Dan’s Transfer Targets
As we head into game week 35, Former Sky Sports Fantasy Football Champion Dan Cox highlights five players for you to consider for your fantasy XI this week.
It’s another weekend that is not quite as straightforward as it seems. We do have seven Premier League games – despite the FA cup semi finals also taking place. But those seven games are spread out over four days. And the gameweek also includes three solo game days – so a player from certain teams is a must to cover the captaincy requirements.
The actions starts on Friday live on Sky Sports as Liverpool travel to the Saint Mary’s Stadium. Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah would be the obvious choices for me. Most people probably already own a Liverpool defender or Allison, so in my opinion they would be fine to cover captaincy.
Sadio Mane 11m
But again for me, Sadio Mane ( 11m ) would be my current choice for captaincy. With 17 goals this season and three assists the Senegalese international is outshining Salah in my opinion. Especially being priced at almost two million less and with only 10 points less.
Mane currently finds himself in 24.56 per cent of teams and his stock is consistently rising. With five goals, one assist and three MOTM in the six games since the Overhaul its not hard to see why Mane’s ownership is on the rise.
Saturday is a bit trickier to navigate. There are just three fixtures – Bournemouth v Burnley, Huddersfield v Leicester and Newcastle v Crystal Palace.
Harry Maguire at 17.16 per cent is the highest owned player out of the teams in action. Followed closely by Patrick van Aanholt, James Maddison and Aaron Wan-Bissaka who are all similarly owned. But my choice of captain for the day is a player in just 2.59 per cent of teams.
Jamie Vardy 11.5m
Jamie Vardy has gone a bit under the radar this season. The Leicester striker has been directly involved in 17 goals, via 13 goals and four assists. So it’s quite surprising to see him in so few teams.
With a trip to already relegated Huddersfield on Saturday, Vardy could heap more misery on the terriers and add to his tally of 129 points. Plus if you bring in Vardy now, it also covers you for the solo game day on April 12th when Leicester face Newcastle.
Dwight McNeil 5.4m
Another player that has been doing well, especially considering his lowly price tag is Dwight McNeil ( 5.4m ). The Burnley winger has scored twice and assisted once in the six games since the Overhaul.
Thats 26 points in six games. Which if you want to look at it in more detail is an average of 4.3 points per game. Looking at his points per million per game (PPMG ) – he is at a figure of 0.80. Which when you consider Mohamed Salah’s PPMG is 0.48 you will realise he is a great pick. And he is in just 0.6 per cent of teams – so McNeil really is a differential.
Onto Sunday and the only game of the day is Everton against Arsenal at Goodison Park. It’s live on Sky Sports and ideally you’ll already own an Arsenal asset. But if not, I would be looking at bringing in one of Unai Emery’s men. The good thing is that would you will be able to check the line ups before hitting the confirm button for potential transfers or captains. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ( 12.5m ) and Alexandre Lacazette ( 11.4m ) are the standout choices and it would be good to check that either is starting before bringing in one.
With Arsenal’s solo game days in the weeks ahead you will definitely need some Arsenal coverage. If you aren’t tempted by either of the forward pairing then maybe Sead Kolasinac ( 8.3m ) is worth taking a look at. The Bosnian is on 87 points for the season and in just 0.8 per cent of teams but he’s a pretty regular fixture in Unai Emery’s side that will cover those vital captaincy days.
Eden Hazard 11.8m
The week’s action concludes on Monday night as Chelsea face West Ham at Stamford Bridge. Again the standout choice would probably be Eden Hazard ( 11.8m ). The Belgian is the top point scoring midfielder with 210 points, from 13 goals and 11 assist. However it doesn’t seem like he has really returned any points in quite a while. With just one goal and one assist in his last six games he’s due a big haul. Being in 23.69 per cent of teams means that if the Belgian does have a good night, then if you don’t own him then your going to be facing a drop down the leaderboard.
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