Gameweek 35: Fantasy Preview

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Alex Livesey/Getty ImagesThe week's marquee game could see Manchester United's Wayne Rooney return from injury against Everton.

Manchester United's Easter visit to Everton is the game to watch this holiday weekend, with just four weeks left in the Premier League season.

Saturday, April 19
Tottenham (18-6-10) vs. Fulham (9-3-22)
Harry Kane's two goals in two games have him at the forefront of Spurs' attack. Christian Eriksen has four goals in as many matches and one game after his brace, Emmanuel Adebayor had a dismal penalty shot saved.
Hugo Rodellega's two goals in two games have revived survival hopes at Craven Cottage, but in-form Lewis Holtby cannot play against his parent club. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 34: Fantasy Review

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Chris Brunskill/Getty ImagesCrystal Palace have risen from the ashes to Premier League safety on Jason Puncheon's two-goal week.

Outstanding Performances:

Jason Puncheon, Crystal Palace
His match-winner in one game and another goal on Wednesday gives him four goals and an assist in his last three games.

Lukas Podolski, Arsenal
A Tuesday brace against West Ham has quietly pushed him to three goals and two assists in his last four games.

Connor Wickham, Sunderland
The 21-year-old forward scored his first Premier League goal since 2011 and then added another to give the Black Cats a brief lead on Wednesday at Manchester City. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 34: Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesManchester City star Yaya Toure is expected to shake off a knock for the big showdown at Liverpool.

There are eleven games covering four days this week; however, Manchester United and Hull will not be in action. Four teams play two games: Everton, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, and Manchester City.

April 12, the first day of Gameweek 34, you will have seven chances to check announced lineups as all games begin at the same time.

Saturday, April 12
Crystal Palace (10-4-18) vs. Aston Villa (9-7-16)
Palace got a brace from Jason Puncheon the last time out and goalkeeper Julian Speroni has three clean sheets in four matches. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 33: Fantasy Review

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Ian MacNicol/Getty ImagesManchester United transfer Juan Mata delivered the promised goods with a brace in the absence of Wayne Rooney.

Best Performances:
Juan Mata, Manchester United
Looking more at home with his new team, Mata was brilliant against woeful Newcastle, directing the attack and scoring two goals. Now with three goals and one assist in two games, his value has increased to 8.5.

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
The Reds captain scored two perfectly struck penalty goals. He has six goals in six games and is the third highest fantasy midfielder. Scoreless last week, his value dropped 0.1 to 9. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 33: Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Paul Gilham/Getty ImagesEverton striker Romelu Lukaku will try to boost his team closer to a Champions League spot against injury-plagued Arsenal.

Just six weeks remain in the season. GW33 has one game to check announced lineups, the early meeting between Manchester City and Southampton.

Saturday, April 5
Manchester City (21-4-5) vs. Southampton (13-9-10)
Manchester City with two games in hand are in third place but will have to wait a week to get Sergio Aguero back. Yaya Toure is the leading midfielder for fantasy points and David Silva is in form.
Southampton are getting goals from Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, and Rickie Lambert. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 32: Fantasy Review

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AllsportManchester United's Wayne Rooney scored a brace and is doing his best to salvage the Red Devil's season.

Outstanding Performances:
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
His brace included a deft header and a definitive penalty goal. He now has six goals and an assist in six games.

Jay Rodriguez, Southampton
Two goals against the Newcastle give the Saints forward five goals in four games.

Jonathan de Guzman, Swansea
The midfielder's brace against Norwich doubled his goal output for the season.

Luis Suarez, Liverpool
A goal against Spurs gives him 29 for the season. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 32: Fantasy Preview

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Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge LiverpoolAllsportLiverpool's SAS duo are the ones in the spotlight.

After a marathon 15-game week, we return to the normal 10-game slate with one game to check announced lineups -- Manchester United hosting Aston Villa.

Saturday, March 29
Manchester United (15-6-10) vs. Aston Villa (9-7-14)
After a dramatic comeback to stay alive in UCL play and a clean sheet against West Ham, Manchester United looked toothless in their 3-0 loss to Manchester City. Robin van Persie is out injured and Chris Smalling is doubtful. The rest of the team looks aimless. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 31: Fantasy Review

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Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez celeb Liverpool vs SunderlandAllsportLuis Suarez has five goals and three assists in his past five games.

Chelsea got the 15-game week off to a great start with a net full of goals by battering Arsenal.

Outstanding Performances
Luis Suarez, Liverpool
A hat trick and an assist against Cardiff, now five goals and three assists in five games. Suarez leads all fantasy players in points with 219.

Yaya Toure, Manchester City
A brace against Fulham with two penalty goals and a spectacular long-range blast, then a late strike in the Manchester United domination. He has five goals and one assist in the last four games and is the leading fantasy midfielder with 211 points. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 31: Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesManchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is in incredible form.

This is the biggest week of the fantasy season with 15 games involving double game weeks for ten teams. Transfers should be used to load your starting XI with players who have two games, although GW34 has eleven matches and GW37 13 games. The big question in double game weeks will be player rotation.

There is one game to check announced lineups: the Chelsea-Arsenal match.

Saturday, March 22
Chelsea (20-6-4) vs. Arsenal (19-5-5)
Chelsea won easily in Champions League. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 30: Fantasy Review

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Alex Livesey/Getty ImagesLiverpool's captain was nearly spot-on with two penalty goals in the convincing defeat of Manchester United.

It was a weekend of seeing red with Vincent Kompany, Nemanja Vidic, Willian and Ramires getting red cards and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ejected from the premises at Villa Park. It was also a strange Saturday with many of the goals coming from fringe players.

Outstanding performances
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
The Reds' captain was almost spot-on with two penalty goals against Manchester United. He missed a third attempt that would have made him the first Premier League player ever to score a hat trick with three PGs. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 30: Fantasy Preview

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IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty ImagesDaniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney are fine choices this week.

A full slate of ten fixtures will be played in Gameweek 30. Then the big double game week has 15 fixtures beginning Saturday, March 22.

There is one match this week to check announced lineups before the game locks.

Saturday, March 15
Hull (8-6-14) vs. Manchester City (18-3-5)
Hull will be on a high after advancing to the FA Cup semi-final, while Manchester City were ousted out by Wigan. In Champions League play, City were knocked out by Barcelona in a "messy" encounter. Continue Reading...

Gameweek 29: Fantasy review

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The FA Cup weekend limited the number of Premier League games played to just five. Fantasy managers have fifteen games to feast on in Gameweek 31.

Outstanding Performances

Steven Caulker, Cardiff

The Tottenham summer transfer scored his first goal for relegation-threatened Cardiff since Nov. 3 and then added a second for a much-needed home result over fellow doormat Fulham.

Demba Ba, Chelsea

OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP/Getty ImagesDemba Ba scored two quick goals in a short cameo appearance for Chelsea.

Ba was the beneficiary of the second half choke and collapse by Spurs and scored a brace in the final minutes of the game after coming off the bench in the 76th minute. Continue Reading...