Name Your Price - Gameweek 28

10:24am Mar 10 2017

Fantasy Premier League Differentials and Premium picks for Gameweek 28 and beyond

Well that Barcelona game was just incredible, and Arsenal’s capitulation no doubt led to some fantastic content on Arsenal Fan TV!

But now we’re back to the Premier League and our beloved Fantasy Football. Unfortunately, there really aren’t many games as we have reached the dreaded blank Gameweek so, some of this weeks selections will have blank fixtures this week but are to be heavily considered for Gameweek 29 and beyond.

Only 4 teams actually play so expect the average FPL side to be starting around 7 players this week so don’t be too worried if you can’t put out a full XI.

Thankfully, if you have been reading this series then you should be fine as we recommended some great options for this very gameweek. But, just in case you want to make some final adjustments, read on for more recommendations.

One thing to keep in mind with transfers this week is the following: bringing in a player that will play in GW28, for a player that won’t play in GW28 will effectively only cost you -2 points per transfer than the typical -4.

This is because that player is pretty much guaranteed 2 points just for playing, whereas the player you removed will obviously score 0.

However, these transfers are still only worth it if you are thinking long term; don’t just bring somebody in for this week if you plan to take them out before GW29, unless you’re feeling very lucky. So, let’s get to it.

Goalkeepers

Hugo Lloris – Spurs

We do not recommend an expensive ‘keeper as budget options like Pickford, Jakupovic and Heaton at the start of the season have shown that your money is better spent elsewhere.

However, if you are determined to buy a luxury goalkeeper than the best you can do is probably Tottenham’s number 1. Its 2 clean sheets in 4 for Tottenham, where in that same amount of time Chelsea haven’t managed just 1.

He doesn’t play this week so perhaps it’s a transfer you’re best making at a later date but entry in to the league’s joint best defence at just £5.5m and 7.3% TSB is attractive.

Jordan Pickford  – Sunderland

If Sunderland are going to stay up then they need to start getting results now. Defoe can’t do it all alone and the black cats are going to have to keep a few clean sheets if they want any hope of Premier League football next season.

With only 3 teams scoring more than 2 on the FDR (fixture difficulty rating index) in Sunderland’s next 11 fixtures, there is certainly hope and at just £4.1m you can’t go wrong.

Pickford unfortunately has a blank gameweek this week, but is still worth considering for Gameweek 29 and beyond as Sunderland face Burnley (H), Watford (A) and Leicester (A) in their next 3 Premier League fixtures.

Defenders

Kyle Walker – Spurs

There are many defenders  you have now that you will keep until the season’s end and rightly so, but if you don’t have Spurs coverage then it’s probably time to fix that.

Walker (36.4% TSB) is only 2 points behind the leading defender (Cahill) but with Spurs looking the strongest defensive team in the league at the minute he may soon be top.

The fixtures are good and Walker has proven his potential for attacking threat, playing in an advanced wing-back position under Pochettino and delivering some healthy, consistent returns for FPL bosses who own him.

Ben Davies – Spurs

Alternatively, a cheaper route in to the Spurs defence is Ben Davies at just £4.7m and 0.6% TSB. Danny Rose’s return date is still unknown and in his place has stepped the Welshman.

He has played 90 minutes in the last 4 matches and has returned 2 clean sheets and an assist. For managers looking for a budget defender whilst Rose is out of action, he’s certainly a very viable option; especially with those fixtures.

Midfielders

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea (hul)

Siggy plays in GW28 and that immediately makes him an attractive option, but we said earlier in the article “don’t just bring players in for one week”.

Your decisions should be long term and Sigurdsson certainly looks appealing no matter what the time frame. The fixtures are good and 4 assists, 3 goals in his last 6 matches is a fantastic return by any standard.

At just £7.7m and a TSB (teams selected by) percentage of only 16.5%, he’s both a smart and shrewd move for Gameweek 28 and beyond.

Sadio Mane – Liverpool (BUR)

Mane (£9.6m) is another player that looks great both for GW28 and in the long-run. Liverpool are a much better side with him; his pace on the counter is incredibly important and he has helped himself to to 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 matches.

Liverpool need strong form until the end of the season if they want to be back in the Champions League and Mane may well be their most important player going forward.

Strikers

Fernando Llorente – Swansea (hul)

Gameweek 28 fixture? Check. Good fixtures? Check. Strong recent form? Check.

Llorente is a great option for the mid-term and certainly a striker you should consider if you’re working on a budget.

Getting him now at £6.5m and switching to Gabbiadini in Gameweek 30 looks like a very strong tactic. 2 goals in his last game will have him full of confidence and with Siggy behind him he is sure to get chances.

Romelu Lukaku – Everton (WBA)

Lukaku (£10.1m) plays this week and his fixtures look pretty good going forward. Liverpool score a 4 on the FDR but that isn’t a reflection of how hard they are to score against, only the Manchester United game looks truly difficult but the Belgian has proven he can score against anybody.

He is way more explosive than Costa and Ibra is suspended so he looks like a must have. Kane is also a fantastic asset but Lukaku’s fixture in GW28 made him the pick this week.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Name Your Price – Gameweek 28’ which was written by @Billy_Hassan


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