Heads up fantasy managers, we’ve got a quick turnaround to game week 15! There’s no time to bask in the warm glow of a great game week 14, or for those who had a bad week, to drown in sorrow. It is important to remember not to discard or show wrath towards those who may not have performed well in the previous game, as they may have a very favorable midweek fixture and produce the points you need.
Highly owned players like Virgil Van Dijk, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Raheem Sterling have failed to provide returns lately, but they came good this past week. When making transfers, we have to find a balance between whom we need to keep faith in and whom we project to come into form.
I’ve had a friend tease me for the past month for my persistence in keeping Aubameyang in my team. He has been sending me a ‘remix’ of the Jah Cure song “Longing For”. Reggae fans reading this know the lyrics are along the lines of “what am I longing for? My baby to love me more” and “when when when when can we see each other again?” Well I’ve received several messages of “what are you longing for, Aubameyang to score” and “when when when when will Auba score again?” This is not a story of redemption, however, because this entire time Jamie Vardy has been on the score sheet numerous weeks, and I have not had the benefit of him in my team. Unfortunately, my midfield has needed major surgery and I did not have the chance to do what’s necessary up front.
This anecdote may seem to be a bit much, but I hope those of you who read between the lines learn the lesson here. Let’s see if you figure out what that is by the end of reading this. Now for the picks!
It’s been some time since Wolves kept a league clean sheet. West Ham are very unconvincing despite the win against Chelsea however.
Were this a December picks article, he would be the first name. Palace have a great upcoming schedule.
One of the smartest decisions I have made this season has been getting him for cheap, but there’s no reason to remove him from the picks. Chilwell and Pereira are also good options from Leicester if you have the budget.
Possibly the first Saints player included this season, he delivered some good crosses against Watford, and I can see him causing problems for the Canaries’ defenders.
Expect play to get rough in the Merseyside derby. We pick a name out the hat here and go with the Scotland man who will want to catch his teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold in the assist standings.
You have to keep picking him, don’t you?
Kurt Zouma (£4.7, Chelsea v. Aston Villa)
Chelsea looked tired at the weekend, but I expect the Blues to have a response this week. The Villans have played well against the top teams lately, so they will have to be ready.
Son has to be the first name written in the midfield. Jose Mourinho will be returning to Old Trafford in a confident mood knowing he has one of the hottest players in the league at his disposal.
James Ward-Prowse (£5.8, Southampton v. Norwich)
Is this one Southampton player too many? Three goals in four make him irresistible, and I’m heavily considering him for my own team.
Mo Salah (£12.2, Liverpool v. Everton)
Sadio Mane is without doubt the safer pick, so if you are someone who likes to be cautious, that’s the way to go. For all the risk takers out there, this is the guy for you. Big players show up in the big games, and after getting 68 minutes at the weekend in his return from injury, Salah could hurt Everton.
Wilfried Zaha (£6.6, Crystal Palace v. Bournemouth)
This is a difficult fixture to predict, as the Cherries can come out and beat anyone on their day. I’m going with a player in good form with goals in his last two games, as he will be full of confidence that he can get behind the defense and make it three in a row.
Bernardo should be included from the start by Pep Guardiola in this one. City need some positive results and this is a positive player who makes things happen.
Jamie Vardy (£9.8, Leicester v. Watford)
Vardy has scored in six straight, what else do you need to know? It looks like his England retirement is paying off for his club.
Raul Jimenez (£7.7, Wolves v. West Ham)
With returns in six of the last seven games, another striker in great form. West Ham are not a team that makes attackers fearful, so the Mexican should be smiling.
New manager bounce? Maybe that’s what helped him get two goals on the weekend, and Freddie Ljungberg will hope it continues.
With some decent budget players in the picks, it was necessary to leave out the likes of KDB. The fixtures really pile up over the next month, so keep an eye out for rotation friends. Get the players you need to have into your team now, don’t dither! Please let us know on whom you are relying. Good luck!