FPL GW29 Picks
It’s a tough week for this article because everyone’s transfer targets will differ depending on their situation. To cover as many bases as possible, this article will assume that managers do not have their Free Hit or Wildcard left. I will take a view on upcoming fixture difficulty and form, with a focus on non-blanking assets.
FPL GW29 Picks – BUY
Lewis Dunk (£5.0m / 9.8%)
In GW28 my transfer was between Matt Targett and Lewis Dunk and, given the way things turned out, I am delighted with the pick.
10 points in GW28, the best fixture in BGW29, followed by a reasonable, if not fantastic, run of fixtures thereafter (mun, EVE, che, shu).
Brighton have been pretty solid at the back this season and with Dunk, there is always the chance of attacking returns too.
Jesse Lingard (£6.1m / 12.5%)
Lingard did not take part in GW28 after being ineligible to play against Man United, however, prior to that, he bagged 26 points in his last four games (6.5 points per game). He is in a good run of form at the moment and his next fixtures (ARS, wol, LEI, new) are reasonable. Crucially, he doesn’t blank in GWs 29 or 33.
FPL GW29 Picks – SELL
Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m / 8.7%)
Not only do Palace blank in GW29 but their fixtures thereafter are amongst the worst (eve, CHE, sou, lei, MCI). Crystal Palace also seem way off the pace at the moment so this is a case of having Zaha having neither form nor fixtures on his side, which for me, means he has to go.
Raheem Sterling (£11.4m / 6.9%)
I’m all for being patient with an under-performing player however, with a premium asset, I need to see some improvement after a bad patch which is why last week I have been advocating getting rid of Salah. This week, Raheem is in my sights.
Sterling, in the last five game weeks, has either blanked or been rotated. His underlying statistics are poor and he looks awful on the eye test.
Add to this, that City blank in both GWs 29 and 33. I would definitely look to shift him out now to free up that precious budget.
FPL GW29 Picks – KEEP
Patrick Bamford (£6.7m / 48.2%)
Bielsa seemed pretty positive in his assessment of Bamford’s injury, which seems to be no more than a dead leg. If you’ve got him, keep him, as he doesn’t blank. Simple.
Heung-Min Son (£9.5m / 49.5%)
With Son, things are trickier; the assessment of his injury doesn’t seem as optimistic.
My opinion is that the Aston Villa game will be a little too early for him, but I wouldn’t put money on it, and certainly wouldn’t take the risk of transferring him out this week. The last time I did that was after his ‘hamstring’ injury. Jose made out as if there was no way he was playing. Not only did he play, but he got a double-digit haul.
Spurs look like they have been suffering without him so if there’s any chance he can play, he will play.
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