8 months ago
The double game weeks are slowly coming to a close, but not before Manchester City and Southampton get their turn. All eyes are also on blank game week 29, which lurks over the horizon and moves should be considered in slightly more detail because of this. My article this week will seek to look at five players you should consider for your team, all of which are under 5% owned. To make it even more of a challenge, I have also made sure that these players play in game week 29.
Let's jump in!
Aston Villa, £5.9m, 1.3% owned, Fixtures - WOL,new,TOT
There are some concerns about how creative Aston Villa look without Jack Grealish. Those concerns are completely justified and there has been a marked drop-off in their shots and goals since his injury. Bertrand Traore hit a real purple patch of form just before the Villa captain was sidelined and there is every chance this form sparks back to life before some nice fixtures. Wolves and Newcastle are both teams in real transition and when teams get at them are more than happy to concede.
The Burkina Faso international has enjoyed a fine season so far and has the luxury of being nailed in this Villains lineup. If you get him in this week, you can be happy he'll be playing for the next three.
Brighton and Hover Albion, £5.7m, 0.7% owned, Fixtures - LEI,sou,NEW
If there is one thing Brighton have done well in the last three to four weeks, it's having shots. Their team has racked up an eye-watering amount of shots, shots in the box and possession. What The Seagulls have not done well in the last three to four weeks is convert any of these stats into goals. In fact, they have been so poor at converting these positive stats into points that they now sit rather precariously above the relegation zone.
What that does mean, however, is that Brighton are very much due a few good results. It is easy to think that one weekend they will convert all of these chances they are creating and Trossard will be at the centre of anything positive that happens. Jump on early, while all the signs are pointing to an uptick in form.
Tottenham Hotspur, £7.4m, 0.6% owned, Fixtures - CRY,ars,ast
Spurs players seem to have a knack for rising from the dead. Gareth Bale was in my differential list last week and returned my faith with a seventeen point haul against Burnley. There is no doubting that Dele Alli has talent. He has shown it ever since his move from MK Dons. What has sometimes been in doubt however is his motivation and attitude. Having spent most of the season frozen out by Jose Mourinho, he is now finding his way back into the team.
There is no better time to be reintegrated into this Spurs team. With Bale, Kane and Son firing on all cylinders, The English midfielder should find plenty of opportunities to impress.
Fulham, £4.5m, 0.3% owned, Fixtures - liv,MCI,LEE
Fulham's improvement in defence has been somewhat flying under the radar. They have only conceded two goals in their last six games and their defensive assets should no longer be ignored. Andersen has been often been overlooked for shinier players in and around his price point, but he is actually the most nailed defender in that lineup and is also looking better with each week he plays in the Premier League. Fulham have a player on their hands here.
The fixtures don't look overly promising but when you delve deeper, there is cause for optimism. Liverpool are all over the place at the moment and a clean sheet isn't outside the realms of possibility. Man City should be treated as a free shot. And no one knows which Leeds team will turn up every given week. Andersen could easily sit in your team from now to the end of the season.
Newcastle United, £4.7m, 0.1% owned, Fixtures - wba,AVL,bri
Newcastle United are in serious trouble. Not only are the teams around them starting to find some form, but they have none. They have also lost important players to more injuries this week. Saint-Maximin and Almiron now join Wilson on the injury list and this leaves the Geordie team with a severe lack of creative options for their team.
So why would I pick a Newcastle midfielder for the list? Because somebody has to step up and grab this team by the scruff of the neck. Willock showed signs he could be that man on his debut for the team and there is every chance he could be that man moving forwards. The fixtures are must win, the fixtures are kind and the talent is there. Sometimes everything just comes together.
I have been playing Fantasy Premier League for almost 13 seasons, with multiple top 100k finishes. I still enjoy the start of every season as if it was my first. Always make sure you're enjoying the game!