Let’s clean up good in preparation for the Gameweek 28 ball. Items of personal hygiene include captain picks, big hitters, clean sheets, and punts. Also, a peculiar cleanliness analogy.
- Bale: With Van Persie likely to miss Gameweek 28, the Welsh wonderboy is the obvious pick. His last three Gameweek returns have been in the double-digits and he shows no signs of slowing down. He seems to have reaped the rewards from his move to a more central position by Villas-Boas.
Mata: Before being rested against Wigan in Gameweek 26 Mata was on a similar run to Bale’s current form. With all the turmoil surrounding Benitez it is perhaps risky choosing a Chelsea player, but Mata has been remarkably consistent since Gameweek 5, only recording three consecutive blanks once. And that was with two substitute appearances.
Aguero: Aguero’s lack of end product has surprised me this season, as I thought he was sure to improve on his amazing first year in the Premier League. Nevertheless, he has scored on average a goal every other game and has three shots and a little under a chance created in his last four games. With Manchester City out of the Champions League they simply must focus on the league and Aguero will likely start every game until the end of the season.
Considering Hazard’s recent form you could make an argument that he is a better captain pick than Mata. He has amazing balance when taking defenders on and has the ability to produce explosive returns.
Fellaini is suffering from a foot injury is a doubt for Everton’s game against Reading. Thus, Baines becomes the pick of the bunch from Moyes’s men. He holds the triple threat of goals, assists, and clean sheets. With Everton playing at home, he could deliver a hefty amount of Fantasy points.
Silva’s two assists was a reminder of his quality as we take on the last 10 games of the season. The diminutive Spaniard was one of last season’s standout players but because of his somewhat erratic production of late he is only owned by 6.1% of Fantasy managers. He could yet prove to be an important differential.
Suarez and Sturridge are good options this Gameweek. More importantly, with Liverpool playing in Gameweek 29, where there are currently only six planned games, both can deliver points where other elite options can not. Watch out for news about Sturridge, as he is reported to have suffered a minor knock and could miss the game against Wigan.
Lambert is the third highest scoring forward and deservedly so. His form is impressive, with almost ten points per game in his last three outings, and a home game against QPR does not reduce his chance of returns.
Despite Norwich’s two late goals against Everton, they will likely struggle against a rapidly improving Manchester United defence. Rafael is the pick of the United bunch, due to his chance of attacking returns, but keep in mind the aforementioned risk of rotation ahead of the Madrid game.
Wilson’s return gives us a cheap option in the Stoke defence that has been disappointing in the latter part of the season. With Pulis speaking of the need to improve defensively, they could be set for another good run of clean sheets, despite Huth’s three game absence.
Mignolet is having another solid season and should have every chance of keeping out an often toothless Fulham team away from home.
Fulham’s defensive away form is one of the worst in the league (16th). They concede 1.92 goals per game and Fletcher is the likeliest Sunderland player to capitalize.
With the state of both Van Persie and Rooney unknown, I can see Ferguson start Nani as an attacking threat. Even if Van Persie and Rooney have recovered they are unlikely to be risked with the Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
This week’s illogical punt is Stoke’s Walters. His penalty miss against Fulham means he has now scored two points or less in his last eight games. In those same games he has a roughly one shot and one created chance per game. So he should be getting more Fantasy points, although there’s nothing to indicate an imminent explosion.