Gameweek 34 Fantasy Preview

Posted by John Culea

Matthew Lewis/Getty ImagesAfter two weeks away, top fantasy points earner Michu returns to action.

There are two marquee matches on Sunday: Tottenham-Manchester City and Liverpool-Chelsea. Fantasy managers can get a sneak look at announced lineups for 14 teams 30 minutes before kickoff as seven matches on Saturday all begin at 10:00 ET.

Saturday, April 20

Fulham (10-10-13) -- Arsenal (17-9-7)
After five goals in four matches, Dimitar Berbatov has gone three without a score. The Cottagers are safe in mid-table mediocrity and don't need the result as much as Arsenal. Other than the Bulgarian, Fulham is a bad fantasy team for points.

The Gunners lacked creativity against Everton in a 0-0 snoozer. Santi Cazorla's flashes of brilliance are becoming less and less and Theo Walcott was awful against Everton. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, never a good fantasy pick, may be worth a gamble. Lukasz Fabianski is out injured. Wojciech Szczesny filled in well.

Norwich (7-14-12) -- Reading (5-9-19)
The Canaries, with only 31 goals in 33 matches, are perilously close to the drop zone and will have more to play for than relegation-bound Reading.

QPR (4-12-16) -- Stoke (7-13-13)
The Hoops season of "oops" has seen them only score 12 goals in 16 home games.
Stoke is a scant three points clear of exile and is the lowest scoring team (28) in the Premier League.

Sunderland (8-10-15) -- Everton (14-14-5)
The Black Cats, also just three points clear, are on the hot tin relegation roof but pulled off a huge road result at Newcastle.
Stephane Sessegnon had a goal, an assist, and a clean sheet in that one.

Everton was exceptional on defense against Arsenal, but offer little attack. Kevin Mirallas is a legitimate threat. Marouane Fellaini is no longer a fantasy "must".

Swansea City (10-11-11) -- Southampton (9-11-13)
The top fantasy point guy, Michu, is back after no games for the Swans in two weeks.
Saints defender Luke Shaw could return from the flu. Rickie Lambert is a force.

WBA (13-5-14) -- Newcastle (10-6-17)
Romelu Lukaku has cooled off and the Baggies are in a bit of a funk.
Newcastle comes off an embarrassing 0-3 home drubbing. Fabricio Coloccini is due back and Hatem Ben Arfa has had a game under his belt after a long injury layoff. Papiss Cisse is the lone goal threat. Moussa Sissoko's game has turned sour.

West Ham (10-9-14) -- Wigan (8-7-17)
Mohamed Diame's fabulous goal against Manchester United makes you wonder why he only has two for the season. Andy Carroll has a goal and an assist in his last two games.
After four goals in four games, Arouna Kone has gone two without. Wigan is in their usual survival fight and plays its third road game in a row.

Sunday, April 21

Tottenham (17-7-8) -- Manchester City (20-8-4)
Spurs come off a Europa ouster and three straight draws. Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, and Jermain Defoe are due back; however Defoe's game fantasy form has been AWOL. No goals since 2012.
David Silva, one of the biggest under-achievers of the season is an injury doubt. Carlos Tevez has four goals in six games. Sergio Aguero is out injured.

Liverpool (13-11-9) -- Chelsea (18-7-7)
Which Liverpool team will show up at Anfield? After getting five goals in three games, Luis Suarez has not scored in his last four matches and is one yellow card away from a two-game suspension. Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson, and Jose Enrique are good fantasy defenders.

Chelsea, bounced from the FA Cup, is a weary-looking team, especially Juan Mata who got an assist at Fulham but has not scored since February 2. John Terry's brace merits a start while David Luiz had one of the great goals of the season. Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill are due back. Demba Ba had a wonder goal in the FA Cup and Fernando Torres has shown a pulse, but the Spaniard's last PL goal was in 2012. Rafa Benitiez’s return to Liverpool is a good storyline.

Monday, April 22

Manchester United (26-3-4) -- Aston Villa (8-10-15)
Sir Alex Ferguson wants the PL point record. Wayne Rooney was terrible against West Ham. Robin van Persie has two goals in two games after a 10 game drought. David DeGea is fantasy money in the bank as is Patrice Evra.

Christian Benteke has four goals in five matches and Brad Guzan can be forgiven for being shell-shocked after making 107 saves. Gabriel Agbonlahor is due back from injury. Villa has made a nice late charge trying to escape relegation; however, Old Trafford is not friendly territory.

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