We write this having waited to see if Hull would, as expected against lower league opposition, progress to the 6th round of the FA Cup. They did, and they’re through. Their fixture away at West Ham in GW29 is therefore postponed and thus Hull will have a Double Gameweek in GW31 playing WBA home and West Ham (away). The Hammers will have a double too, with two home games in GW31 against United and Hull.
This week’s top transferred player in Kevin Nolan would make a great buy… in two weeks time. We're curious whether the 70,000 odd managers who have transferred Nolan this week knew about this. Signing Nolan this week does not make sense. Sure, he’s in some great form but his next two gameweeks will be away at Everton and then a blank. Nolan remains a sold fantasy player but in our eyes is not one to pick up right now.
Another two goals and an assist from Daniel Sturridge keep him out of reach at the top of the form tables. Following a real close look at the pair’s performances last week we backed Sturridge to continue in the same vein over Suarez. Sturridge keeps his places as the no.1 fantasy asset right now so this is a transfer we can agree with.
Oliver Giroud matched Sturridge’s points this week and has reversed the trend of sales over recent weeks. He’s been on the “Who’s Not” list for a good few weeks in a row. This is not a transfer we agree with if we’re honest. Arsenal do have an okay fixture coming up away at Stoke this weekend, but this is not a massive gimme. After this they have GW29 blank then trips to Spurs, Chelsea and Everton and a home clash with City. This forebodes and we would not be keen on too much Arsenal in our team right now.
Predictably on the way out this week are players set to miss two gameweeks in a row, and notably those with fairly high ownership. Owning Dzeko (that miss!) and Negredo now does not look healthy at all, doubly so with Aguero reportedly back in full training today and looking so crucial to City’s title hopes.
People are even selling Yaya Toure (he’s 4th most transferred out). It depends a lot on how much you paid for YYT but he’s one player we’d try and keep hold of through the blanks if we could. With three double gameweeks to come post-GW29 Toure’s goals, unshiftable position in the team and set piece share will make him a huge player through the last stretch of the season.
Adam Johnson’s 15 minutes of fame this season appears to have passed and we advised selling him a few weeks ago. He could be one to keep an eye on though as Sunderland, like City, will have three double gameweeks between GW30 and the end of the season.