Another game week looms on the horizon, but take special note, a few teams will be missing in action for Week 33. Arsenal, Aston Villa, Hull City, Liverpool, QPR, and Sunderland all have a by so plan your team selection accordingly. This omission will largely affect those fantasy managers with steep discounts. One on hand, those discounts have proven good value (Alexis Sanchez) over the course of the year. But the truth is, the season is starting to head towards its finale, and often hanging onto a discounted player can actually end up hurting your team when selecting based off the match up might have been the better course. Let's take a quick look at the fixtures for Week 33:
Week 33 Fixtures:
Crystal Palace v West Brom
Chelsea v Manchester Untied
Joe Hart - Well it has certainly been an incredible slide down the table for Manchester City in the second half of the season so far. Joe Hart and Co just haven't been able to produce their normally dominant game play and see out matches. With two back to back negative weeks, Hart is at an astonishingly low price of only 5.17mil. With a slightly difficult home match, but a home match none the less, Hart seems the best keeper choice for Week 33 without discounts being considered. Get in now before City click (if ever) back on.
Kelvin Davis - With 16pts, -5pts, and another 16pts in his starting 3 matches as the Saints shot stopper, Davis has been good for value over that time frame. While not as low in price as he was initially when Forster got injured, Davis is still a very affordable 6.74mil. Southampton have been pretty staunch in defense this season and an away trip to Stoke City doesn't seem that daunting. Sure Charlie Adam may pop up for a 65yrd stunner to ruin your clean sheet, but hey, how many times can that really happen right?
Tim Howard - Okay, okay, big Timmy hasn't been the force he was during last season or the World Cup, but neither have Everton for that matter. This has been a real tough season for the blue half of Liverpool and facing a relegation spooked Burnley might not be the easiest match either. But his price is right, at just 4.17mil and even better at his barndoor listing of under 2mil. Having home turf advantage might be just what Everton need to squeak past a determined Burnley.
Martin Kelly - The fullback has been a great resource off the bench all season at his low, low price of 1mil. Even at his current value of 6.79mil, Kelly looks a good pick up in a week where many names just don't stand out. Crystal palace have been transformed under Alan Pardew and will be looking to continue their form against a slightly fading West Brom at Selhurst Park. Regardless of price, Kelly has done enough through the year to get a starting spot for Week 33.
Ryan Bertrand - The former Chelsea fullback has been fantastic for Southampton this season and a boon to the fantasy manager with his attacking/defensive phantom points. Not many phantom points produced last game week, but Bertrand continues to be one of the defensive wins for the season. Even at his current price of 10.94mil, there aren't many other enticing premium defenders for this week.
Leighton Baines - This hasn't been a routine season for Everton or Baines, but the England left back has still managed an impressive 268pts total. At 14.74mil, Baines is the most expensive pick in my group, but you just feel Everton will raise their game level to end the season on a high. Burnley are fighting relegation, but Everton at home should be enough to see them through a cagey contest. Call it more of a hunch, but Baines is due for one of his swerving free kick goals.
Erik Dier - What a bright start Dier made when joining Tottenham over the summer, scoring two goals in his first 3 matches and producing some fine phantom point displays. However, Tottenham have struggled to find consistency this season and Dier has been in and out of the line up. At a nice price of 7.72mil, Dier offers a clear path into Spur's defense which travel to a struggling Newcastle United at the weekend.
Eliaquim Mangala - With Kompany's injury scan due to fall today, Mangala is presumably nailed on for City's match against West Ham. Not the most fashionable choice, but 6.87mil for a team that will likely spring back to life, isn't a bad option this week. I just don't have any clear cut idea which team will have the best chance of a CS, but City seem most likely given the match ups.
Yaya Toure - A fairly non existent force against Manchester United, but back amongst the goals in the losing effort to Crystal palace, Yaya offers a cheap way into the better match up of the week. At 10.00mil, Yaya should have some opportunities to replicate his feverish form that brought City that title last season. The price is just low enough to be tempting, even with his up and down form this season.
