Fantasy Football: Mata, Rooney and more – This weekend’s best picks

Fantasy Football: The Sport Review tips the best transfers to make ahead of a busy weekend of Premier League action

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Juan Mata has 100 Fantasy Football points this season Photo: The Sport Review

Goalkeepers

Vito Mannone (£4.5m) The Sunderland goalkeeper made a horrendous error that cost Gus Poyet’s men two vital points at Manchester City earlier this month. However, the Italian bounced back to help his side secure a 2-1 win against Chelsea last weekend. Mannone is 12th in the goalkeeper rankings, having collected 114 points. He should add to that tally against Cardiff City, provided Sunderland can keep it tight at the back.

Defenders

Chris Smalling (£4.6m) Chris Smalling is the most reasonably priced of all the Manchester United defenders. In terms of Fantasy Football, he is the second-best performing – so some value there! It is difficult to predict whether interim manager Ryan Giggs will opt for experience or youth as he starts his four-game reign. So it is a calculated gamble, but Smalling is worth a punt, especially as United face a Norwich City who have struggled to score goals this season!

Winston Reid (£4.7m) Fast becoming a crowd favourite at West Ham, Winston Reid is excellent value at £4.7m. The New Zealand defender has only picked up three points from his last three games, but the Hammers man will have a chance to earn some serious points against West Brom this weekend. If the 25-year-old continues to perform at his current level, he could be in line for some bonus points, too.

Midfielders

Juan Mata (£9.5m) It’s getting to the business end of the season, so with Fantasy Football leagues still to be decided, it is time to splash the cash! With Giggs replacing David Moyes, United should be raring to go and help a club legend make a winning start to his reign. Admittedly, Mata struggled at Everton last week. But United face Norwich City, Hull City and Sunderland at Old Trafford before a trip to Southampton on the final day of the season. It is fill your boots time Mata!

Samir Nasri (£8.6m) With David Silva and Yaya Toure both contending with injuries, Samir Nasri is ready-made replacement at a cheaper price. The France international scored a late equaliser for Manchester City against Sunderland earlier this month. The former Arsenal man has hit form at the right time of the season, earning 39 points from his last six games.

Strikers

Wayne Rooney (£11.4m) Wayne Rooney had a stinker against Everton at Goodison Park. But the England international should feel a new lease of life, with Giggs vowing to play attacking, entertaining football. The 27-year-old has the chance to hit some form ahead of the World Cup with United facing Norwich City, Hull City and Sunderland in their next three games at Old Trafford. He is worth the transfer fee to see your side over the line.

Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) Again, no messing around here! It is time to cough up the funds for the big names, especially up front. The Argentina international scored his first goal since returning from injury as Manchester City beat Swansea on Monday. The Citizens face a daunting trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, but Aguero’s quality should tell.

Captain’s pick

With Luis Suarez and Liverpool facing a tricky test against a defensive-minded Chelsea (although Jose Mourinho’s side will need to attack to boost their title chances), it could be time to gently remove the captain’s armband from the Uruguayan. The best bet looks a United player, so in terms of this column, Mata or Rooney look good candidates.

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