Thursday, 2 October 2014

Rooney Replacements

With Rooney picking up a straight red card against West Ham GW6, he is now suspended for 3 Gameweeks.

REPLACEMENTSLooking for replacements, I have come up with 2 premium and 2 budget alternatives to the United captain.

Let's start with the premium options:

Sergio Aguero- The Argentine is one of the league's most lethal finisher, as has a really tasty fixture this weekend away to Aston Villa, who looked dire against Chelsea. His fixture congestion is something of a worry, as Pellegrini might save him for Champions League, but if given the minutes he is always lively and in the points. I wouldn't recommend him as a long term option, but could be a great placeholder for someone with better fixtures, like Sturridge.

Radamel Falcao- With two assists in his first two games for United, Falcao is starting to find his feet. Falcao is a decent short-term replacement, but I wouldn't want him after his next two gameweeks (EVE, wba), when he goes up against Chelsea, City and Arsenal in the span of 4 games. I expect him to do well in his next two, so if you're keen on a short term punt, Falcao is your guy.

Now let's look at the budget picks:

Danny Welbeck- Coming off a mid-week hattrick against Galatasaray, the Englishman is full of confidence. Playing up front for Arsenal with great playmakers in their team, he could become a top fantasy asset. Albeit his difficult fixture this weekend, Arsenal have great fixtures starting GW8. I think he will score very well from GW8 onward, and could be a bargain at 7.2m.

Graziano Pelle- Pelle started off slow but has now lit up the Premier League, scoring three goals in his last four appearances. Similar to Welbeck he has a tough game this weekend, but fixtures seem to get easier from thereon out. I expect both him and Welbeck to pick up similar returns, so I think they are both great options.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Gameweek 5 Previews & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul.

Let's start from the top:

Diego Costa- With Chelsea's main man leading the Golden Boot race, he is essential in every fantasy football team. Having scored 7 goals in his first 4 games and averaging 10.25 points per game, he is nearing Suarez numbers of the 2013-14 season. Despite a difficult fixture coming up at the weekend against Champions Manchester City, I still back Costa to do well, as Chelsea look to be playing a lot better football than City at the moment. Many are doubtful with this one, as they feel Mourinho will go to the Etihad to park the bus. This of course was the case many times last year, but I just feel that Chelsea have a different vibe to them this season. I feel this game will be very open, and if Chelsea score Costa's surely to be involved.

Wayne Rooney- Rooney came good last week scoring a goal and an assist, for a total of 10 points. He has another good fixture this weekend when he's up against newly promoted Leicester City. Despite only 5 points in their first 4 games, Leicester have shown they can contest with the best, having picked up a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal. Rooney looks rejuvenated after last weekend, and I think will continue with his good form through September, as the fixtures are plump for Manchester United.

Emmanuel Adebayor- After being rested from Tottenham's mid-week Europa match, the Togolese striker goes into this weekend's match against West Brom fresh.  WBA look very poor, as they've been shut out in 3 of their first 4 games. I expect Spurs to dominate this game and Adebayor to be involved in the goals. He is a good captaincy choice this week.

Kun Aguero- City are coming off a Champions League 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich. Albeit them losing, the positive thing is that Aguero was rested for the majority of that game, in preparation for the big match against Chelsea this weekend. Aguero has a great scoring record against the top clubs in the Premier League, and I back him to do well again against a shaky Chelsea back line. He's a great captaincy differential this week.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy three clean sheets this week:

QPR at home to Stoke City

Tottenham at home to West Brom

Everton at home to Crystal Palace

GW5 PICKS- Here are my picks for GW5:

Thursday, 11 September 2014

GW4: May The 4th Be With You

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul.

Let's start from the top:

Wayne Rooney- Albeit United struggling over the opening three weeks, a favorable fixture sees Rooney slot in as one of this week's top captaincy options. Playing at home against a leaky QPR side this weekend, Rooney will try to lead his team to their first league victory of the new season. Being named Manchester United's new captain not too long ago, Rooney will want to prove to his manager correct in his decision. I predict a strong run out for Wayne this weekend, with a strong potential for goals and assists.

