Another Fantasy Football gameweek is upon us already and the first lot of mid-week games are here – exciting times ahead! After a very disappointing week for most, with the average being exceptionally low (39), I’m hoping for a much better gameweek this time around. As the games this gameweek take place quickly after the weekend clashes, players being rested is a fairly high possibility so it is definitely worth doing some ‘scoping around’ before you make your transfer(s). Therefore, here is our under the radar gameweek 14 choices!
JUAN MATA, MIDFIELDER, £8.1M, 6.1% TSB
Maybe an odd choice however with the recent events of Di Maria’s injury, it is highly likely that the Spaniard Juan Mata will fill the Argentine’s boots in the coming games, or at least until Di Maria returns to match fitness. Mata is proven in the league and has a previous fantasy football record that puts the best of players to shame. Recent results for Van Gaal’s men have seen United pick up 3 wins in 3, with Mata scoring after being on the pitch for only 28 minutes against Crystal Palace. With this in mind it is likely that United will go on a fairly decent run and with Mata playing at the forefront of the midfield there are also increased chances that his worth in FPL will sky-rocket (in terms of points, not price). So if you are looking for a differential to set you apart from the template midfield that is selected by the majority this year Mata really is worth a shot, perhaps check Di Maria’s injury duration if you are looking for a long term replacement for the Argentine.
KEVIN MIRALLAS, MIDFIELDER, £7.2M, 2.2% TSB
A worldie at the weekend was what Kevin Mirallas produced against Spurs and with his return to fitness the attacking midfielder from Belgium looks like a great outside bet for any FPL side looking for a ‘budget’ midfielder. This year it is crucial to find that low priced player who returns the top end points – take Glyfi Sigurdsson as an example, Diafra Sakho of West Ham is another (before his injury anyway). The point is it is these players that really make the difference and allow you to bring in big money players as well as scoring in other areas of the pitch. A good attacking show from Mirallas leads me to believe that he is emerging as one of these players. With a home game against Hull in the week, I think Mirallas will be among the goals; so if you need someone to slot into you’re midfield as a long term starter then Mirallas is a good a pick as any.
Let’s all hope for a great gameweek with a high scoring average and hope that we can all get above it. That’s all from me, thanks for reading and stay tuned for more FPLUpdates articles over the coming gameweeks.