Here’s an article from Tali looking at some of the key fantasy premier league players likely to be influential over the rest of the season.
Possible key fantasy premier league players to the end of the season
At the moment the premier league table is in a very unusual state.
Liverpool are 18 points clear of Manchester City in 2nd so the title is all but won. While Leicester should take the 3rd Champions League spot the 4th one is up for grabs with Chelsea on 41 points but stuttering. We then have 5 sides, Sheffield United, Spurs, Everton, Man Utd and Wolves within 6 points of Chelsea. Anything could happen.
The relegation battle is also going to be close and tense. Norwich look cast adrift but 5 sides are within 3 points above them in Watford, West Ham, Villa , Bournemouth and Brighton.
We look at some of the key players in the above teams who could influence these outcomes and discuss their fantasy premier league prospects.
The Premier League title and the Champions League spots
It’s interesting that on Betway we see that £12.7m Salah, despite being in red hot form, is 3rd favourite for the top goalscorer behind a stuttering £9.8m Jamie Vardy and a surely rotatable Champions League focused £12.1m Sergio Aguero who could see £9.5m Gabriel Jesus filling in for the Premier League. That position seems to suggest that there is nervousness that Salah will be heavily rotated once the league is won, potentially in March.
Could it be that despite being sold by top FPL managers that Vardy’s fantastic fixture run from GW28 to GW33 could see him a key player in the run in .
It’s hard to see Sheffield United keeping up their current pace. With Wilder constantly tinkering with his strikers and a functional midfield the defence will have to keep grinding out clean sheets to stay in contention for Europe. The options depend on whether you want the value of £4.7m O’Connell or the attack of £5.1m Enda Stevens.
If Chelsea are to hold their top 4 place the burden will heavily fall on the shoulders of £7.7m Tammy Abraham. 13 goals and 6 assists is a good start. After Man Utd and Spurs next it’s a good fixture run to GW36. However with Lampard seemingly unimpressed with both Batshuayi and Giroud can Abraham handle the workload and the pressure.
In the injury absence of Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane, £7.9m Anthony Martial and £10.0m Heung-Min Son will have to step up to fill that void if they have any chance of a top 4 place.
Could £7.7m Raul Jimenez’s form and a kind fixture list up to GW32 be just what Wolves need to at least secure at least another Europa League position. With varying form from the other teams in the chase could they even do the impossible of a Champions League position. Jimenez will have to shoulder the majority of the goal burden for them and continue his impressive 49% goal involvement rate in their 35 goals so far this season.
The relegation spots
At the other end of the table things are interesting. As I said Norwich are cast adrift and look unlikely to stay up.
Aston Villa spent £100m in the summer on new recruits. However they are 4th from bottom only a point ahead of 18th and 19th placed West Ham and Watford. Obviously 7 goal and 6 assist £6.7m Jack Grealish is their key player. However could new recruit £6.0m Mbwana Samatta be an influence as well. He will have to be given Villa’s brutal fixture list which includes Spurs, Leicester and Chelsea in their next 4. Coming into the league in January he had a great start against Bournemouth scoring and posting decent underlying stats with 3 shots and 2 key passes. The injury to Wesley gives him a clear run at the striker position. However they will have to beat the markets perception as they are 2nd favourite to go down with Betway.
West Ham and Watford’s new manager bounce seems to have dropped off. West Ham have a failing striker in Haller and a defence that can’t stop leaking goals. That will provide plenty of save points for Fabianski but he can only do so much. Can new winger come centre forward £6.5m Jarrod Bowen help improve their prospects. He comes into the team with an impressive 16 goals and 6 assists in the Championship this season with Hull in 29 appearances this season at an impressive rate of a goal or assist every 118 minutes.
Impossible to pick anyone from Brighton given the managers tinkering and a tough fixture list from GW30 onwards.