Raheem Sterling- The 19-year old has had an absolutely brilliant opening three games, scored twice to go along with his assist. With Sturridge injured, it will give Sterling the license to push higher up the pitch. Sterling is the most likely of the Liverpool players to hit Aston Villa on the counter-attack, which is why I think he's a great captaincy option this weekend.

Diego Costa- The Brazilian Spaniard has certainly silenced all his critics his first three weeks at Chelsea, leading the league with 4 goals in his opening 3 league matches. Bothered by injury or not, Costa has showed time and time again he can score goals for fun, and I expect Chelsea to continue their great form into their weekend match against Swansea. If confirmed fit by Mourinho, I think Costa is as good a captaincy option as any this weekend. (Be sure to check in on the Chelsea press conference before captaining him).

Mario Balotelli- With Daniel Sturridge ruled out for up to three weeks, it's Balotelli's turn to lead the attack. With the Italian striker having missed two glorious opportunities last gameweek against Tottenham, he still looked a huge goal threat. Playing up top at home to Aston Villa, I reckon he'll be among the points for Liverpool, and will most likely score his first goal for the Reds at Anfield. 

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy three clean sheets this week:

Chelsea at home to Swansea

Southampton at home to Newcastle

Manchester United at home to QPR

GW4 PICKS- Here are my picks for GW4:

Friday, 25 April 2014

Gameweek 36 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Wayne Rooney- After the sacking of David Moyes, United will look to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton. Rooney will play a central part in this, as he will be on most set pieces as well as PK duty, with RVP ruled out of the Norwich match. With Giggs being instilled as interim United manager, we might see a rejuvenated United side that get back to their winning ways. Their home form this season has been well under par, and I bet everyone will be willing to work for new manager and former teammate Ryan Giggs. There should be a positive atmosphere at Old Trafford this weekend, and Rooney will be central to United's attacks. Good option for the armband.

Aaron Ramsey- Ramsey has not gone quietly this season. In just his second game back from injury, he punished the doubters once again, grabbing a goal and 2 assists in a 16-point haul. That means he has played a part in 66.6% of all Arsenal's goals since returning from injury. He has a great fixture against Newcastle on Monday, and he will be lively as ever, trying to add to his career-high 9 league goals this season. Arsenal must keep winning to stay 1 point ahead of Everton for the final Champions League spot, so they will continue their attacking football vs. Newcastle.

Sergio Aguero- The Argentine showed his class with a lethal strike from outside the box last game. Aguero can score from virtually anywhere on the pitch, and leading the line for Manchester City certainly doesn't hurt. City are the second highest scoring team in the Premier League this season with 91 goals (trailing Liverpool's 96). With an away game against a stubborn Palace side this weekend, we will see what City are made of, as they will be missing their midfield maestro David Silva. I fancy Aguero to be lively as ever, and continue his good form. He's a good captain differential this week.

Wilfried Bony- Showing glimpses of brilliance this season, Bony still hasn't reached his full potential in the Premier League. Although troubled with Europa League and injury early in the season, Bony has managed to adapt well to the Premier League. He has managed to score 14 goals in roughly 2200 minutes played (24 full matches). He is starting to find his feet late on in the season, but is not scoring consistently. After his brace last weekend, I fancy him to do well against a struggling Villa side, who have only picked up 1 point in their last 5 games.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy only two clean sheets this week:

Sunderland at home to Cardiff

Arsenal at home to Newcastle

GW36 PICKS- Here are my picks for GW36:

Friday, 11 April 2014

Gameweek 34 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSWe keep on rolling the articles with weekly guests, as Rooneykush takes the stage this week, giving us his thoughts and opinions on this week's top captaincy contenders, as well as clean sheet predictions and picks his ideal XI to start this gameweek.

