Fantasy Football: Adebayor, Toure & 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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Emmanuel Adebayor joined Spurs on a permanent deal last summer Photo: R Goraczniak/Wikimedia

Goalkeepers

Kelvin Davis (£3.9m) With Southampton first-choice goalkeeper Artur Boruc currently out-of-action, Kelvin Davies represents excellent value at £3.9m. The 37-year-old is vastly experienced and although he conceded three goals against Chelsea on his last Premier League outing, the Saints have an easier run of games on the horizon. The Saints play West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Fulham and Stoke in four of their next five.

Defenders

Kolo Toure (£4.5m) It’s difficult to find a better value defender playing for one of the top-four sides. With Daniel Agger sidelined for four weeks and Mamadou Sakho still out, the Ivorian is a good shout. He was a key part of Liverpool’s good defensive record at the start of the season, too. Toure is worth the fee, especially considering Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures (Stoke, Aston Villa, Everton and West Brom).

Danny Gabbidon (£4.3m) The former West Ham United defender is a Premier League veteran at this stage. Crystal Palace have become a more solid unit since Tony Pulis took charge and Danny Gabbidon has been a key part of the revolution. He is Palace’s top-scoring defender with 58 points and can add to that tally ahead of games against Stoke City and Hull City.

Adrian Mariappa (£4.0m) For those of you who have blown your budget on the big-name players further up the pitch, Adrian Mariappa represents superb value. The defender already has 28 points this season and can add to that following Saturday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur. While sacrifices have to be made to accommodate the big scorers in midfield and attack, Mariappa can collect a couple of key cleansheet bonuses when Palace play Stoke and Hull.

Midfielders

Christian Eriksen (£7.2m) The Dane has found a new lease of life under Tim Sherwood. He has been given more freedom and Tottenham are reaping the benefits. Eriksen is quite expensive considering his limited impact this season, but his 13 points earned from a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win at Manchester United shows his quality. The former Ajax man is a free-kick taker too, so could be worth buying now before his price rises further.

Adam Lallana (£7.3m) The Saints skipper may have changed since earning his England stripes (in Mark Clattenburg’s eyes at least), but the midfielder continues to collect points despite Southampton’s mixed run of results. Desperate to prove himself ahead of the World Cup, Adam Lallana could benefit from his side’s relatively kind run of fixtures in the coming weeks. Only Eden Hazard, Yaya Toure, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil have earned more points than the Saints man this season – not bad company!

Jonjo Shelvey (£5.4m) Remarkably Jonjo Shevley only costs a modest £5.4m despite racking up 67 points so far this season. Admittedly, Shelvey has endured a Jekyll and Hyde campaign to date, but it’s been more glass half full than half empty. Following tricky games against United and Spurs, Swansea have a good run of games against Fulham, West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke. So it could be worth backing the former Liverpool man now.

Strikers

Emmanuel Adebayor (£7.7m) If you haven’t restored Emmanuel Adebayor to your side yet – as Sherwood has already done, earning himself the permanent Spurs job in the process – then it’s time to recall the Togo man. The 29-year-old has earned 32 points in four Premier League games. Spurs take on Palace this weekend before games against Swansea, Manchester City and Hull City. Expect Adebayor to add to his current points tally. At £7.7m, he is a steal.

Wilfried Bony (£7.3m) Swansea supporters will be hoping Wilfried Bony has turned a corner in his career with the Welsh club. The African has struggled since his big-money move but he scored twice in a 3-2 loss to Manchester City before netting the winner against United in the FA Cup. Those goals should give his confidence a lift ahead of games against Fulham, West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke. In short, he’s a cheaper option if you’ve blown most of your budget on the likes of Luis Suarez, Ozil and co.

Captain’s pick

Luis Suarez remains in good form and it is a risk taking the captaincy off the Uruguayan despite a tricky trip to Stoke City. Romelu Lukaku ended his recent goalless run with the winner in a 2-1 victory over Southampton and will relish the chance to add to his nine goals when Norwich City make the trip to Goodison Park.

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