The quarter finals of the FA Cup reduces our fantasy options to 10 teams for week 30.
With private and blog leagues now firmly in the championship run in stage this is one of the weeks awkward to make up points. With a reduced number of teams to pick from means finding those lightly owned players can make all the difference if they can produce high fantasy points. To fit the likes of Harry Kane and co in your sides you will need a bargain price option. Let's take a look at some of the best options
Fantrax 1m/FPL 4.1m
You are chasing a rival and you know they will have Forster don't you. If this is the case you need to come up with something just a little different. How about ridiculously different? Guzan has conceded plenty, Villa have lost a run of games on the spin and if you are on the Harry Kane train this option makes no sense. But then again neither has much about this season's Premier League. Tottenham haven't won their last two league games and maybe the nerves and realisation of their situation is just getting to the young players? No I'm not convince either but one thing I do know is that Spurs will fire shots galore at the Villa shot stopper and Villa themselves held out for 45 minutes at Manchester City last week. This is the gamble to end all gambles but in this season you couldn't rule out any result. Perhaps a shock Villa 0-0 and a nice round dozen saves for Guzan. Which brave soul of the NMA community will take on the challenge?
FPL 4.9 only
Daniels is fast becoming the fantasy favourite in the Official game. His last nine scores are 8, 6, 8, 5, 1, 8, 2 and 18. Still a cheap defensive option he holds penalty duties and from his raid's into the opponents final third the chance of an assist or two.
Fantrax 3834m/FPL 4.9m
This one all depends on whether he starts against Dortmund. Should he sit that one out we know he is very likely to get the Villa game - homer dribble moment.
Fantrax 1m/ FPL 4.6m
Playing Aston Villa what more do you need. He doesn't provide many phantom points at all but must have a great chance of a clean sheet.
Ivo Pinto/ Tim Klose
Fantrax 1522/1278 and FPL 4.2m each
Pure filler's with a very tricky match up.
Fantrax 5843/FPL 4.2
This is one of my favourite choices in this category. When Cameron first joined Stoke the right back position was the one he was purchased to fill. He has never quite made it his own and had started to settle into playing better football in a central midfield role. He appears to have finally settled into a utility player role for Mark Hughes squad. With injuries to Glenn Johnson and Phil Bardsley, Cameron looks likely to keep the right back role for the visit of Southampton. Last time out he fired in 4 shots at Chelsea suggesting he will get forward plenty. The Saints are turning into a very hot or very cold side and sit in the cold state coming into this week.
Fantrax 3713/FPL 4.2m
Back in the side and likely to double his Fantrax value.
Fantrax 2495/ FPL 3.8m
When looking at defenders you can get caught up looking for sensible clean sheets or the ability to produce attacking returns at the other end. Sometimes though a player can rack up those precious fantasy points by being on the sharp end of an aggressive opponents attack. Leicester City sitting 5 points clear will look at this fixture as must win and we can expect Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and co to shoot and run at the Newcastle rearguard plenty. By doing so Taylor can quickly win us points intercepting passes, making tackles and of course blocking all of those shots. He won't get you a clean sheet but he does also offer a danger down the other end.
Newcastle already miss him when injured and that is too often. The report from Steve McLaren going into week 29 was he took a knock and Steve viewed him as a layer only effective when 100%. If fit, Townsend is a player that will always return you points and with Leicester vulnerable at home to pace in behind you could consider the purchase.
Subbed off at half time last week, he is still adjusting to the Premier League. A nice fixture this time around and he may suit away games where he can enjoy more space and time in possession. He could yet tempt me if I wish to try and get a little clever with my side.
He looked pretty lacking in effective play against Villa last time but with City facing a Champions League las 16 second leg midweek he is certain to get a run out. Just how long that run out is will be the question. City sit 10 points off Leicester but do have a game in hand. Despite the math, history suggests they could still drag in the league leaders. To do so will probably require them to win 9 or 10 of their last 11 but once again you wouldn't rule them out.
With the limited matches in Week 30 the pickings aren't great are they. But with Kun, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure facing Norwich Harry Kane, Christain Eriksen and Deli Alli facing Villa, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez enjoying Newcastle you will need a filler or two this week.