Barclays fantasy premier league “ones to watch” game week 26

Here’s the GW26  Barclays fantasy premier league “ones to watch”.  This is a menu of fantasy premier league players to pick from for your team with factors stating why. (values as at Friday 8/2).  If I’m recommending a player from the same team in the wording of another player, I’ve highlighted them in bold

At the bottom is a key if you want a bit more detail on the factors listed in the decision

GOALKEEPER

Szczesny £5.3m fixtures Value BUY 

Good fixtures good defence despite what you’re told.  Good value in relation to other defensive options.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Sunderland (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Aston Villa (H)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Tottenham (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Everton (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Swansea (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Reading (H)

 

De Gea £5.5m fixtures value BUY

SAF seems to have totally lost faith in Lindegaard so his place seems reasonably secure.  That’s more than you can say for anyone in the Man U defence except maybe Evra.  However  no defence is worth the £7.1m that he costs, let alone the Man U defence which has not been at its best.  However I’m banking on Vidic and fixtures to produce more clean sheets

10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Everton (H)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 QPR (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Norwich (H)
09 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 29 West Ham (A)
16 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 30 Reading (H)
30 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 31 Sunderland (A)

 

Reina £5.8m DGW fixtures value BUY

Reasonable value for a good defence and allows additional rotation for GW27

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

 

Budget (chose those that rotate home and away as home games get more clean sheets if you’re going for 2 budget keepers) 

Federici – £4.4m

Bunn  – £4.1m

Boruc – £4.4m

 

DEFENCE

Sagna £5.1m fixtures  value BUY

The Arsenal defence is underrated despite what pundits may say and Sagna also brings good attacking potential at a really reasonable price.  Seems to have weathered  the awful performance against Chelsea.    Reasonable fixtures  as well.

 

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Sunderland (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Aston Villa (H)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Tottenham (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Everton (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Swansea (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Reading (H)

 
 

Zabaleta £6.1m value  BUY

With Maicon  now back he may suffer a little rotaton after not being rested for a while.  City  definitely are the best defence in the league and apart from the certainty of Kompany at £7.1m this is the best option.  Has experienced a strong upturn in attacking returns this year as well. Nastastic and Clichy at £5.6m also look an option at a slightly cheaper price but you need to accept more rotation with these.

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Southampton (A)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Chelsea (H)
04 Mar 20:00 Gameweek 28 Aston Villa (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Wigan (H)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Everton (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Newcastle (H)

 

Cameron £4.9m value fixtures BUY

Despite the issues Stoke are having defensively a this price he still looks good value.  Stoke have great fixtures in which to recover their defensive mettle from as well.   Personally I’ve cashed in and are waiting for Wilson to recover from injury and then have coverage at £4.0m

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Reading (H)
23 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 27 Fulham (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Ham (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Newcastle (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Brom (H)
30 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 31 Everton (A)

 

 A Cole £6.5m BUY

At the moment the best representation of the Chelsea defence which still looks strong at home but not particularistic away.  Azpilicueta looks better value but is subject to rotation

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Wigan (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Man City (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Brom (H)
10 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 29 Fulham (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Ham (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Southampton (A)

Rafael £6.0m fixtures attack BUY

To me Evra although the least rotatable player is just too expensive at £7.1m and Rafael is the best option of the rest all of which are very rotatable.  His attacking emphasis will hopefully see him play the easier home games where United are stronger for clean sheets.  Smalling doesn’t seem to have come in to the reckoning at RB and Jones may just be used to give some athleticism to the central midfield when Cleverly is rested.
10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Everton (H)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 QPR (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Norwich (H)
09 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 29 West Ham (A)
16 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 30 Reading (H)
30 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 31 Sunderland (A)

Dawson £4.5m value BUY

Lets not kid ourselves the CB position at Spurs under AVB is a total rotational lottery but £4.5m is a total bargain for coverage  and he’s now played the last 6 fantasy premier league games.  Walker at £6.1m is the cheapest with secure selection but too me thats too bigger value gap to warrant his selection

09 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 26 Newcastle (H)
25 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 27 West Ham (A)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Arsenal (H)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Liverpool (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Fulham (H)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Swansea (A)

Distin £5.3m value  SELL

Fixtures are getting a little tough  so sell.

10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Man Utd (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Norwich (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Reading (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Arsenal (A)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Man City (H)
30 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 31 Stoke City (H)

Liverpool defence DGW 26

Johnson and Agger are the pricey options with attacking potential at £6.5m and £6.4m respectively. Enrique should play both games and is cheaper at £5.9m.  Carragher has played the last 3 and is far cheaper at £5.0m but is a punt as to whether he will play 2 games (although they are 6 days apart).

