The three players you need in your Fantasy Football team this week
All hail the Great Dane.
The double Gameweek just gone didn’t shake up the top five of the J-League the way it might have, but it did help to enliven what looks like being a fascinating battle for the title in the coming weeks.
Having made up 17 points on Ogie Nolan’s Tullig Panthers** thanks to an inspired decision to captain David de Gea (two clean sheets and 17 points), Alan Duggan’s Klippity Klopp moved to within just four points of the lead with only four gameweeks remaining.
It’s going to take something special for any of the remaining members of the top five to take top spot between now and the end of the season, with 44 points separating Alan’s charges from Brian Haugh’s Hauzinho Harriers in third place.
Gerard Dowling’s The El Special One are a further 12 points back in fourth place, with Derek Dickenson’s 2 Girls 1 Schlupp moving up to the top five, alongside Pat Murphy’s Dukes of Hazard on the same points.
J-League Top 5
- Tullig Panthers** – Ogie Nolan: 2,098 points
- Klippity Klopp – Alan Duggan: 2,094 points
- Hauzinho’s Harriers – Brian Haugh: 2,050 points
- The El Special One – Gerard Dowling: 2,038 points
- 2 Girls 1 Schlupp – Derek Dickenson: 2,029 points
This week’s leaders: Tullig Panthers** – Ogie Nolan
Gameweek 35 is one of two left in which there aren’t any more than the standard ten matches for managers to pick up points from, but if and when making transfers it’s worth looking ahead to take note of the teams with the most games during the run-in.
Arsenal, for example, are beginning to pick up a little form (in typical Arsenal fashion, a little later than when it was required) and they have six league games left to play, with two games apiece in Gameweek 36 and 37. Southampton are in the exact same boat.
With that in mind, players from both sides are worthy of consideration from here on in, providing they can avoid injury, of course...
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In Gameweek 37, meanwhile, ten teams – including Southampton and Arsenal – are in action twice, with Chelsea, Watford, Sunderland, Manchester City, West Brom, Manchester United, Leicester and Spurs all playing two games over the course of a few days that are likely to make or break the Fantasy Football season.
With regard to this weekend, the standout tie is undoubtedly the North London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, a game which could reignite the title race if Chelsea slip up away to Everton a couple of hours earlier.
It might not be all sewn up just yet.
This week’s tips
Safe bet: Christian Benteke (£7.4 million). Many of you will have brought in the big Belgian for the double gameweek just gone and after two goals against his old club last weekend (and five in his last six league games), he’s worth persisting it, particularly with Palace hosting a Burnley side out of sorts right now.
Dark horse: Harry Maguire (£4.4 million). Hull are making a very good fist of trying to stay in the Premier League and their inspirational defender has been at the heart of it.
A steal at just £4.4 million, he’s scored twice and kept one clean sheet in his last three outings, collecting 23 points in the process.
Captain’s choice: Christian Eriksen (£8.8 million). You may have seen the Dane feature quite a lot in these dispatches recently but we make no apologies for it.
Since the defeat to Liverpool on February 11, Eriksen has registered three goals, five assists and 62 points in eight games, an average of just under eight points a game.
You’d expect Spurs to score at home against Arsenal and if they do, chances are Eriksen will be involved in some shape or form.