Let's start from the top:

Sergio Aguero"Go big or go home. That’s the mantra many managers follow during the latter stages of the season when there is little to lose. There are question marks surrounding his game time but the Sunday showdown against Liverpool is one where his manager needs him more than most games and he could just be the difference to setup City on their way to title. With 29 goals and 7 assists in all competitions from 29 appearances there is little doubting Argentine’s pedigree. This is the pick which comes with a risk but could pay off handsomely." This weekend's game vs Liverpool is a crucial one for both sides pushing for the title, and Aguero usually turns up in big games.

Romelu Lukaku"Everton are poised to do well in their two games against Sunderland and Crystal Palace and really test Arsenal for a 4th place finish. The big Belgian has been a nailed on option under Roberto Martinez. Deployed on the right side vs Arsenal in the last game, he still returned a goal, assist and maximum bonus points. He’s a strong and safe contender for armband this week." Rooneykush emphasizes Lukaku's ability to pick up goals and assists from anywhere on the pitch, and the big Belgian seems to be in form.

Yaya Toure"Who would've tipped the Ivorian to be such a crucial part in our FPL seasons. He’s added another part to his game with his incredible shot conversion. This consistency has lead to 18 goals from midfield in the PL, four of which came in his last double gameweek demonstrating his potential. The only downside to this is possible loss of penalty duties with first choice penalty taker Sergio Aguero back in contention. Nevertheless he has defied the odds to produce goods from midfield time and and time again and could do that again this week." 

Leighton Baines- "Never bench him, never captain him. This is one of the unspoken FPL rules when it comes to Leighton Baines. Everton have strong clean sheet potential with games against Sunderland and Crystal Palace. Both sides have struggled for goals all seasons. The England international has been outshone by his opposite fullback Coleman this season but there is no doubting his potential. With penalty, free-kicks and corner duties and strong bonus points potential he could turn out to be an astute pick this double." Rooneykush explains the upside of Leighton Baines, with the unpoken rule perhaps being shattered this week due to him having 2 chances to pick up points.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, Rooneykush fancies four home clean sheets:

Stoke at home to Newcastle

Southampton at home to Cardiff

Everton at home to Crystal Palace

Manchester City at home to Sunderland

GW34 PICKSHere are Rooneykush's picks for DGW34:

Friday, 4 April 2014

Gameweek 33 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSThis week we have another guest, as experienced FPL manager Philman71 gives his opinions on this week's top captaincy contenders, as well as clean sheet predictions and picks his XI to start this gameweek.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- "Suarez has finally ended the Suarez or Sturridge debate, with a long series of great points hauls. The rule "if in doubt, captain Suarez" firmly applies and he never really lets you down. Suarez is fixture proof and involved in everything 'Pool do. The option where you really can't go wrong, and the best choice if defending a mini-league lead." Some wise words from Philman backing Mr. Consistency as Suarez will try to add to his goal tally against West Ham this weekend.

Wayne Rooney- "With RVP out, Rooney continues to be a great captain choice, with pens and free kicks in his locker, and the central striker role. He is a decent alternative to Suarez given the opposition. Newcastle have shipped 7 goals without reply in their last two games." Philman backs Rooney to continue his good form as of late against a struggling Newcastle. 

Eden Hazard- "Still the main threat for the virtual striker-less Chelsea, with pens also in his locker. Hazard is still showing the form he has all season, and will fancy his chances against a Stoke side that tend to concede regularly on the road." Hazard put on a great display against PSG and calmly tucked away a PK. Up against Stoke this weekend will put to the test if Hazard is in fact a "flat track bully".

Edin Dzeko- "Dzeko is the number 1 choice for an Aguero-less City side playing a 4-5-1 formation. Sometimes wasteful in front of goal, he still gets plenty of chances and could well score big against any opposition. A bit more of a punt, but one that could well reap rewards." Philman explains the risk of owning/ captaining Dzeko, and how on a good day Dzeko could grab a great score. He showed his potential in the Manchester derby, and is likely to lead the line once again this weekend, with Aguero ruled out.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, Philman71 only fancies two clean sheets:

Norwich at home to WBA

Tottenham at home to Sunderland

GW33 PICKSHere are Philman71's picks for GW33:

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Gameweek 32 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- This week we're changing it up, as special guest and renowned FPL player FORCA gives his opinions on this week's top captaincy contenders, as well as clean sheet predictions and picks his XI to start this gameweek.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- "Do i really need to say anything about Suarez?? The guy is a total genius and the best player on planet by far (I've been saying this over 3 years now) and he will bully the Spurs defence badly" FORCA tips Suarez for another massive haul against Spurs. Last outing between these two teams, Suarez got 2 goals and 3 assists in a 22 point performance.

