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AM's Week 32 Player Picks

by Nik Argiropoulos
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to Week 32 of my player picks for the Yahoo Fantasy game, as we return to a standard ten fixture week with one match for all teams. Before I begin, please note Week 32 is the Quarter-Finals of The 2015 Rotoworld Cup where we reduce 500 teams down to 250 ahead of the Semi-Finals in Week 35. Please click here to check if you're still in the competition.


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Week 31 was an fantastic one for AM FC, as I followed my own advice from last week's column and invested heavily in double-gamers from Aston Villa and QPR. The reward was a season-best 210 points for the week as Christian Benteke, Charlie Austin, Matt Phillips and Fabian Delph all put in big scores alongside single gamers Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney and Kasper Schmeichel.

 

Having been down in 2500th in the overall standings just four weeks ago I'm now up to 381st and looking towards a top 250 finish. The turnaround has been entirely down to gambling on the double weeks in Week 28 and Week 31, and we have two more due before the end of the season ... you know what to do!

 

Week 32 Fixtures
Burnley v Arsenal
Liverpool v Newcastle
Man Utd v Man City
QPR v Chelsea
Southampton v Hull City
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Swansea v Everton
Tottenham v Aston Villa
West Brom v Leicester City
West Ham v Stoke

 

As always you'll want to focus on the teams that appear to have a clear advantage over their opponent. Liverpool at home to Newcastle looks like the pick of the bunch, with Southampton hosting Hull and West Brom at home to Leicester also tempting. Tottenham at home to Aston Villa, Chelsea away at QPR and in-form Arsenal away at Burnley should all offer value.

 

I fancy Manchester United to win the derby over their stuttering City rivals and would expect Crystal Palace to continue their outstanding run under Alan Pardew by beating Sunderland. That leaves Swansea v Everton and West Ham v Stoke which both look like score-draws on paper, so these matches may be best avoided for fantasy purposes unless you feel confident of picking a specific goal-scorer.


NOTE: Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers DO NOT PLAY a Premier League match in Week 33. Arsenal and Liverpool, plus Chelsea and Leicester, will have a double week before the end of the season. It may be worth taking this in to consideration if some of your decisions are being made with future weeks in mind.

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KEEPERS
Kelvin Davis - Davis will continue to deputise for Fraser Forster and is temptingly priced for the home game with Hull. The veteran is also Steve's GK pick in this week's Bargain Hunter column.
Boaz Myhill - I'm putting last week's home thrashing down as an anomaly, which is the least Tony Pulis deserves after the fantastic job he's done so far at West Brom. Myhill's -8 has dropped his price down to below £3million and Leicester are this week's visitors to the Hawthorns.
Simon Mignolet - Mignolet has shown character by fighting his way back in to form after a difficult spell and will have an excellent opportunity to pick up a clean sheet as Newcastle travel to Anfield. His price is cheap after the hammering at the Emirates.
Michel Vorm - Reports suggests Hugo Lloris will miss another week or so, which would allow Vorm to continue his run in the first team for the home game against Aston Villa. He achieved a clean sheet last time out at Burnley,

DEFENDERS
Ryan Bertrand - A rare zero in Week 31 has brought Bertrand's price back down to around the £10million mark and that makes the left-back terrific value for the home game against Hull.
Eric Dier - The young defender was impressive against Burnley as he helped his side pick up a clean sheet while returning 15 fantasy points. With Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen doubtful Dier is the cheapest certain starter from the Spurs defence.
Hector Bellerin - A booking and penalty conceded prevented Bellerin from picking up a big fantasy score despite grabbing a fine goal against Liverpool, and this means his price is still reasonable for the trip to Burnley.
Alberto Moreno - Liverpool's left wing-back is well priced and cheap for the home game against Newcastle. Again, Steve has the details over in the Bargain Hunter.
Gary Cahill - Cahill has been far from his best over the past few months but he remains by far the cheapest way of getting involved in the potential Chelsea clean sheet as the leaders travel to QPR.
Gareth McAuley - McAuley returned 8 points despite a 4-1 defeat to QPR, and the Baggies back-line will have a clean sheet opportunity against Leicester.
Aaron Cresswell - Cresswell returned -1 in West Ham's disappointing defeat at Leicester but has generally picked up more points at Upson Park and could get some joy pushing forward against Stoke.
Martin Kelly - One of my big regrets for the season is dropping Kelly at 1.00 when I thought Pape Souare had been purchased to replace him. Souare has been awful, Kelly has got his place back and continues prove a handy fantasy asset.
Ryan Taylor - Horrible fixture, but Taylor has proved that he can score decent fantasy points in defeat, returning double digits against Arsenal and Sunderland over the past two weeks.

