Only five weeks to go in the Premier League and Neil Monnery is back with some pointers for fantasy managers heading into Gameweek 34...
"This is a do or die week for Middlesbrough so Alvaro Negredo (£6.2m) is worth a spot start. He's scored twice in the past three games."
It is double chance week
Three teams will play twice this week with Manchester United, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace set to fight for six points instead of three. This gives fantasy managers a chance to use their double captain boost on a player from one of these three teams.
Manchester United first up have Burnley away on Sunday before a Manchester Derby on Thursday Night Football. Jose Mourinho's side have been a fantasy nightmare for managers this season with only Zlatan Ibrahimovic being a consistent scorer. He got rested/dropped on Sunday as United went with more pace to attack Chelsea's back three but I fully expect him to play in both games this week. Marcus Rashford seems to be back in form but who knows if he gets the nod in either game. I'd steer clear of overloading with Red Devils this week.
Middlesbrough go to Bournemouth before entertaining Sunderland on Wednesday. Both those match-ups are at least interesting from a fantasy perspective. Bournemouth are an open team who like to score but can be got at. As for Sunderland, we all know how flimsy they are at the back. This is a do or die week for Middlesbrough so Alvaro Negredo (£6.2m) is worth a spot start. He's scored twice in the past three games. I wouldn't feel confident in using my double captain on him but he's coming in for me in place of the (once more) injured Andy Carroll. If you are in need of a cheap third striker. He is a great play.
As for Crystal Palace they travel to Anfield before entertaining title-chasing Spurs. Neither match looks easy but like last week, I still like Wilfried Zaha (£6.0m), Andros Townsend (£5.8m) and Christian Benteke (£6.2m) with the extra game to provide good value.
You can currently get Alvaro Negredo to score at anytime v Bournemouth on Saturday at 23/10 on the Betfair Sportsbook.
Son is still incredible value
Heung-Min Son (£7.3m) is red hot in terms of form both on the pitch and in the fantasy world yet he is only in 11.7% of teams. Madness personified. The Spurs star has scored five in the past four games to go along with an assist. With the team eyeing up a run at Premier League glory, they don't seem to be nervous and instead seem to be playing with absolute freedom with Son being at the heart of that.
Midfield is full of fantastic options in the £7-8m range and Son might be at the very top of the list. It looks highly likely that they'll run out there with Son, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane as long as all four are healthy game in, game out for the rest of the season. All four are value purchases in fantasy terms.
The Crystal Palace v Spurs market isn't open yet but if you can get Heung-Min Son at 3/1 or more to score at anytime then it is a value bet..
City's forgotten Jesus...
No I'm not talking about Gabriel Jesus, who is still out recovering from injury and watching the NBA playoffs. I'm talking about Jesus Navas (£6.1m) who has become Manchester City's new right-back in the past few weeks. The Spaniard is classed as a midfielder so won't get four points per clean sheet but his attacking prowess means he is a decent outside bet to get an assist or even get a goal (stranger things have happened).
I'm certainly not all gung-ho about picking him up but he is worth a closer look if you are rummaging around in the bargain basement for a cheap midfielder who could chip in every so often. With the Manchester Derby for them this week, another Pep masterclass isn't out of the question after what we saw at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
No Boing Boing in the Baggies this week
A quick note to say that West Brom are the only team not to play a game in the next gameweek. If you have any West Brom players move them to the bench as they play Leicester and Burnley next so aren't bad plays in the following two weeks. There is no need to spend transfer points.