With the FA Cup pushing league fixtures into midweek, the premier league fantasy gameweek was only wrapped up late last night. Of note, Man City secured a vital late victory against Chelsea, thanks to a delightful reverse pass from Tevez and an equally tidy chip from Nasri. Every Man City fan as well as every neutral must have been hoping for that result and it’s one that should give the Man City players the confidence to push on and challenge for the title. After all no one wants to see things wrapped up before the end of the season. Here is a round up of the top performers from Gameweek 29 in a valid Fantasy Premier League formation:
- Krul (7pts, 5.0m) – Krul is having an outstanding season for Newcastle and is proving to be one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. Making 4 saves, he once again played his part in helping Newcastle to a clean sheet in a tough game against Norwich.
- Evans (13pts, 4.9m) – Jonny Evans is the first name in the fantasy dream team defence after scoring his first goal for United. Keeping Wolves out in addition gave Evans a 13-point haul for the gameweek and he still provides excellent value for a defensive option from United.
- Dann (7pts, 4.7m) – It seems quite strange to have a Blackburn defender in the Dream Team but Blackburn have been putting in some good performances and took advantage of an extended rest to beat Sunderland 2-0 on Tuesday night. The three points were vital and have helped to give Blackburn a bit of breathing space. Dann played his part in the backline to secure a rare clean sheet and a much needed win.
- Vermaelen (15pts, 6.7m) – For the second gameweek in a row, Vermaelen has proved to be the difference for Arsenal and as a result, takes his place in the dream team. If he can continue to be an attacking threat, the pricetag of 6.7m could be justified and it’s fair to say that we will see some investment flowing towards the Belgian before the end of the season.
- Valencia (16pts, 7.6m) – As featured in our transfer scout article earlier this week, Valencia had a very productive Sunday afternoon against Wolves. Returning from injury, he continued his impressive form with a well-taken goal and two assists. Adding a clean sheet point and 2 bonus points, Valencia notched up 16 points and it is no surprise that his price has already risen once this week.
- Sigurdsson (16pts, 5.2m) – Swansea continued their impressive form with a convincing victory at Craven Cottage. Sigurdsson once again showed his fantasy premier league prowess with a fine brace and at 5.2m, is proving to be an excellent fantasy asset. With Swansea in such great form, there are some bargains to be had including arguably the signing of the January transfer window; Gylfi Sigurdsson.
- Downing (10pts, 7.7m) – Despite ending up on the losing side, Downing had a productive evening creating the two Liverpool goals and receiving 2 bonus points for his efforts. Having failed to produce a goal or an assist all season, those who have stayed patient with the former Villa man were finally rewarded on Wednesday evening.
- Derry (10pts, 4.3m) – Derry sparked a quite incredible comeback with his first goal of the season against Liverpool. His goal and the subsequent victory could provide the kickstart Hughes’ team needed to push on and avoid the dreaded drop. Although it won’t be an easy run-in with QPR yet to face Arsenal, United, Spurs, Chelsea and Man City!
- McArthur (10pts, 4.4m) – After scoring against Spurs at the end of January, McArthur has made himself a first team regular. In an impressive Wigan performance, he tapped home the opener, only for Scharner to grab the equaliser in a stalemate at the DW stadium. Wigan have an equally tough run-in facing every team mentioned above for QPR barring Man City. How costly will this result be come the end of the season?
- Hernandez (13pts, 9.9m) – With all of the focus on Rooney leading up to Gameweek 29, Chicharito’s performance against Wolves, reminded us that there are Man United differentials for those looking to catch up in their mini-leagues. Once again, the little Mexican showed us how clinical he is in front of goal with a well taken brace; the second of which rounded of a delightful attacking move from the champions. At 9.9m, Hernandez could be a premier league fantasy option for those looking beyond Rooney.
- Yakubu (9pts, 5.9m) – Yakubu grabbed another goal against Sunderland to add to his impressive tally for the season so far. The transfer to Blackburn has rejuvenated him and his goals could prove the difference for Blackburn if they manage to stay up this season.