To follow up our recent fixtures analysis article which focused on the next 5 or 6 gameweeks, here is our long term article. As we can’t make unlimited tranfers it’s important to plan ahead and to bring in players that we know we won’t have to touch for a while. This is our core and we can look to build around this by tinkering with the other players. It is rare that you get teams which have good runs in the long term and it’s vital that when they appear, you take advantage of them straight away. Fantasy Football Addict has found 3 such teams and here they are…
The Potters have a tricky fixture in Gameweek 8 away at United but once that is out of the way, they have a great run which practically takes them up to Christmas. In this period, they avoid all of the top sides barring Newcastle. Between Gameweeks 9 and 16, they host Sunderland, QPR, Fulham and Newcastle, whilst travelling to Norwich, West Ham, West Brom and Villa. With these fixtures in mind, it’d be very wise to invest in their budget backline, who have performed admirably so far and possibly one of their attacking players, with Crouch being the pick of the bunch.
Newcastle also have a favourable run of fixtures barring the odd match between now and December. They have favourable home matches against West Brom, West Ham, Swansea and Wigan, and away days at Southampton and Stoke. With this in mind, players like Ben Arfa and Demba Ba will be strong fantasy picks given their performances so far this season. Additionally, you may want to bring in a Newcastle defender or goalkeeper as they are all around the 5m mark and should be expected to keep some clean sheets over this course of premier league fixtures.
United have a strong run too despite tricky fixtures in Gameweeks 9 and 10, where they face Chelsea and Arsenal respectively. However, in Gameweek 8 they take on Stoke at Old Trafford and between Gameweeks 11 to 15, they face Villa, Norwich, QPR, West Ham and Reading. Therefore, if you have any United players at the moment, you should hold onto them and if you don’t, it may be best to start shifting funds around to bring in Rooney or Van Persie for Gameweek 11 onwards.
Ideally, you should have one or two players from each of these teams but it’s important to not overload on the same team as this shortens your scope for points and concentrates your fantasy risk. Despite this, our fantasy advice is that you get at least one Stoke defender/goalkeeper in and one of the main stars from both Newcastle and Man United. Barring injury, these players should perform highly between now and the lead up to Christmas.
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