Sky Sports Fantasy Football – Dan’s Transfer Targets
As we head into Gameweek 9, 2016/17 Sky Sports Fantasy Football champion Dan Cox highlights five tips for you to consider for your fantasy XI this week.
This weeks action kicks off on Friday night with West Ham travelling to the South Coast to face Brighton. Chris Hughton’s side have conceded two goals in each of their last four Premier League games and the Hammers will be full of confidence following their 3-1 win over Manchester United last weekend.
The main focal point of West Ham’s attack is Marko Arnautovic (10.1m) and with this in mind I think the Austrian is a great captaincy shout. He’s on 40 points for the season from finding the net four times, with one assist and rather surprisingly just one MOTM award. In just 6.4% of teams if he does deliver the goods on Friday then that will really get you climbing the leaderboard.
Onto Saturday and the stand out pick for me is Harry Kane (13m). Tottenham host a Cardiff side that have conceded 14 goals in their last four Premier League games. The England hitman is back amongst the goals with two last week against Huddersfield – silencing the talk of him being out of sorts.
That’s now 49 points for the season with five goals, one assist and one MOTM. Currently, in just 30.4% of teams, I think you need to make plans to bring him in as soon as possible otherwise Saturday could be a painful experience.
Another player I had tipped pre-season and I’m actually surprised how well he is doing is James Maddison (7.6m). As mentioned previously he’s a fanatic price for a midfielder. Especially one that took home his third MOTM award in a row last week.
Leicester face Everton at the King Power on Saturday and Maddison again is likely to be involved in the thick of it. He’s on 57 points for the season, only second to Eden Hazard as the top point scoring midfielder.
Maddison’s ease at picking up MOTM is a clear indicator he’s catching the eye of the sky reporters and could be fast becoming a sky favourite. Still despite the three MOTM awards, three goals and two assists he’s still only in a lowly 13.5% of teams – what more do you want for 7.6m?
Turning our attention to Sunday and there are some fantastic matches to choose from. Whilst Liverpool v Manchester City is the stand out Sky Sports live game, I’ll most likely turn my attention to the other Sky Sports fixture Southampton v Chelsea for my captain.
Maurizio Sarri takes his high flying Chelsea side to St Mary’s to face a struggling Southampton side. The Saints have lost their last three Premier League fixtures against Chelsea at home and I can see that becoming a fourth on Sunday. In fact, Chelsea have beaten Southampton in all of the last five Premier League matches they’ve played.
So with that in mind and with the form that Eden Hazard (11.8m) has been in. The Chelsea man is a stand out captain choice for Sunday. Hazard is the top points scorer in Sky Sports Fantasy Football with 76 points from three MOTM, six goals and two assists.
The Belgians ownership has increased massively – being brought into over 30,000 teams in the last two weeks. But despite being the most transferred in player twice in two weeks, he still sits on just 26.6% ownership.
Back to Anfield and the mouth-watering Liverpool v Manchester City tie. I know he hasn’t been setting the world alight like last season but I think that pretty soon Mo Salah (12.9m) is going to hit top form. And I think he could do just that on Sunday. Yes, he’s scored just three goals but he’s third for overall shots just behind Sergio Aguero and Aleksandar Mitrovic – with 38, 31 and 29 respectively. And he’s joint second for big chances missed this season with six.
So to me that shows he’s having the opportunities and it won’t be long before he starts converting more chances. I actually haven’t had Salah in my team since the overhaul and I feel I’ve been really lucky that he hasn’t been firing. But I’ll be bringing the Egyptian in ahead of Sunday’s big match. As surely it’s only a matter of time before he starts finding the net again.
Any Fantasy Football questions or dilemmas? Find me on twitter @Dancox82 and I’ll happily answer them.
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