Friday Foreplay

Friday Foreplay – Gameweek 27

Gummi Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek Previews

Don’t waste your time on me you’re already
The voice inside my head (I miss you, I miss you)
Don’t waste your time on me you’re already
The voice inside my head (I miss you, I miss you)

We now enter the tough to navigate Gameweeks of blanks and doubles, beginning with the former. With Fantasy managers missing the services of regulars such as Eden Hazard and Harry Kane let us analyse the alternatives and dive into All Things FPL’s (ATFPL) Gameweek 27 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) preview and its captain picks, heavy hitters, clean sheets, punts, and the big ol’ rumbling gut.

Captain Picks

While Sergio Agüero does not care about your definition of form, he does care about goals. On 17 already this season, he’s on course to beat his best of 23 goals in the league in the title winning 2011/12 season. Captained this week by the official ATFPL team, in part due to Manchester City’s upturn in league form and in part because Agüero is just that good. He’s the closest we have to a default captain since the days of Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie at their Premier League peaks.

Alexis Sánchez is part of  the same possible captaincy trio analysed in the Captain Foresight. The tireless Chilean has a devastating home record, averaging 8.36 points per game, which is encouraging for his owners as he hasn’t  scored or assisted in his last three Gameweeks. Interestingly, this coincides with Mezul Özil’s return as Sánchez hasn’t scored yet with both on the field. Nevertheless, Sánchez is still managing shots on target so he’s bound to score sooner rather than later and is an explosive captain pick, with six double-digit Gameweeks already in his first season in the Premier League.

Ángel Di María is a strange Fantasy beast as his points keep rolling in despite underwhelming performances, both from the Manchester United team and himself. He had three double-digit Gameweeks in the first five games but has neither registered another one nor scored since Gameweek 7. Stoosher is not impressed, as covered in What We Learned, but Di María still has eight assists, second only behind Cesc Fàbregas, and is seventh overall in points per game (5.11) for midfielders. His case is perhaps tied with United fortunes, as if you believe Louis van Gaal can get more out of this United team, Di María is likely to part of that solution.

Heavy Hitters

Even though Sánchez is in the captain picks there is an argument to be made for several of his team mates. Santi Cazorla has the best recent Fantasy numbers, with three goals and three assists in the last six Gameweeks, although he is a rotation candidate given his playing time and Arséne Wenger’s plethora of midfield options. Mezut Özil has scored well since his return from injury four Gameweeks ago — two goals and three assists is a great return and at 9.1 million he’s a cheaper differential option compared to Sánchez. Olivier Giroud is the third option and the one with the best record outside of Sánchez. He has eight goals in 16 league appearances, all the more impressive considering four of those appearances have been as a substitute and one cut short because of injury. He has three goals and two assists in his last four league starts which has helped up his league average to a goal every 111.88 minutes, only bettered by Agüero, Costa, and Harry Kane.

David Silva tops the ATFPL Midfielders Watchlist and this season has added explosive returns to his already consistent points return. With City the most potent attacking force in the league, a double up on Agüero and Silva is a valid choice, especially as the fixtures look decent after this Gameweek’s tough game at Anfield.

With Andy Carroll out, Diafra Sakho is West Ham’s main man upfront. He’s a differential option with a great fixture in this depleted Gameweek and could even be a one round punt. Although five of his his eight goals were collected in an awesome five consecutive Gameweeks, he’s a quality forward who has a decent chance of going on a second scoring run before the season is over. He’s not the heaviest of hitters, but has to do this Gameweek.

Punts

Again we look to West Ham due to the fixtures, as Stewart Downing and company enter a run of four home games in six plus Leicester away. However, as is the case with Sakho, it’s mostly the good fixture in this otherwise dire Gameweek for a side who have already beat some big clubs at home that makes Downing attractive.

El Garitero’s Flutter likes Stoke’s chances against Hull this Gameweek so the Foreplay likes Jonathan Walters’ chances as well. A solid if unspectacular performer (ignoring the freak Gameweek 23), his consistency and price makes him a fine fourth or fifth midfielder.

Danny Ings has been an awesome differential in the last eight Gameweeks, notching five times, delivering two assists, and laying claim to seven bonus points. An unglamorous yet effective pick with Burnley playing at home against Swansea, his purchase this week is only worthwhile if you can sell him again before the monstrous run in the next five Gameweeks.

Clean Sheets

The ATFPL Clean Sheet Consortium likes the look of…

…Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny, the only guaranteed starter in defence for Arsenal this Gameweek after Per Mertesacker’s horror show against Monaco.

Phil Jones for an underrated Manchester United defence that has conceded the fourth lowest goals (26) in the Premier League, behind only Southampton, Chelsea, and Manchester City. This fits with their goal attempts conceded (284) where they also lie fourth behind the same teams.

Gareth McAuley for a West Brom team touted in Beat the Fixture List, playing against a Southampton team that has only scored four goals in their last six league game.

Big ol’ Rumbling Gut Pick

West Ham scores a hattrick in this Gameweek’s Foreplay with Enner Valenica being the third player included. He has potential but has so far failed to ignited the interest of most Fantasy managers. With two assists being the only Fantasy returns since Gameweek 10, it would take a brave manager indeed to pick him up, but ATFPL’s gut still rumbles for the speedy Ecuadorian. Imagine that.

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