Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 19 Captain Tips
Gameweek 19 FPL Captain Tips:
If Gameweek 19 produces a similar array of footballing delight as Gameweek 18 did, then we are in for a treat in the final round of Premier League fixtures before we head in to 2015. We were over the moon at the performance of Alexis Sanchez who we tipped once again as a top captain choice, although we were left to ponder what might have been had he not failed to beat Rob Green from the penalty spot.
Olivier Giroud caused his Fantasy Premier League managers to be seething to the same extent as Arsene Wenger with a completely avoidable red card which will cost many managers dearly as they tot up their monthly points tally next week. It also gives the unenviable headache of even more FPL transfer dilemmas as we head into another round of fixtures in just 48 hours time.
Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney proved that he is still a viable choice with two goals from his deep lying midfield position and RVP stepped up once again to continue his excellent run of scoring form. Yaya Toure and David Silva produced the goods in snowy conditions at West Brom and those Chelsea defenders continued to build on their clean sheet points for the season.
All eyes are now on Gameweek 19 – the final week of December… this is where we will be looking:
FPL Captain Picks Gameweek 19:
Charlie Austin: QPR vs. Crystal Palace
Austin added another notch to his impressive Premier League goals tally against Arsenal but it was not enough to see QPR gain a point or more away from home. However, they return to Loftus Road to face Crystal Palace and will fancy their chances in this one. Although Austin played the full 90 minutes at The Emirates we can’t see Harry leaving him out in a game that would be a 6 pointer if it was being played in May. A good solid captain choice 7/10
Yaya Toure: Man City vs. Burnley
We would be going with David Silva ordinarily but we have a slight concern over his fitness for the 28th December so Yaya is our man given that he avoided the dreaded fifth yellow card. He is not one to buy in this week but if you already have him then he is a great captain pick for gameweek 19 against a Burnely side who don’t seem to be getting much luck of late. With Pellegrini seemingly not happy with choosing a striker up front it will again come down to the City midfielders to step up to the plate. 8/10
Diafra Sakho: West Ham vs. Arsenal
The West Ham forward only played 32 minutes in Gameweek 18 against Chelsea and it clearly looked like Big Sam was resting him with this game in mind. Sakho and Carroll could give Arsenal a really tough time defensively and Arsenal still seem to be pretty flimsy at the back. Sakho has scored 6 goals and assisted 3 this season and is an interesting option with good differential for gameweek 19. 7.5/10
How do you solve a problem like Giroud?
Were you one of the unlucky thousands who opted to put Olivier Giroud in your Fantasy Premier League team this week only to see him get sent off with nothing but an appearance point to his name? If so – then who are the best options to replace Giroud for GW19?
Assuming you spent £8.3m on the Frenchman we see three strikers as viable like for like replacements.
Christian Benteke - £7.9m
With two good home games coming up in GW19 and GW20 Benteke is a good alternative to Giroud. He looks like he has been knocking at the door in recent games and it is only a matter of time before he really starts to fire on all cylinders. Sunderland and Crystal Palace at home are pretty viable fixtures and you could then bring Giroud back for GW21.
Papiss Cisse - £5.7m
Newcastle are another team who have some easier fixtures coming up on the back of some pretty tough games. Everton and Burnley at home are their next two fixtures and their most prolific forward could get in on the goal scoring action. Again – a short term buy to fill the gap. If you kept a second free transfer for gameweek 19 then you will also be able to use the spare cash elsewhere.
Sakho or Austin
For the reasons highlighted above, these two would also be good purchases and would again save you some cash to use elsewhere.
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