MIDFIELDERS
Eden Hazard - The most consistent performer in the Premier League this season, and my tip for player of the year. Hazard scored from the spot, picking up another 29 fantasy points in an astonishingly brilliant display against Stoke and is certain to cause QPR's defensive some problems.
Raheem Sterling - Guilty of trying to beat Arsenal on his own in the first half at the Emirates last week but Sterling remained Liverpool's biggest threat and won the penalty in the second half. Whether he's desperate to impress the fans, or potential suitors, he will be busy again against a struggling Newcastle side.
Sadio Mane - If you speak to most Saints fans they will tell you Mane has been their best performer in recent months, and so it was a surprise to see the midfielder benched at Everton. That defeat should ensure a start against Hull and Mane will want to make sure he keeps his place until the end of the season.
Philippe Coutinho - Given the home fixture against Newcastle I wouldn't argue with anyone including both Sterling and Coutinho in their Week 32 side.
Mesut Ozil - Playing his best football since joining Arsenal just over 18 months ago, Ozil finally looks at home in the current system installed by Arsene Wenger and he's providing goals, assists and plenty of fantasy points. Burnley are a decent side but they could find themselves overrun by the Gunners' quality in all areas of the pitch.
Juan Mata - You can't help but feel pleased that Louis van Gaal has finally found a place for Mata and the Spaniard has repaid his manager's belated faith with three excellent performances in a row. The Manchester derby will provide the little man to the opportunity to prove a further point on the biggest of Premier League stages.
Cesc Fabregas - The obvious midfield alternative if you can't stretch to Hazard for Chelsea's trip to QPR.
Christian Eriksen - Like Tottenham's season, Eriksen is fading after a long campaign (he's played 38 matches already), but the Dane is still the heartbeat of the attack and showed glimpses of his quality against Burnley. The price is right for a home match with Villa.
Jason Puncheon - Puncheon is enjoying his football under Pardew playing in an attacking midfield position drifting in from the right, he's getting plenty of opportunities to shoot from distance and should be on free kick duty if the chance arises. An interesting alternative to the usual names as the Eagles travel to Sunderland
Matt Phillips - When Phillips started getting minutes under Chris Ramsey I promoted him heavily in this column, and the winger has gone from strength to strength over the past three month. The fixture is tough but the fantasy points are flowing from crosses, shots, assist and goals. If you own him at around the £6million mark I would suggest you hold on.
James Morrison - Recommended last week, let us down last week, but I still feel Morrison is the most likely source of a goal from West Brom's midfield against Leicester. The Scot could fill the fourth spot in your midfield at his current price.

STRIKERS
Harry Kane - Long-term owners of Kane will forgive him for his Week 31 zero after his stunning fantasy returns over the course of the season, but we'll all be expecting far better at home to Aston Villa. I'm confident of more goals against a defence that conceded 3 against QPR, and will therefore be bringing the 21-year-old back in to my side at his current price £17million.
Alexis Sanchez - Another excellent display against Liverpool keeps Sanchez as the top scoring fantasy player in the Yahoo game. The Chilean still believes he can get to 20 goals for the season, and it's not impossible with Arsenal playing the best football in the league right now and 'gunning' for 2nd spot.
Loic Remy - Remy has patiently waited for his chances this season and is yet to let Jose Mourinho down when called upon. Two match winning goals in two games since Diego Costa's hamstring injury struck again and the Frenchman will continue to lead the line against QPR.
Daniel Sturridge - Sturridge has had a tough time since returning from injury and isn't currently guaranteed a starting spot for the big games, but Brendan Rodgers should see Newcastle at home as an opportunity for his striker to get back amongst the goals. £10million seems a snip.
Wayne Rooney - Nobody has scored more Manchester derby goals than Rooney – 11 in 22 appearances, and the in-form England captain will be feeling confident of adding to that record against a City side shorn of confidence.
Saido Berahino - He picked up 12 fantasy points without a goal against QPR in Week 31, and Berahino now faces Leicester at home in Week 32. The Baggies striker will feel confident of adding to his 12 Premier League strikes for the season.
Glenn Murray - The renaissance continues at pace with the Palace man grabbing another goal in a battering-ram of a performance against Manchester City. If Vincent Kompany can't cope with Murray, how will Wes Brown and John O'Shea get on?
Charlie Austin - Austin has proved time and time again that he can score goals and fantasy points against pretty much any team in the Premier League. Chelsea are the big test this week which will put a lot of fantasy managers off, but I wouldn't blame anyone for holding on to him,
Christian Benteke - It may seem like points-chasing, but Benteke really was excellent against QPR and Spurs have been sloppy in defence at home (see the three goals conceded against Leicester), so the Belgian will get a chance or two.


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So those are the players I'm considering for my Week 32 Yahoo team. Please make sure you check back here on Friday for Ben Dinnery's glorious team and injury news column where he'll run through all the important info ahead of Saturday's 11:45am BST deadline.

My own team page currently looks like this ...

 

XI: Davis, Okore, Moreno, Cresswell, Phillips, Mata, Ozil, Hazard, Sturridge, Kane, Sanchez
Subs: Wollscheid, Sinclair, Upson, Schmeichel

 

I like the front seven but I have very little bench cover due to injuries, so something may need to change. Kane could always be downgraded as he's taking up more than £17million, but that's a decision to be made closer to deadline. The same goes for potential Ozil to Sterling/Coutinho and Sturridge to Remy switches. Follow @nikarg and I'll tweet an updated line-up on Friday evening.

 

How's your Week 32 team looking?

Nik Argiropoulos
Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.