As we move into Gameweek 27, it’s again time to sit down and ponder on about the top 3 armband options for our Fantasy sides.
1. Mohamed Salah (vs SOU A)
At this point, it’s almost becoming ridiculous. Honestly, it’s making me wonder – why do all of us spend so much time thinking about our captains, needlessly tinkering till the very last second before the deadline, weighing up all the permutations and combinations. When it’s just as simple as putting your armband on this guy, leave it be there, and live happily ever after. We’ll have many more points, and many fewer grey hairs.
A couple of seasons ago, many thought that Luis Suarez season would be unbeatable – 295 points in 13/14, it is the best Fantasy season of all time, by a comfortable margin. But Salah is making that look like peanuts. And then some. If he keeps up his current points per game, he’s on for 298 points. Points per start, he’s on for 337. Be what it may, he’s already guaranteed himself a spot in the Fantasy Premier League Hall of Fame. And much of that is due to his current form, which is equal parts consistency, longetivity and explosiveness. It also evokes equal parts of awe and obviousness every week. Salah now has 138 points in his last 14 games, his points per game getting ever so closer to that jaw-dropping 10 mark.
He’ll be confident of stretching that towards the 10 mark, against Southampton. The Saints have had defensive problems all throughout the season – compounded by the departure of now Salah’s teammate, Virgil van Dijk. They’ve only kept one clean sheet in the past 17 games. Their problems were clear on show last week – as they won, but were breached twice by an insipid West Brom.
Sometimes Salah makes me wonder why I bother with these articles – just leave your armband on him and enjoy.
2. Sergio Aguero (vs LEI H)
Of course, the sense of safety associated with Salah – at 57.5% ownership, may not be comfortable to some. Indeed, given that everyone’s captaining him, you’re actually not much gaining ground even if he does well. If that’s not up to your speed, Aguero might be – bridging the gap between the dull choice and the maverick punt. Although the Argentinean may have disappointingly blanked last week against Burnley, his form is still supreme. Aguero does have 8 goals and 1 assist in 7 starts in 2018. His home form is even better – the striker has 10 goals and 1 assist in his last 6 games at the Etihad. With Gabriel Jesus’ return still not on the horizon, he’ll be leading the pack for Guardiola’s bunch.
He’ll be taking on a side who’ve had their season destabilized, with Aguero’s side having to do with much of that. Leicester have found it hard to cope up with star Riyad Mahrez going on strike, after having his dream deadline day move to Man City being turned down. He’s back in training, but it remains to be seen if he will even feature against City, let alone rekindle the kind of form that had them go for him in the first place. Such incidents have disrupting influences on the dressing room, and it’s a dressing room which may have accepted their fate for the season – they’re restricted to 7th or 8th place, no way up, no way down. It’s the time of the season teams begin to lose motivation, and start hitting the beaches.
If you don’t want the overwhelmingly safe choice, or a left-field punt, Aguero’s the man.
3. Alexis Sanchez (vs NEW A) – Differential Punt
With Salah, we talked a bit about Fantasy Premier League Hall of Fame, and some of the best individual seasons of all time. Here’s another man who has a say in that discussion – only last season, Sanchez amassed 264 points. 24 goals and 11 assists, he was 39 points ahead of his closest competitor. It was the 6th best points tally of all time, and the best since 2012.
Although his stand-off with Arsenal may have tarnished that legacy a slight bit, he’s still Fantasy gold on his day. And his days don’t look too far away. A goal and an assist in his first 3 starts for Man Utd. And we saw the Sanchez we all love against Huddersfield – relentless, making things happen all by his own, not giving an inch, and the defenders a breather. He should’ve had much, much more than the 5 points he earned for his efforts. And it’s merely a continuation of his form in his last few games at Arsenal – in which he amassed a more than respectable 29 points in his last 4 games. On penalty duties too, Sanchez seems like the perfect package for a punt.
He’ll be up against Newcastle, a side firmly entrenched in the relegation muddle. Although they did have an upturn in defensive form at the turn of the year, it’s been back to usual since. The Toons have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 6 games, and have shipped 3 each to United’s fellow top 6 sides, Chelsea and Man City, in that period. As hungry as ever, Sanchez will fancy his chances against them.
Somehow still at just 5.8% ownership, he remains as differential as ever. Get on this train before it takes off.