Weekend Preview – Players To Watch This Weekend

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Ahead of the weekend’s action, it’s now time to take a look at some of the players our prospective fantasy managers may want to take a look at and throw into their squads as a last minute addition.

For all the season is just a matter of days old really, there have already been some outstanding performances in the fantasy points stakes. Here, we will have a look at potential inclusions for each position line – goalkeeper, a defender, a midfielder and an attacker – for you to look at to try and bolster your point scoring prowess. Alternatively, take a little inspiration and if you don’t, for example, fancy a striker’s chances this weekend then look at including his likely opposing defenders instead.

On the goalkeeping front we are really spoiled for choice. Former Crystal Palace stopper Steve Mandanda is fourth on the overall list of points scorers so far with 14 – but two of the three players above him are also keepers. Radamel Falcao of Monaco tops the list with 22, but he’s a striker. Second and third place are taken respectively by Alphonse Areola of PSG and Stéphane Ruffier of Saint-Étienne. Both are also on 14 points, but it is the middle name in that pile – Areola – who we will be recommending for this inclusion this weekend.

PSG have a winnable game at home to Toulouse coming up. I say it’s winnable – they should be walking most games in the league this season given the talent at their disposal, but the visitors have had a decent enough start with one win and one loss. Three goals scored and three against suggests that they can be hit on the counter. With the strength in PSG’s defence, and their obvious quality up front, PSG should be looking at winning this one – and should Areola be able to keep his goal line well protected he could be looking at getting another clean sheet bonus here, which is all you can really ask of a keeper.

The reason he is being recommended as opposed to Mandanda or Ruffier is that he is valued at just 2.50m. He may have lost the regular number 1 jersey at the club last season, but should he feature here he could be the safest keeper in the whole EFL game to try and get into your squad in time for the weekend.

Considering PSG have scored five in their opening two matches and are yet to concede, it’s perhaps no surprise that their defenders dominate the top of the points scoring charts as well. Indeed, the top four are all PSG defenders, but in the interests of diversity let’s have a look elsewhere. While West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazy is an obvious temptation given his impressive debut for the Baggies last weekend, we will instead take a look at Saidy Janko of Saint-Étienne. At just 4.50m he is a bit of a snip – he has 10 points to his name so far, and with the club going up against Amiens SC at the weekend there is scope for a solid outing from Janko.

On a point of note, the most owned defender in terms of inclusion in fantasy squads is Chelsea star Marcos Alonso. He is valued at just 2.00m, which will have contributed, but his torrid outing in the defeat to Burnley means he has -3 points so far. He is the second-most owned player in the whole game behind Lionel Messi, and ahead of the world’s most expensive player, Neymar.

On the midfield front, Dele Alli is our top recommendation. He has really grown as a player over the last couple of seasons, and is among the most owned players in the game at 23%. He earned himself six points from his single appearance so far, and with Spurs welcoming bruised champions Chelsea to Wembley Stadium Alli will need to be at his best if he is to contribute to the efforts to keep Chelsea from bouncing back. At 8.50m he is not the cheapest of recommendations, but he is surely one of the more reliable options if he can keep his fitness levels up.

Staying in England for the striker recommendations here, and new Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku is our top pick. He got his career at the club off to a bang against West Ham – bagging himself eight points in the process – and United travel to Swansea this weekend. That is a game the former Everton and Chelsea man will be looking at as one with goalscoring potential, and despite his 10.50m valuation if he can continue the form and realise his place in the team as well as he seemed to last weekend he will be one of the inclusions of the season.

If you are after a cheaper alternative, former Tottenham striker Clinton N’Jie – now of Marseille – is off to a great start too, with eight points from two appearances. He costs just 2.50m, and with Marseille hosting Angers at the weekend he could be a good one to cast your analysing eye over before the weekend’s action kicks off.

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