With the weekend full of FA cup 4th round action and Week 23 to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, we still have another 4 days to go for getting our fantasy teams ready.Most of fantasy managers still haven't got over the gift Krul gave last week and we do hope to stay away from such picks who play tough away games.Dempsey has to be one of the most reliable midfielders in the game and he showed it once again why he is the highest scorer from his country in the EPL.This week could welcome back the return of Adebayor who missed out on last week and hopefully has had enough rest to get his act back in order.We do hope his hunger for goals should get him back in contention in our fantasy teams.
Forwards like Welbeck and Bellamy have been good investments and like the stock market we could call them"mid cap shares" who are outperforming.On the other hand we have picks like Torres who could be termed as a bad investment.Big names like Rooney,VDV ,Gerrard and Rvp have slowed down just a little bit.
This matchday it somehow feels we are spoilt for choices once again with alot of easy matchups and its the right combinations that could prove a big advantage.Before a indepth analysis lets have a look at the easy matchups for Week 23.
Tottenham vs Wigan
Man Utd vs Stoke
Aston Villa vs QPR
Fulham vs WBA
Sunderland vs Norwich
Not taking any chances with away teams and that too with defence / keepers as its not that easy to maintain a clean sheet.We saw last week how Bolton surprised most of us at home against Liverpool and most of us did consider the latter for a white wash away from home.So therefore sticking with the home advantage lets see the best picks from the easy games mentioned above.
Forwards : Adebayor has to be the pick of the forwards for this week as he is back from a well deserved break he needed to get his act together after a poor run of performances.Welbeck is in prime form and is getting the right backing from Sir Alex.With Rooney pushing back and playing a more deeper role its all upto Welbeck on his own upfornt.R.Keane is back in the EPL and he did make his presence felt with 2 spectacular goals.Worth just under 11 he could be a good addition to your team along with D Bent who is on this way back to form. In case you dont want to spend alot, C. Wickham ( 5.37) could be worth a look as Bendtner is out with a facial injury.Zamora has to be considered when Fulham play at home as he more or less gets into the score sheet most of the times like we saw against Newcastle last week.
Midfielders : This is an interesting section as the options are plenty.Lets have a look at the best of them.Dempsey has to be in your side not just because of last week alone, he has been in great form for the last few weeks and not to forget the hattrick he scored the week before in the FA cup.I would consider him as a season long pick from now on.Then there is a toss up between Bale and VDV against wigan .I do feel its been a while for VDV to remain quiet and its about time to see a good week from him.In the absense of Bendtner we could see an advantage for players like Sessegnon who could be given more freedom upfront.He has been in great form since Martin O Neill took over and is our top recommendation for this week.Similiarly Valencia could be in for a few good weeks on the right wing in the absense of Nani who is rumoured to be out for a couple of weeks due to a foot injury.Ireland is back from a knock he took last week and has resumed training with the squad.Buzsaky could be a good option in case you barn doored him before his price went up.He could be in there for a longer period of time.
If you need a cheap option you could go for McClean(8.99) as he has been a consistent performer and did set up Sessegnon's goal last week.
Defenders : Well any defender for the above mentioned home teams could be a good option.Tottenham defenders like Walker,Kaboul,BAE,Dawson could be worth picking and depending on how much of funds you would want to spend.Discounted players such as Clark and Brown could be rewarding.Smalling is cheap at 8.03 and worth keeping for this week.Kelly ( 5.27) could be a relatively cheap option from the Fulham defence in case you need an enabler.T.Taiwo( 5.99) has been added to the game and could be looked at.I would consider him as a good barn door option as QPR has easy home games coming up.
Goalkeepers : This position is becoming a key area as any wrong move could cost us alot.It is better to play safe here and stick with home advantage.I do advise not to see discounts on players for this position and more so if your keeper is not from a top 4 club.The best picks for this week would be Freidel whose price has come down to 10.90.Do you see him conceeding a goal at home against Wigan? Your answer is as good as mine.Given(7.44) could be worth an investment playing QPR at home.Rest of the good options are way expensive and not worth the investment.
Thats the best of the picks from the best of the matchups for week 23.
Best of the Rest
For the remaining of matches you could consider the following picks depending on the discounts or your supports for some of the teams playing away from home.
Forwards : Bellamy,Aguero,Rvp and NO TORRES
Midfielders : Silva, Sigurdsson,HBA
Defenders : Vermaelen,Richards,Santon (5.97)
Keepers : Krul
That should be alot of options to pick from like we mentioned before this week we could be spoilt for choices.Picking the favourable players would be the way to go and matchups, form must be considered.
We do hope this could help you through building your team for a cracker of a matchday.
We do hope you have a great weekend and matchday on Tuesday / Wednesday.
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