Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 29 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Download the apps via the link below and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements:
Once downloaded, open the app and register an account. Once registered, click the Fantasy tab at the bottom of the app screen. Then from the Fantasy screen, click the arrow at the top of the app screen to select Perfect XI.
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Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek of Premier League fixtures, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions for each position. The main 11 players listed won't necessarily be the exact players selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas to get you thinking. Hopefully you'll find the advice useful, whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.
Week 28 is still ongoing but has been a good one for me so far, 150 points, 56th overall for the week and back in to the top 170 with Kevin De Bruyne left to play in the Arsenal v Manchester City clash on Thursday night.
We've got another standard round of fixtures for Week 29 with Leicester hosting Stoke in the early Saturday kick-off. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for the first game of the weekend but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player from your squad right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This wonderful flexibility allows you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat ZERO. Just make sure you keep an eye on the starting line-ups as kick off approaches each week by following the Rotoworld PL Twitter account.
Here are your Week 29 fixtures:
Saturday 03 March
Burnley v Everton
Leicester v Bournemouth
Southampton v Stoke
Spurs v Huddersfield
Swansea v West Ham
Watford v West Brom
Liverpool v Newcastle
Sunday 04 March
Brighton v Arsenal
Man City v Chelsea
Monday 05 March
Crystal Palace v Man Utd
As always we'll focus on players from the teams who should win comfortably this weekend. For the second week in a row this means Liverpool at home to Newcastle and Tottenham at home to Huddersfield are the pick of the bunch by a distance. Leicester at home to Bournemouth, Manchester United away at Crystal Palace and Arsenal away at Brighton will also offer options. The remaining games are likely to be low-scoring and so we'll try to pick out some clean sheets or an unexpected goalscorer.
With that in mind, here are the player under consideration.
Nick Pope - at home to Everton. Reports suggest Tom Heaton is still a couple of weeks away from first team action so Pope will continue to hold thr fort. In solid form despite Burnley's poor run and should return double-digits again.
Andrew Robertson - at home to Newcastle. When Alberto Moreno got injured I wrote in this very column "Solid in defence and a threat in attack, Robertson has taken full advantage of Moreno's absence to give himself a shot of becoming Liverpool's first choice left back through the rest of the season. He'll be aware that he needs to keep his current level of performance going over the rest of the festive period." His level has not dropped.
Serge Aurier - at home to Huddersfield. An accident waiting to happen? Yes, but Aurier has been remarkably productive in the PXI format, averaging similar output to Ben Davies. Davies is the obvious choice but I'm gambling on the only player in the Premier League who doesn't know how to take a throw-in.
Harry Maguire - at home to Bournemouth. My go-to Leicester defender continues to perform well and has a shot at a place in England's World Cup squad. Clean sheet opportunity against the inconsistent Cherries.
Jack Stephens - at home to Stoke. Stephens had a tough few months out in the cold at Southampton but has returned in recent weeks and is putting up big numbers in PXI. A home game against the Potters should lead to another double-digit return.
Sadio Mane - at home to Newcastle. My top midfield pick last weekend rewarded us with a goal and there's no need to change a winning formula given Liverpool's fixture.
Son Heung-min - at home to Huddersfield. Son was benched for the first time in 13 league games at Palace in Week 28 but put in a quality performance in midweek and was withdrawn around the 60 minute mark. This suggests Mauricio Pochettino was saving him to start against Huddersfield on Saturday and the speedy attacker will have a point to prove.
Manuel Lanzini - away at Swansea. Back from injury, which means the promising partnership with Marko Arnautovic can resume. The Hammers need a win and they have enough quality to do so at the Liberty Stadium, with Lanzini pulling the strings.
Aaron Ramsey - away at Brighton. I don't particularly like Ramsey as a player but I have a very strong hunch the Arsenal man is going to have a stormer down on the South Coast this weekend. But it is just a hunch so follow me at your peril.
Honourable Mentions: Riyad Mahrez at home to Bournemouth, Kevin De Bruyne at home to Chelsea, Paul Pogba away at Crystal Palace, Xherdan Shaqiri away at Southampton, Johann Berg Gudmundsson at home to Everton
Harry Kane - at home to Huddersfield. A no-brainer if ever there was one. Anything less than a brace and 25 points from Kane would be a disappointment.
Mohamed Salah - at home to Newcastle. No explanation needed. I've offered plenty of alternatives below if you're determined to do something different with your striker picks but I strongly recommend that you play it sensible with the Kane-Salah partnership to avoid losing vast amounts of ground on the teams around you.
Honourable Mentions: Marko Arnautovic away at Swansea, Troy Deeney at home to West Brom, Roberto Firmino at home to Newcastle, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang away at Brighton, Jamie Vardy at home to Bournemouth, Sergio Aguero at home to Chelsea
That's it for Week 29. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. If you have any questions about the Perfect XI game or general questions about a player or your own team then feel free to post them below or ping me on Twitter and I promise to get back to you.
Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.