Dan’s Transfer Targets
As we head into Gameweek 19, 2016/17 Sky Sports Fantasy Football Champion Dan Cox highlights five players for you to consider for your fantasy XI this week.
Felipe Anderson (8.7m)
West Ham travel across London to face Fulham at Craven Cottage and a player I think should do well is Felipe Anderson.
The Hammers have been in great form, winning their last three Premier League games and scoring three goals in each. And Anderson has been instrumental in those scoring twice, grabbing an assist and taking home a MOTM award.
The Brazilian has scored 87 points this season and is in just 4.9% of teams. Those points coming from six goals, two assists and two MOTM awards. 26 of those points have come in his last three games and I think now more than ever he will really shine with Marko Arnautovic out injured until the new year.
I think he was fantastic in Saturday’s win over Palace. His free-kick was saved by Wayne Hennessey who could only parry it into Javier Hernandez’s path. And then he received the ball on the edge of the area before expertly curling in a stunning effort.
In fact, the upcoming fixtures for West Ham look quite favourable with the Hammers facing Watford, Southampton, Burnley and Brighton in the coming weeks.
Additionally, the Southampton game is the only game of the day on the 27th of December so he will provide a vital captaincy choice.
Harry Kane (13m)
Tottenham face Burnley at Wembley and I think Harry Kane is a great option. Fulham are the only team to have conceded more goals than struggling Burnley.
The Clarets have conceded 32 goals in their 16 Premier League outings. So the England hitman will be a popular choice against a team that on average concede two goals a game.
I was quite surprised to see Kane start on the bench last week at the King Power, but having played Barcelona on Tuesday I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t start this weekend. Plus in the coming weeks Spurs face Everton, Bournemouth, Wolves and Cardiff so if you think that he’s due a good goalscoring run then now could be the time to bring him in.
Toby Alderweireld (9.8m)
For the above reasons of a favourable fixture list I think Toby Alderweireld is also a good option. With 74 points for the season the Belgian is in just 1.2% of teams. Another reason I like Alderweireld is because he usually picks up tier one passing bonus which is an additional two points for 60 passes. And hopefully, with the fixtures ahead he may even make their two passing with 70+ passes for three bonus points.
David Luiz (8.8m)
Talking of passing bonus another defender who usually always makes tier two passing bonus is David Luiz (8.8m). The Brazilian has 107 points for the season and is in just 5.3% of teams.
Chelsea face Brighton on Sunday at the Amex. And if you chose Luiz as captain if Chelsea keep a clean sheet and he receives tier two passing, then your looking at a 20 point captain. Maybe it’s more sensible to do this than picking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Mohamed Salah, as even if they get a goal that’s only a 14 point captain. And it’s probably more likely that Brighton fail to find the net.
Lucas Torreira (8.4m)
Arsenal travel to St Mary’s on Sunday in the Sky Sports live clash at 1.30pm. And Lucas Torreira (8.4m) has been in sensational form. The Uruguayan has 66 points this season but in recent weeks has amassed 34 points from three games. With those points coming from three MOTM awards in a row, two goals and an assist.
Perhaps the goals and MOTM awards he has gained in the last three matches are unsustainable. However it shows that the midfielders all action performances clearly catch the sky match reporters eye when it comes to naming a man of the match.
He’s also been very close to achieving passing and tackle bonus in a few games so with a bit of luck these will start to occur.
The Stats Pack
The average remaining transfers for the following brackets are :
Some of you may notice that the average transfers remaining for the top ten has gone up from 11.2 to 14.
This is simply that someone who maybe has used all their transfers has been replaced by someone with maybe 20 left. This isn’t unusual as teams who have been in the top ten having used a lot are eventually being replaced by those managing their transfers a bit more carefully.
Any Fantasy Football questions or dilemmas? Find me on twitter @Dancox82 and I’ll happily answer them.
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