After a Gameweek 5 that turned up some amazing results which translated into poor fantasy returns for many managers, most people will be expecting normal service to be resumed this weekend.
Costa, Ramsey, Fabregas et al will likely be back among the points this weekend with the former a heavy favourite for the captain’s armband with Aston Villa visiting Stamford Bridge. Here we look at some less well-owned players who have the ability to light up the fantasy landscape from this weekend onwards.
Dusan Tadic (7.5m) – Next four fixtures: QPR(H), Spurs(A), Sunderland(H), Stoke(H)
Southampton have an excellent run of fixtures with three home games in the next four and their Serbian star could be set to plunder the points in the coming weeks. Tadic was tipped for great things on his arrival to the Premier League after an excellent record of goalscoring and assisting in the Eredivisie. It has not quite happened for him yet, but with an ailing QPR side rolling up to St. Mary’s on Saturday it could be his time to shine. After finding out on Tuesday night that Tadic also has penalties in his locker, he could offer a superb option for those in need of a Southampton attacker. With their fixture list, fantasy managers could even consider a Saint’s double-up with Tadic and popular forward option Graziano Pelle.
Eden Hazard (10.0m) – Next four fixtures: Villa(H), Arsenal(H), Palace(A), Man United(A)
It seems strange that one of the highest scoring midfielders from last season can now be considered an under-the-radar option. The fleet-footed Belgian had his throne as Chelsea’s must-have midfielder usurped by Cesc Fabregas at the beginning of this fantasy season, largely due to the extra 1.0m required to purchase Hazard. So far those who went down this route have been proved right. However, Hazard’s ability is not in question and he will explode onto fantasy radars sooner rather than later. Given that a very high percentage of his strikes last season came at Stamford Bridge, two home games in the next two weeks bode well for the Chelsea star. With Mourinho’s men then visiting two leaky defences in the form of Crystal Palace and Manchester United, Hazard could regain his ‘essential’ fantasy status from last season in no time.
Leonardo Ulloa (5.8m) – Next four fixtures: Palace(A), Burnley(H), Newcastle(A), Swansea(A)
Speaking of Palace’s leaky defence, a man who could be set to take full advantage of Neil Warnock’s new approach is Argentinean hitman Leonardo Ulloa. The former Brighton net-buster has propelled himself into many fantasy managers’ thinking having fired five goals in as many appearances. Having already experienced two price rises since his brace last weekend, the forward is set for further rapid rises should he increase his tally this weekend. For those holding a budget forward such as Naismith or Berahino, now may be the time to jump on the Ulloa bandwagon before it speeds away into the distance.
Sergio Aguero (12.1m) – Next four fixtures: Hull(A), Villa(A), Spurs(H), West Ham(A)
Another fearsome Argentinean for those with a considerably bigger budget to think about, Sergio Aguero has been confirmed as ‘okay’ for the weekend fixture by Pellegrini this afternoon. Having only managed 277 minutes on the pitch this season, the clinical City striker has still netted three times in that period. Of course his injury-prone nature is a serious caveat for fantasy managers, but if Aguero can get a run of games under his belt he has both the fixtures and the quality to put Premier League defences to the sword and reap explosive fantasy returns.
Ander Herrera (7.3m) – Next four fixtures: West Ham(H), Everton(H), WBA(A), Chelsea(H)
Clearly Angel Di Maria is the fantasy weapon of choice when it comes to United’s midfield at the moment, and rightly so. However, the diamond formation is also massively benefitting the attacking prowess of another of the club’s new signings, Ander Herrera. The silky Spaniard has looked mightily impressive when going forward and has 20 points compared to Di Maria’s 25 over the Old Trafford outfit’s last two fixtures. At a full 2.5m cheaper, Herrera could represent excellent value for those unwilling or unable to accommodate Di Maria in their squads.
Colm Hayes, Pundit Arena
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