Punts of the Week - Gameweek 30 - FPL & Daily Fantasy Picks
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
9:49am Mar 7 2019
Returning from injury as well as signing a new contract, could a favourable fixture vs Huddersfield prove to be the Cherry on the top for David Brooks?
With no player or team budgets on Starting 11, many managers will opt for the big guns such as Aguero, Kane and Salah – but what about those players flying under the radar who could give you the edge in Gameweek 30?
For all you FPL managers out there – as well as those of you playing Starting 11 daily fantasy with us each week, I hope this week’s selections give you plenty of food for thought when locking in your FPL and daily fantasy lineups.
The Starting 11 iOS and Android apps can be downloaded for free and we’ve a £25 1st place prize up for grabs in our FPLTips Mini League this Saturday, so be sure to check that out.
James Maddison vs. Fulham (H)
Even throughout the poor team performances under Claude Puel, one shining light of hope for the Leicester City fans were the performances of James Maddison, who continues to have a debut season to remember.
Those performances haven’t unfortunately always converted into fantasy returns lately, with the majority of his five goals and five assists produced the first half of the season – so why take a punt on him now?
Well, Maddison has created more chances this season than any other player in the Premier League, so some better finishing from his team-mates could have delivered much healthier returns.
A new manager filling Jamie Vardy with confidence and we could have a match made in heaven for the remainder of the season.
He’s a player I brought into my Fantasy Premier League team two Gameweeks ago and was the first on my shopping list in preparation for the blank Gameweeks, which are just around the corner.
Add the new manager Brendan Rodgers and a favourable fixtures list in to the mix and sparks could soon fly.
As for my selections for Starting 11 this weekend, he will be one of the first names on my team sheet this Saturday, as the fixture at home to Fulham looks too good of an opportunity to pass up on.
Fulham are still deep in trouble and now ten points adrift of 17th place Southampton and have lost their last five games in the league.
Owned by only 5.2% of FPL bosses at the time of writing, he continues to be a player flying under – get on-board why he’s still a differential.
Romelu Lukaku vs. Arsenal (A)
It’s not been Romelu Lukaku’s season, so far, but boy did that soon change.
Part of a poor Manchester United side under Jose Mourinho was bad enough – but then as the Red Devils steadied the ship with Ole at the wheel it was Marcus Rashford leading the line instead, with Lukaku seemingly out of favour.
Under Mourinho, Lukaku managed only six league goals from the opening seventeen Gameweeks. And now, despite starting only five of Solskjaers opening ten league games, Lukaku has scored another six already.
Of course, the bulk of those goals have come recently, but have scored four goals from his last two Premier League game, this makes Lukaku the form striker in the league right now, despite being owned by only 4.5% of FPL bosses at the time of writing.
Has he been the first name on your Starting 11 daily fantasy or FPL team-sheet this season? Definitely not. But maybe he should be a player in the back of your mind going forward, even though he’s an expensive commodity on FPL and a blank on the horizon.
This week Manchester United travel to Arsenal – a fixture we naturally would tend to avoid due to the history between the clubs. However, Arsenal’s defence isn’t exactly watertight, conceding at least one goal in five of their last 6 Premier League outings.
Maybe it’s the Manchester United fan in my clouding my judgement, but I am confident we will travel to the Emirates on Sunday and leave with all three points – strengthening our hold on 4th place and making a push for Spurs in 3rd.
Lukaku has adapted to the wide forward role Solskjaer deploys, which is something I didn’t expect him to be able to adjust to so quickly, so can Lukaku now start to show us the form we saw from him while at Everton?
UPDATE: After Lukaku’s emphatic brace against PSG in last nights 1-3 Champions League victory, expect Lukaku’s stock to rise on FPL, as he’s already the 5th most transferred IN striker ahead of Gameweek 30.
David Brooks vs. Huddersfield (A)
I’m excited about this one, as it’s a real gut-call for a player who has just come back from injury and could be about to return to the form we saw earlier in the season.
With the blank Gameweeks on FPL in mind, I have one more midfield position to fill which was earmarked for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – however, I’ve decided to change that plan to give David Brooks a chance to prove me right.
Owned by only 3.4% of FPL bosses at the time of writing, he could make a big different to my season, and yours!
I started to find you some stats to back up Brooks as a pick this week and thankfully I didn’t have to look far – only as far as January in fact (his last two games prior to injury) where Brooks scored once and provided two assists in two games, against Chelsea and West Ham respectively.
It’s also worth noting that for those of you on a tight budget, Brooks is currently £1.1m cheaper than team-mate Ryan Fraser, who has only managed one goal and one assist in his last nice Premier League outings.
Back from injury and a new contract signed with the The Cherries, what better way to celebrate than a fixture against a struggling Huddersfield Town who have kept only one clean sheet in seven games.
Brooks will most certainly be joining Maddison in my Starting 11 midfield on Saturday, with Brooks also likely to find himself a place in my Fantasy Premier League team before Blank Gameweek 31.
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