Dan’s Transfer Targets

As we head into Gameweek 24, 2016/17 Sky Sports Fantasy Football Champion Dan Cox highlights five players for you to consider for your fantasy XI this week. 

There is just two days of action to navigate through this weekend, Mohamed Salah as he is most weeks – is an essential pick as Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Anfield. One of his Anfield teammates also makes the list, as well as a very cheap budget option. News of Harry Kane’s considerable injury lay off have caused a fair bit of panic and many will be looking to move on the Spurs striker.

Virgil van Dijk 9.9m

Starting at Anfield on Saturday and Liverpool host Crystal Palace. Virgil van Dijk (9.9m) has been a colossus for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they have climbed to the top of the table, and maybe should have more than just the three MOTM awards that he has collected so far this season.

Liverpool have kept 13 clean sheets, conceding just 10 goals in the process and van Dijk has been instrumental in making them a solid unit at the back. He’s actually become the highest points scorer in the game with 169 points. Registering more points than teammate Mohamed Salah, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and he’s earned considerably more points than Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

As well as Crystal Palace this weekend, Liverpool face Leicester, West Ham and Bournemouth up until the Overhaul. Which should give van Dijk more chance of racking up some clean sheets, as well as passing bonus from which he’s earned 39 points this season. 

Mohamed Salah 12.9m

As Liverpool have some favourable fixtures on the horizon, then again the lethal front line deserve some consideration. Mohamed Salah (12.9m) is again a must have in my opinion. With 160 points from 14 goals, eight assists and three MOTM awards – he’s somewhat down on last season’s 378 points from 32 goals, 11 assists and a huge 12 MOTM awards. But still he’s in over half of teams at 52.1 per cent, so again do you dare go without the Egyptian?

Calum Paterson (5.2m)

The Cardiff man is a very popular pick among some for a variety of reasons. It’s not his four goals that is his attraction – it’s the fact that Paterson is listed as a defender in Sky, when actually he’s been playing as a striker for Warnock’s men.  So this means you have the beauty of picking a player that is listed out of position. So in effect, you can pick a 4-3-3 but really your playing with a 3-3-4.

Another bonus is that as Paterson is listed as a defender that if he scores its worth seven points, not the five a striker would receive. Plus if Cardiff keep a clean sheet he’s also picking up five points. But be wary as if Cardiff are on the end of a heavy defeat then your looking at minus points. But in all honesty for a 5.2m player your expectations aren’t that high. Plus in the next four games until the overhaul Cardiff face Newcastle, Arsenal, Bournemouth and Southampton, so apart from Arsenal, they’re not the toughest of tests.

Paul Pogba (10.6m)

The United man has been in blistering form since the sacking of Jose Mourinho. He’s returned 71 points in the last five games, which is quite a contrast bearing in mind that in the previous 14 games he’d earned just 66 points. And whilst you wouldn’t expect him to continue this points to game ratio. It does demonstrate his point-scoring ability, as he’s earned points from such a variety of ways. Pogba has gained points from not only goals and assists, but also passing and shots bonus and is somewhat of a MOTM favourite. On 137 points for the season and in just 13 per cent of teams, I think he’s great pick from now until the end of the season. 

Manchester City travel to the John Smiths stadium on Sunday and I think that Pep’s men could heap more misery on Huddersfield. Especially after the news that David Wagner would be leaving the Terriers who are rock bottom of the table.

With many people having a Harry Kane sized hole in their team, a new striker may be in order.

Gabriel Jesus 12.1m

Gabriel Jesus (12.1m) has been in great form recently. With two goals and the MOTM against Wolves on Monday, following on from his four goals against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup. There is always the worry about who will start for City but as its the first game of the day you can check the line up before deciding on transfers and captains. If Jesus starts then I think he’s a great option, and with relegation threatened Huddersfield and Newcastle up next I think there could be more goals in store for the Brazilian. City also face Arsenal and Chelsea before the overhaul but I still think there are goals for City in these games. Also in just 4.3 per cent of teams he’s somewhat of a differential. 

Sergio Aguero 12.8m

If Sergio Aguero (12.8m) starts then again he would be a good option as captain for Sunday. Aguero scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture in August and with ten goals and five assists this season he’s ticking over nicely and is always capable of a big haul. I would guess that the pair would share minutes over the next few games but you just have to make your choice and stick with it. And be prepared that one or the other might not start a game here or there, but just hope that when they do make it onto the pitch that they can make it count. Even if Aguero starts on Sunday, it wouldn’t surprise me if Jesus came on in the 60-70th minute and still grabbed a goal or two. And vice versa if Jesus starts. 

Any questions or dilemmas? Find me on twitter @dancox82 and I’ll happily answer them. 

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