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Fantasy Premier League – Daniel Sturridge Enters Captain Discussions

Adam Zdroik Staff Writer January 13, 2014 9:25PM EDT
Is there even a point in talking about whom to captain anymore? Luis Suarez continues his onslaught on the Premier League with 177 Fantasy Points. That’s 44 more than leading midfielder Eden Hazard and 58 more than fellow forward Wayne Rooney.

The question remains, why 46.9 percent of the bosses over at premierleague.com still don’t have the Uruguayan on their squads? In 16 league matches, Suarez has 21 goals and 12 assists.

While Suarez notched a couple goals and full bonus points on the weekend, the talk of the league was Adam Johnson, former Manchester City man. A player that has disappointed since his early lofty projections, Johnson put in his best game ever at the top level, recording three goals and an assist for Sunderland at Fulham. While this could be a sign of things to come, it’s hard to trust Johnson, even at his 6.4m price tag. It could prove just as valuable to pick up teammate Ki Sung-Yueng at 4.8m, who also scored and assisted at Craven Cottage.

Another cheap midfielder to keep an eye on is Charlie Adam, who is quietly having his best campaign since the unbelievable 2010-11 season, where he put in 12 goals and nine assists. Adam has five goals on the year for Stoke.

If you don't have Suarez, Sturridge is a viable play. Photo Credit: Dean Jones

If you don't have Suarez, Sturridge is a viable play. Photo Credit: Dean Jones

Defensively, Chelsea has turned things around with four clean sheets in their last five matches. Three of those games have come on the road. At 6.0m, Ashley Cole isn’t all that expensive for what he can produce. Aleksandar Kolarov (5.3m) of Man City is another one to look at, as he continues to put in pinpoint crosses while getting the most time he’s seen ever in the Premier League.

Looking ahead, some favorable matchups highlight the top options to look at for Gameweek 22.

CAPTAIN RANKINGS

  1. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
  2. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
  3. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
  4. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
  5. Aleksandar Kolarov, Manchester City
  1. Suarez at Anfield against Aston Villa. Many people will be predicting a hat trick here. I’ll keep my projections low and say two goals.
  2. With Sturridge healthy, some will look to him to gain an edge on Suarez owners, although, that doesn’t seem likely. Sturridge should be in line for a start and can reap the benefits as defenses focus on Suarez.
  3. Giroud hasn’t been a man of consistency, but he’s still getting the minutes and scored on Monday. At home against Fulham, the Gunners could be in line for at least three goals with Giroud looking to grab one.
  4. City has been incredible at home this year and Aguero looks ready to return from injury. This may be a little risky as Aguero may not play a full 90, but there’s a lot to like against Cardiff.
  5. I might as well throw in a defender here. Kolarov has been solid, as noted above, and Cardiff has not scored in two straight matches. An assist would help Kolarov, as well.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen has been a nice play, but playing at Swansea will be a test. I stayed away from the Chelsea-Manchester United match, but obviously, Eden Hazard can be looked at or even Danny Welbeck. Elsewhere, it’s hit-or-miss with Oscar, Adam Johnson and Yohan Cabaye. My upset pick of the week goes to Gary Hooper, who is home vs. Hull City.

 

 

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