Will my frustrations never end?!
I scored 57pts in Gameweek 26, which was bang-on the overall average… and still ended up dropping a ton.
I brought Kevin de Bruyne in recently. Pretty good player, isn’t he? Man City beat Chelsea 6-0 in the last Gameweek. You’d expect KDB to have gotten involved, wouldn’t you?
No goals, no assists. FML. I’m starting to think the whole transfer was a big mistake, and that I should’ve just gone for Aguero in the first place.
Basically, the Fantasy Premier League break came at just the right time for me. It’s helped to restore a bit of my sanity, and I’ve just started a new job anyway, so I’ve had less time than usual to commit to FPL.
Unfortunately we need to start talking about blanks and doubles. I’ve been putting my head in the sand and just ignoring everything, because I was getting sick of how obsessed FPL Reddit has been with these things, and how to use their chips.
Basically, Gameweek 31 will be a blank, and Gameweek 33 will likely be blank.
If you Free Hit in GW 31, you will struggle in GW 33. So, it seems best to try to get the best team you can from your transfers specifically for weeks 31 and 33. You can then Free Hit in 32, Wildcard in 34, and Triple Captain or Bench Boost In 35.
Generally, even with the fixture difficulties, I think you should still hold a Man City asset (although I wouldn’t hold three of them – that’s just too much money for too much blank). Transfers are precious. I will be moving off KDB, but it’s not quite the same. If I had Aguero or Sterling, I would definitely hold. Essentially, Man City are just ruining double and blank Gameweek plans… because they’re simply too good.
At the risk of sounding like a colossal geek, the best thing to do is create a spreadsheet, and plan out your transfers for the next five Gameweeks. You don’t have to hold to it religiously, but I think it’s a good idea to get everything nice and clear.
Right, with that confusion cleared up (hopefully), let’s get to the main course. These are my Fantasy Premier League tips for Gameweek 27.
Goalkeepers and Defenders
Fabianski (4.7) is still my keeper, and I can wholeheartedly recommend that you join me for the ride. He plays in the blank weeks, is cheap, and gets save and bonus points.
The Leicester defence is becoming increasingly interesting, mainly because they’ve got some lovely fixtures coming up (Palace, Brighton and Fulham at home in their next four games). Unfortunately… I just don’t see a standout pick. Chilwell (5.0) and Pereira (5.4) are both expensive, and… the they’re not actually that good defensively. Still, there aren’t many other appealing defensive options right now.
The other two defences I’d look at – again because of their fixtures – are West Ham and Newcastle. Balbuena (4.2) would be my Hammers pick when he gets back from injury, as he’s so damn cheap, and you could take Lascelles (4.6) or Yedlin (4.5) from Newcastle.
Finally, did you know Liverpool’s defence is quite good? Okay, but seriously, I would strongly consider actually doubling up on Liverpool players right now, either here or in the midfield.
Is Leroy Sane (9.5) a good player? Of course. Is he a good FPL asset? Not any more! Leroy has fallen foul of the Pep rotation carousel, unfortunately, and you should probably just get rid if you have him. Mane (9.6) is only 0.1 more expensive, has been in ridiculous form, and – again – I like a Liverpool double.
Felipe Anderson (7.2) is comfortably the pick of the mid-range midfielders, and he has Fulham at home this week. That’s basically a dream come true for any attacking asset. If you can move off the phenomenally disappointing Richarlison (6.6) to get him in, even better.
As for cheaper midfielders… well, there still isn’t much to choose from. Bournemouth’s Brooks (5.0) was starting to look an absolute bargain, then he promptly got injured. Fraser (6.1) is still a decent option, although he’s been struggling for a while now, and plays Arsenal away and City in his next three games.
Almiron (6.0) – Newcastle’s record signing – is definitely one to keep an eye on. He only played 18 mins against Wolves last time out, but Newcastle now play Huddersfield and Burnley, so Rafa might throw him out there to see what he can do.
As I mentioned earlier, Leicester have some pretty favourable fixtures coming up, and they’ve actually got a few decent-ish cheap options in their midfield. Maddison (6.6) is the biggest name, although he’s got zero goals and two assists in his last 11 games. Gray (5.4) is cheap and could exploit the weak opposition. Finally, hot prospect and former West Brom great Harvey Barnes (5.5) played 177/180 minutes against Man U and Spurs, so at least he’s getting opportunities.
If you need a super Bargain Basement player, Camarasa (4.6) might pick you up a clean sheet or two – Cardiff play three of their next four at home, against middling opposition.
Aguero (11.5) has been laying waste to everyone unfortunate enough to encounter him, and – despite always being amazing – seems to somehow be getting better. He’s scored two hat-tricks in his last three Premier League games, for God’s sake. City’s upcoming fixture weirdness does raise the question, “Should you hold him?”, but I’d say yes.
Lacazette (9.5) has scored four in his last six games, and wasn’t troubled by European football this week, having smartly got himself sent off in the first leg against BATE. If you’re bringing in a new Arsenal asset for their two home games against Southampton and Bournemouth, he’d be my pick. If you’ve got Aubameyang (11.1) then you should hold him, because he’s still great, but be warned that he might only play 30 mins this weekend, if that.
I’ve still got my beady eye on Higuain (9.5). You’re obviously not bringing him in right as Chelsea have a blank, but he looks good to me after that, particularly as Chelsea are playing the upcoming blanks. At that price, he’s pretty hard to resist.
Now let’s take a colossal drop-off, and talk about Ashley Barnes (5.6)!I actually quite like him as a Bargain Basement pick (though preferably after Burnley play Spurs this week). Burnley have been much better since Christmas, Barnes has scored in his last three games, and – now that Vokes has left – his only competition is a 38 year old Peter Crouch.
Callum Wilson (6.3) keeps scoring when he plays… but he doesn’t play very often. He’ll be a bargain if/when he does come back, but who knows when that will be.
Rondon (5.8) is super-cheap, and has looked bright recently. Again, Newcastle’s next couple of fixtures are easy-peasy, and if Almiron lives up to the hype then Rondon could be getting plenty of service.
There’s no obvious pick this week.
I’m taking Aubameyang as my captain, and keeping my fingers crossed that he actually plays. If he does, he’s highly likely to score.
Salah would be my second-choice, and is probably a safer pick.
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