Best Fantasy XI Gameweek 28

Posted by John Culea

Ian Horrocks/Newcastle United/Getty ImagesNewcastle's Moussa Sissoko has made quite the fantasy splash.

It is always fun to speculate on what could be your best starting lineup each week if you had unlimited transfers and no budget restraint. While that seems to be true for both parties in the American political system, it is not the case for fantasy managers. Nonetheless, based on match-ups, here is Sir John’s best XI for Gameweek 28.

Goalkeeper

Joe Hart, Manchester City: City visit Aston Villa, who, even with Christian Benteke, are an awful offensive team (26 goals in 27 games). A clean sheet is a good bet for the City GK, who has five shutouts in his last seven games.

Defenders

Leighton Baines, Everton: Everton is at home against Reading, who has given up 51 goals, which could mean a goal and/or an assist from the second-highest fantasy point defender. And a clean sheet is in the works, too.

Patrice Evra, Manchester United: Norwich City, which has 27 goals in as many games, visit Old Trafford. The Canaries present a better defense than Reading (41 goals surrendered), but a clean sheet is a good possibility here, too for the number one-rated fantasy defender.

Pablo Zabaleta, Manchester City: See Joe Hart comments; Zabaleta has quietly risen to the seventh-best fantasy point-producer.

Midfielders

Gareth Bale, Tottenham: Arsenal will be a more difficult defense to penetrate than West Ham; however, Bale’s wonder strikes seem impossible for any team to repulse. Bale has six goals in his last four matches. The home supporters at White Hart Lane will be in full chorus, perhaps singing "When the Goals Come Marching In."

Michu, Swansea City: Rested against Liverpool and a goal in the League Cup final, Michu is back looking for goals in the PL. Of note is that his brace on February 9 against QPR were his first goals in seven matches. He still is the top fantasy midfielder and will be in a high-scoring game at home against Newcastle on Saturday,

Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle: The Frenchman is the Magpie’s big story. With three goals and two assists in four matches, Sissoko is a predator and attacks with a vengeance. He works well with Papiss Cisse and should get many chances to score on the road against the Swans.

Juan Mata, Chelsea: The Spaniard is the heart of a beleaguered team. He has gone two games without a goal or an assist and looked tired against Man City. Even with Demba Ba a bit gun-shy and Fernando Torres lost in space, Mata figures to find his range against a strong WBA at home.

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool: Gerrard is the fifth-rated midfielder for points and could have a good day on the road at Wigan.

Forwards

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United: With Robin van Persie likely to be rested/recovering, Rooney is the pick against Norwich City. He and Danny Welbeck/Chicarito will be on the prowl to fill the nets.

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City: Aguero has been close on his shots in recent weeks, but will find the Aston Villa net more to his liking; in fact, with Villa having given up 52 goals in 27 matches, the posts may look to be 30 yards wide.

The Captain for the week -- in a gamble -- is Sissoko.

Others who could have big days:
Arouna Kone, Wigan
Papiss Cisse, Newcastle
David Silva, Manchester City
Marouane Fellaini, Everton
Philipe Coutinho, Liverpool
Christopher Samba, QPR

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