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

 

Budget

Clyne £4.1m   injury doubt

Shaw £4.0m injury doubt 

Davies £4.6m   

Turner –  £4.1m

R Martin – £4.2m 

 Mariappa – £3.8m

Hill £4.3m

MIDFIELD

Mata £10.1m quality  BUY

Returned in his last 9 starts apart from the Saints game and if you ignore the jaded first 3 games to the season has returned in every game he’s started apart from the City and Southampton games.  RVP type consistency.  Fixtures are ranked 12 of all the teams in terms of fixture ease. Has been overperforming his underlaying stats but with the consistency and his fundamental central advanced position in the Chelsea team its one thats impossible to ignore

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Wigan (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Man City (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Brom (H)
10 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 29 Fulham (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Ham (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Southampton (A)

Walcott £9.6m fixtures striker BUY

Even with Giroud  back as striker  Walcott almost looked like he was a second striker he’s playing so far forward albeit wider than before Giroud.   Certainly on form and fixtures its still a definite buy in my mind.    Top of the last 6 shooting stats and 5th overall.  Arsenal are 3rd on fixture ease.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Sunderland (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Aston Villa (H)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Tottenham (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Everton (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Swansea (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Reading (H)

Michu £8.4m form striker  DGW26 BUY

2nd in the overall shooting stats and 3rd in the last 6.     Despite a scoring drought of 7 games the underlying stats are still strong and suggest the goals will return.  That’s irrelevant really as there’s no way he can be sold or not bought before a Swansea double game week.  Longer term fixtures arent great, 15th in the fixture ease schedule. Apart from a couple of exceptions returns better with the easier teams.  The underlying stats and the double game week mean its a BUY for me though.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 QPR (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Liverpool (A)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Newcastle (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 West Brom (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Arsenal (H)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Tottenham (H)

Fellaini £7.8m fixtures striker HOLD

 Was back to his unplayable best last week and played in the support striker position.  However the fixtures aren’t great and for that reason I’m reluctant to recommend a buy just at this point.

10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Man Utd (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Norwich (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Reading (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Arsenal (A)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Man City (H)
30 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 31 Stoke City (H)

 

Bale £9.8m Quality  BUY 

4th in the overall and last 6 shooting stats.  Whenever I don’t have him in my team I get burned.  11th in the fixture ease but fixtures don’t bother him.  Will score no matter what the opposition.

 

09 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 26 Newcastle (H)
25 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 27 West Ham (A)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Arsenal (H)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Liverpool (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Fulham (H)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Swansea (A)

Silva £9.4m Quality BUY

Haven’t got that great fixtures but he is an option if for some reason you don’t want Aguero or Dzeko upfront.  9th in the overall and 8th in the last 6 shooting stats and also creates chances.

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Southampton (A)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Chelsea (H)
04 Mar 20:00 Gameweek 28 Aston Villa (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Wigan (H)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Everton (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Newcastle (H)

Puncheon £5.0m budget BUY

Still the best cheap midfielder even with Southampton having poor fixtures.  6th in the last 6 shooting stats and 5th overall

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Man City (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Newcastle (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 QPR (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Norwich (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Liverpool (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Chelsea (H)

Gerrard £9.7m  DGW26 BUY

For the double game week only in my mind.  Plays in a withdrawn position which is not really what you want for £9.4m

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

Dempsey £9.0m BUY but risky

With Defoe out should hold the advanced position behind him.  Has crept in to the last 6 shooting stats despite limited minutes and has scored 2 in his last 5.  Has also featured in the current gameweek top 10 twice in the last 3 times.   problem is he’s expensive and you would always go for Bale ahead of him.  Fixtures are ok without being great and certainly don’t warrant 2 Spurs players but if you’re looking for something different.

