Hot or Not - Gameweek 29
Posted by FFP-Danny
9:36am Mar 17 2017
Who’s HOT and who’s NOT in the world of Fantasy Premier League for Gameweek 29?
Hello and welcome to my latest ‘Who’s HOT and who’s NOT’ article, where i’ll be assessing which players are likely to keep your arrows green, and those who need to go.
Gameweek 28 was relatively uneventful due to the lack of fixtures – only eight teams were in Premier League action. However, Everton made it five consecutive home wins by comfortably seeing off West Brom, and Hull snatched a vital three points as they saw of Swansea.
Gameweek 29 features all 20 teams, with perhaps the pick of the games being the meeting between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad. Elsewhere, Bournemouth take on Swansea in a key battle between two teams fighting relegation, and Burnley travel to rock-bottom Sunderland where they will be seeking an elusive first away win of the season.
As always, I wish all FPL managers the very best of luck!
Mamadou Sakho – Crystal Palace
- Watford (H)
For most of the season, the words ‘clean sheet’ and ‘Crystal Palace’ have looked out-of-place in the same sentence – but thanks to the arrival of Sakho that’s all changed. Since making his Eagles’ debut in Gameweek 26, Palace have recorded back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season, the on-loan Liverpool defender has racked up an impressive 15 FPL points in the process.
Next up for Sakho and Palace is a home fixture against Watford, who sit just six points above them in 13th. Big Sam will no doubt be eyeing a third-straight victory, and on current form I fancy their chances.
Sakho will set you back just £4.7m and is an extremely rare pick, featuring in just 0.4% of teams at the time of writing. Now looks like a great time to add him to your ranks to pick up some cheap clean sheet points.
Joshua King – Bournemouth
- Swansea (H)
Josh King has been on scorching form as of late, netting 7 in his last 5. His Bournemouth side face another crucial game against fellow strugglers Swansea in Gameweek 29, where you’d expect to see goals aplenty if current results are anything to go by.
King’s form is simply too good to ignore – especially when you consider his £5.6m price tag. His goalscoring heroics have propelled him above the likes of Coutinho, Ozil, and Pogba – all of whom are far more expensive.
Unsurprisingly, his popularity is rising – however, he’s still only featuring in 7.9% of FPL teams at the time of writing. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to ditch one of your big-name flops and get yourself a real bargain.
Romelu Lukaku – Everton
- Hull City (H)
With Harry Kane injured and Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended, bringing in Romelu Lukaku has become even more of a no-brainer.
Featuring in well over 40% of teams, the Belgian striker is by far the FPL’s most popular pick, and it’s easy to see why, with 19 Premier League goals for the season, including 7 in his last 5.
Everton have been formidable at home this season, losing only once. They’ve also taken all three points in each of their last five home games. Next up they face relegation-threatened Hull, who’ve only managed one victory on the road all season, so there’s every chance that Lukaku will run-riot, as he has done so many times already this season.
Don’t delay, Lukaku is an absolute must for Gameweek 29!
Gareth McAuley – West Brom
- Arsenal (H)
If recent performances are anything to go by, West Brom have got the proverbial beach towels out. A lacklustre home defeat against Palace in Gameweek 27 – a game in which they managed just one shot on goal – was followed by a similarly timid display at Everton in Gameweek 28.
Next up for the Baggies is the visit of Arsenal, who can ill-afford to slip up if they are to finish in the top-four once again. Tony Pulis’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four outings, and you have to go all the way back to Gameweek 9 to find the last time Arsenal failed to score.
McAuley remains an incredibly popular choice, featuring in over 30% of FPL squads, but now may be a good time to either move him to your bench or make a change, temporary or otherwise.
For Gameweek 29, Everton’s Ashley Williams looks an ideal replacement. Alternatively, Mamadou Sakho looks tempting at just £4.7m, as previously mentioned.
Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool
- Man City (A)
Since returning from injury in Gameweek 21, the Brazilian playmaker has struggled to replicate his outstanding early-season form. In his last eight Premier League outings, he has managed just one goal and one assist.
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Manchester City, in what is a key game for both sides in the race for Champions League football next season.
Coutinho remains very popular among FPL managers, featuring in almost 19% of teams at the time of writing. However, I for one have run out of patience and have decided to look elsewhere.
If you’re a Coutinho owner who’s looking to get rid; for Gameweek 29, take your pick from the Manchester City duo of Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling. Elsewhere, Josh King and Wilfried Zaha continue to comfortably out-score Coutinho, and cost just £5.6m each.
Paul Pogba – Manchester United
- Middlesbrough (A)
No goals and no assists in 7 games for the world’s most expensive player. At a cost of £8.3m he is well worth avoiding. This isn’t the first time that Pogba has featured in my ‘NOT’ column this season, simply because there is so much better value to be found out there. Unlike Coutinho (as mentioned above), who can be brilliant but is now out of form, Pogba has struggled all season.
I suspect a large part of the 8.4% of teams which still contain Pogba have been abandoned some time ago. However, I would recommend you to steer clear and not become part of that dwindling percentage.
As before mentioned, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Josh King and Wilfried Zaha all look decent options moving forward.
Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Hot or Not – Gameweek 29’ which was written by @DannyBryan27
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