Wednesday’s contest is the big one. The £2,000 Wednesday War Chest offers £400 for the winner and at least double your £5 entry for the other top 80 places.
Below we delve into the fixtures and assess the players we think are the most likely to help us finish in the green this week.
Spurs vs Hull
Spurs are at home to Hull this week, and having scored 14 goals already this season at the Lane and up against a Hull team who have conceded 17 on their travels, we are going all out on our Spurs attacking coverage.
We fully expect Hull to go the same way as Swansea did just 10 days ago and we fancy Pochettino to do us all a favour and keep faith with his first choice team too. For that reason, Harry Kane (£13.9M), set piece specialist Christian Eriksen (£13M) and the man looking like he could be back in form Heung-Min Son (£9.4M) are all the first names on our teamsheet this week. Our forth spot goes to Kyle Walker (£7.8M) who’s scored over 25 FanDuel points in each of his last three appearances for Spurs and has 2 assists and 16 chances created so far this season. We fancy this could be the week for more attacking returns.
Having spent quite heavily on Spurs coverage we are on the look out for some cheap differentials this week to complete our lineup. One we fancy could be just that is Hull’s Harry Maguire (£5.6M). Having kept faith in 3-5-2 in recent weeks, Mike Phelan has given Maguire an opportunity in a back three that is likely to be under siege as White Hart Lane. As long as he plays, he’s a great budget option this week and should easily clear 20 points from clearances and tackles alone.
Sunderland vs Chelsea
With the in-form Chelsea travelling to bottom of the table Sunderland, we look no further than the leagues most deadly striker to take a spot in our forward line, Diego Costa (£14.5M). The most expensive player this week, he’s tenacious and in scintillating form, and up against a back line that have already made 6 defensive errors this season. No reason to doubt he won’t force more this week and add to his 5 goals and 3 assists from just his last 6 appearances.
With Chelsea likely to dominate possession, we are putting our faith in right back Billy Jones (£6.8M) this week. Not only is he the cheapest route into the Sunderland back four, he’s also been one of the most consistent point scorers for them and with 18 interceptions & 15 tackles in his last 5 games his underlying stats and behaviour on the pitch suggest he could be in for another big week. With Hazard to mark he should have plenty of defending to do which is good news for us!
Another cheap differential this week that our budget dictates we take a risk on is Sunderland’s Jan Kirchhoff (£5.7M). Although his appearances have been sparse this season and his PPG fairly low, if Sunderland are going to get anything out of the game against Chelsea they will need their battling midfielders to play well and Kirchhoff has the ability to do just that playing in the holding role. Kirchhoff might not get many attacking returns but as he’s cheaper than most defenders and is likely to be busy defensively we are happy to take the risk this week in the hope he can surpass the 20 point mark and justify his cheap price tag.
West Ham vs Burnley
We say it all the time and we’ll say it again. Burnley away from home might as well just give the points away. We can’t see them turning their away form around at the London Stadium this week either and so are backing the West Ham attack to shine once again.
If, as widely expected, Andy Carroll (£8.1M) starts his first game of the season this week, he’ll be straight in our team. A bargain price (which is important as we scramble for pennies this week), he’s likely to have plenty of opportunities to win headers and get attempts on goal and we have no doubt Carroll’s underlying stats when he plays could see him become a FanDuel favourite in the coming weeks should he stay fit. Last season he averaged a goal every 3 appearances and created 20 chances for teammates having only played 90 minutes eight times.
For those with the cash, Dimitri Payet (£11.2) looks like he could be great value this week too. He’s created an incredible 42 chances already this season, which to put in perspective is more than Sigurdsson and Snodgrass combined!! Fresh from another direct free kick goal and 30 point haul at Anfield this week, Payet finally has a target man up front that can get on the end of all these chances he created which will help rack up more valuable assist points for the Frenchman.
West Brom vs Swansea
But for the brilliance of Costa, West Brom might have kept their unbeaten run going at Stamford Birdge this week. As is it, they conceded, but a home game against a team that have already conceded 15 times away from home this season, looks perfectly set up for the likes of Matt Phillips (£8.7M) or Solomon Rondon (£8.7). Priced the same we fancy Phillips more this week but both could prove valuable. Chris Brunt (£7.7M) should also be under consideration if budget is tight, as the set piece taker should cause havoc on a defence that clearly have never practised clearing a free kick before.
A quick note to Gylfi Sigurdsson who we haven’t forgotten has been very kind to us this season so far. The Iceman has scored over 30 points in 6 of his last 10 appearances and so while it’s difficult to leave him out, this week we have to, as for 10.7M you might as well invest in Son or Alli at home to the helpless Hull City – they aren’t up against a Tony Pulis defence!
Stoke vs Southampton
With funds tight this week we have opted for the cheapest goalie available to us in the form of Fraser Forster (£6.6M). Priced strangely low this week, we have absolutely no issue handing our gloves to the Saints shot-stopper, especially after 3 clean sheets in his last 4. It’s true he doesn’t average many saves per game, but if last week is anything to go by a clean sheet should be enough for our keeper this week to be of value.
Man City vs Watford
Man City will be hurting after what Leicester did to them on the weekend and it wouldn’t surprise us at all if they took it all out on Watford on Wednesday night. If they do Kelechi Iheanacho (£11.9M) will probably have some say.
Expect the likes of Prodl (£6.8M) & Holebas (£7.2M) to be extremely busy though too with the latter likely to benefit from set play duty again and the former likely to be on the end of some of them.
Crystal Palace vs Man United
Another brilliant performance from Ander Herrera (£8.7M) against Spurs this week has put him right at the top of our thinking against a Palace side who just love to concede. They score aswell of course, but can’t seem to stop them going in the other way.
With Mkhitaryan out injured it could pave the way for Juan Mata (£11.4M) to come back into the side and that could hinder Herrera’s attacking potential somewhat. We’ll wait until lineups are announced to make a decision but Ibrahimovic seems like the only certainty in the United line up at the moment who can consistently provide attacking returns each week. This week however it’s tough to fit him in at £13.2M…
With Valencia suspended we could see Phil Jones shift to right back, which puts question marks over his ability to score as well as normal this week. The fit again Eric Bailly will likely come into the heart of the United defence alongside Rojo. One thing we do know for certain is Palace put more crosses into the box than any other team and Marcos Rojo (£6.9M), having averaged 12 clearances and 4 tackles per game in the past 4 weeks should have a field day getting his head to them. Very reasonably priced too we like his chances this week.
Middlesbrough and Liverpool complete the lineup of fixtures this week but with Liverpool stuttering all of a sudden and Middlesbrough a defensive force to be reckoned with at home, this week we have steered clear of their assets and already filled our 11 man teams.
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