GW34 Market Movers

Our look at the early trends in the transfer market ahead of another double gameweek treat for Fantasy Premier League mangers.

Edin Dzeko & Manchester City

The 4-1 win over Southampton was comprehensive one, against a side themselves in good form. That Rickie Lambert’s penalty (see below) was the Saints only shot on target echoes Pellegrini’s recent claims that his side have now found a better balance between attack and defence.

City cantered to four goals and as well as goal and assist for Edin Dzeko, fantasy options Silva, Nasri, Navas and Kolarov all picked up points, plus of course another goal from the penalty spot for Yaya Toure. Dzeko is clearly most fancied of the City option by FPL managers this week, leading the way with almost 50k transfer in so far. Silva (18K), Nasri (11K) and Zabaleta (7K) are also proving popular. All eyes will be on late team news though, with Sergio Aguero expected back for they title clash at Anfield.

A start for Aguero will certainly throw the hat amongst the pigeons. After a slight dip Pellegrini’s team have rediscovered their best form since dropping their two striker system in favour of the sublime Silva in behind a lone front-man. How Aguero fits into this we don’t know. With Dzeko and Silva in such good form Aguero may start the game on the bench with an obvious eye on a big impact from the bench. We’d certainly not expect the Argentine to pick up more than 120 minutes across both City’s GW34 games amid concerns for his World Cup fitness and previous setbacks this season.

However it pans out, signing Dzeko comes with a risk, as would Nasri or Navas. Aguero’s inclusion will impact the gametime of one or more of these players, and whilst a double gameweek and the Sunderland game in particular offer plenty of potential for City, your players can’t score many points if they’re not on the pitch. Certainties like Yaya Toure and David Silva remain the best bet.

Romelu Lukaku & Everton

What a result for Everton at the weekend and a menacing display from Lukaku. The Toffees will be full of confidence for their GW34 double header against Sunderland (away) and Crystal Palace (home). The popularity of a Lukaku transfer this week is of course understandable after a goal and assist display against The Gunners, and this is magnified by the lack of a consistent option from midfield.

A cornerstone of Martinez’s success this season has been rotation of his attacking midfield options to keep his players in peak shape and for tactical reasons. Selecting a guaranteed starter for both games would be tricky indeed. Kevin Mirallas is most proving popular in the transfer market (18K transfers) ahead of Barkley (9K). Either could do well, just don’t bank your gameweek on them. Coleman remains a great FPL player and Distin would make a good short-term add to your defence at £5.4M.

Lambert & Southampton

The cruciate ligament injury to Jay Rodriguez is a huge blow to a player who would have fancied his chances of making summer’s once-in-a-lifetime trip to a World Cup in Brazil.We’re a big fan and have tipped him heavily this season. Owners should be gutted; don’t be surprised if Southampton outscore everyone in GW34 with a home game against Cardiff. Rickie Lambert looks a straight forward swap and penalties boost his appeal. Expect Lallana to step it up again this weekend too and, if the substation for Rodriguez against City was anything to go by, Jason Ward-Prowse could earn a recall to the Saint’s starting line-up.

Sturridge and Hazard (sales)

The injury to the aforementioned Rodriguez makes him the most transferred out player this week, in second place the mysteriously injured Rooney. Injuries aside though, Sturridge and Hazard are the most sold this week. We’re always surprised/concerned when we see bona fide fantasy stars getting sold. These top-end players are reliable, can be expected to maintain form and to bounce back from any blips.

However, neither have a double gameweek, and you can only afford so many elite players in your squad - if you want the “best players right now” someone else has to go. If you need to make up a lot of ground in your minileague catching the big point hauls from elite players is arguably the optimum use of transfers, these guys score the most points after all. We talked about this a little last week with our elite mid transfer strategy and it’s actually an idea that’s growing on us. Oh… and Nolan? Yeah, sell.

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