Ok, I’ve set myself a slightly different task this week. Lets face it fellow fantasy managers, if you haven’t got Cesc Fabregas or Wayne Rooney (or both) in your team at the minute then you really need to consider taking up another hobby. No, I am serious. Few players are offering nailed on mega-points each week as much as this pair and while it would be tempting (and easier) to put them in my top 5 hot picks this week, I’m taking it as read that you’ve picked them, because you are eminently sensible, have an IQ the size of the national debt and probably pop round to Stephen Fry’s house for lemon grass tea and canape’s at least once a week.
So this week, here’s my top five picks excluding, as Basil Fawlty would say “the bleedin’ obvious”. Stars who you may not have considered for your team in the past, but may well be worth doing so, if only for this week.
1. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) : Fresh from annoying all of Old Trafford, despite City’s defeat, Tevez is in sensational form both as a goalscorer and a creator. With hapless Portsmouth visiting Eastlands, this looks like a game nailed on for Carlos to make a big impact and for City to put Wednesday night’s misery behind them.
2. Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City) : Oh yes, another City striker. Adebayor was on the bench Wednesday but I’d back him to start against Portsmouth and put the horror of his African nightmare behind him with at least a couple of goals against Portsmouth’s leaky defence. If you can do it, a Man City 1-2 forward line looks the way to go this week.
3. Pepe Reina (Liverpool) : Bolton visit Anfield and their goal threat away from home is neglible to say the least. Liverpool are improving, very slightly, and a clean sheet looks on the cards. Plus Reina’s been Liverpool’s most creative player at times, remember his assist for Riera’s goal against Aston Villa? Well… it’s worth a try anyway and a clean sheet, at the very least, looks a good bet here.
4. Danny Murphy (Fulham) : Aston Villa have been struggling for goals of late and are on their worst run for some time. Fulham are always tough at home and while this will be a close one, I think Murphy’s danger from set pieces, creativity and the fact he takes the penalties may make him a good bet to score or be heavily involved in creating Fulham’s best chances.
5. Tim Cahill (Everton) : The Aussie has been a little quiet this season but Everton are returning to form and Cahill will be instrumental in that. With several key players returning from injury and Everton taking on Wigan at the DW ego stadium, I fancy Cahill for a goal or two against a leaky Wigan defence that will also be missing keeper Chris Kirkland.
Tune in next week for more fantasy tips from the man whose fantasy team changes more often than Tiger Wood’s sleeping companion.