Yesterday we were kind enough to lay on for you our goalkeeping and defensive Fantasy Football Tips for Gameweek 15, and so it follows that we offer you our midfield and striker tips.
Remember, though:we can’t know for sure what will happen in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures – why, only Mystic Megson knows that – so there is a small chance that our Fantasy Football tips might not work out for you.
We also ought to make it clear that our tips are based on the official Premier League version of the game, but the principles should apply across the board.
Come on, then…
Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek 15 – Midfielders
Okay, let’s just come right out with it – last time we told you to take out Yaya Touré on the basis that he’d only scored once in seven games.
We began to doubt ourselves when we saw him surging forwards repeatedly in the highlights of Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Swansea City the other night, and then of course he goes and scores twice at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.
It looks like he’s on penalties as well as free-kicks, so we intend to rope him back in at the first opportunity. If you took our misguided advice, we’d suggest you do the same.
Our annoyance on that front, however, was tempered by our decision to bring Chelsea’s Eden Hazard into our team – he turned in a masterclass to bag two goals and an assist in the 4-3 win at Sunderland.
Touré and Hazard will each set you back £9.6m, but you can’t put a price on midfielders who score and create goals so frequently.
Well, you can: £9.6m. There you have it.
Keep your eye on the form of another Chelsea midfielder, namely Frank Lampard, for he has now scored three in three.
It took him a while to get going last season, but when he did he hit a patch of supreme goal-scoring form – should he repeat the trick this time around then he’d be a bargain at £7.6m.
How about Swansea City’s Jonjo Shelvey, eh? He’s racked up two goals and two assists in his last four games, so he’s looking eminently puntworthy at just £5.3m.
The Swans welcome Hull City to the Liberty Stadium this weekend, so you might fancy him to keep the run going – not that Hull are pushovers, mind.
Everton’s Bryan Oviedo can be had for just £4.3m, which looks great business now he’s added a winner at Old Trafford to his goal against Stoke City last weekend.
However, he’s playing at left back in lieu of the injured Leighton Baines, so we’d be amazed if he keeps scoring at such a rate. Still, at that price…
Anyway, Arsenal’s Mesut Özil looks to be back on form, with a goal and two assists in his last two games, bringing double-figure points hauls on each occasion.
His £10.3m price is a little prohibitive, so we’ll leave it to you to judge how worthwhile that might be.
One thing’s for sure, though – if you don’t have £7.5m Aaron Ramsey in your team then you’re practically handicapping yourself.
The Gunners welcome a resilient Everton side to the Emirates on Sunday, but Ramsey and Özil should test them more than Manhester United’s plodding midfield did the other night.
If Liverpool rack up another big home score against West Ham United then you might fancy £9m Steven Gerrard to weigh in with goals and/or assists.
We took that gamble for the Norwich game the other night, when his single assist was scant consolation for our decision to remove Touré in order to accommodate him.
So, you know…be careful.
Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek 15 – Strikers
Obvious point first: get Wayne Rooney out of your team, as he’s suspended for this weekend’s game at home to Newcastle United.
Another obvious point to follow that up with: make Luis Suárez your captain, that is if you have him.
He may have struggled against West Ham last season but, having reaped over forty points for captaining him for the other night’s game against Norwich, we’re sticking with him for any home game against mid-to-lower-table opposition.
Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero is another obvious shout. If you’re boxing clever, you’ll have both him and Suárez in your team, regardless of their combined fee of £24.7m.
We still like the look of Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu at just £5.4m, as he looks electric and would free up valuable funds for elsewhere. Keep your eye on him.