The Premier League title is already settled, the top four look relatively certain, and even the relegation picture is getting clearer by the game, so the rest of the season is just a formality, right? Absolutely wrong if you’re involved in Fantasy Premier League, where the final dash for points is underway. Next week is the last double gameweek of the season, with over half of the clubs in the league having two fixtures to sink their teeth into, so this week is all about ensuring that you stack your squad with as many players as possible from those twelve teams while not overlooking the potential for points that this weekend’s games carry in their own right. Here to help with your decisions are our friends at Armchair Fancast - the weekly podcast discussing all the latest happenings from the Premier League – with their top five player picks for the weekend. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and follow them on Twitter here!
- Lukasz Fabianski (SWA, £4.7): There’s something quite odd about the idea that a 17th-placed team that has shipped an average of 1.5 goals per game could have the goalkeeper with the fourth-highest score in Fantasy Premier League – but a closer look shows that Fabianski is one of the main reasons that things aren’t a lot worse for Swansea. He’s second only to Stoke’s Jack Butland for number of saves made this season, and he should have plenty of opportunity to make some more against Chelsea this week.
- DeAndre Yedlin (NEW, £4.5): His deflection might have been what let in Theo Walcott on Monday night to end Newcastle’s recent winning streak, but Yedlin has been at the heart of a much tighter defensive ship for the Magpies in the second half of this season – five of the six clean sheets in which he has played this season have happened since Christmas, and on all but two occasions in that time his team have not conceded more than one goal with him on the pitch. Lascelles is arguably the star of the back line, but at a cheaper price and far fewer FPL managers selecting him, Yedlin is worth a look headed into a home game against West Brom this week.
- Alexis Sanchez (MUN, £11.5): It’s no secret that United’s big January signing has taken longer than he would have liked to integrate into his new team’s setup, but the past few weeks have shown that he might finally be getting there. He was man of the match against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday, and his recent league performances against Swansea and Man City have provided glimpses of just how dangerous he might become at Old Trafford. Who would bet against Arsenal’s former star player scoring the winner against his old club on Sunday afternoon?
- Christian Eriksen (TOT, £9.5): Tottenham’s mini-dip in form has come at an inopportune time, with 4th place not yet secured and a chance at an FA Cup final appearance squandered this past weekend. A look at the remaining schedule should calm Spurs fans’ nerves though – three of their last four games are at Wembley, and none against opposition in the top eight league positions. In recent weeks Eriksen has rediscovered the form that made him the driving force behind his side at the start of the season, scoring four goals in the past four league games. With Kane’s fitness in question, the Dane might just be the best Tottenham pick headed into next week’s double header.
- Gabriel Jesus (MCI, £10.2): The champions are on course to become the best Premier League team in history during the next four games, both in terms of total points and number of wins in a season. Like Tottenham, their run-in looks very comfortable but with so many superstars available, it’s hard to predict which of Pep’s men will give you the best return. Despite his second penalty miss of the season last weekend, Jesus looks like a smart choice: Aguero’s injury makes him likely to get game time, his 3 goals and 3 assists in the past 5 games show he’s on good form, and he’s in fewer FPL squads than Sterling or De Bruyne.
Author: Dave Bradshaw