Fantasy Football: Lukaku, Rooney & more – This weekend’s best picks

Fantasy Football: Roger Grealish tips the best transfers to make ahead of the Premier League games this weekend

By Roger Grealish
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Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in seven appearances Photo: bwin

Goalkeepers

Tim Howard (£5.5m): While the form goalkeeper may have most picking up Artur Boruc, Southampton have a tricky run of away games coming up which could halt their excellent defensive record. Everton have already earned three clean sheets and play Hull City, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in their next four outings.

Defenders

Sylvan Distin (£5m): Continuing the Everton theme, the Toffees finally had their run as the last remaining unbeaten team in the Premier League ended at Manchester City. The sequence of results saw them keep three clean sheets. Roberto Martinez will be looking forward to a kind run of games following their impressive start to the season. Distin is a cheaper alternative to Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman, with the former costing a whopping £7.7m! Having said that, if you can afford the upgrade, go for it!

Ben Davies (£5m): The start of the season has hardly produced the defensive stability we are used to with the Swans. However, Michael Laudrup’s men will look to turn this around with a strong run of fixtures coming up. Davies seems the prime pick in the Swansea back four, boasting two goals already this season.

John Terry (£6.3m): Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea coincides with a return of form for captain John Terry – and this is no coincidence. The Blues offer great opportunity for a clean sheet at home to Cardiff, while Terry offers a threat from set-pieces and has netted a goal and made an assist already this season.

Midfielders

Adnan Januzaj (£4.8m): The Manchester United youngster has really split the fantasy community. The risk is transferring the winger in but David Moyes dropping the Belgian to the bench. While many remain unconvinced after one good performance against lowly Sunderland, Januzaj’s incredibly low price is hard to ignore. Add into the mix the complete lack of form from both Ashley Young and Nani, and Januzaj should keep his place. Expect his price to further rise so get him at his cheapest, even as a bench option!

David Silva (£9.3m): The Spaniard made his return from injury against Everton and looked to have regained his form. While one excellent performance may be too early to splash this much cash on the City man, keep in mind that despite his limited playing time, Silva has still provided a goal and two assists so far this season.

Forwards

Romelu Lukaku (£8m): If you haven’t already transferred in the big Belgian, you should do so now! As previously mentioned, Everton have a good run of games coming up and Lukaku has been scoring for fun. Since arriving on loan, the Chelsea man has earned four goals and an assist in just three games. Expect his price to consistently rise, too.

Wayne Rooney (£10.9m): Wayne Rooney looks a new player since his rejected transfer request over the summer and appears to have regained his hunger for the ball. Boasting two goals over the international break as well as three goals and two assists in the league, Rooney looks like the form player right now.

Captain pick

Lukaku’s recent goal-scoring form and a home fixture against Hull City makes him the most attractive captain pick. Oscar at home to Cardiff or Olivier Giroud against Norwich offer good alternatives. Also consider sticking with Mister Consistent, Daniel Sturridge, who can do no wrong so far this season.

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