Christian Eriksen - Such a great player in reality, but hugely inconsistent in the fantasy format. In the games where Eriksen's play translates well into fantasy, he explodes. Or you find yourself with a paltry fantasy return in a game that should have been "easy". Last week I was burned with a 4pt return when Spurs lost 0-1 to Villa. Still reasonably priced at 10.73mil, I am willing to give him one more shot this week after seeing how inept Newcastle were at Liverpool. Given the lack of clear stand out fixtures, Spurs away actually looks promising.
Mile Jedinak - The Australian has been one of the most under rated forces in the fantasy format for two seasons running. Although his stellar phantom point production has boosted his price up considerably, 12.44mil seems a good price for a very productive midfielder with one of the better match ups home to West Brom. Alan Pardew has certainly charged up Crystal palace since his switch from Newcastle, we might has well ride it out while it lasts.
Wilfred Zaha - Puncheon and Bolasie have been getting the goals as of late, but Zaha is my hunch for a great return against West Brom. He has the talent and attacking drive to get himself into good scoring positions, and I am taking the shot that Zaha will be the big man for Crystal Palace during Week 33. But certainly don't ditch discounts on Puncheon or Bolasie if you currently hold them.
Juan Mata/Ashley Young - Both Manchester United midfielders have seen something of a resurgence after being frozen out for most of the season under van Gaal. But both have been supremely impressive in their last few outings and should still be good value even away to Chelsea. Had United not looked more commanding and impressive in their recent victories, I would have been skeptical of their chances at Stamford Bridge, but now I am not so sure. If you have either at discount, then certainly try your luck, but I think the Chelsea-United match will have a lot more twists and turns than what we would have expected earlier in the season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - Hasn't really put together the phantom point scoring and goals/assists to often this season, but when he has, Siggy has been a great pick. Still fairly pricey at 13.47mil, but continuing on free kick duty and facing an away trip to a relegation struggling Leicester City, could mean solid returns for Week 33. Although, Gomis still hasn't found his feet in the absence of Bony, which would undoubtably raise Siggy's stock.
Cesc Fabregas - Obviously a hold if you have him at his original price, but buying in this week doesn't seem as bad a move either. With so few matches, and so few stand out fixtures, you will need to rely on consistent players, and Fabregas is one of them. United have been on a good run of form, but Chelsea have been brutally consistent all season and shouldn't be kept off the score sheet. So expect Fabregas to be involved in much of Chelsea's attacking play.
Graziano Pelle - Finally back amongst the goals after a rough goal drought, the Saints will welcome any help towards recovering their once lofty position this season. Although the Top 4 seems out of reach, there is still a lot to play for and Southampton deserve some sort of reward for having navigated such a fantastic season. Still nicely priced at just 8.42mil, you wouldn't be wrong to hold onto Pelle for the Saints away clash with Stoke City.
Sergio Aguero - The top striker pick for the week, and hopefully one you grabbed on the barn door after his two goals against United last week. There is not much explanation needed, City need goals and Aguero is the man to provide them, you'll just need to shell out 18.26mil for his services.
Harry Kane - With the way Newcastle looked against Liverpool, Harry Kane should have opportunities to find the back of the net. It was a measly 5pts returned last game week, but for 15.46mil, you can give the Spurs young striker another shot. Certainly this time, I don't think he will disappoint.
Bafetimbi Gomis - Although Gomis hasn't exactly stepped into the void left by Bony's departure to Manchester City, Gomis represents a decent alternative in your forward selection. Swansea City have done remarkably well under Gary Monk and shouldn't feel like their trip to meet the Foxes isn't a winnable game. A bit pricey at 10.09mil, but a great differential pick for those looking to switch things up.
Saido Berahino - Another young player enjoying a fine season with West Brom. Although he didn't find the back of the net last game week, Berahino still managed 12pts of phantoms, not bad for the 11mil invested. With lack of options this week, if you still hold him at discount, you might as well left him have one more go this week.
That's it for the player picks for Week 33, I hope that helps you finalize your squads before the deadline! My team is in shambles right now no it will take me a few days to formulate it correctly, but you can be assured many players listed above will be represented in my side. How are your teams shaping up? Who do you think will do well in Week 33?