Fantasy Premier League Week 27 Transfers and Tips: Navigating the blanks
There is plenty of thinking to do for Fantasy Managers this week as there are blanks for four teams, including Manchester City, and there is also an earlier transfer deadline. Paul Robinson guides you through it...
"The stand-out captain’s pick this weekend is Arsenal’s main striker and the Premier League’s third leading scorer."
Six to like
Alexandre Lacazette - £9.5m. The Frenchman was suspended for Arsenal's Europa League clash on Thursday night which means that he is pretty much certain to start against Southampton on Sunday. The Saints have improved since sacking Mark Hughes, but they are still conceding goals and Lacazette has scored four in his last six Premier League starts.
Raul Jimenez - £6.8m. Wolves are away at Bournemouth on Saturday, and with the Cherries affording plenty of chances to their opponents, it could prove to be a fruitful trip down south for the Mexican striker. He drew a blank against Newcastle in the previous gameweek, but prior to that he had delivered 26 points across three weeks - scoring three times and providing one assist.
Heung-Min Son - £9.0m. Spurs' saviour has been able to enjoy a nice rest as Tottenham haven't played since their 3-0 win over Dortmund on the 13th February - a game in which Son opened the scoring. He has also netted in each of his last three league matches, and he remains a must have for the time-being.
Sadio Mane - £9.6m. Liverpool have an incredibly tough fixture against an in-form, Manchester United, with their rivals hugely motivated to stopping them winning the league. That being said, it could be argued that United are better suited to playing away from Old Trafford at present, and Liverpool are likely to adopt similar tactics to what PSG did here recently. Mane is £4m cheaper than Salah and while the Egyptian is a safer option, pound for pound, the former Southampton man is the better pick. He has scored in his last four Premier League fixtures, and has a great chance of making it five on Sunday.
Josh King - £6.4m. The Bournemouth man has fired a couple of blanks recently, but they were both away from home and the Cherries are a different proposition at the Vitality. Eddie Howe's men have banged in 12 goals in their last five outings there in all competitions, and King scored two against Chelsea and one against West Ham.
Wilfried Zaha - £6.7m. Crystal Palace's game at Leicester could be tailormade for Wilfried Zaha as the Foxes are struggling to perform at home and Zaha should get plenty of opportunities to run at their defence. He has returned to form of late with two goals in his last two starts and he could be set for a decent end to the campaign.
Miguel Almiron - £6.0m. I have to admit, I don't know much about Newcastle's record signing, but he will surely get the nod to start against Huddersfield this weekend, and with the Terriers struggling so badly, the stage is set for him to show us what he's made of. The Paraguayan scored 13 goals in 37 MLS fixtures for Atlanta United in his final season at the club, and Rafa Benitez had him down as his number one target.
Felipe Anderson - £7.2m. The Brazilian hasn't scored since his brace in GW19, so he's most certainly due to find the net. Anderson hasn't been playing poorly, so I'm not concerned about his form, and it doesn't come much easier than a home match against Fulham.
Two to avoid
Paul Pogba - £8.8m. I mentioned about that Liverpool are likely to adopt the same tactics as PSG for their trip to Old Trafford, and what I meant by that is that Jurgen Klopp will put either Jordan Henderson or James Milner on Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has been fantastic under Solskjaer, but he didn't deliver against PSG and ended up being sent off. Stop Pogba and you stop United.
Jamie Vardy - £8.8m. Jamie Vardy has continually disappointed me this season and even though Leicester are at home this weekend, I can't be having him anywhere near my team. The Foxes have been better away than they have at home anyway and Vardy was only on the bench against Spurs. He did come on to score - and miss a penalty - but with just three goals since GW14, there are so many better options out there.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £11.1m. The stand-out captain's pick this weekend is Arsenal's main striker and the Premier League's third leading scorer. He missed out at Huddersfield in their last Premier League match, but he's back to fitness now and started against Bate on Thursday. I can't imagine that Unai Emery will leave him out here, and I fancy him to add to his 15 goals and six assists against Southampton.
*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW27 is 18:45 on Friday.