Written by @CraigHazell – (that’s important!)
#FPL GAMEWEEK 33
DEFENDER: Mason Holgate, Everton
With Seamus Coleman no longer with us, Everton had to reshuffle their backline again and while I thought it would make them a fantasy football no go, it seems I was wrong. Jagielka has turned into a goal machine and Mason Holgate has equipped himself excellently. That means you can get an Everton full back for 4.0m and one who plays 90 minutes. They haven’t yet kept a clean sheet with this new look back four but that has been three games against United, Liverpool & Leicester. A home game against low scoring Burnley and an away day at generally awful West Ham might give a chance for 6 points for young Mason.
MIDFIELDER: Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace
It was hard not to be mesmerised by Wilf Zaha in Palace’s 3-0 dismantling of Arsenal. The once English Zaha has attempted to beat his man more than anyone in all of Europe’s top leagues and he is the most fouled player in the Premier League. He has added assists to his game this season and is on absolute fire. He’s shot up to 12.5% picked but that’s still not enough to put you off, especially with a DGW round the corner. On top of that, I can’t imagine Leicester give a monkeys about the Premier League what with a Champions League semi final still a possibility.
FORWARD: Harry Kane, Spurs
With Vardy looking pretty disinterested against Everton, and who can blame him, you might need to replace a £10 striker in your squad. Harry Kane played half an hour last week, hit the bar and looks pretty ready to slot back in. After all, Vincent Janssen is the alternative. He’s 11.5% picked and now is the time to bring him in, hope he starts and reap the rewards. Spurs won’t believe they have 2nd place in the bag until at least July and a North London derby in a couple weeks will be a target for Kane to be back on form. I’ll be looking to get a jump on my mini league rivals by getting the gormless looking cherub in my lineup.
CAPTAIN: Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
West Brom have been somewhat of a bogey team for Liverpool in recent years but they really seemed to have turned a new leaf when they came from behind to beat Stoke last time out. Coutinho and Firmino infuriated FPL players worldwide as they popped up from the bench to get a goal each and Coutinho now has 3 in 3 even though he didn’t play more than 73 minutes in any of the games. With Mane out and Liverpool desperate to clinch top 4 and Champions League football for Klopp, Coutinho will be crucial in the run in. And have you seen their run in? Wow.
OUTSIDER: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United
Double game weeks in the offing feels like a time to take risks and Mkhitaryan is certainly one of them. He’s clearly a very talented player and it took an ungodly amount of time for him to play regularly, despite being better than most around him. But we have to live in a World where Fellaini is a united captain and we roll with the punches. Juan Mata has rolled and rolled so much he is now out for the season and surely that makes Mkhitaryan a crucial part of United’s run in. That might mean he starts and finishes game now and is only 2.6% picked.