GW27 - City Slickers - Draft Fantasy Football

Gameweek 27 has given us a surprise Double for both Man City and Stoke City so Premier League Fantasy Football managers will be looking to take advantage and maximize their possible points. For Draft Fantasy managers there may not be any of these players available on the FA agent list depending on the size of your league, but for the smaller ones we will look at who are the best pickups. Saturday is fast approaching so let's get into it.

Man Utd v Bournemouth

Utd are in the midst of a busy schedule but 3 pts is must here so I expect a strong lineup in this great home matchup. De Gea and the defense, likely made up of Valencia, Smalling, Bailly and one of Rojo/Blind are strong plays along with the offense. The preferred attackers joining the obvious Zlatan and Pogba seem to be Martial, Mata and Mkhitaryan, assuming the latter can prove his health, otherwise Rashford or Lingard will get a start. As I mentioned last week, King has become your go-to Bournemouth player ahead of the benched Stanislas, and he is also on pks ahead of Daniels. Not a great fantasy spot for your Cherries in general though.

Leicester v Hull

It is a big game at the bottom of the table when Leicester hosts Hull. While Hull have strung together some improved performances, it looks like the Foxes may be about to turn a corner of their own after defeating Liverpool, so I will favor the home team here. Vardy could be about to go on a hot streak and he is aided by the delivery of Mahrez and Albrighton. Slimani is close but a start is unlikely. The defense has a decent shot at a clean sheet with Fuchs bringing the best potential offensively. As far as Hull goes, it was getting tough to call who starts up front, but with Mbokani injured now the competition is between Niasse, Hernandez and Diomande. Probably better to stick with the sure things like Huddlestone due to his pks, and wingers Grosicki and Markovic.

Swansea v Burnley

Swansea have a very good home matchup with away strugglers Burnley so there is no reason to believe that Sigurdsson and Llorente will not team up to do some damage. But who else could be involved...I have a feeling newcomer Narsingh is due a start and may produce. Mawson is the prime defender choice as he brings an added goal threat, but Olsson likes to get forward too. Burnley will be without the suspended Barnes so Gray and Vokes should team up to lead the attack with some help from Brady. But I like the Swans at home.

Stoke v Middlesbrough

Stoke players ordinarily would not be hyped too much in a double that has them visiting Man City but their first game is a solid home matchup with low scoring Middlebrough. All your Stoke players are worth starting based on this with Arnautovic, Crouch, Allen, Pieters and Grant as the top options. Berahino has to begin starting soon so he could have a surprise Gameweek finally. Middlesbrough players are not recommended on the road despite their D getting a bit healthier, just avoid at this point.

Watford v Southampton

Southampton impressed in their EFL Cup defeat, especially new striker Gabbiadini. Tadic, Redmond and Ward-Prowse also looked dangerous with Bertrand and Soares bringing attack from the defense. Away to Watford is an ok matchup, and the Saints do tend to put up the occasional stinker...but I will still back them here. Watford are being led by Deeney who seems to be consistently finding the net but otherwise it is tough to pinpoint the other contributors.

West Brom v Crystal Palace

West Brom and their ever-producing defense are at home to Palace so it is as good as chance as any for the points to keep flowing. McAuley is a menace around the box and after Evans returned to the central defense, Dawson moved to his more familiar outside position and it led to a goal, if he is fit then we could see a return to last season's fantasy form. Phillips has an outside chance of returning, otherwise the attacking onus will fall to Rondón, Chadli, Brunt and Morrison has come onto our radar. Palace are just not scoring as expected despite their weapons but the chief candidates to get them on the score sheet remain Benteke, Zaha and van Aanholt is very active for a player with defender designation.

Liverpool v Arsenal

The premiere matchup of the weekend pits a number of fantasy stars against each other. Liverpool slumped against Leicester but if they play like they did last home game to Spurs then Arsenal could be in trouble. Personally I think they are going to bounce back led by Mané, Coutinho and Firmino. Arsenal should be very fresh and Sánchez is having a fantastic season so this should be an entertaining game. I think you play your stars from both teams but don't stray too far from them.

Tottenham v Everton

This could be a tight battle but I expect both teams to score so stick with the offensive defenders like Walker, Coleman and Baines. In attack, Spurs had came up with another big payday last week with the usual suspects in Kane, Eriksen and Alli providing the goods, look for a combination of them to be involved again. Everton always carry the Lukaku threat, and Barkley is getting forward more. Again, start your guys and hope for a surprise output.

Sunderland v Man City

The first of Man City's double brings all their big guns into our thoughts. Agüero looks to be rounding into form, and is joined by the impressive Sterling, Sané, Silva and De Bruyne in a dangerous, productive attack. Touré has regained his role and is also a decent choice. The defense carries a rotation risk, but I would lean towards Otamendi and Stones to be the best bets to at least start both games, plus Caballero net. Sunderland will be in tough against this City side, so probably stick with Defoe if you must.

West Ham v Chelsea

Let's begin with the league leaders. Expect the same lineup as usual, except for one tweak as Fabregas looks to have usurped Matic in the midfield and he brings much more value offensively. Poor Willian, it is going to take a drop in form by someone for him to get back starting it seems. For West Ham, Carroll is back in training but a start is unlikely, and with Antonio suspended, Ayew could get a chance to lead the line after his goal off the bench last game. Snodgrass is going to have to provide good service for the Hammers to have a chance to crack that vaunted Chelsea team defense.

Man City v Stoke

Man City hosts Stoke in the second game for both teams. While there is always the risk of rotation, more so for City, the potential rewards outweigh the risks when it comes to loading up with both teams. City are obviously looked upon to win this game at home and have the higher upside but you can still hope for some added bonus from your Stoke representatives. If they come up with the goods at home to goal shy Middlesbrough then anything else will be icing on the cake.

Ok, enjoy this full Gameweek, with the little City bonus, as GW28 has only 4 games...yeah, start freaking out now! You may want to look ahead and plan your waiver/free agent moves. Until then, good luck.

Simon Wardle

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