Wayne Rooney"I put Rooney on my list simply because that overrated and over-hyped "wanna be world class'' player RVP is injured. Rooney on the other hand is such a beast when RVP is not around and if Moyes isn't drunk, Mata+Rooney's partnership could do some massive damage against the weak Villa defence." Rooney is currently the heartbeat of the United team, if he doesn't perform, United usually don't either. He has a tasty home fixture this weekend at home to Aston Villa, and should be involved in most of United's attacks.

Romelu Lukaku- "Fulham is just a total joke and it seems like Lukaku is now on a hot streak and is ready to fire against the most pathetic side in the Premier League. Lukaku is also in his prime and is trying to prove to Mourinho that he's capable of leading the Chelsea line next season." As FORCA stated, Lukaku is on a hot streak. Coming off an 18 point DGW with 2 goals and an assist, FORCA backs Lukaku to continue his good form against the worst team in the league.

Wilfried Bony- "Always been a great player and has finally showed some of his potential over his last 2 games. With Michu back in the team, I expect Swansea to easily score a few, if not I'll just harsh him." Bony also had a solid DGW, scoring 2 goals in 2 matches. FORCA backs Swansea to score a couple at home to Norwich this weekend. Bony has the extra pressure of being harshed by FORCA if he does not produce.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, FORCA fancies three clean sheets:

Southampton at home to Newcastle

Chelsea away to Palace

Sunderland at home to West Ham

GW32 PICKS- Here are FORCA's picks for GW32:

Friday, 21 March 2014

Gameweek 31 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- Suarez is once again proving why he is fantasy king this season. With two double digit hauls in his last 2 games, he is the no-brainer standout captain for the double gameweek. The never-ending debate between Suarez and Sturridge continues, with Sturridge obtaining double digit scores in weeks 26+27, and Suarez obtaining hauls in 28+30. With two tasty fixtures against struggling Sunderland and Cardiff, Suarez will certainly be involved in the goals for Liverpool.

For those chasing in their mini-leagues and trying to claw back some points, this is the week. One of the three options below are very capable of double digit hauls, and as anything can happen in double gameweeks, this week may prove to be a crucial week to get the captaincy right.

Daniel Sturridge- With Sturridge seemingly keeping pace with his striking counterpart over the past 10 weeks or so, many may look to him as a massive captaincy differential. Liverpool are so free scoring at the moment that anybody on the pitch can score for them- especially SAS. With Suarez feeding him and vise versa, Sturridge is just as likely to obtain a huge haul as Suarez. He is a great option for the armband this week.

Wayne Rooney- We all know how crucial Rooney is to United's success, as he is their talisman play-maker. With recent news ruling RVP out for 4-6 weeks, it leaves the window open for Rooney to take the reigns. When RVP was out earlier this season, Rooney lead United brilliantly, obtaining 4 double digit hauls in a 10 week span. With the Dutchman out it also means Rooney regains PK duties, as well as almost all set pieces. We all know how much Rooney loves the Manchester derby, and with one of his 2 games this week coming at home to Manchester City, Rooney could be a great differential for the armband.

