Fantasy Football

Game Week 26 Tips

Game Week 26 Tips

It's been painful with a weekend of no Premier League fixtures, but fortunately we're about to get going again. That reminds us, if you're looking for something to keep you interested in the meantime, then check out our guide to Champions League daily fantasy here, and our recommended team for this week here (you've got a few hours to get that in).

Game Week 26 Tips

It's a very challenging week for fantasy coming up with a LOT of top players out of action. Southhampton vs Arsenal and Man City vs Man Utd are both postponed fixtures. This means that Sanchez, Giroud, Ibrahimovic and Aguero are among the common fantasy players not in action. We told you - tough right!

But let's take a look at some of the games we do have going, and we're gonna get a bit deeper than usual to find some good spots to fill with all the players out.

Everton vs Sunderland

Well there's only one word that comes to mind when looking at this game and that word is... LUKAKU! We're expecting him to get the go ahead to play and owners will be very anxious that he plays, especially those that also have Aguero, Sanchez or Ibrahimovic out of action. If he does start (and we'll let you know if something changes), then he'll also be a decent consideration for captain. Apart from that Jermaine Defoe will be a player many think of going with due to his hot goalscoring form, though Everton will be tough to score on at home.

Lukaku

West Brom vs Bournemouth

Another tough game. Brom's Phillips remains a good option and it's not surprising he remains popular, with this being a particularly good game for him, you'd also quite fancy Foster to keep a clean sheet. It's really hard to fancy much from this Bournemouth team fantasy wise, but if there's one player worth keeping an eye on, it's defender Daniels.

Hull vs Burnley

If you're looking too closely at this game, you're really in trouble. We think Jakupovic is very likely to keep a clean sheet for Hull, but no other City players are fancied. Sorry to be bores, but the only Burnley player we like is also their GK, Heaton. In other words, we think this is going to be a dour draw and unless you like either keeper, forget it.

Chelsea vs Swansea (Game of the Week)

This may be the one game that's really interesting for fantasy players, with a lot of top players in action. Costa and Hazard are obviously popular and with the missing games this week expect them to feature in most fantasy teams. A few defenders are popular, especially Azpilicueta, who is likely to have a good week. Normally we'd quite like Swansea's Sigurdsson, but expect him to struggle to piece together too many fantasy points at the Bridge.

Crystal Palace vs Middlesbrough 

Not two teams with instant fantasy appeal, but there are a few players of interest. Palace's Zaha is interesting and been putting together a good number of fantasy points in recent weeks. Negredo and Gibson are the best bets for Middlesbrough.

Watford vs West Ham

Obviously Capoue is Watford's standout player this year in terms of fantasy. Although Deeney is putting together some good fantasy performances, you'd hope to be starting with better strikers. West Ham's midfield duo of Antonio and Snodgrass are good bets to have a decent week.

Tottenham vs Stoke

This is probably the second most fantasy relevant game of the week, and Spurs in particular have a bunch of interesting players going on. While Stoke are notoriously difficult to take on away, they should concede at least a couple at White hart Lane. Walker is a superb option for defender and owners have been doing extremely well with him scoring more like an attacker, also expect big games from Eriksen and Alli. Kane has been playing well, but we think there remain better value striker options. We're not feeling too optimistic about any Stoke players in this one.

Leicester vs Liverpool

If we're honest, this is  the game we struggled to preview more than any other this week. Leicester are just so unpredictable right now, and we don't know at what point to just throw in the table. They could just as easily lose 3-0 as grind out a 1-1 draw. All that considered, we're remaining cold on Liverpool players, even though Mahrez and co are surely due one. The big issue with Liverpool remains the unpredictability of where their big performance will come from with Coutinho, Lallana, Mane and Firmino sharing the fantasy point load.

Good luck this week and remember Thursday we'll be  publishing our captain picks.

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