Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 31




Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has gained in popularity since last year as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.
As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

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FORWARDS


Safe Pick – 
Mane vs Fulham (A)

There are no price tags to cloud our judgement on Starting 11 like there are on FPL. Based on current form the choice between Sadio Mane and Mo Salah is an easy one – It’s all about the Mane.

A brace in 2 of his last 3 league games has taken Mane to 16 goals for the season, 1 less than teammate Salah and only 2 behind the season's leading goal-scorer, Sergio Aguero.

This week Liverpool travel to a Fulham side who have conceded 15 goals during their last 6 games, which bodes well for Mane and co.

Differential Pick - Wilson vs Newcastle (H)

Callum Wilson is back and marked his return with a goal and an assist. Now he can’t play against Huddersfield every week but he’s natural goalscorer and demands consideration within our lineups.

Bournemouth always seem to be strong at home and this week’s visitors Newcastle may be playing better football lately but have conceded twice in each of their last 2 games.

Despite injuries disrupting him, Wilson has actually scored in each of his last 3 starts – 11 goals and 9 assists for the season are fantastic returns for a Bournemouth player.





MIDFIELDERS


Safe Pick - Fraser vs Newcastle (H)

Joining Wilson in this week’s picks is Ryan Fraser, who combined with Wilson twice against Huddersfield to both score and assist last weekend.

Fraser has missed Wilson. In fact his last goal was during Gameweek 21 before Wilson was out through injury.

Well this partnership is back together and I believe it’s worth doubling up with Wilson and the 'Scottish Messi'.

Differential – Maddison vs Burnley (A)

With Maddison’s underlying stats towards the end of the Puel era, it says a lot that I’m disappointed with only 2 assists in the 3 games. Is there more to come?

Well Jamie Vardy is certainly firing and like the Wilson/Fraser combo, we have seen the names Vardy and Maddison together a number of times this season already when the Leicester goal alerts are triggered.

This week’s opponents Burnley rediscovered their form when club captain Heaton returned to the starting 11, however that bubble has burst with the Clarets now having lost their last 3 games.




DEFENDERS


Safe Pick – Robertson vs Fulham (A)

With 8 assists since August, Robertson is the most attack-centric defender in the Premier League this season. It says a lot about Klopp’s tactics that Alexander-Arnold sits in second place with 6.

Add to that a staggering 17 clean sheets from 30 games and Robertson becomes one of the stand out players of the season.

Fulham have lost their last 6 games on the run and I expect Robertson to be given room to express himself as his opponents worry about how to deal with Mane, Salah and Firmino, let alone dare to attack.

Differential – Diop vs Huddersfield (H)

One of the standard fantasy rules this season when searching for potential clean sheets, who are Huddersfield playing?

The Terriers have only scored twice during their last 10 games, including their defeat to Bristol City in the FA Cup.

With West Ham hosting this weekend, is it the turn of the Hammers to take home a clean sheet bonus?




GOALKEEPERS


Safe Pick – Allison vs Fulham (A)

Absolutely no doubt that this week it’s a Liverpool defensive stack, as FPL managers double up – many on Starting 11 will attempt to cash in on 3 or even 4 clean sheets.

During Fulham’s 6 game losing streak they have failed to score 3 times (scoring once in each of the other 3 games).  A solid defence against poor attack. I think we all know how this one is ending.

Differential – Boruc vs Newcastle (H)

He was on a 5 game streak without a clean sheet but after backing him as a differential last week Boruc delivered, keeping out Huddersfield during his sides 2-0 win.

Can he make it 2 clean sheets from 2?  Well he will have his work cut out as Newcastle have found their shooting boots – however Bournemouth are a much stronger side at home than they are away and I think they will prove to be a difficult task for Newcastle.




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