Romelu Lukaku- Lukaku is a very streaky player, but on his day we have all see what he is capable of. He has two tasty fixtures this DGW, home to Swansea, and away to Newcastle (where he got his 16 point haul with 2g, 1a and 3 bonus points). I must admit I wouldn't suggest captaining him over the other 3 suggested captain options, but if he is your only option, he could prove to be decent. The one thing that's assured is that you will be one of few who captain Lukaku.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- With the plethora of matches this week, I fancy six home clean sheets:

Hull City at home to WBA

Man. City at home to Fulham

Newcastle at home to Crystal Palace

Norwich at home to Sunderland

Arsenal at home to Swansea

Liverpool at home to Sunderland

DGW31 PICKS- Here is my ideal XI for DGW31, including subs:

Friday, 28 February 2014

Gameweek 28 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Emmanuel Adebayor- Adebayor continued his good run of form mid-week, as he notched a brace to lead Spurs to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. This means Adebayor has his shooting boots on going into this weekend's league match vs a struggling Cardiff City. Cardiff have allowed the 2nd most goals against this season, allowing an average of 1.78 goals per match. With a resurgence of form under Tim Sherwood, Adebayor is a good bet for captaincy this weekend. Adebayor has scored 8 goals and assisted 4 times in his last 11 league starts, which is very impressive. With Soldado accompanying Adebayor up front in Europa league on Thursday, I see Sherwood reverting to a 1-striker formation for the weekend, with the Togolese man up top. This means Adebayor will also be on penalty duties. Up against one of the worst defences in the league, he is a solid captaincy option this gameweek.

Daniel SturridgeSturridge is a scoring machine at the moment. Having scored 9 goals in his past 7, Sturridge has demolished pretty much every defence he has come up against in the last two months. For now, the Sturridge vs Suarez debate can be put on hold, with the Englishman having outscored his teammate 75-45 since returning from injury. This is largely due to a combination of things. Firstly, Suarez has been rather unlucky, and has not put away his chances of late. Secondly, due to Suarez's adaptability as a player, Sturridge's return has seen Brendan Rodgers push the Uruguayan out wide, limiting his clear cut opportunities at goal. This leaves Sturridge playing down the middle, as the spearhead of the Liverpool attack. This has benefited him immensely, as he is able to use his pace to run behind defenders, and he has taken his chances well. Up against Southampton this weekend Sturridge will surely be involved in the scoring once again, as I see a high scoring game at St. Mary's.

Luis Suarez- Suarez has disappointed many fantasy managers as of late, as they still keep faith in the explosive Uruguayan. As I explained above, Suarez has been rather unlucky to not get on the score sheet the past 4 weeks, but it has to be of concern to us. It seems that it has come to a point in the season that Sturridge looks like outscoring his counterpart on a regular basis, but many managers have failed to adapt to that. This is largely due to our fear of Suarez's explosiveness, which is understandable. From a logical point of view, we have to take into consideration that Suarez is in a slump, and Sturridge is red hot. This means that Sturridge is more likely to score than Suarez at this point in time, dismissing any claims that people are making stating that "Suarez is due". As long as Sturridge is playing down the middle, I fancy him to outscore Suarez. This weekend away to Southampton will be no easy task for Liverpool, but I still fancy them to notch a couple. If you're on of those managers clinging onto Suarez(c), he is still a decent option, but I recommend one of the above 2 players over him this week.

Eden Hazard- We all know how explosive Hazard can be as a fantasy asset, as we all patiently wait through a series of blanks for that imminent explosion. This weekend against the league's worst defence may just be the game for him. Fulham are rock bottom of the table, and have conceded a league worst 59 goals in 27 games, which is over 2 goals a game. Hazard has been known to be a "flat track bully", meaning he gets most of his hauls against teams lower down on the table. I recommend Hazard to those playing catchup in their minileagues, but be warned: Hazard can either get 2-3pts as well as 21pts. This means the ceiling is high for him, but he can also assist the assister and end up with a big fat goose egg.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy three clean sheets:

Chelsea away to Fulham

Hull City at home to Newcastle

Tottenham at home to Cardiff

THE GW28+29 CONUNDRUM- With GW28 and GW29 blanks on the horizon, here are the short term punts I recommend to fill the gaping holes in your squads:

Friday, 21 February 2014

Gameweek 27 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Daniel Sturridge & Luis Suarez- Sturridge and Suarez, also known as SAS, are Liverpool's dynamic duo up front. Scoring 38 of Liverpool's 66 goals this season, they have the Reds in contention for a Champion's League spot and dare I say it, even a Premier League title. This weekend they are at home to Swansea, who are just coming off a 0-0 draw with Italian club Napoli. This gameweek I just can't seem to separate the two for captaincy. Recently Sturridge has outscored Suarez 50-27 over the last 5 gameweeks, but it isn't that simple when it comes to captaincy. Suarez's stats tell a completely different story, having more opportunities at goal, as well as a higher assist potential. Although Sturridge is on fire at the moment, we can't dismiss Suarez's explosiveness. Captaincy between the two is a complete toss up this gameweek, but I reckon both will do well at the weekend.

Emmanuel Adebayor- The Togolese striker made a strong claim to be transferred in this week, scoring a brace and notching an assist in his last game against Newcastle. He goes into this weekend's tie with Norwich having scored 5 goals in his last 5, showing some great form. With Soldado missing a shocking sitter in Tottenham's 1-0 defeat to Dnipro in the Europa League on Thursday, I highly doubt he will see the field this weekend. This means that Adebayor will likely be on penalties, which is beneficial for his owners. He's a decent shout for the armband if you feel like going a different route than one of the obvious SAS picks.

Edin Dzeko- Manchester City is coming off a dismal 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League, which saw CB Martin Demichelis sent off for a sliding tackle on Leonel Messi. Dzeko played a brief part in that match and looked lively, but could not trouble keeper Victor Valdes. This weekend they look to rebound at home to Stoke City. I back city to rediscover their scoring form, making Dzeko a good captaincy pick. Again, he is not one of my top picks for the armband, but is very capable of obtaining a nice haul at the Etihad this weekend.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I only fancy two clean sheets:

Chelsea at home to Everton

Arsenal at home to Sunderland

MANAGING THE BLANKS- As there are plenty of blank gameweeks coming up in GW28 and GW29, here are some differentials without blanks you may want to consider as short term punts.

Robert Snodgrass(5.9)- Despite Norwich's scoring woes this season, Robert Snodgrass is always one to look out for. When fit, Snodgrass is on almost all set pieces for Norwich, and has a huge assist potential. He's a decent short term punt with a home fixture against Stoke in GW29, but I wouldn't want him as a long-term option. Although Snodgrass always has great attacking stats they can sometimes be fool's gold. That's because like I said, Norwich aren't the most free-flowing attacking side.

Thomas Ince(5.5)- Ince had an instant impact after joining Palace on loan from Blackpool, scoring and assisting in his first start. For those looking for a budget option in order to free up funds for Aguero in GW31, Ince could be a great option, as he will also have a DGW in the future. I know it's a very small sample size to judge him on, but it's a risk worth taking, as there aren't many budget options with no blanks to get excited about.

Craig Noone(4.3)- Another budget option without blanks is Cardiff winger Craig Noone, who holds an ownership of under 1%. With a GW29 game at home to Fulham, he is an appealing budget 5th midfielder to own. Noone gives you a decent fixture in GW29 and allows you to bench your players with blanks. Also, fantasy managers will have no benching headaches in the future, as Noone makes it very simple.

Martin Olsson(4.3)- With lots of highly owned players such as Coleman and Mertesacker having blanks in GW29, many will look to replacements. With only 1.8% ownership, Norwich's Martin Olsson looks a steal costing only 4.3. With Norwich having kept 3 home clean sheets in their last 3, their defense looks like a good investment, with some favorable fixtures coming up.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Gameweek 26 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- This week, there is a potential cancellation of the Fulham vs. Liverpool game on Wednesday, so I have listed my top 4 picks contingent on whether the strike is confirmed or not. 

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- Despite not finding the back of the net in his last 2 games, I am backing Luis Suarez to break his scoring drought midweek against Fulham. Although Fulham made it tough for Manchester United at the weekend, I don't see the same happening against a free flowing Liverpool attack. The Reds are coming off a huge victory, blowing out Arsenal 5-1. Liverpool seems to be scoring at will with SAS leading the attack, and I see them ripping the Fulham defence to shreds this game. So as per usual, Suarez is my #1 captaincy option this gameweek.

