Monday, 29 February 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 28

This is the 100th post on this blog, also published on SportsCafe.
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That was a fun weekend, wasn't it? The biggest story was undoubtedly 18 year-old Marcus Rashford putting Arsenal to the sword with 2 goals and an assist to seal an incredible victory for Man Utd. Leicester and Tottenham continued their title march with hard-fought home wins to pile the pressure on Pellegrini and Wenger. Fraser Forster was finally beaten by Hiddink's Chelsea, thanks in no small part to his own errors. There was also the small matter of the league cup final in which City beat Liverpool on penalties, serving as a nice prelude to this gameweek's fixture between the two.

Barely any time left until Gameweek 28 though, so on we move. Do note that Gameweek 30 could be blank for as many as half the teams, so keep an eye out for excessive blanks in the lineup and plan transfers accordingly.

Gameweek 28 fixtures

Aston Villa vs Everton
Bournemouth vs Southampton
Leicester vs West Brom
Norwich vs Chelsea
Sunderland vs Palace
Arsenal vs Swansea
Stoke vs Newcastle
West Ham vs Tottenham
Liverpool vs Man City
Man Utd vs Watford

Player Picks

Forwards

Aguero (13.4) - After what seems like forever, the Argentine bombshell is back in FPL, and will have a continuous run of games from now till the end of the season. His potential for explosive returns means that he is always in the reckoning regardless of his price.

Vardy (7.7) - The points just keep rolling in for the league's top scorer, this time with an assist against Norwich. Expect more of the same at the King Power against the Baggies.

Costa (10.7) - Diego Costa has also kept ticking along, and will fancy his chances with games against defensively shoddy Norwich and Stoke to come. The attractiveness of his purchase is diminished only by a blank Gameweek 30 enforced by Chelsea's progression in the FA Cup.

Midfielders

Alli (6.1) - With the league's top two teams guaranteed a match every gameweek thanks to elimination from the cup, Tottenham's wonderkid is among the best choices for your midfield in the long term.

Arnautovic (6.3) - The Austrian firecracker underlined Stoke's rediscovered attacking thrust with a brace against bottom team Villa, and is primed to keep his run going at home against their fellow strugglers Newcastle.

Ozil (9.9) - After a quiet start to 2016, Mesut Ozil is well and truly back amongst the premium options with 29 points over the last 3 gameweeks. That said, beware of the potential blank Gameweek 30 should Arsenal beat Hull in the cup replay.

Defenders

van Dijk (5.5) - Southampton's run of clean sheets might have ended, but the Dutchman remains a strong pick given a fixture list that sees the Saints take on Bornemouth and Sunderland over the next 7 days.

Fuchs (4.9) - The Foxes full back did not disappoint as he delivered a clean sheet and a full quota of bonus points against Norwich. He's the most expensive route into a strong Leicester defence, but is worth the money due to his attacking threat as a set piece taker.

Daniels (4.7) - Another regular name in this column delivered the goods last weekend with an 8 point haul that takes his recent tally to 22 points in 4 gameweeks, which is a good haul for a defender in his price bracket. A good choice to take you through to Gameweek 31.

Keepers

Schmeichel (4.6) - Leicester's stopper has been a reliable pick with 5 clean sheets so far in 2016, and hasn't been beaten in the last 6 home games. He also faces a schedule that promises plenty of clean sheet potential.

Boruc (4.5) - The evergreen Polish keeper came away with a clean sheet from Vicarage Road as predicted, and remains a strong pick for the upcoming weeks.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 28 in Fantasy Premier League

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