This has been a long season. So long that I am secretly looking forward to May 24. My overall performance has again been decent, although I have slowly spiraled out of the top 100 to my current rank of 664. What has finally caught up with me, besides some poor decision making, is Yahoo’s lackluster performance, in particular the weekend glitch that left my NMA teammate, Simon aka Stall Express, with an incomplete team. I have been playing this game for too long and I think I have finally had enough of Yahoo’s incompetent programmers and their bug ridden platform…
Now on to the player picks, as Game Week 32 presents some intriguing match ups.
Kelvin Davis – priced at £3.23 and home to Hull City. Need I say more?
Michel Vorm – if you do not want a 38 year old Englishman in your goal, then perhaps you will fancy the Dutch keeper priced at £5.32 and home to Aston Villa. Vorm made a few very good saves to keep Burnley at bay and will be looking to continue his momentum against Benteke & Co.
Julian Speroni – away to Sunderland and with subsequent home fixtures to West Bromwich and Hull, do not overlook the Argentine priced at £5.92.
Boaz Myhill / Kasper Schmeichel – priced at £2.84 and £2.18 respectively, both play each other this Game Week. Personally, if you hold Schmeichel at £1, he gets the nod. If buying at retail, just go with Davis for a few pence more.
Simon Mignolet – he is not very cheap at £8.90 and we all know that Liverpool's defense is as reliable as a blind lifeguard, but with a double Game Week looming and if you fancy his chances at home against Newcastle, you could start Mignolet this Game Week, then bench for a blank Game Week 33 while preserving a potential discount.
Ryan Bertrand – not cheap at £10.41, but worth having this Game Week at home to Hull.
Kyle Walker – recently, Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku, two players known for notoriously "trolling" those who pick them, started scoring. Could this also mean that a once fantasy football darling, Kyle Walker, may be back to his old ways?! Priced at £7.55 and home to Aston Villa, let's hope so.
Branislav Ivanovic / Cesar Azpilicueta – the Serb trolled some, myself included, last Game Week against Stoke. The Spaniard also had a quiet game after two subsequent 10 point performances. Both backs should get plenty of opportunities against a leaky QPR defense.
Hector Bellerin – let's get one thing straight: I don’t think he is going to score again. It is not his scoring, however, but rather Burnley's inability to score, which is the reason why you should consider the Arsenal right-back priced at £7.08.
Billy Jones / Patrick Van Aanholt – if you grabbed Jones at £4.22 and if you like Sunderland's chances at home to Crystal Palace, then he is your man. If you are buying both at retail, then PVA at £9.59 is a better option going forward.
Angel Rangel - with Kyle Naughton sidelined with an ankle ligament injury, the Spaniard comes into play priced fairly at £7.54, playing at home to Everton.
Martin Kelly / Aaron Cresswell (at £1 only) – the last time either scored 10 points or more was in week 20 and week 25, respectively. As the season is drawing to a close, £1 players are better saved for the bench to allow for a stronger Starting 11. This Game Week, however, is slightly different. Kelly, having cemented his place in Alan Pardew's starting lineup, is away to Sunderland, while Cresswell is home to Stoke. You could do a lot worse than having both in your Starting 11.
Philippe Coutinho – after a couple unspectacular performances, the young Brazilian's price went down to a respectable £11.50. He is a great pick at home to Newcastle.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – a home game against Everton will not be an easy game for Swansea, but Sigurdsson performs well in tough games (25 against Manchester United, 18 against Arsenal, 14 against Liverpool, 16 against Tottenham). I currently have him in my Starting 11.
George Boyd - scored 16 points against Manchester City, so why not have a good game against Arsenal?!
Christian Eriksen – priced low enough (£10.93) and home to an Aston Villa team that allowed 6 goals in the last two games. I have a good feeling the Danish international will do well on Saturday.
Eden Hazard – if you hold the Belgian at a substantial discount, then play him. Here is why you should not buy him at retail: (a) he is very expensive; and (b) with Diego Costa and possibly Cesc Fabregas out, this will be a scrappy game away to a QPR team that may finally feeling the survival ground underneath its feet. I see goals in this game but I also see them coming from the "unlikely" players.
Stewart Downing – this is more of a hunch, but Downing has not scored since the home game win against Hull in Game Week 22. There may be better picks this Game Week, but if you are playing "catch-up" give good old Stewart a run out.
Jason Puncheon – he is a streaky type of player. Not consistent enough for me to hold on to him but if you barndoored him at £10.03 or below, he may be worth keeping for the next 3 games (sun, WBA, HULL).
Sadio Mane – another streaky player that has too much talent to remain dormant for 3 weeks in a row. Priced at £9.65 and home to Hull, he should be in your thoughts.
Harry Kane – what a disaster last Game Week against Burnley?! Kane & Co. will surely be looking to make amends and I see the young stalwart back on the score sheet against Villa.
Loic Remy - the former QPR player returns back to Loftus Road. Remy scored in two consecutive games and tends to perform well when given the opportunity. With Diego Costa sidelined for the next few game weeks, this is a good time to bring the Frenchman onboard and hope he repays the trust.
Daniel Sturridge – back to full fitness, priced at £10 and home to Newcastle. He should be in your Starting 11.
Saido Berahino – has been very consistent with Tony Pulis taking over. Priced at £11.60, Berahino is a good pick playing at home to Leicester City.
Graziano Pellè – I have picked Pellè twice this season and each time he got me nothing. Priced at £7.71, home to Hull and owned by 8% of the managers, he is a good differential pick this Game Week.
Olivier Giroud / Alexis Sanchez – both are ridiculously expensive at retail, but if you are holding at a discount, either one is an good pick this Game Week.
So here you have it. My early team for Game Week 32 is: Davis, Cresswell, Kelly, Bellerin, Coutinho, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Mane, Kane, Sturridge, Remy, with Wollschied, Upson, Sinclair, Schemiechel on the bench. I still hold Puncheon at £10.03 and Mata at £5.75, so there are still some decisions to be made. How are your teams shaping up?