Fantasy Premier League GW29 – All You Need to Know
Gameweek 29 is almost upon us – and just two days after our last dose of Premier League action! Man City finished off gameweek 28 on Thursday with a second successive 3-0 win against Arsenal, but with a tough match against Chelsea on Sunday, should fantasy managers be looking for other alternatives than City players for their teams?
Below you’ll find the Gameweek 29 starting lineup for the Free Super Tips Fantasy Premier League team, candidates for the captain’s armband, and other potential transfer options worth consideration.
Team FST Gameweek 29 Line-up
GW29 Deadline – 3rd March 11:30
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FST – GW29 Captain
Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £10.5m or £9.3m
Liverpool face a Newcastle side on Saturday that have conceded nine goals over their last four Premier League outings on the road – a perfect opportunity for the in-form Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to continue their strong FPL returns. Salah scored one and assisted one for a second consecutive match at home to West Ham last weekend, his 13th double-figure score of the season, and as 2nd top scorer in the Premier League, he has been without a doubt the surprise package of the season and an essential captian candidate almost every week. For one of the more affordable top end forwards, Roberto Firmino has also been a worthy investment, with four goals, two assists and seven bonus points over Liverpool’s last six – an average of almost 7 points per match.
Other GW29 Captain Alternatives
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – £11.2m
Once the most-owned player in Fantasy Premier League, forward Romelu Lukaku has become one of this season’s most criticised figures. But a goal and an assist against Chelsea – his first double-figure score since gameweek 5 – were a timely reminder of the Belgian’s ability to deliver. United take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday, and with Palace win-less in their last five matches, conceding an average of two goals per match, he should be optimistic about getting a run of form going, especially given that he got on the score-sheet against them in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford (a 4-0 win).
Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – both £8.7m
Vardy has scored four goals over his last five Premier League outings – 13 goals in 27 matches for the Foxes in total – and now ranks 5th of all forwards. His main strength as a fantasy player is that when he does find the back of the net, he tends to earn those coveted bonus points too. He’s earned 20 of these so far this season – the joint 7th most – and with one of the more favourable runs of fixtures ahead – 6 of Leicester’s next 8 matches are rated 2 on the FDR – he should be looking to keep building on this tally, starting with a match at home to Bournemouth. Vardy hasn’t been alone in attack, though. Mahrez has been involved in around half of Leicester’s goals this season when on the pitch, and the Algerian is back in contention after a bit of friction with the club following the January transfer window.
FST – Ones to Watch
Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) – £5.8m
Pochetitno’s decision to reinstate Ben Davies at left back has proven a smart one. Tottenham’s raiding wing-back has earned 6 points or more in six of their last eight Premier League outings via five clean sheets, two assists and a massive seven bonus points. Davies consistently shows huge potential in both his offensive threat and defensive work-rate and a favourable fixture at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday should be another match in which he’s a favourite to pick up points at both ends of the pitch.
Marco Arnautovic (West Ham) – £6.9m
A change in role has transformed Marco Arnautovic into the hottest mid-price range midfielder in FPL. David Moyes’ use of the Austrian as a lone striker in a 3-4-2-1 formation have seen his points consistently roll in, even after a short spell sidelined. He’s tallied 7 goals and 4 assists over his last ten league outings – that is, he’s been involved in around 60% of West Ham’s goals while on the pitch since Gameweek 16 – and he’s also been up with the likes of Salah in terms of number of shots inside the opposition penalty area.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – £6.3m
With 10 matches still to go, Xherdan Shaqiri has recorded his best ever Premier League season, clocking 7 goals and 6 assists. At just £6.3m, Shaqiri is one of the cheaper midfielder options available too for such a key player – the Swiss international has been involved in around 45% of Stoke’s 28 goals this season – and he’s found the back of the net in each of The Potters last three Premier League outings. Stoke have a crucial match against Southampton on Saturday, and given The Saints haven’t kept a clean sheet since December, he should have ample opportunity to continue his form.
Troy Deeney (Watford) – £6.3m
Troy Deeney has been thriving under head coach Javi Gracia and has emerged as a worthwhile FPL candidate for the first time this season. The English forward has started every Premier League match since Gracia’s appointment, scoring in successive home wins, and his on-pitch statistics have improved significantly of late – Deeney has almost doubled his shots per 90 minutes over the last five gameweeks compared with the rest of the season. All four of his goals have arrived at Vicarage Road, suggesting Saturday’s home meeting with West Bromwich Albion could prove profitable.