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EPL Fantasy Guru – Gameweek 29: The Digest

Gameweeks 27 and 28 did not disappoint, with many shocking score lines and surprise performers amping up the excitement in what has been a phenomenal Premier League season. Wayne Rooney stole the show in Gameweek 27, and Gameweek 28’s double’s for both QPR and Spurs commanded a considerable amount of fantasy attention. At this stage in the season we know for the most part who is capable of consistently providing returns, but with only 10 gameweeks left many fantasy managers will be scrambling to make up points on league leaders. In this week’s edition of the Digest, we take a look at which players may help you differentiate yourself from your rivals.

 

Crunch Time

 

Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard, and Harry Kane are the 3 “must-have” players for most fantasy managers at the moment. There are still other popular assets like Alexis Sanchez, but up-and-down most league tables the aforementioned 3 are present. Given that most managers will captain one of Aguero, Hazard, or Kane most weeks, how you spend the rest of your money is extremely important. There are several teams with favorable fixtures and below we have outlined 4 that are primed for points in the gameweeks ahead.

 

Romelu Lukaku | Everton- It has been a rough season for Roberto Martinez’s Everton, but a nice string of fixtures should hopefully help the Toffees move their way up the table. This weekend Everton face an in-flux and inconsistent Newcastle side that held Manchester United to just 1 goal 2 gameweeks after letting in 5 to Manchester City, and Romelu Lukaku should like his chances of getting on the score sheet. The big Belgian has reserved most of his good stuff for the Europa League, bagging a hattrick and a brace in recent weeks, and that quality play should start translating to the Premier League. After what should be a big performance against Newcastle, Everton face QPR, Southampton, and Swansea, and should have the chance to bag some much-needed points.

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson | Swansea He was one of the most popular FPL assets after a cracking start to the season but recent injuries has seen his investment trail off considerably. Now, Gylfi Sigurdsson is healthy and back for the Swans for a very nice run of fixtures. After what could be a goal-filled affair this weekend against Liverpool, Swansea face Aston Villa, Hull, Everton, and Leicester. Without Wilfried Bony’s goals Siggy’s influence will be increasingly important as Swansea tries to finish in the top half of the table. Look for the Iceland international to start putting up numbers reminiscent to the beginning of the campaign.

 

Jordan Henderson  | Liverpool– Many wrote off Jordan Henderson early in his Liverpool tenure, but the 24-year-old has proven his doubters wrong this season with incredibly consistent play reminiscent of his captain Steven Gerrard. His confidence on the ball has improved drastically, which has led to more scoring opportunities and 4 goals and 8 assists in the Premier League. He is getting forward more in the attack than in previous years and his link-up play in-and-around the box has been tremendous. The Reds face a leaky Swansea defense that will be susceptible to Henderson’s slicing runs and piercing through balls. The English midfielder has notched 4 double-digit FPL hauls this season and may be primed to do so once again this weekend.

 

Christian Eriksen | Tottenham- The Danish midfielder has been unlucky to stay off the score sheet in his last few outings. Eriksen hit the bar against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final and nearly scored against both Swansea and QPR in Gameweeks 27 and 28. This weekend Spurs face an unpredictable Man United that will be without Angel Di Maria and Robin Van Persie. Before keeping 2 consecutive clean sheets to Sunderland and Newcastle, Manchester United conceded in 4-straight games, against the likes of Leicester, West Ham, Burnley, and Swansea. With the help of Harry Kane, a rejuvenated Andros Townsend, and an emerging Ryan Mason, Eriksen should be able to get back onto the score sheet this weekend.

Click here for Mike’s full Gameweek 29 picks

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