Last week I had a shocker 2 in 2 out and then the dreaded international break came which made me have to wait even longer to redeem myself from my shocking recommendations. Don’t worry though, I’ll make up for it this week! Considering what I just said, in the long term I’ve done pretty well if I say so myself! If you took my Ryan Bertrand recommendation, you would have racked up 36 points in 6 games with Southampton keeping 4 clean sheets in 6 games and Bertrand also managing to get himself some bonus points. Hopefully this week is just as successful.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal, Midfielder, 10.9m)
Obvious, yes I know but this man is carrying Arsenal through games this season and he has hit the ground running since his move from Barcelona. Alexis Sanchez had a brilliant world cup with Chile and the confidence from Brazil hasn’t gone anywhere with Sanchez bagging 8 goals this season, with only Diego Costa and Aguero in front of him. To say Sanchez is a man on form is an understatement. In his last 4 games he has scored 6 goals and has scored the 3 bonus points in all 4 of the games. Arsenal fans must be so relieved they have this man in their team. It’s a given that it’s vital for Arsenal to keep Sanchez away from the Arsenal injury curse and if they can do this, Sanchez will be playing against Man United (H), West Brom (A) and Southampton (H), so there is goals to be scored and points to be made. Although Sanchez is expensive, he is worth the price tag and even if you have to sacrifice -4 points from juggling transfers, he will definitely pay it back.
Charlie Austin (QPR, Forward, 5.8m)
QPR need a goal scorer. They are crying out for a Jermaine Defoe to come into the club and score the goals to keep them up…but until then, Charlie Austin is doing a fine job of scoring goals. The man that came from non-league football has now scored 6 goals in the Premier League, 2 of which were against Chelsea and Manchester City. The sole reason I believe Austin is a good player to get into your team is because of QPR’s next 2 home games; Leicester and Burnley. These two games are the games when each team can’t and won’t settle for anything less than 3 points. Austin is only 5.8m and considering you have players such as Van Persie (Struggling) and Falcao (Injured) almost DOUBLE the price, it should be a bargain and a very easy choice to get Charlie Austin into your fantasy football team.
Joe Hart (Man City, Keeper, 6.0m)
As much as I rate Joe Hart as a goalkeeper, fantasy football is about points and most importantly for goalkeepers, clean sheets. Joe Hart is the joint most expensive goalkeeper at 6.0m along with Courtois and has only kept 3 clean sheets in 11 Premier League games which isn’t good enough. This isn’t purely Joe Hart’s fault as the defence in front of him has been abysmal this season, but in fantasy football we’re playing for points and have to be blunt. I just can’t see the benefit in having a 6.0m goalkeeper that will only make 2 or less points each game-week when you have cheaper goalkeepers with more clean sheets available such as; Fraser Forster (5.3m, 7 CS) and Lukasz Fabianski (5.1m, 5 CS). It makes sense to take Joe Hart out, get yourself some money in the bank and use it on a player that will score you points!
Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester, Forward, 5.4m)
Yes, I did recommend Ulloa almost 2 months ago and he hasn’t scored or got an assist since, shocking! I might (definitely) have jinxed that one, so let’s redeem it and get him out. Still a very high percentage of 10.2% of fantasy football managers still have Ulloa in their team which surprised me considering that he is a waste of space at the moment for points and with players cheaper than Ulloa such as Weimann (5.3m) and Naismith (5.0m), it’s worth the swap. Although Leicester do have Sunderland (A) and QPR (H) in their next two games, in the long run I feel Ulloa won’t score the points that are worth keeping him. This could end up into a comedy show with Ulloa finding his form again and me recommending him back in again in a month, but let’s hope not…take Ulloa out and improve your team!
It goes without saying that this week can’t be any worse than last time but I’m confident of a successful fantasy football week. If you follow my advice and get the correct players in and take the correct players out, I’m sure you’ll hit above the average score and will see the mighty green arrows on our leagues that us fantasy football managers love to see! Good luck.