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Week 34 The Player Picks

Double your fun once again this week as four teams host double duties for week 34. Who are some of the players worth your money this week, NMA gives you some ideas.

As normal his club need him.  But will Gerrard play twice and if so can he roll back the years in doing so?
As normal his club need him. But will Gerrard play twice and if so can he roll back the years in doing so?
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You know the drill with double weeks, picks as many of the potential two game players as possible.  In week 34 this time around we have a choice of four sides Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City and Hull.  This will make things a lot more interesting, opening up plenty of options for our fantasy sides.

The value of a double game week is of course the potential huge points scoring we can achieve.  Last time out with Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers playing twice I scored 196 points (which I hope Yahoo will soon allocate to my score, nudge nudge Yahoo).  Our friend Nik and I think a couple of other members did even better breaking the mythical 200 point barrier.

The majority of this post will be to look at those double game options, obvious and alternative for the week ahead.  Before doing so who are the single gamer's worth breaking the rule to hold and play?

Kun Aguero

Home to Villa and I hold like many of you at 15m. What do we need from his points return to make him worthwhile keeping? He is back in form and on pens as well. Villa are on a high but may be caught mentally after an amazing result last weekend. Kun would need a brace minimum do you think he will get it? Are you dropping him or does it frighten you too much?

Alexis Sanchez

If you hold him at 5m there is nothing I can say to make you sell him and you mustn't consider doing so.  The man is back in 20pt game form and hot off his MOM performance in the cup semi.  Chelsea will likely plan to suffocate him, blocking space in their final third and playing on the counter.  Sanchez though seems fixture proof and a case can be made to start him rather than bench him this week.

Harry Kane

If you hold him at 9m I can also see the temptation to keep him this week.  Like Sanchez he continues to hit those 20pt+ games.  He plays at Southampton where the home side have been defensive rocks all season.

Aaron Cresswell/Jores Okore and Martin Kelly all at 1m

If you have any of these left at 1m then feel free to use them as a filler option should you need to.  I'm thinking they are more likely to be bench options 1 and 2 but if you plan on going all in on the premium picks these guys can help you get there.  Kelly has the best clean sheet chance of the trio in my opinion.

The double gamers

Kasper Schmeichel

Scored a fantastic 22pts last week and a safe pick in the Foxes goal.  He will be busy over the two games and I'm not sure I see a clean sheet in either.  I have him at 1m he is becoming tough to drop.

Thibaut Courtois

If you missed the BD on this guy like me it's tough to think about spending £12.49m on him.  Two away games against two of the leagues most in form sides puts me off.  However, Courtois has kept clean sheets in his last two games so who is to say he doesn't get at least one in week 34.  If you hold him at around 6m then I think you have to go with him this week.

Simon Mignolet

With the Hull keeper position unclear Mignolet is our final choice.  Pool do have the look of a flat side at the moment with the return of their defensive issues that have plagued them all season. His price is high considering and this pick is one for those gamblers believing pool will bounce back with back to back wins.

The Chelsea back line

Normally I would be looking to load up on these gentlemen for a double week.  You would expect at least one clean sheet and likely a goal or two you hadn't expected.  John Terry £12.10m, Branislav Ivanovic £11.55m, Gary Cahill £8.69m and Cesar Azpilicueta £13.49m are the likely starters.  Part of Joses winning formula this season has been to avoid too much, if any rotation.   With both games away there will be plenty of phantom points coming their defenders way with block shots, PI and TW.

Jeff Schlupp

8, 7, 10 and 17 in his last four games with the clean sheet coming in the 17pt haul. Facing off against Kieran Trippier and Ivanovic over the two games he seems likely to be busy at both ends of the pitch. He is expensive and not likely a pick many will make. If you are chasing your league leader down and looking for someone different he may interest.

Robert Huth

If you hold at 3m he is a must. At retail still an option.

Michael Dawson

Priced at 8.80m the Hull CB will be full of blocked shots etc over the two games. Further he can always be a danger from set plays and bar injury will start both matches.

Alberto Moreno

Will cost you £7.51m and as pointed out by Dasboot often doesn't last the game.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling seems certain to play one match as a forward and one in support. He still has his distractions off the pitch but has a goal and assist in his last two games in league and cup. He finished last season strong, could he do so again?

Phillip Coutinho

Coutinho meanwhile has had many more efforts on goal than Sterling and is certainly the better finisher. For me Liverpool's player of the season at £11.98 he could be a must this week.

Jordan Henderson

Hendo has been getting further for with the return of Lucas and absence of Gerrard in recent weeks. Hopefully pool fans can give their view and what will happen with Lucas out and Gerrard back. I assume he maintains a box to box role and should Gerrard miss one of the games he has penalty duties. Certain for two starts and doesn't get subbed.

Steven Gerrard

Gerrard hasn't played multi games in a week too often this season but the pressure is his manager. Will he play twice this week and then the following weekend? I assume he will wish to play every remaining game of his final season in the EPL. He will take pens abut it's his starting position that interests me. Should he start deep he seem likely to be the man who assists the assister. If he plays the role further forward he increases his attacking potential but may run out of legs and not play the pair of matches.

The pick is a gamble with him playing both games away from home. Liverpool have struggled to control the midfield in the last four games and may just need his experience in there if they are to make a late challenge for the top four.

Eden Hazard

May be the player of the season, bang in form, on pens and will start twice. Chelsea will score somewhere over the two games and he seems the most likely to be involved.

Cesc Fabregas

IF you hold him at 5m you then this is the week it all could pay off. Cesc's assist volume has slowed big time from the relentless run he was on. No matter along with Hazard he is likely to be behind or involved with Chelseas goals.

Esteban Cambiasso

The old man of the Leicester midfield had rolled back they year's recently. Fantasy scores of 14, 7 and 17in his last three suggests a possible dark horse this week.

Andy King

One more under the radar he has 14, 4 and 18 in his last three. Most of those points have come from goals but that means he is in goal scoring form for £8.93m.

Mark Albrighton

Cheap at £6.51m and likely to return 12-15 points over the two games.

Tom Huddlestone

Has done me very well in double weeks past and at a shade over 6m I'm in for a THudd phantom haul of points.

Mohamed Diame

He has been eased back into the side coming back from injury and won't do you 180 minutes. He is a key player for Bruce and will start one at least. For £4.45m he is worth a gamble.

Dame N'Doye

He has got quiet since the early blitz but at £6.18m and likely in with a great chance of starting twice.

Leonardo Ulloa

Ulloa was back in the goals last time out but he doesn't do much bar them. Should start game one at least and strikers often score in sequences. He was 5m before week 33 and could fill a hole for you.

Jamie Vardy

Vardy is the better bet with 18, 16, 16 and 2 points in his last four. A real live wire his high energy attacking efforts have been a large part of Leicester's late surge. At just under 10m an interesting choice many won't risk.

Daniel Sturridge

Should have been the banker of the week. Unlikely to start twice and may not play more than once. Low price still will tempt should we hear he is for game one.

I expect to see plenty of variety in the NMA sides this weekend with many opinions. As I said I'm interested to hear the views on the Liverpool midfield and anyone keeping Kun.