09 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 26 Newcastle (H)
25 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 27 West Ham (A)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Arsenal (H)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Liverpool (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Fulham (H)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Swansea (A)

Lampard £8.5m BUY but risky

Similar dilemma as Dempsey as mata seems essential.  However the Chelsea fixtures are better than Spurs and Lamps is 2nd in the last 6 shooting stats despite ostensibly being a sitting midfielder.  Is far better value though than Mata though at £8.5m.  However the risk here is that Hazard is returning from suspension and Mikel and Moses will soon be back from ACON accelerating the Benitez rotation obsession. Again though if you’re looking for something different.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Wigan (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Man City (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Brom (H)
10 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 29 Fulham (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Ham (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Southampton (A)

Walters £6.4m fixtures BUY

Purely a fixture play.  Has no form and hasn’t returned in his last 6 but has shown the ability historically to score against poor opposition and they now have the best fixtures of anyone starting with Reading at home.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Reading (H)
23 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 27 Fulham (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Ham (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Newcastle (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Brom (H)
30 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 31 Everton (A)

Snodgrass £6.2m fixtures BUY

Another player who has been in and around the shooting stats who will hopefully benefit from good fixtures

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Fulham (H)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Everton (H)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Man Utd (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Southampton (H)
17 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 30 Sunderland (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Wigan (A)

 

Budget

Schneiderlin – £4.5m  Saints

 McCarthy – £4.8m

Maloney – £4.8m

Kebe £4.6m

FORWARDS

RVP – £14.1m – QUALITY  fixtures BUY

Hasn’t returned in the last 2 and also not shown up in the current game week shooting stats in the last 3 but the quality is still there and I expect the returns to come back.  still an essential in my mind.

10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Everton (H)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 QPR (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Norwich (H)
09 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 29 West Ham (A)
16 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 30 Reading (H)
30 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 31 Sunderland (A)

Ba – £8.2m  form  HOLD

Even though its likely it will be Torres turn to play home to Wigan I would probably keep Ba for one more week due to this fixture unless you want to fit Suarez in.  Then sell before the City away game.  Just too much rotation.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Wigan (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Man City (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Brom (H)
10 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 29 Fulham (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Ham (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Southampton (A)

Suarez – £10.8m DGW 26 Quality BUY

Only the Arsenal game where he played on the left has made me nervous about the Suarez and Sturridge role.  Otherwise there’s been enough swapping of positions and central positioning to keep me happy.  He is also the leader in overall and last 6 shooting stats and chances created so its not affecting that.  Has scored twice in the last 4 games since Sturridge has arrived.

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

Tevez £8.8m SELL /Dzeko £7.4m BUY

Too much rotation in my mind for Tevez.  Dzeko is protected by price and his ability to score as a sub.

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Southampton (A)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Chelsea (H)
04 Mar 20:00 Gameweek 28 Aston Villa (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Wigan (H)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Everton (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Newcastle (H)

Giroud £8.0m value fixtures BUY

4th in the overall and 3rd in the last 6 shooting stats plus appearing 3 times in the current top 10 shooting stats.  3 goals and an assist in his last 4.  The only questions are do you have 2 Arsenal attacking assets as Walcott also looks essential or can you drop walcott for Giroud.  I prefer to have only 1 attacking asset from a team unless the fixtures are very compelling.  Arsenals aren’t quite at that level and for that reason I would personally will hold off but he is a BUY if you can live with these cavaeats

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Sunderland (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Aston Villa (H)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Tottenham (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Everton (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Swansea (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Reading (H)

 

Fletcher £7.2m SELL

 The fantastic fixtures have finished and Graham may  dilute his chances 

Aguero £10.9m Quality BUY

Total and utter quality.  6th in the overall shooting stats and 6th in the last 6.  Fixtures could be better but he will be the striker of choice and with no European games and with Utd to chase it seems likely he will play virtually all games.

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Southampton (A)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Chelsea (H)
04 Mar 20:00 Gameweek 28 Aston Villa (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Wigan (H)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Everton (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Newcastle (H)

Sturridge £7.7m DGW26 value

Not shown enough shooting stats for me long term but definitely an option for the DGW

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

 
Budget – for those wanting to squeeze in to the midfield

Pogrebnyak – £4.4m

Anichebe – £4.4m

KEY

quality – an elite player for his position

value – a player at a value that is less than the returns I expect

fixtures – a player facing good fixtures over the next 6 games

budget – filler at the minimum price the position allows. Should play

sleeping giant – a player with past form who may have had a quiet season last year but has the potential for far greater returns than his value

YC – card magnet

DGW – has 2 games in the specified game week

pens – should take penalties

short term – will only play for a few games

Form – current form

hope that stimulates some thought for your Barclays fantasy premier league team.

