Fantasy Football: Aguero, Lampard & more – This weekend’s best picks

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By Roger Grealish
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Sergio Aguero has scored nine goals in seven games

Goalkeeper

Boaz Myhill (£4.5m): With Ben Foster still a long-term absentee, Boaz Myhill has nailed down the goalkeeper spot at West Brom. The Baggies welcome struggling Crystal Palace to the Hawthorn’s this weekend, which looks a good shout for a clean sheet. Aston Villa at home in two weeks also represents a decent opportunity for points, too.

Defenders

Ashley Williams (£4.8m): A candidate for Premier League team of the year last season, Ashley Williams has struggled to get going this year resulting in his price drop. Swansea’s captain still represents good value for potential bonus point returns and an attacking threat. The real appeal here is Swansea’s fixture list which sees them face Cardiff, Stoke, Fulham, Newcastle United and Hull City in the next six.

John Terry (£6.4m): Despite a goal and an assist – plus an impressive 10 bonus points, John Terry remains one of the cheaper Chelsea defenders. Chelsea will be flying high after their win against Manchester City and have an excellent run of fixtures coming up that sees them play Newcastle, West Brom and West Ham in the next three.

Matija Nastatic (£5.5m): The only Manchester City defender to start all three of their last games. Matija Nastatic represents excellent value at £5.5m in a back-line that has only conceded twice at The Etihad this season. A home game against goal shy Norwich looks like a banker for a clean sheet.

Midfielders

Frank Lampard (£7.7m): Frank Lampard has nailed down his starting place in a squad crammed with talent. While he is being deployed in a deeper role than he is used to, the evergreen midfielder still has seniority for corners, free-kicks, and penalties – an important factor in a team that scores so many from set pieces. With a goal and two assists so far, the Englishman represents a cheaper alternative to Oscar or Eden Hazard for those tight for cash.

David Silva (£9.3m): Injury has stunted the Spaniard’s fantasy returns for the start of the season. Yet despite this setback, Silva has still scored twice and provided three assists in about 500 minutes played – a similiar return to the likes of Hazard but in about half the game time. You would expect a decent few goals for the home team against Norwich, with the silky Spaniard looking to provide assists from open play and set pieces.

Forwards

Christian Benteke (£8.8m): Injury has seen the Belgian’s price drop drastically from £9.3m. However, Benteke has finally returned to full fitness and should be among the goals this weekend. Villa’s run of games are set to soften, with home games against Cardiff and Sunderland, and trips to West Ham and West Brom.

Sergio Aguero (£11.4m): Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez are the real forms strikers going into this weekend’s fixtures. It would certainly be worth buying both, if you can afford them, but it may not be worth trading out Daniel Sturridge (who any sensible fantasy manager should have) for Suarez. Aguero gets the nod ahead of Suarez due to City’s easier fixture list, with Liverpool facing a couple of tough away games against Arsenal and Everton.

Captain’s pick

Aguero appears as the real stand out pick for this weekend, with Norwich’s small squad conceding four against United mid-week. If you can’t afford the Argentine and don’t have Silva, Wayne Rooney offers a good alternative. Suarez form is tempting and a tricky away trip to Arsenal may offer a lot of goals.

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