David Silva- Although Silva has been the creator for City in every game when fit, he has disappointed his fantasy managers in recent weeks. Silva has come close to scoring big points recently, but City haven't scored in their last 2. Back at the Etihad mid-week against Sunderland, I see the Black Cats playing scapegoat to City's frustration and taking a thrashing. City have been the highest scoring team in the league this season, and I see that continuing. With Silva pulling the strings, he is bound to be in the attacking points soon, and has been really unlucky. He's a good captain option for this gameweek, due to the fact I see City having 70-75% possession, and he should be involved in lots of City attacks going forward.

Alvaro Negredo- Negredo has been really hot and cold this season, and is just returning to fitness from an injury. I back City to annihilate Sunderland this week for two reasons: 1) City lost 1-0 to Sunderland earlier this season 2) City haven't scored in their past 2 games. When combining these two fuels into the City fire, I expect at least three goals for City this gameweek. With Negredo leading the line with Aguero out injured, he's a great captaincy option for this week, and should get loads of opportunities to add to his goal tally.  

Daniel Sturridge- Sturridge has been in outstanding form lately, and has not returned a blank since returning from injury, scoring 9, 9, 11, 9, 6 over his past 5 games. Playing in the spearhead role of the Liverpool front 3, Sturridge is a great captaincy option against Fulham. Many will captain Suarez over the Englishman, but if you need to make up ground and believe he will outscore his teammate, it might be worth the risk.

Emmanuel Adebayor- The big man finally scored his first goal in front of his home crowd at White Hart Lane this weekend, leading Tottenham to a 1-0 victory over Everton. Having scored 5 of his 6 goals away from home, he is a decent captaincy option this weekend away to a injured-ridden Newcastle. The Toon are without a number of their key starters, and it will likely benefit Adebayor. Last game the Spurs lineup up with Adebayor as their lone striker, with Soldado on the bench. If they replicate this mid-week against Newcastle, Adebayor will likely be on PK duty, which also increases his appeal for the armband.

Kevin Mirallas- With his fellow countryman Lukaku injured and newcomer Lacina Traore not yet fit, Mirallas has been playing as a the lone striker for Everton as of late. This gameweek he's home to Crystal Palace, which is a favorable fixture for Mirallas. If he once features up top again, he has the explosive potential for a nice haul. As we saw on the weekend, Mirallas can be greedy at times, which can be beneficial from a fantasy point of view. If you're feeling risky Mirallas is a great punt, but be aware that Palace can be stubborn and hard to break down at times.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy three clean sheets:

West Ham at home to Norwich

Chelsea away to West Brom

Man City at home to Sunderland

HOT PICKUPS- Here are a couple of players who have performed well the past couple of weeks, and could be worth your investment.

Branislav Ivanovic(6.1)- Big Branislav is starting to show more his attacking side, surging forward for many of Chelsea attacks. Over the last 3 gameweeks, he has tallied scores of 7, 14 and 11, scoring a goal and notching an assist. With Chelsea having only conceded 2 goals in their last 9 fixtures, Ivanovic looks a solid investment. Many will argue that Azpilicueta is better value at 5.4, but he just doesn't offer the same attacking threat as Ivanovic. He proved that over the past 3, outscoring his Spanish teammate by 12pts. If you are looking at investing in the Chelsea back line (which I strongly suggest), Ivanovic is your man. 

Kevin Nolan(6.6)- Nolan has impressed recently with 4 goals in his last 2 appearances. Lots of fantasy managers thought his fantasy output would be hindered by the fact that he would be without striker Andy Carroll for the next 3, but he proved many wrong by banging in his second brace in a row. In his next 4 his fixture schedule reads: NOR(H), SOU(H), EVE(A), HUL(H). Knowing Nolan usually scores the majority of his goals at home, he could be a handy differential over the next 4, with only 7.9% ownership.