 

Here’s the GW26  Barclays fantasy premier league “ones to watch”.  This is a menu of fantasy premier league players to pick from for your team with factors stating why. (values as at Friday 8/2).  If I’m recommending a player from the same team in the wording of another player, I’ve highlighted them in bold

At the bottom is a key if you want a bit more detail on the factors listed in the decision

GOALKEEPER

Szczesny £5.3m fixtures Value BUY 

Good fixtures good defence despite what you’re told.  Good value in relation to other defensive options.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Sunderland (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Aston Villa (H)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Tottenham (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Everton (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Swansea (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Reading (H)

 

De Gea £5.5m fixtures value BUY

SAF seems to have totally lost faith in Lindegaard so his place seems reasonably secure.  That’s more than you can say for anyone in the Man U defence except maybe Evra.  However  no defence is worth the £7.1m that he costs, let alone the Man U defence which has not been at its best.  However I’m banking on Vidic and fixtures to produce more clean sheets

10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Everton (H)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 QPR (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Norwich (H)
09 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 29 West Ham (A)
16 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 30 Reading (H)
30 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 31 Sunderland (A)

 

Reina £5.8m DGW fixtures value BUY

Reasonable value for a good defence and allows additional rotation for GW27

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

 

Budget (chose those that rotate home and away as home games get more clean sheets if you’re going for 2 budget keepers) 

Federici – £4.4m

Bunn  – £4.1m

Boruc – £4.4m

 

DEFENCE

Sagna £5.1m fixtures  value BUY

The Arsenal defence is underrated despite what pundits may say and Sagna also brings good attacking potential at a really reasonable price.  Seems to have weathered  the awful performance against Chelsea.    Reasonable fixtures  as well.

 

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Sunderland (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Aston Villa (H)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Tottenham (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Everton (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Swansea (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Reading (H)

 
 

Zabaleta £6.1m value  BUY

With Maicon  now back he may suffer a little rotaton after not being rested for a while.  City  definitely are the best defence in the league and apart from the certainty of Kompany at £7.1m this is the best option.  Has experienced a strong upturn in attacking returns this year as well. Nastastic and Clichy at £5.6m also look an option at a slightly cheaper price but you need to accept more rotation with these.

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Southampton (A)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Chelsea (H)
04 Mar 20:00 Gameweek 28 Aston Villa (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Wigan (H)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Everton (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Newcastle (H)

 

Cameron £4.9m value fixtures BUY

Despite the issues Stoke are having defensively a this price he still looks good value.  Stoke have great fixtures in which to recover their defensive mettle from as well.   Personally I’ve cashed in and are waiting for Wilson to recover from injury and then have coverage at £4.0m

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Reading (H)
23 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 27 Fulham (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Ham (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Newcastle (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Brom (H)
30 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 31 Everton (A)

 

 A Cole £6.5m BUY

At the moment the best representation of the Chelsea defence which still looks strong at home but not particularistic away.  Azpilicueta looks better value but is subject to rotation

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Wigan (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Man City (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Brom (H)
10 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 29 Fulham (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Ham (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Southampton (A)

Rafael £6.0m fixtures attack BUY

To me Evra although the least rotatable player is just too expensive at £7.1m and Rafael is the best option of the rest all of which are very rotatable.  His attacking emphasis will hopefully see him play the easier home games where United are stronger for clean sheets.  Smalling doesn’t seem to have come in to the reckoning at RB and Jones may just be used to give some athleticism to the central midfield when Cleverly is rested.
10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Everton (H)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 QPR (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Norwich (H)
09 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 29 West Ham (A)
16 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 30 Reading (H)
30 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 31 Sunderland (A)

Dawson £4.5m value BUY

Lets not kid ourselves the CB position at Spurs under AVB is a total rotational lottery but £4.5m is a total bargain for coverage  and he’s now played the last 6 fantasy premier league games.  Walker at £6.1m is the cheapest with secure selection but too me thats too bigger value gap to warrant his selection

09 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 26 Newcastle (H)
25 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 27 West Ham (A)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Arsenal (H)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Liverpool (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Fulham (H)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Swansea (A)

Distin £5.3m value  SELL

Fixtures are getting a little tough  so sell.

10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Man Utd (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Norwich (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Reading (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Arsenal (A)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Man City (H)
30 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 31 Stoke City (H)

Liverpool defence DGW 26

Johnson and Agger are the pricey options with attacking potential at £6.5m and £6.4m respectively. Enrique should play both games and is cheaper at £5.9m.  Carragher has played the last 3 and is far cheaper at £5.0m but is a punt as to whether he will play 2 games (although they are 6 days apart).

