The Premier League race is heating up and so are those in fantasy leagues. Gameweek 24 isn’t a double one, for once, although the next is for four teams. Is it worth it to add more Arsenal and Liverpool players (as they theoretically have an easier schedule out of those four)? I would argue it is not, as both teams are in a bit of a slump. I do believe, though, that this could be a good point for those managers who haven’t use their unlimited transfers powerup, to start thinking about it. But this is up to you. Let’s jump into my Player Picks for Fantasy Gameweek 24.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal
Brentford vs Crystal Palace
Brighton vs Fulham
Chelsea vs Southampton
Everton vs Leeds
Nottingham Forest vs Manchester City
Wolves vs Bournemouth
Newcastle vs Liverpool
Manchester United vs Leicester
Tottenham vs West Ham
Price: £4.7m | Opponent: Bournemouth (a)
104 points | 9.5% owned
David Raya has only conceded two goals in his last 6 games and those were to Arsenal and Liverpool. During this time he has been earning an average of 6.7 points per game, which brings him 4 points off Nick Pope, the highest-scoring goalkeeper in the game. The Spaniard is one of the main reasons behind Brentford’s excellent run. The Bees are unbeaten in the Premier League since October 23 and on pace for a marquee season in the history of the club. Their next opponent is Crystal Palace, a team that hasn’t scored more than one goal since New Year’s Eve.
Price: £4.9m | Opponent: Aston Villa (a)
87 points | 12.1% owned
I mentioned already that I am not falling into the trap of loading my team with Arsenal and Liverpool players ahead of their double week. I’m making an exception with Arsenal’s backline. The next opponents aren’t the biggest scorers. And that goes past Gameweek 24 and 25. The next seven games (in six matchdays) are home matches against Everton, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, and Leeds and away fixtures at Aston Villa, Leicester, and Fulham.
Price: £6.1m | Opponent: Liverpool (h)
145 points | 69.6% owned
I’m going light on Newcastle players this week. Not because they are facing Liverpool at home. Right now the best team of the two is clearly Newcastle. The problem is that after Gameweek 24, they have a bye week. But when it comes to Kieran Trippier, I frankly don’t care all that much. The third-highest scorer in the game is a defender and he has nearly 50% more points than the next man in his position.
Price: £5.3m | Leicester (h)
84 points | 27.6% owned
Shaw scored 12 points last week. Manchester United are pretty bad at keeping clean sheets, but Shaw is now taking more set pieces and assists have started coming. I believe scoring a goal is a matter of time. He will get his chances against Leicester City’s problematic backline in Gameweek 24.
Price: £4.9m | Crystal Palace (h)
94 points | 13.0% owned
Despite having scored 94 points all season, more than anyone but three defenders in the Premier League, Ben Mee is still owned by just 13% of Fantasy team owners. Yes, Brentford is not the sexiest name in the Prem, but they are doing something right and Mee is their most trustworthy defender. And pretty cheap, too!
Price: £5.1m | Nottingham Forest (a)
46 points | 4.6% owned
Ake is affordable, trustworthy, and (after Joao Cancelo left) practically a guaranteed starter, since he plays two positions. On top of all that, he can score goals like an attacking midfielder and he’s proven that in other competitions. It is frankly a… glitch in the matrix that he has not scored one yet.
Price: £7.3m | Leicester (a)
136 points | 54.3% owned
After a slow start to the season, Marcus Rashford has climbed to fourth place in fantasy points scored. The United star man is listed as a midfielder (I reckon this will change next year) but is playing as a true number 9. And he is delivering as such. With 8 goals and 2 assists in his last 9 games (including one that he came off the bench to again find the net), he is a must-have, even if an off-week is coming next for his team.
Price: £5.3m | Fulham (h)
67 points | 13.7% owned
For the first time after 5 games, the Japanese winger did not have a goal contribution in the match against Crystal Palace. Kaoru Mitoma remains red-hot and he can remain in your team. Just note that an off-week follows for Brighton, after Gameweek 24 is concluded.
Price: £5.1m | Fulham (h)
103 points | 6.3% owned
If you don’t have Mitoma and want a Brighton midfielder in your team, Solly March might be the best option. He has four goals and one assist in the last five games and he is a more steady point scorer than his Japanese teammate. On top of that, he is slightly cheaper and owned by fewer Premier League fantasy owners.
Price: £7.8m | Nottingham Forest (a)
82 points | 14.0% owned
Three goals and three assists in his last five. Mahrez is starting every game for Man City right now, although the plethora of options in his position means that he will often be subbed off early in the second have. This is always the case with City players, but the Algerian is in such a form that it is not easy passing on him.
Price: £7.6m | Opponent: Crystal Palace (h)
29.9 points | 29.9% owned
Against Arsenal, he added another goal to his tally. As a matter of fact, Toney was unlucky not to put the ball in the net another time (ironically his shot that went in was lucky itself).
Price: £7.5m | Opponent: Southampton (h)
7 points | 2.3% owned
We all know how it all started at Chelsea. He was sent off on his debut but came back with a goal. He might be a little inconsistent, but the quality he brings to Chelsea’s game means that he can have a party against a miserable Southampton team.
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