The first double game-week of the season is over with Liverpool stretching their lead to 19 points, defeating all 19 teams in the Premier League. Impressive stat, just hand the European champions the title already! However, the week has also brought the worst possible despair with Sadio Mane becoming the latest attacker added to the list of failed triple-captains. As they say, better luck next time (or that is, next season).
We have witnessed a busy football fixture period this week as well, with Manchester City reaching the Carabao Cup final after facing Manchester United, while Leicester were stunned by Aston Villa with Liverpool’s win over West Ham. Better keep check of the players used and rested for the upcoming Premier League clashes. Plus, we also have a few interesting matches to ponder, with the likes of Chelsea facing off with Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes and Pep Guardiola visiting his old rival Jose Mourinho.
Let’s check out the options we have to grab us much-needed points in the world of fantasy football:
Nick Pope (£4.6, Burnley v. Arsenal)
Pope collected 10 and 12 points in his previous two matches by gaining a clean sheet, saving a penalty and grabbing five bonus points. With the rest of the seasonal fixtures relatively decent, Pope is certainly not a bad choice at all.
Dean Henderson (£5.0, Sheffield United at Crystal Palace)
Henderson has been the ultimate favorite for many fantasy managers. The Manchester United loanee scored 11 points in a defeat to Manchester City, making a penalty save to bring all three bonus points.
Brandon Williams (£4.1, Man United v. Wolves)
With Marcus Rashford out, the style of formation has changed which helps Williams feature at the back line, having started four of his last five matches. Despite playing the full 90 minutes against Man City this week, the young defender will likely start again. He has a goal and an assist from his seven league games so far.
Adam Webster (£4.4, Brighton at West Ham)
With such a cheap price, Webster could prove to be extremely useful when facing a struggling David Moyes side. Brighton have not been too consistent defensively, but Webster also has a attacking potential with three goals to his name this season.
Enda Stevens (£5.1, Sheffield United at Crystal Palace)
Sheffield are second best behind Liverpool for most shutouts, having conceded only 23 goals so far this season. The Blades have kept eight clean sheets, and Stevens has played a major part in that, while also having more shots and chances created than George Baldock and John Lundstram too.
Lucas Digne (£5.8, Everton at Watford)
Digne is back in favor with fantasy managers picking him lately, as he has two assists in his last two games, up to a total of five so far. He also has three clean sheets in his last seven games, so it is no wonder why he’s being selected again.
Aymeric Laporte (£6.3, Man City at Tottenham)
This can be a tricky call to make. Laporte played 77 minutes last week after returning from injury but didn’t feature in this week’s Carabao Cup semi-final. Man City next five fixtures are against the so-called ‘big sides’, which is why Guardiola will depend on Laporte to fix his back line as soon as possible.
John Fleck (£5.0, Sheffield United at Crytsal Palace)
Another Sheffield player get into the list, Fleck has been in a good form with 51 points to his name in the previous last seven home matches mixing goals and assists.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.3, Chelsea at Leicester City)
Hudson-Odoi is another player to keep an eye on as he has improved his form. He has played full 90 minutes in the previous three matches, scoring and providing assists with his tally up to five goals in six starts. With Christian Pulisic still out and Chelsea hunting for goals, the English youngster is the one to pick.
Jordan Henderson (£5.4, Liverpool v. Southampton)
Liverpool’s captain is on top of the world and in an fabulous form despite not being a consistent goal scorer, but he doesn’t need to be as his tasks are bigger than just putting the ball in the net. However, if you need a midfielder with a cheap price, Henderson should be considered with such easy fixtures coming up for the Reds.
Adama Traoré (£5.8, Wolves at Man United)
There is a reason why the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have complimented Traore. He keeps proving his critics wrong and has cemented his place in the Wolves XI with four goals and seven assists in the league. Wolves’ in-form player will push his side toward a top-four spot.
Nicolas Pepe (£9.1, Arsenal at Burnley)
If you are looking for Sadio Mane’s replacement, Pepe can be the player for that. With 3.0 in funds saved, the Arsenal winger is just a decent choice as he’s found a place in Mikel Arteta’s plans by starting in the previous four matches.
Gabriel Martinelli (£4.5, Arsenal at Burnley)
Martinelli grabbed the headlines after his amazing solo goal against Chelsea, and the young Brazilian has already hit double figures this season. He has scored three times in previous five starts, and he can be worth a shot as your third choice striker.
Chris Wood (£6.2, Burnley v. Arsenal)
Not the most popular choice, but Wood has found consistency over the last four game-weeks. He has scored against the likes of Man United, Leicester, and Aston Villa with one assist as well. At the moment, Wood is a decent choice to go for if you are looking for a differential.
Raúl Jiménez (£7.6, Wolves at Man United)
Despite Wolves facing difficult fixtures ahead, this is the time Jimenez will look to cement his form. He will get enough opportunities to put the ball in the net. He has scored three times in the previous two games and will look to partner with Adam Traore. With Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane out, Jimenez is worth taking a chance at the mid-range price level.
What players are you planning to pick or drop? Or are you holding onto your free transfer to have two for next week? Is any player worth a punt in a game like Man City v. Tottenham or Chelsea v. Leicester? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!