Gameweek 29 is almost here so which players should you sign who won’t break the bank, freeing up cash for stars but still score you Daily Fantasy points? The General is here to help you out…
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Fixture: Middlesbrough (away)
United have three clean sheets in their last four league matches and the Red Devils travel to Middlesbrough on Sunday to face the league’s lowest goal scorer’s (19). Jose Mourinho will be confident of another clean sheet on the way to three points at the Riverside Stadium. As I write this, news is breaking that Boro manager Aitor Karanka has been relieved of his duties – more reason to consider Manchester United players for your fantasy team this weekend.
As well as his clean sheet potential, Valencia often delivers attacking returns as he’s a full back who is given licence to get forward at every opportunity. It’s easy to forget that the Ecuadorian spent most of his career playing as a winger so he has the ability to beat defenders in 1 v 1 situations and to deliver crosses into the box. In the last six gameweeks he’s registered three assists.
Son Heung-Min – £19 (Tottenham)
Fixture: Southampton (home)
The South-Korean is back on the radar of fantasy managers after Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury which looks set to keep him out of action for at least the next few weeks. Son was very impressive against Millwall in the FA Cup in Kane’s absence, helping himself to a hat trick in the 6-0 win. With Vincent Janssen struggling to impress Mauricio Pochettino, having scored just one league goal this season which came from the spot, Son’s set to lead the line against Southampton . If Spurs are awarded a penalty in this fixture, Son will be on the shortlist to take it.
Southampton have been pretty solid defensively this season but with Virgil Van Dijk continuing his recovery from injury they will have to continue with makeshift central defensive pairing of Maya Yoshida and rookie Jack Stephens. If Spurs perform anything close to how they did against Millwall, there will be more goals for Son and co. against the Saints.
Jamie Vardy – £17 (Leicester)
Fixture: West Ham (away)
Claudio Ranieri is gone and Jamie Vardy is back in our thoughts as a fantasy option. The Foxes have been rejuvenated by Craig Shakespeare since the Italian’s departure, winning league games against Liverpool and Hull City as well as qualifying for the quarter finals of the Champions League at Sevilla’s expense. The fairy-tale continues!
Vardy scored a brace in the win over Liverpool and also grabbed an assist against Hull. He’s back to his old self since Ranieri left, working his socks off to put defences under pressure and utilising his pace in behind. His form is going to be very important as Leicester look to stave off the threat of relegation and the next chapter in Shakespeare’s Leicester story is a trip to London to face the Hammers who haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league since the 14th of January. The big pitch at the London Stadium will suit Leicester’s style of play and Vardy’s pace could be the difference in this fixture.
Jermain Defoe – £17 (Sunderland)
Fixture: Burnley (home)
The only English player to score more Premier League goals than Defoe (14) this season is Kane (19). Defoe often gets ignored by fantasy managers because he plays for Sunderland but his record speaks for itself and he’s also one of the best penalty takers in the league. The Burnley fixture is the ideal opportunity to put him in your team as the Clarets haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road in 2017. Sunderland are rooted at the foot of the table and they’ll be counting on Defoe to perform miracles to save them from relegation and a couple of goals against Burnley on Saturday will do nicely.