CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In 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 Sturridge- Sturridge 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