Dan’s Transfer Targets
As we head into Gameweek 26, Former Sky Sports Fantasy Football Champion Dan Cox highlights five players for you to consider for your fantasy XI this week.
It’s been a quick turnaround from the midweek fixtures as the games come thick and fast. I have a much needed returning striker and midfielder amongst my five along with some of the usual suspects as we head ever closer to the overhaul.
Heung-min Son (10.6m)
Son has returned to Tottenham earlier than expected after South Korea’s somewhat surprising quarter final defeat to Qatar in the Asian Cup.
However this news is great for Spurs and fantasy managers alike as Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been struggling with recent injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Tottenham host Newcastle in the Saturday lunchtime kick off live on Sky Sports, so again with it being the first game of the day you will be able to check team news and ensure the Korean forward is starting before bringing him in or captaining him.
With Spurs also facing Leicester before the overhaul I think he’s a great pick for the next two games. Especially considering that he’s scored nine goals this season and assisted seven from just 13 starts.
Eden Hazard ( 11.8m )
Chelsea face Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge and after the 4-0 hammering against Bournemouth in midweek will be looking to bounce back quickly. Again I think Eden Hazard (11.8m) is a great option. Having now been moved back to his favourite position after the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain.
I think the Belgian will again flourish and add to his tally of 10 goals, 10 assists and five MOTM awards. In the last five games his only contribution has been a solitary assist. But a player of Hazard’s ability surely can’t continue on a barren run for too much longer:
And the 25.6 per cent of managers that own him will be hoping for a marked improvement.
Paul Pogba (10.6m)
Manchester United travel to the King Power to face Leicester and again Pogba is a great option in my opinion. His recent goal scoring form along with his ability to gain points from a variety of bonus be it passing, tackling or shots is second to none.
The French midfielder has 89 points in his last 7 games from six goals, four assists and two MOTM. That’s not forgetting passing bonus and shots bonus which he’s also accrued. However, there were reports that the Frenchman was to have scan after the Burnley game in midweek so I’d check for an update on that first.
Kevin De Bruyne (£12m)
The returning Belgian is a favourite of mine.
Boasting 281 points, De Bruyne was the highest point-scoring midfielder last season, more than justifying his price as the most expensive midfielder this year.
The Belgian playmaker assisted 17 goals and scored another eight, while claiming 10 Sky Sports man-of-the-match awards in 2017-18.
This season, however has been a different story as he’s faced injury after injury. In fact he’s only started two games all season and this is reflected in his lowly ownership of just 8.1 per cent.
Manchester City face Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday – another game you can watch live on Sky Sports. And de Bruyne is a solid pick in my opinion as there is always the worry about who will start between Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
Even Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling have been benched on occasions. However, you’d imagine with it being Arsenal that Pep will field his strongest line up, especially after the shock defeat to Newcastle in midweek.
Mohamed Salah ( 12.9m )
Liverpool travel to the London stadium in the MNF live on Sky Sports. With it being the only game of the day then you really want a player from either side and who else is there to pick apart from Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian has been in steady form recently. With nine goals in his last nine games. In 55.9 per cent of teams I think most of us own him already and hopefully, he’ll add another goal or two to punish those that for some reason don’t own the Egyptian King.
And it may have gone unnoticed by a few but the Everton – Manchester City game that was originally scheduled for Saturday the 23rd of February. Which was postponed due to Manchester City progressing to the Carabao Cup final the next day.
That game has now been rearranged for Wednesday the 6th of February so essentially it’s now a double game week for City. So a City asset is now essential to provide a captaincy option. Again the only concern is that with three games within a week that it’s unlikely many will play all three games.
Raul Jimenez ( 7.9m )
A bit late to the party on the next pick but Raul Jimenez ( 7.9m ) has been a great pick in Sky this season. The Mexican has scored eight goals and assisted seven in his debut season in the Premier League since his summer switch from Benfica. In just 10.1 per cent of teams he’s on a remarkable 127 points for the season. Not bad for a player listed at just 7.9 million.
With Wolves facing Everton away this weekend and Newcastle at Molineux on Monday 11th February – in a single game day. I think he’s well worth considering until the overhaul.
Any questions or dilemmas? Find me on twitter @dancox82 and I’ll happily answer them.
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