It’s our weekly, occasionally bi-weekly, occasionally not-weekly fantasy premier league recap for the excellent FantasyYIRMA.com. If you play FPL and do not follow Yirma or read that site, you’re missing out. Our FPL recap covers two weeks, 19 matches, and five Spurs’ goals. Sadly for many (many, many) of you there were only two for that dandiest of England strikers: Harry Kane. As always, you can read the first bit here and the full post on FantasyYIRMA.
Gameweek 27 may seem a long while past, but the impact of the 2-0 Manchester United win was felt in the midweek clash at Newcastle. It might not have been Fergie time, but Ashley Young’s late winner on Tyneside conjured memories of the rampaging, never-say-die United teams that dominated the Premier League a decade ago. Unfortunately, the other 81′ of the match drew little comparison to Ferguson’s barnstorming class of ’92. The match should be remembered for Wayne Rooney notching a brace even as his manager complained about the lack of quality strikers at his disposal. It will, instead, be remembered for the dual suspensions handed down by the FA to Manchester United’s Jonny Evan and the Magpies’ Papiss Cisse for spitting. The former contested and received a six-match ban, the later accepted the charge and was tagged for an extra match as a result of violent conduct earlier this term. Missing seven matches means the Seneglese striker will not be available until the final three League matches of the season. Both he and Evans are safe to drop in all fantasy premier league formats at this late stage.
For those managers looking to replace Evans in their FPL XI, Kieran Gibbs made a case to be added. The Arsenal man played the full 90′ in both the 1 March and 4 March League clashes, recording a pair of assists in the later. The fullback turned provider for both Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez as Arsene Wenger’s squad capture three vital away points at Loftus Road. West Ham (H) and Newcastle (a) are next for the Gunners and Gibbs costs a meager £5.2m in the Official League. With 1.9% ownership and five assists on his ledger this season, the England left-back possess the necessary skills to press the attack without leaving David Ospina’s goal vulnerable. He’s an excellent addition at this stage of the season and FPL managers may reap instant rewards.
Instant rewards may also be in the cards for the Foxes. Leicester City host Hull in GW29 and will be acutely aware that the Tigers have kept one clean sheet in their last nine League matches. while Allen McGregor has given valliant effort – never failing to record a save in the 23 matches he started this season – he simply gets too many shots on target to save them all. With 60 saves in 2070′, he averages more than 2.5 saves per game. In many formats, the saves will be enough to overcome the goals allowed but in the Official League, he is too much a liability as Leicester face six of the top seven sides over the final 10 weeks of the season.
On the opposite side of the fixture list sit QPR, who will face Crystal Palace (a), Everton (H) and WBA (a) in the coming three match weeks. Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond will fancy their chances to take nine points from nine as their side rounds into form. A pair of losing efforts against Arsenal and Tottenham should not dissuade fantasy EPL managers from investing in the top performing Hoops – namely Charlie Austin and Matthew Phillips. The former needs little introduction and less promotion after he bagged his 15th of the season against Arsenal. The later may need more inches in the column. Thrust into the starting XI after injury to Leroy Fer and a suspension for Joey Barton left the side short – the 23-year-old English-born Scottish international has delivered 2, 9, 4, 5, and 2 points in the last five matches. While he is more valuable in EPL fantasy draft formats like Togga, his £4.6m valuation and 0.4% selection make him an interesting fifth midfield option for those managers still chasing down the leaders. With many managers angling for the double-match gameweek for Chelsea (and Leicester) in GW34, Phillips provides short-term value off the bench for a fraction the cost of other options.
Another interesting differential play for the coming week is Crystal Palace’s Glenn Murray. The 31-year-old hit a brace in GW27, but was not on the pitch as Palace lost at Southampton. Murray was suspended for that match following two bookable offenses in GW27. However, injuries continue to plague Alan Pardew’s front line as Chamakh, Sanogo and Campbell all deal with groin injuries. Any of the trio could be passed fit ahead of the 14 March clash with QPR, but Murray should get the nod in his first match back following suspension. No team in the Premier League has allowed more away goals than QPR (29) and Murray will be an excellent selection in many daily/weekly fantasy leagues.
Which brings us to a short bit of business. Ahead of GW29 – Fantasy Premier League site Togga is launching their weekly game: Perfect XI. Scoring in 20 categories, Perfect XI allows you to select any 4-4-2 you like with no salary cap and no limit on squad selection. Players can play in public leagues, create their own private league or test themselves against the best in the World in the global league. Sign up is free! Playing is free! Prizes! Build your own Galacticos or pick a hipster XI featuring only players with a Z in their name. Think it can’t be done?
Z best XI: Guzan; Azpilicueta Zabaleta Zouma Fazio; Hazard Sánchez Cazorla N’Zonzi; Ayoze Perez Graziano Pellè. Might be points off for Pellè, but double-credit due for Ayoze Perez. To play in my own league, please give a follow on the account below for more information.