Week 29 Fixture List
Tottenham v. Arsenal
Southampton v. Sunderland
Chelsea v. Stoke City
Manchester City v. Aston Villa
Newcastle v. Bournemouth
Everton v. West Ham
Watford v. Leicester City
Crystal Palace v. Liverpool
West Brom v. Manchester United
Best Bets for 2+ Goals: Manchester City, Leicester City, Southampton, Tottenham, Chelsea, Swansea, Liverpool
Best Bets for a Clean Sheet: Southampton, Manchester City, Swansea, Leicester City, Chelsea
Fraser Forster (SOU) - Southampton's half-dozen straight clean sheets were followed by a pair of games allowing two goals each, but visiting Sunderland has scored one goal or fewer in nine of its 14 away games so a return to shutout form could easily be in order.
Joe Hart (MCI) - Manchester City's defense lately has not been nearly as airtight as it was in the beginning of the season, but it has still given up the sixth fewest goals while visiting Villa has scored the fewest, averaging well under a goal per game. You probably won't get many saves, but you do have a great shot at a clean sheet.
Lucasz Fabianski (SWA) - Another pick based largely on the home locale and a solid defense combined with the poor quality of the opposition, with Norwich averaging less than a goal per game on the road.
If you're feeling a little bolder (and don't have as much dough): Joel Robles (EVE) - Since taking over for Tim Howard, the much more affordable Robles has allowed only two goals in four games. While West Ham has no shortage of offensive firepower, Everton is at home and you could see a lot of saves.
Vincent Kompany (MCI) - Manuel Pellegrini loves to rotate his wing defenders, so if you want to be more certain of a start, you're looking at Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi in the middle and Kompany is cheaper in both Official BPL and Fantrax formats, offering more bang for the buck.
Bacary Sagna (MCI) - Sagna probably has the highest likelihood to start amongst the City wing defenders and should bring plenty of spoils marauding against a weak Villa defense.
Matt Targett (SOU) - A bit of a speculative play since he is not an automatic starter, but he's been delivering at a reduced price when he does start. The Saints did not look good when he was rested mid-week, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him back in the mix of things.
Virgil Van Dijk and/or Jose Fonte (SOU) - You should have at least one of the two rocks of the Saints' defense in your squad with Sunderland coming to town as you won't have to worry much about their starting status.
Ashley Williams (SWA) - No, he's probably not going to bundle in the game winning goal as he did against Arsenal, but Williams should still contribute plenty on both ends of the pitch with the visit of struggling Norwich.
Another good option depending on injury status: Bryan Oviedo or Leighton Baines (EVE) are both affordable and score well with phantom points, if you can get a better feel for who will be healthy enough to start closer to game time.
Michail Antonio (WHU) - Scores when he's positioned up front, scores when he plays back in defense.
James Milner (LIV) - Liverpool has a pretty favorable match-up at flailing Crystal Palace and Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana are strong options as well, but I prefer Milner who has three goals and three assists in his last five games.
Matt Ritchie (BOU) - Ritchie finally seems to be delivering some consistency with three double digit efforts in Fantrax over the past five games, and he should be right in the thick of things at Newcastle.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA) - Has scored five goals in his last nine games and as we've established, Norwich is coming to town.
David Silva (MCI) - With Yaya Toure doubtful and Raheem Sterling a model of inconsistency, Silva is the safest bet to produce from City's midfield options while also being extremely affordable in Fantrax.
Another good option depending on starting status: Andros Townsend (NEW) - Averaging 5.67 ppg for a mere cost of 2,166 in Fantrax, not a bad match-up to boot. Didn't start midweek, hopefully that was just to get some rest.
Sergio Aguero (MCI) - Kun should be able to give poor Aston Villa nightmares both before and after the game.
Diego Costa (CHE) - Stoke City's defense has had its share of troubles with Ryan Shawcross out injured. Meanwhile, Chelsea's at Stamford Bridge where the combative Costa has scored three goals and added two assists in his past three games.
Roberto Firmino (LIV) - Crystal Palace's defense has imploded of late whilst Firmino has six goals and three helpers in his last seven games. Sounds like a promising combo, agreed? [Note: listed as a striker in Fantrax and Togga XI but as a midfidler in Official]
Harry Kane (TOT) - Has notched three goals in the past two North London derbies, plus he'll be facing David Ospina instead of the injured Petr Cech.
Graziano Pelle (SOU) - With Sunderland coming to town, you'll want to look toward Southampton's offense. Neither Sadio Mane nor Dusan Tadic have been automatic starters this season in midfield, but Pelle should get the call up front with Charlie Austin and Shane Long out injured.
Other good options depending on starting status: Daniel Sturridge (LIV) has scored three goals in the past three games he's played at least 60 minutes, and he could be due for a start after resting midweek, while Alberto Paloschi (SWA) likewise has a favorable match-up if restored to the starting line-up after a midweek benching.
While there is plenty of time for further injury news and mind-changing, currently my teams (named Stallone Wall) are:
Forster / Fuchs, Otamendi, Targett / Arnautovic, Mahrez, Ozil, Payet (V) / Aguero (C), Kane, Vardy; BENCH: Fabianski, Alli, Alderweireld, Bellerin (Official BPL)
Forster / Kompany, Otamendi, Oviedo / Khazri, Mahrez, Sigurdsson, Silva / Aguero, Kane, Firmino (Fantrax)
Hart / Fuchs, Kompany, Van Dijk, Williams / Eriksen, Payet, Ozil, Silva / Aguero, Firmino (Togga Perfect XI)
So who is set in your line-ups and what choices are you agonizing over?