- Just eight teams play during Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 29
- West Ham United and Arsenal headline the weekend, as Aston Villa host a deflated Tottenham Hotspur
- Newcastle and Brighton face-off in relegation six-pointer, whilst Fulham entertain a Leeds United side also needing points
PREMIER LEAGUE – With just four games and eight teams playing this weekend, who should be in your squad for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 29?
Ollie Watkins (c)
With just four games taking place in Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 29, picking the right players for our teams is more pivotal than usual, but in Ollie Watkins (6.6), fantasy managers could get their points haul off to a healthy start.
Having notched double figures for the season already, the Aston Villa striker’s move from Brentford has been a rousing success.
Sitting on 10 league goals however, Watkins has now gone six games without a goal, but after being denied a winner versus Newcastle via the dubious goals panel, the Englishman will fancy his chances of ending his drought here.
Playing every minute of every league game he has played, the man who has now been called up to the England squad is amongst the fittest players in the Premier League and as a player unlikely to be substituted, his 90-minute presence is a key facet to his value this term.
As Tottenham Hotspur make the trip to Villa Park in Gameweek 29, the Lilywhites look on the floor after defeats in the north London derby and after being knocked out by Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night in the Europa League.
Whilst captaincy picks this weekend look tricky, Watkins looks to be one of the best set, and with Spurs having shipped five in their last two games, giving the Villa forward the armband could pay off handsomely.
One of the other teams that could see sizeable investment in GW29 is Arsenal, and as the Gunners looks to make a late push for the top six or even four, Martin Odegaard (5.9) has made an immediate impact and could make another versus West Ham United this weekend.
Though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be a temptation, the Gabonese has been uncharacteristically profligate in recent weeks, underlined by his wasteful showing in Europe versus Olympiacos.
With Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe both doubts to face the Hammers, that could see the Norwegian’s stock rise, not least, after netting in his first NLD last weekend.
Despite that, only 1.9% of FPL managers own Odegaard, who has slotted nicely into a number 10 role, but is equally adept on the flanks.
West Ham will undoubtedly provide a stern test defensively, but after they had their wings clipped a little by Manchester United last weekend, Arsenal will looking to inflict rare back-to-back losses for David Moyes‘ side.
GW29 will be crucial for the run-in for many fantasy sides, and having played only a handful of minutes in midweek, Odegaard could just provide a handy points boost.
Staying with the ‘gard family, Jesse Lingard (6.1) has won rave reviews since his loan switch from Old Trafford, and having been ineligible to face his parent club last weekend, the midfielder now recalled to the Three Lions’ fold, will be raring to go in GW29.
Scoring a brace on his Irons debut in GW22, Lingard has caught the eye of FPL bosses since. Adding two more to his collection for the east Londoners, four goals in seven with two assists is a health return for a supposedly ‘rusty’ player.
Of an added interest, though Michail Antonio was thought of as West Ham’s penalty taker-in-chief, Lingard assumed duties against Leeds United last time out and whilst Declan Rice has also netted from the spot in recent weeks, Lingard looks a good bet to get the nod again.
Interestingly also, Lingard has history against the Gunners, having scored five times against the north Londoners. With two braces to boast versus them – both in the capital, could the West Ham man make it a triple? Maybe not, but his chances of attacking spoils are good here.
Brighton & Hove Albion face a huge game versus relegation rivals Newcastle United in GW29, and as the Seagulls looks for a captain to steer the south coast ship away from choppy seas, Pascal Groß (5.8) could be the man to do so here.
His Premier League career still lit up by his seven goals and eight assists three seasons ago, the German has never really recaptured his electric form of the 2017/18 season, but now looking to shed his injury problems, is back as a regular in the Brighton attack.
With three assists in his last eight, a tally of only two goals this term may not scream value, but as the hosts welcome the Magpies for a crucial meeting in GW29, boss Graeme Potter will look to Groß.
Whilst there remains a question mark over whether it be him or Neal Maupay to take spot-kicks, Groß remains set-piece king, and with the aerial threat Brighton possess, his place in our fantasy squads could reap rewards.
As quite the differential in a gameweek with an acute angle for points scoring, Groß is owned by less than 1% of players in the game and at a snip, could look a gaping miss come the end of the weekend, for those who passed him up.
Punt of the Week: Tosin Adarabioyo
For GW29’s Punt of the Week, we again look to Fulham, and after tipping Josh Maja to a huge success in GW24 we reckon Tosin Adarabioyo (4.5) could again deliver for the Whites.
Similarly to Groß, the Fulham centre-back has few relative owners, but that does not reflect his potential for not only keeping a clean sheet here, but as a real threat from set-pieces to boot.
Such was Fulham’s struggles earlier in the season, it is easily forgotten the huge progress Scott Parker‘s men have made, having kept five shutouts in the last eight league games, including impressively against both Merseyside clubs away from home.
With five of those nine clean sheets at Craven Cottage, welcoming a Leeds United side that have somewhat gone off the rails, looks a good shout for defensive points.
Adarabioyo, whilst having immeasurably improved Fulham’s defence, has come close to scoring at the other end also of late. Coupled with the the visitors’ issues in defence as West Ham exploited, Adarabioyo looks like he could just be excellent value to round off GW29.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 29 deadline is Friday, 18:30 UK time.
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