Dan’s Transfer Targets
As we head into game week 36, Former Sky Sports Fantasy Football Champion Dan Cox highlights five players for you to consider for your fantasy XI this week.
It’s a full schedule of Premier League football this weekend. In addition, Brighton and Cardiff have a double game week with their fixture on Tuesday rounding off the week’s action.
Again the fixtures are spread out over five days so you will need to plan ahead as always to make sure you have captains for each day – unless you are short of transfers and are considering skipping a day.
Jamie Vardy 11.5m
The action kicks off on Friday night with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester hosting Newcastle at the King Power Stadium – live on Sky Sports. Now I did mention last week to bring in Jamie Vardy for the Huddersfield clash, which he scored twice in and took home the MOTM I might add. So if you did, not only did you benefit from those points last week you also have a captain for this Friday. Vardy has been steadily going about his business this season with 15 goals and four assists, resulting in 146 points. Staggeringly he is still in a lowly 3.4 per cent of teams.
Heung-min Son ( 10.6m )
Onto Saturday and there is one standout fixture for me, and again it’s a game you can see live on Sky Sports. Spurs host beleaguered Huddersfield at their new stadium and Heung-min Son ( 10.6m ) is my choice to deliver the points. Harry Kane would have been my preferred captain, but that plan is out of the window after he limped off with what appears to be a potential season-ending ankle injury.
I will instead put my faith in Son who took over the mantle brilliantly when Kane missed four games in January and February. The South Korean has scored 12 goals this season, assisted another seven and has four MOTM awards. That puts him on 154 points for the season which is only nine behind Kane’s tally. Again he has a low ownership with just 6.3 per cent. If Son can’t find the net against Huddersfield who have conceded 63 goals this season then I will be severely disappointed.
A word of note though, Spurs have the small matter of a Champion’s League second leg tie against Manchester City in midweek. So I would just check the team sheets first on Saturday in case Mauricio Pochettino decides to save Son for midweek.
There’s a massive double header on Sky Sports Super Sunday as the race for the title hots up. Manchester City travel to Selhurst Park to face a Crystal Palace side that beat them in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. And at 4.30 there’s a colossal game at Anfield as Liverpool host Chelsea.
I’m a bit torn as to who to select as captain. It’s either wait for the Manchester City team sheet and pick one of Sergio Aguero or Raheem Sterling as it’s a seemingly easier tie. Or it’s Mohamed Salah, who’s found his scoring boots last week, having been on a barren run. I know it’s a tough game but I feel Liverpool have a score to settle with Chelsea who derailed their title bid in 2014 when they won 2-0 at Anfield to give Manchester City the advantage.
Sergio Aguero 12.8m
I think I’m going to have to go for Sergio Aguero – provided he starts as we have the benefit of seeing the team sheet first. The Argentinian is such an explosive player he can really make the difference if you are chasing opponents in a mini league. The dream is always a hattrick and that would be a 48 point captaincy, and that could make all the difference to fantasy league tables as the season draws to a close.
Monday brings us another night of action as Watford host Arsenal at Vicarage Road – live on Sky Sports Monday Night Football. I mentioned Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac last week. So if you brought in one of those then hopefully they’ll start and you’ll be covered this week. Arsenal still have single day fixtures in the weeks ahead so an Arsenal player is essential if you want to cover captaincies.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 12.5m
Again my choice would be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but you can never quite tell what Unai Emery team sheet will be so it’s always wise to wait for team sheets before hitting the transfer button.
The week’s action concludes with Brighton v Cardiff at the Amex. It’s not the most glamorous of ties as both teams desperately need three points to fight off relegation. Personally I don’t have enough transfers to bring in anyone from either side as my transfer count is very low now with just three left. But sometimes you can’t cover every game, so you have to weigh things up. Is it worth bringing anyone in and using a transfer when it’s quite possible you could just be looking at a two point return?
Lewis Dunk 7.9m or Glenn Murray 9.6m
But if you do have transfers then maybe Lewis Dunk ( 7.9m ) or Glenn Murray ( 9.6m ) could be options. Dunk has 111 points from six clean sheets and four MOTM awards, whilst Murray has 11 goals and 115 points. Both men are lowly owned with Murray in 1.5 and Dunk in 0.9 per cent of teams – so some points on Tuesday will result in a rise up the leaderboard.
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