Gameweek 29 fantasy preview

Posted by John Culea

Chris Brunskill/Getty ImagesWest Brom's Romelu Lukaku returns to the pitch in a fantasy week with eight teams not in action.

Round 29 for fantasy managers presents the challenges of eight teams not playing. Arsenal and Everton have had their game moved to Round 33 for a double game week. West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Wigan, Fulham, and Chelsea have all had their games postponed to unannounced dates. One benefit for some players is that the time off will allow them to better recover from knocks.

The preview for this week is presented in a different format to highlight key fantasy players who may factor in the scoring. Let me know if you like this method or if you prefer what I have done in the past.

Saturday, March 9

Norwich (7-11-10) -- Southampton (6-9-13)

Goals are rare for Norwich. Grant Holt is the leading scorer with just five. Eleven draws have kept the Canaries in mid-table.

Rickie Lambert (12 goals) will be looking to get back in the scoring mode. The Saints now find themselves just three points clear of the drop zone and will miss Adam Lallana if he is not recovered from his concussion.

QPR (3-11-14) -- Sunderland (7-9-12)

This is a massive game for 'Arry who will have his players looking to escape the drop zone. The Hoops have only scored 21 goals in 28 games and face a tough Simon Mignolet, the second best fantasy goalkeeper for points. Christopher Samba is overdue for one of his towering header goals. Julio Cesar is out injured.

Steven Fletcher (10 goals) looks worn out and has gone cold with no goals in his last five matches and two in his last ten. Stephane Sessegnon is the only other real threat for the Black Cats with two goals in his games after he had a ten-game drought.

Reading (5-8-15) -- Aston Villa (5-9-14)

Reading is still without suspended Pavel Pogrebynyak. Adam Le Fondre has ten goals. The Royals' defense has given up a league-high 54 goals in 28 games.

Aston Villa, in relegation 18th, played Manchester City even until one defensive slip resulted in a killer goal. Brad Guzan has done a miraculous job in goal making 86 saves in 25 games and somehow getting five clean sheets. Christian Benteke will score in this game.

WBA (12-4-12) -- Swansea (10-10-8)

Romelu Lukaku returns to the lineup having scored six goals in his last seven played.

Michu has 15 goals but most of them came early. Still, he looks fresh and fit.

Goalkeeper Michael Vorm was sensational against Newcastle.

Sunday, March 10

Newcastle (8-6-14) -- Stoke (7-12-9)

Moussa Sissoko should have had three assists against Swansea if his mates were half-awake.

Papiss Cisse blew several chances.

Hatem Ben Arfa might return if he is fit. Injured Fabricio Coloccini is needed to shore up the defense.

Robert Elliot is filling in admirably as the third choice goalkeeper.

Stoke is a joke when it comes to goals. Only 26 scored in 28 matches. Peter Crouch is the best the Black Cats can do with five goals. Robert Huth is suspended, Matthew Etherington and Michael Owen may be fit and available.

Liverpool (11-9-8) -- Tottenham (16-6-6)

This is the marquee match of the week.

Luis Suarez's hat trick has him out to add to his Golden Boot chances. Phillipe Coutinho is one of the fantasy finds of the season. Daniel Sturridge should be back on the pitch. Pepe Reina has been in fine form in the net.

Gareth Bale has 58 fantasy points in his last five matches (of course, double with the armband). Seven goals during that time. Who can stop him?

Emmanuel Adebayor and Moussa Dembele are due back from injuries as is Clint Dempsey.

Jermaine Defoe is playing again, but Spurs' supporters may just want those players to stay out of the Welshman's way.

Liverpool is seventh with a chance for a Europa League spot. Spurs are focused on a Champions League position and are currently third in the table.

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