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

 

Budget

Clyne £4.1m   injury doubt

Shaw £4.0m injury doubt 

Davies £4.6m   

Turner –  £4.1m

R Martin – £4.2m 

 Mariappa – £3.8m

Hill £4.3m

MIDFIELD

Mata £10.1m quality  BUY

Returned in his last 9 starts apart from the Saints game and if you ignore the jaded first 3 games to the season has returned in every game he’s started apart from the City and Southampton games.  RVP type consistency.  Fixtures are ranked 12 of all the teams in terms of fixture ease. Has been overperforming his underlaying stats but with the consistency and his fundamental central advanced position in the Chelsea team its one thats impossible to ignore

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Wigan (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Man City (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Brom (H)
10 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 29 Fulham (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Ham (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Southampton (A)

Walcott £9.6m fixtures striker BUY

Even with Giroud  back as striker  Walcott almost looked like he was a second striker he’s playing so far forward albeit wider than before Giroud.   Certainly on form and fixtures its still a definite buy in my mind.    Top of the last 6 shooting stats and 5th overall.  Arsenal are 3rd on fixture ease.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Sunderland (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Aston Villa (H)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Tottenham (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Everton (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Swansea (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Reading (H)

Michu £8.4m form striker  DGW26 BUY

2nd in the overall shooting stats and 3rd in the last 6.     Despite a scoring drought of 7 games the underlying stats are still strong and suggest the goals will return.  That’s irrelevant really as there’s no way he can be sold or not bought before a Swansea double game week.  Longer term fixtures arent great, 15th in the fixture ease schedule. Apart from a couple of exceptions returns better with the easier teams.  The underlying stats and the double game week mean its a BUY for me though.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 QPR (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Liverpool (A)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Newcastle (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 West Brom (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Arsenal (H)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Tottenham (H)

Fellaini £7.8m fixtures striker HOLD

 Was back to his unplayable best last week and played in the support striker position.  However the fixtures aren’t great and for that reason I’m reluctant to recommend a buy just at this point.

10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Man Utd (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Norwich (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Reading (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Arsenal (A)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Man City (H)
30 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 31 Stoke City (H)

 

Bale £9.8m Quality  BUY 

4th in the overall and last 6 shooting stats.  Whenever I don’t have him in my team I get burned.  11th in the fixture ease but fixtures don’t bother him.  Will score no matter what the opposition.

 

09 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 26 Newcastle (H)
25 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 27 West Ham (A)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Arsenal (H)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Liverpool (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Fulham (H)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Swansea (A)

Silva £9.4m Quality BUY

Haven’t got that great fixtures but he is an option if for some reason you don’t want Aguero or Dzeko upfront.  9th in the overall and 8th in the last 6 shooting stats and also creates chances.

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Southampton (A)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Chelsea (H)
04 Mar 20:00 Gameweek 28 Aston Villa (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Wigan (H)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Everton (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Newcastle (H)

Puncheon £5.0m budget BUY

Still the best cheap midfielder even with Southampton having poor fixtures.  6th in the last 6 shooting stats and 5th overall

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Man City (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Newcastle (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 QPR (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Norwich (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Liverpool (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Chelsea (H)

Gerrard £9.7m  DGW26 BUY

For the double game week only in my mind.  Plays in a withdrawn position which is not really what you want for £9.4m

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

Dempsey £9.0m BUY but risky

With Defoe out should hold the advanced position behind him.  Has crept in to the last 6 shooting stats despite limited minutes and has scored 2 in his last 5.  Has also featured in the current gameweek top 10 twice in the last 3 times.   problem is he’s expensive and you would always go for Bale ahead of him.  Fixtures are ok without being great and certainly don’t warrant 2 Spurs players but if you’re looking for something different.

09 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 26 Newcastle (H)
25 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 27 West Ham (A)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Arsenal (H)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Liverpool (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Fulham (H)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Swansea (A)

Lampard £8.5m BUY but risky

Similar dilemma as Dempsey as mata seems essential.  However the Chelsea fixtures are better than Spurs and Lamps is 2nd in the last 6 shooting stats despite ostensibly being a sitting midfielder.  Is far better value though than Mata though at £8.5m.  However the risk here is that Hazard is returning from suspension and Mikel and Moses will soon be back from ACON accelerating the Benitez rotation obsession. Again though if you’re looking for something different.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Wigan (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Man City (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Brom (H)
10 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 29 Fulham (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Ham (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Southampton (A)

Walters £6.4m fixtures BUY

Purely a fixture play.  Has no form and hasn’t returned in his last 6 but has shown the ability historically to score against poor opposition and they now have the best fixtures of anyone starting with Reading at home.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Reading (H)
23 Feb 12:45 Gameweek 27 Fulham (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Ham (H)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Newcastle (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Brom (H)
30 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 31 Everton (A)

