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Weekly Picks

The Bargain Hunter - Week 29

by Steve Rothgeb
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Hello there, fellow bargaineers! It has been a fortnight since I have been able to present you some tasty budget options thanks to a midweek round that shook up our column schedule. The good news is, there are no more scheduled midweek rounds for the remainder of the season, so there shouldn't be any more interruptions as I pick apart the scraps in fantasy Premier League and offer up some hidden treasure.

 

I did manage to fill in for the Player Picks column and am happy to report that I did not embarrass myself. Looking back, I made some solid calls on the likes of Dame N'Doye, Nacer Chadli and Saido Mane - all of which found the net and put up double digit scores. I put up a decent 135 points, not bad considering I only opted for a handful of double gameweek players. My logic in not investing in more was that I felt the players I was keeping at their price were more valuable in the long run. So while I missed out on Charlie Austin's 34 points, I think keeping Alexis Sanchez at 8.82m and settling for 23 points will prove a better decision by season's end. Sanchez is now 17.80m, a heavy price to pay for anyone wanting to buy back.

 

Looking ahead to this week, I had a chuckle when I logged in to view the team I assembled over the weekend and saw on the Yahoo home page a message that reads: "Ouch, it looks like J. Speroni had a bad week and scored -1 points. Do you want to review your team?" 


Why would you do this to me, Yahoo? This feels like a total jinx! I back Speroni this week and you will see that revealed below, but if he does have a bad day, I have to live with the idea that the game was telling me not to invest. More importantly though, where was this warning in weeks I invested in Tim Howard?!?!? 

 

Oh yeah, a Tim Howard update. A score of -5 last week has him now on a grand total of THREE POINTS for the SEASON. I hate to hold a magnifying glass to a man when he is down, but his season has been so historically awful, I would be doing you the reader a disservice by NOT beating this into the ground.

 

Anyway, I have got some nice players for you this round, as we enter the final 10 weeks of the season. Now is the time to take a chance or two on the not-so-popular player if you want to do more than just keep pace with your rivals. So let's take a look at Week 29:

 

 

 

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Goalkeeper

 

 

Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) So perhaps the Yahoo game knows something I don't, but despite their advice to rethink having Speroni in my XI, I respectfully say "What do you know?" and go so far as to promote him as the top budget option at keeper this week. It is a risk to be certain - Speroni has put up a negative score in three of his past four starts, hardly giving investors any confidence based on form. This pick is more rooted in the fixture. Hosting QPR is a good way for a club to collect three points and I suspect the Eagles will do so here. Whether or not his score is boosted with a clean sheet remains to be seen, it will depend mainly on Charlie Austin's performance. Either way though, a win and a fair crack at a cleanie is good value for his current price of 4.49m

 

Other Option for Goalkeeper 


Allan McGregor (4.24m, away to Leicester City)   

 

 

 

Defender


 

Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) All I wanna do is Zouma-zoom-zoom and a boom-boom. I usually find a way to shoehorn a reference from the 80's or early 90's and I am happy with my method this week. I doubt many sports bloggers are referencing "Rump Shaker" while advising fantasy picks, but that is simply how I roll. As a Spurs fan, I am still wounded by the Cup final loss to Chelsea but there is at least a silver lining from a fantasy perspective that I can use to help cope with the misery. Jose Mourinho heaped significant praise on the young Zouma, anointing him as the standout performer of the final and that statement made me run out and scoop him up on every possible fantasy team. With ten weeks to go, Zouma is in my squad for the remainder, unless he gets injured. If he is on the bench one week, I will cope with whoever I have as a backup. Otherwise, this is a slam dunk pick. Chelsea are keeping clean sheets more often than not, and their odds are even further advanced at home. While Southampton are certainly no pushover, they are in a serious scoring funk, having notched just two goals in their past six games combined. It is a match made in heaven. Keep in mind Chelsea have a double gameweek yet to come as well, further reason Zouma should be looked at as a long term option. I snuck in and grabbed him while he was still priced at only 3.83m but he is still killer value at his current 5.27m tag.

 

Other Options for Defense 


Paul Konchesky (5.50m, home to Hull City)       Alex Bruce (5.49m, away to Leicester City)

 

 

 

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Midfielder



Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) Folks, I will be honest with you - this is not an ideal week for budget midfielders. Usually, there is a larger pool to choose from out of this position than at any other, but the landscape right now is weak. Players who are appealing this week are not coming cheap and the ones that fall into bargain territory are not offering any options that makes one feel very confident. Normally in my XI, I have four heavy hitting midfielders with one budget option as a backup but because of the shape of things, my XI looks a bit different. I currently have a couple of midpriced options that run about 10m apiece rather than one big hitter and one budget punt. It remains to be seen how that pans out and if I stick with my current XI, but if I do plan to bring in a cheaper midfield option, I am looking at Sissoko first this week. Hard to believe it has come to this, but I am picking on Everton even though they are the hosts as I feel anyone can score on them these days. With Papiss Cisse suspended and doubts to how involved Remy Cabella may be, we should expect to see Sissoko in a more attacking role. He put up a respectable 8 points last week despite the Magpies going without a goal, underlying his ability to return at least something on a day when the club perhaps struggles. For 5.96m, his ceiling may not be very high, but a low score won't kill you.

 

Other Options for Midfield 

 

Matt Phillips (6.46m, away to Crystal Palace)    Emre Can (6.38m, away to Swansea)

 

 


Forward

 

Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City) Woohoo! With the exception of Riyad Mahrez and Ben Hamer each getting a nod earlier in the season, there has been a significant lack of Foxed mentioned in the Bargain Hunter. The fact that most of their options have been priced in the bargain range all season long and still rarely get my attention is an indictment on how terrible they have been, unsurprisingly at the rock bottom of the table and looking destined for relegation. Enter the Croatian Sensation - Andrej Kramaric, the striker who Nigel Pearson brought in during the winter to bolster their usually dormant attack. He has just one goal to his credit in his first four appearances but shows signs of promise that that goal rate will increase before season's end. A home match against Hull City is one of the more favorable matchups they can ask for on paper, so if Kramaric and Leicester are going to do any damage, now is the time. At 5.99m, he can allow you to squeeze another premium player or two at other positions.


 

Other Option for Forward 

 

Nikica Jelavic (7.74m, away to Leicester City)

 

 

 

  

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Steve Rothgeb
Steve Rothgeb is a contributor for Rotoworld.com and WorldSoccerTalk.com, a self-proclaimed fantasy sports oracle, and Tottenham Hotspur fanatic. He can be found on Twitter @FuzzyWarbles.