Fantasy Premier League Week 19 Transfers and Tips: No Gray area up front

Andre Gray is value for money fantasy wise over the Christmas period
Andre Gray is value for money fantasy wise over the Christmas period

It will be fast and furious in the fantasy world over the next few days so Neil Monnery gives you the lowdown of who to like and who to avoid in this weekend's games...

'Alexis Sánchez - £11.8m. Massive game on Friday night but the shell of Alexis Sanchez has been one of the season's most disappointing features. The Chilean international has yet to reach the heights we expect. With only four goals and the same amount of assists by Christmas, no value for money here.'

Eight to like

Wilfried Zaha - £6.9m. I'm very surprised the young Englishman has only been selected by 5.8% of teams. He's scored or nabbed an assist in three straight. Crystal Palace play Swansea next and in terms of value for money, he's the hottest player in that £7m range in midfield.

Tammy Abraham - £5.8m. In the same game I'm thinking Tammy Abraham might well get back on the scoresheet. With Wilfried Bony expected to be out with a hamstring issue, the Chelsea loanee should return to the starting XI. Teams often show something in the game after a manager gets sacked, so this is a gut feel play for a third striker.

Both Wilfried Zaha and Tammy Abraham are currently trading at 6.411/2 to open the scoring in the Swansea v Crystal Palace match on the Exchange

Arthur Masuaku - £4.4m. Finding clean sheets around the £4.5m mark is one of the keys to finding consistency fantasy wise. West Ham have become much more solid under David Moyes to the tune of three clean sheets on the spin. Masuaku is the best value for money player among their defensive options.

Paul Pogba - £7.9m. This shouldn't be a shock because when he's played, Pogba has been playing far better than his fantasy price. His suspension is over and Leicester away awaits on Saturday night. After Manchester United's disappointing display at Ashton Gate on Wednesday night, expect a big bounce back.

Andrew Robertson - £4.6m. With Alberto Moreno injured. the former Hull left-back is going to be one of the hidden short-term gems of the fantasy world. Two clean sheets in back-to-back starts to go along with an assist at Bournemouth on Sunday. Arsenal away isn't the ideal spot for him but he has to be worth consideration.

Andre Gray - £6.3m. With Troy Deeney set to sit four games due to suspension, it is time to look at the former Burnley striker once more. Gray hasn't hit the ground running at Watford but he scored nine times last season in a much more defensive team. He'll get chances and score goals. Brighton away is not a terrible game to bring him in.

Andre Gray is currently trading at 3.55/2 to score at anytime in the Brighton v Watford match on the Exchange

Laurent Depoitre - £5.3m. Plenty of lesser-priced strikers on the list this week mainly because a lot of the big names don't have favourable match-ups. Huddersfield travel to St. Mary's on the back of a 1-4 thrashing of Watford. Depoitre scored and got credited with two assists. Might not be a long-term play but if you have injury issues and want to play a very cheap striker, he's a real option.

Jamie Vardy - £8.7m. This might be a strange one considering the dip in form he's currently going through but hear me out. This season he's scored against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs. He gets up for the big games when people are watching. Leicester play in the Saturday night game and I wouldn't be shocked if this was an open, high scoring affair.

Jamie Vardy is currently trading at 3.185/40 to score at anytime in the Leicester v Manchester United match on the Exchange


Two to avoid

Harry Kane - £12.8m. Two columns in a row where Harry Kane has resided in this spot. He's not in stellar form but it is also the match-up. Burnley have been tremendous all season long at the back. This is once more not a week where I'd be bringing in the England centre-forward.

Alexis Sánchez - £11.8m. Massive game on Friday night but the shell of Alexis Sanchez has been one of the season's most disappointing features. The Chilean international has yet to reach the heights we expect. With only four goals and the same amount of assists by Christmas, no value for money here.


Captain's pick

For the 4964th straight week (or so it seems) you can't go wrong with a Liverpool attack minded player. Man City play Bournemouth at home and that could be 4, 5 or 6 easily. Eden Hazard has a tough match at Everton to navigate but I have a sneaky suspicion he'll have one of his best games of the season so far.

*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW19 is 18:45 on Friday.


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