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero that will save you a bit of money that you can invest in defence, preferably a premium defender from Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester City. 

Aymeric Laporte 8.8m

Sergio Aguero is starting to frustrate me to be honest. The early substitutions and the lack of goals, with just three goals in his last eight games is making the Argentinian’s place in my side being put under the spotlight.

But one of the absolute best picks this season for me is Aymeric Laporte. He’s started pretty much every game and he nearly always makes Tier 2 passing bonus which is worth three points.

In fact, Laporte is one of the top point scorers in the game eclipsing the likes of Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Mo Salah. Sitting on 87 points only Eden Hazard has more points with 90.

I think he’s a great option for captaincy this Sunday. A clean sheet combined with tier two passing bonus would see a captaincy return him 20 points.

That’s equivalent to having Aguero captained and him scoring twice. That would result in 24 points, and the way it’s been going I think it’s much more likely that the former will happen. 

Eden Hazard 11.8m

If the Belgian has recovered from a back injury then he has to be considered for the Sky Sports Super Sunday tie against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. For me, it’s a hard call between him and the aforementioned Laporte for captaincy.

But the Chelsea attacker has the higher points ceiling so will most likely get the armband. With 90 points he’s the leading points scorer this season, with seven goals, three assists and three MOTM. He’s the most selected midfielder in the game at 26.9% and it’s easy to see why. 

Jean-Michael Seri 7.2m

And onto the final fixture of the Gameweek. It’s Huddersfield v Fulham in Sky Sports Monday Night Football. Whilst it may not seem the most glamorous of ties. It’s another one where a bit of planning could pay dividends.

Obviously, two teams in the relegation zone wouldn’t normally be a source of many players you’d want near your team. But Jean-Michael Seri has been a steady source of points for managers this season.

Priced at just 7.2m the Ivorian is in 8.4% of teams and has returned 50 points so far this season. Even if Seri – as he has done a few times can make passing bonus then that’s an eight-point captaincy. Let alone if he can make tier two passing bonus or get an assist or tackle bonus. 

Transfers Remaining

It’s also time to take a look at how many transfers the various tiers of teams have left. As sometimes it’s tricky to gauge how well you’re doing. It may seem that you’re a long way behind some of the top teams but how many transfers have they used? 

This is the average transfers remaining for the following brackets. 

 

Top 1015.1
Top 10019.6
Top 100022.3
Top 500023.5

 

Some other stats of note

Most Transferred In
PlayerClubPositionValueCount%
Salah, MLiverpoolSTR12.9142288.68
Mane, SLiverpoolMID1168494.18
Aguero, SManchester CitySTR12.863633.88
Aubameyang, PArsenalSTR12.558903.59
Pereyra, RWatfordMID7.846742.85

 

Most Transferred Out
PlayerClubPositionValueCount%
Hazard, EChelseaMID11.82218013.53
Lacazette, AArsenalSTR11.488015.37
Kane, HTottenham HotspurSTR1364163.91
Mitrovic, AFulhamSTR9.156323.44
Aguero, SManchester CitySTR12.841142.51

 

Top 5 Captains Picked
PlayerClubPositionValuePicked By%
Salah, Mohamed LiverpoolSTR12.911836124.38
Kane, Harry Tottenham HotspurSTR1310727722.10
Aguero, Sergio Manchester CitySTR12.78719717.96
Hazard, Eden ChelseaMID11.8159453.28
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emeric ArsenalSTR12.5151393.12

So you can see that a lot of the top ten have used a lot of transfers. I’d always say that as long as you have more than the average or thereabouts that you’re doing ok.

Also, don’t be put off that teams seem so far ahead. By using a lot of transfers early means that they will get a good lead but by May you should be able to overtake these hare teams as they run short and even out of transfers before the race has finished. 

 

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