this is my third of reports delivering weekly to all Fantasy Premier League fans. In this part I present you my 3 players choices for upcoming gameweek, which I believe can reward us with high returns.
First of them is a Captain – in my opinion the most important thing in FPL. You can do everything right, but if you fail with captain choice almost always the red arrows will appear next to your overall ranking postition. Basically this choice should and will be also my own choice for my team, but sometimes I just won’t have the best candidate in my line-up.
Second choice is a ‘secret weapon’, a player you should definitely consider to you line-up. This won’t be always big name, I’ll try to find someone who caught my eye in the past gameweeks but didn’t get reward, which means that points will come hopefully soon. This will be more long term choice rather than single gameweek ‘Ace’, someone with huge impact on his team, good numbers and decent fixtures.
Third choice is ‘niche’, a differential pick with overall ownership less than 5%. This should help you to differentiate your team form the template, also from your mini-league rivals and often turn your eye to someone who is worth having because of his points to price ratio.
- Here you can read my post with wildcard selection for Gameweek 29
- here you can download Google sheet with dataset prepared especially for this gameweek
This is my players selection for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 29:
- CAPTAIN – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool vs Bournemouth)
If only Kevin De Bruyne was fully fit he would be for 100% my captain this week. But in this circumstances I’m not sure if I’m ready to accept the risk, that he a) might not play on Sunday vs MUN at all b) his game time could be limited c) if MCI will have a lead, he might be automatically the 1st substitution. On the other hand the temptation is huge, he scored 2 goals and had 1 assist vs Arsenal away (and he won this game single-handedly). So, who can be an alterative? Of course other players that have in this GW two games. But among MCI players my attention is attracted only by Sergio Aguero, because a) non of MCI asset is currently in a really good form b) obviously non of them is nailed considering Guardiola’s roulette. Aguero is an exceptional player, able to score big even if his game time is limited. So from among City players he would be my pick – if only I had him in my line-up. Maybe anyone from The Gunners? There are obviously only two candidates, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Nicolas Pépé. Both are in a good form and both were rested on Monday. But what’s bother me is the fact that second game is MCI away, they won’t have a ball, they will have very few occasions to strike. This isn’t an ideal game to have a captain, so in this case they are taken into the consideration only because of their 1st game vs WHU at home. And West Ham has impressed me a lot over last 3 games, they were hungry, motivated, aggressive and sometimes good organised. They were just playing good (I don’t believe I’m writing this words), they fight to survive in Premier League and honestly I expect them to make if difficult for Arsenal. So again, not an ideal situation IMO, but anyway I don’t have any of them in my line-up. But there is one more player, that is (hopefully) extremely overlooked in this GW. It’s Mohamed Salah, he is doing very well at home, he was almost fully rested on Wednesday (10 minutes) and he will face Bournemouth, the team, which results away from home are:
GW20: Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth
GW21: West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth
GW23: Norwich 1-0 Bournemouth
GW26: Sheffield Utd 2-1 Bournemouth
GW27: Burnley 3-0 Bournemouth
Liverpool beat already The Cherries this season 0-3 and than Salah scored ‘only’ one and added an assist. Liverpool is after 3 consecutive defats and Klopp will want them to bounce back to build their mental before Champions League second leg. There is no better way than convincing win over Bournemouth when your key players score goals and strengthen their mentality.
- 2. Secret weapon – Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton vs Brighton)
Remember him? Matt is back, definitely. I regret not buying him earlier, but as they say better late than never. He looks like he has got back to his best from previous season. He plays very offensive, he shots 3/2 times per game and also attempts assist, so his two consecutive double figure returns are no wonder. He is nailed, Wolves are sure to play in GW31 and have an amazing run of fixtures, even until the end of the season. Definitely worth to put Matt in your squad until his ownership is quite low (6,8%) and even for his relatively high price (6.2)
- 3. Niche – Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal vs West Ham & Manchester City vs Arsenal) 4.5% ownership
It’s kind of the gamble, but might pay off. Since he became a starter his underlying stats are good and undoubtedly his skills are awesome. Until now he just didn’t convert his skills to goals and assists, but after two consecutive returns (and 17 points haul vs Newcastle) he might has unlocked himself. Arsenal has double gameweek now (GW29), a blank in GW31, but very good games in GW30 and GW32. If you are looking for a differential, here it is.
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