Snodgrass £6.2m fixtures BUY

Another player who has been in and around the shooting stats who will hopefully benefit from good fixtures

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Fulham (H)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Everton (H)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Man Utd (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Southampton (H)
17 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 30 Sunderland (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Wigan (A)

 

Budget

Schneiderlin – £4.5m  Saints

 McCarthy – £4.8m

Maloney – £4.8m

Kebe £4.6m

FORWARDS

RVP – £14.1m – QUALITY  fixtures BUY

Hasn’t returned in the last 2 and also not shown up in the current game week shooting stats in the last 3 but the quality is still there and I expect the returns to come back.  still an essential in my mind.

10 Feb 16:00 Gameweek 26 Everton (H)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 QPR (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 Norwich (H)
09 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 29 West Ham (A)
16 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 30 Reading (H)
30 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 31 Sunderland (A)

Ba – £8.2m  form  HOLD

Even though its likely it will be Torres turn to play home to Wigan I would probably keep Ba for one more week due to this fixture unless you want to fit Suarez in.  Then sell before the City away game.  Just too much rotation.

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Wigan (H)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Man City (A)
02 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 28 West Brom (H)
10 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 29 Fulham (A)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 West Ham (H)
31 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 31 Southampton (A)

Suarez – £10.8m DGW 26 Quality BUY

Only the Arsenal game where he played on the left has made me nervous about the Suarez and Sturridge role.  Otherwise there’s been enough swapping of positions and central positioning to keep me happy.  He is also the leader in overall and last 6 shooting stats and chances created so its not affecting that.  Has scored twice in the last 4 games since Sturridge has arrived.

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

Tevez £8.8m SELL /Dzeko £7.4m BUY

Too much rotation in my mind for Tevez.  Dzeko is protected by price and his ability to score as a sub.

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Southampton (A)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Chelsea (H)
04 Mar 20:00 Gameweek 28 Aston Villa (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Wigan (H)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Everton (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Newcastle (H)

Giroud £8.0m value fixtures BUY

4th in the overall and 3rd in the last 6 shooting stats plus appearing 3 times in the current top 10 shooting stats.  3 goals and an assist in his last 4.  The only questions are do you have 2 Arsenal attacking assets as Walcott also looks essential or can you drop walcott for Giroud.  I prefer to have only 1 attacking asset from a team unless the fixtures are very compelling.  Arsenals aren’t quite at that level and for that reason I would personally will hold off but he is a BUY if you can live with these cavaeats

09 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Sunderland (A)
23 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 27 Aston Villa (H)
03 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 28 Tottenham (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Everton (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Swansea (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Reading (H)

 

Fletcher £7.2m SELL

 The fantastic fixtures have finished and Graham may  dilute his chances 

Aguero £10.9m Quality BUY

Total and utter quality.  6th in the overall shooting stats and 6th in the last 6.  Fixtures could be better but he will be the striker of choice and with no European games and with Utd to chase it seems likely he will play virtually all games.

09 Feb 17:30 Gameweek 26 Southampton (A)
24 Feb 13:30 Gameweek 27 Chelsea (H)
04 Mar 20:00 Gameweek 28 Aston Villa (A)
09 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 29 Wigan (H)
16 Mar 12:45 Gameweek 30 Everton (A)
30 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 31 Newcastle (H)

Sturridge £7.7m DGW26 value

Not shown enough shooting stats for me long term but definitely an option for the DGW

11 Feb 20:00 Gameweek 26 West Brom (H)
17 Feb 15:00 Gameweek 26 Swansea (H)
Gameweek 27
02 Mar 17:30 Gameweek 28 Wigan (A)
10 Mar 16:00 Gameweek 29 Tottenham (H)
16 Mar 15:00 Gameweek 30 Southampton (A)
31 Mar 13:30 Gameweek 31 Aston Villa (A)

 
Budget – for those wanting to squeeze in to the midfield

Pogrebnyak – £4.4m

Anichebe – £4.4m

KEY

quality – an elite player for his position

value – a player at a value that is less than the returns I expect

fixtures – a player facing good fixtures over the next 6 games

budget – filler at the minimum price the position allows. Should play

sleeping giant – a player with past form who may have had a quiet season last year but has the potential for far greater returns than his value

YC – card magnet

DGW – has 2 games in the specified game week

pens – should take penalties

short term – will only play for a few games

Form – current form

hope that stimulates some thought for your Barclays fantasy premier league team.

 

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