Article written and published by Mark Ferguson, who can be found on Twitter here: @_smrf
Before I get into my Gameweek 25 Weekly Monster strategy, here’s a brief review of my lineup from last weeks Gameweek 24 Monster on FanTeam.
I scored 62 points which left me 8.5 points short of cashing. As I mentioned last week, my aim is to win a tournament, not just cash, and I fell way short of that!
Gameweek 24, in my opinion, wasn’t the week for leverage plays and a game-theory lineup to win. Too much happened that was expected.
Burnley and Brighton both picked up clean sheets, whilst Manchester City won at a canter etc. Also, the points gap between Gundogan/Aubameyang and the rest of the field meant you needed at least one of them to do well.
Gameweek 25 Lineup and Strategy
The great thing about FanTeam is that if you have a poor gameweek, there is always another one just around the corner to get back on track.
Looking at this round of fixtures, the first thing that stands out for me is the Man United vs Newcastle fixture. Five of the top six most expensive players are from Man United and that will possibly suppress ownership.
I expect Bruno Fernandes (14.9m) to be popular as ever, but will players want to spend so much money on a Man Utd stack? I’m hoping not as I’ve also added Marcus Rashford (14.2m) and Mason Greenwood (12.7m).
Spending that much money on this stack means we’re going to have to be more prudent with the rest of the lineup.
West Ham is one of my favourite teams to play currently and Tomas Soucek (9.2m) and Vladimir Coufal (7.3m) are auto-picks for me. They’re playing a Spurs side that are on a terrible run at the moment and I think the Hammers will take advantage of that.
My two one-off players in midfield are Bukayo Saka (6.5m) and Wilfred Ndidi (6.9m). As I’ve spent so much budget on my Man Utd stack, I need cheaper pieces in my team and I think both of these players are underpriced.
Saka is facing Man City, hence the discount, but he’s the main play-maker for the Gunners so if they do anything in this game, it will probably go through him. I don’t expect any Arsenal players to be highly-owned so this is a great leverage play.
Leicester City are in terrific form and look capable of scoring lots of goals, so Ndidi is my attempt to get some exposure to that. He’s the cheapest Foxes midfielder and popped up with an assist last week.
My remaining defenders and keeper are split between Burnley and Brighton. They both have matchups against teams which are struggling to score and they are really nicely priced. I’m not particularly bothered about which ones I can afford as predicting defensive goals and assists is a dart throw.
However, Lewis Dunk (8.6m) has the three goals this season so I’m happy I can afford him. Nick Pope (8.5m) has been every fantasy analysts favourite keeper for a while and offers great value for money. James Tarkowski (7.8m) and Ben White (8.2m) round off the lineup.
If I need to make any changes later in the week, I am most likely to drop these two to free up money for elsewhere.
If nearer the deadline I feel that I need to be more ‘creative’ with my lineup, I will pick midfielders and forwards from the Fulham vs Sheffield United fixture.
I think they’ll be extremely low-owned and they are reasonably priced. Playing at least three players from this fixture will be a large differentiator from the field.