Daily Fantasy Premier League Football Tips - Gameweek 23
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
7:30pm Jan 9 2018
Tottenham’s Harry Kane looks a firm captaincy favourite for Gameweek 23
Hello and Happy New Year fantasy managers and welcome back to my Differential vs Safe Picks for this Saturday’s SEVEN Gameweek 23 fixtures.
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Safe Pick – Kane vs. Everton (H)
After TWO hat-tricks in as many games, an illness ahead of Gameweek 22 meant that as the new year began, many fantasy managers were left feeling disappointed as he failed to deliver against Swansea and West Ham.
Well, after a midweek brace in the FA Cup vs. AFC Wimbledon, Kane is back amongst the goals ahead of this Saturday’s Wembley fixture with Everton.
With 27 shots on goal in his last 5 league starts for Tottenham, for me, Harry Kane is a weekly must-play on Starting 11 and a definite season-long keep on Fantasy Premier League.
Play him with confidence in Gameweek 23 and be sure to throw the captains armband his way too.
Differential – Tosun vs. Spurs (A)
Everton’s new £27m front-man is going to be my differential forward pick for Gameweek 23 on Starting 11 and FPL – a new signing makes him a risky punt – however, given his recent form, I see him hitting the ground running.
The Turkish forward has 14 goals already this season for Besiktas, with 4 of those coming in his last 6 games – and with Everton scoring only once in their last 4 Premier League outings, can they afford NOT to play him this weekend?
Since Everton’s revival under Sam Allardyce, Everton have missed a key striker they can rely on, but can Tosun be that big physical presence they’ve so clearly craved since the departure of Big Rom?
Safe Pick – Hazard vs. Leicester (H)
There can be no arguments that Hazard is in great form for Chelsea – the only issue is that the form is not transferring into those all important Starting 11 and FPL fantasy points.
With 10 shots on goal in his last 3 Premier League outings, plus 7 key passes, the underlying stats suggest sticking with the Belgian is the way forward, but are you struggling to remain patient with him?
As Leicester City come into this Gameweek 23 tie with just 1 win in 5 league games, conceding 9 goals in the process, I struggle to see Claude Puel’s Foxes making life too difficult for Hazard and Co this Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Can the penalty Hazard scored in Gameweek 22 kick-start his fantasy returns on FPL and Starting 11 once again?
Differential – Lanzini vs. Huddersfield (A)
Playing in a number 10 role alongside Marko Arnautovic, Lanzini’s form is improving and the Argentine has recorded 4 assists in his last 4 Premier League games.
West Ham’s opponents on Saturday afternoon are Huddersfield Town – a side who are without a win in 4 games, including a 3-0 loss to Leicester in Gameweek 22.
Given his advanced role with Arnautovic and involvement in West Ham’s attacks, in my opinion, Lanzini is worthy of a place in your Starting 11 this Saturday and is also an affordable price on FPL too.
Safe Pick – Alonso vs. Leicester (H)
We are all aware of Alonso’s impressive shooting stats for a defender, but scoring 3 goals in 5 games is pretty incredible and hard to ignore each week.
His 6 goals for the season now equals the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, but with the addition of clean-sheet fantasy points, what’s not to like?
This week, the Chelsea boss told the media that he encourages his wing-backs to find space in the oppositions box and try to score – well, I don’t know about you but, to me, that’s music to my ears and should be for you also.
Please him with confidence on Starting 11 and FPL in Gameweek 23 against Leicester City, with both attacking and defensive scoring opportunities looking likely.
Differential – Masuaku vs. Huddersfield (A)
Huddersfield town have only managed to score only 2 goals in their last 4 Premier League games and for that reason, I am looking to West Ham’s defence as my differential pick in Gameweek 23.
The man getting the nod for me this week, Arthur Masuaku, is because he spends most of his time in the oppositions half than in his own – which like Alonso, is music to a fantasy managers ears.
Whilst the opportunities have been there for Masuaku to deliver attacking returns, he has yet to deliver a goal or assist this season – but can Gameweek 23 through up some differential returns for Masuaku punters.
Safe Pick – Pope vs. Crystal Palace (A)
Nick Pope – once a Differential – now a Safe Pick… I never thought I’d write that anytime soon.
Boasting a defensive record which can only be bettered by Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, having conceded only 19 goals all season, it’s hard to avoid a Burnley defender for Gameweek 23.
With James Tarkowski now back from his 3 game ban, Crystal Palace will have to be at their best to penetrate the Burnley defensive wall on Saturday and get past The Clarets’ shot-stopper.
Differential – Ryan vs. West Brom (A)
With their opposition, West Brom, still yet to win in the Premier League since August, Brighton were always going to feature this week in the hunt for clean-sheet fantasy points.
Ryan has been ever present for Brighton between the sticks this season and has 3 clean-sheets from his last 5 games – I think it’s safe to say that he’s gone under the radar slightly on FPL and Starting 11.
I believe West Brom are there for the taking again on Saturday and with Captain Jonny Evans out with the common ‘Transfer Rumour’ injury, Brighton should win and keep another clean-sheet in the process.
Harry Kane vs. Everton (H)
Those two hat-tricks in Gameweek’s 19 and 20 have taken Kane back to the top of the goal scorers table – a position he is used to and keen to maintain by the looks of it.
Those 2 blanks of late will have hurt him, as much as it did fantasy bosses, but expect Kane to burst the net against Everton in Gameweek 23 and award him the captains armband with confidence.
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