Fantasy football: FPL Gameweek 29 transfer advice, captain picks and more

Fantasy football: FPL Gameweek 29 transfer advice, captain picks and more

Goal’s handy Fantasy Premier League guide aims to assist your team selections over the course of the 2020-21 campaign

Gameweek 29 of the Fantasy Premier League is here and with just four (!) fixtures due to take place, many FPL bosses will be wondering how on earth they’re going field 11 players.

Getting to the 50-point mark could be a struggle this week and now would be the perfect time to use your Free Hit chip, if you still have it available.

So, as we head into this severely reduced Gameweek 29, Goal is on hand to offer selection advice, captain recommendations and more as you look to turn those arrows green and climb your FPL league tables.

Contents

  1. Gameweek fixtures
  2. Team selection advice
  3. Who is the best captain pick?

Gameweek 29 fixtures

Date Fixture Time (GMT)
Mar 19 Fulham vs Leeds 20:00
     
Mar 20 Brighton vs Newcastle 20:00
     
Mar 21 West Ham vs Arsenal 15:00
Mar 21 Aston Villa vs Tottenham 19:30
GAMEWEEK 29 CHANGES DEADLINE: Mar 19, 18:30

Team selection advice

Goalkeepers

Robert Sanchez (£4.5m) may have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of his last four Premier League matches but with Brighton due to face a goal-shy Newcastle, now would be a good time to bring him in.

Indeed, Steve Bruce’s side are likely to still be without two of their key attacking threats, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson, with the Seagulls knowing that a win will significantly boost their survival hopes.

Illan Meslier (£4.6m), who had a solid game in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea last time out, is a decent alternative option, with Leeds due to take on Fulham in the reduced gameweek before a home clash with Sheffield United. 

Defenders

Fifth in the list of the top-scoring defenders in FPL for the 2020-21 season, Stuart Dallas (£5.2m) is having an excellent season and represents a wise investment heading into Gameweek 29.

The Northern Ireland international has already produced three double-digit hauls and there’s every chance he’ll add to his tally when Leeds head to Craven Cottage on Friday night.

Robin Koch (£4.3m) is closing in on a return, meanwhile, having impressed for Leeds’ U-23 side on Tuesday, which could see FPL bargain Pascal Struijk (£4m) lose his place in the starting XI.

Elsewhere, West Ham face a tricky test against in-form Arsenal on Sunday and although there is a significant risk in terms of clean-sheet points, Aaron Cresswell (£5.9m) is still worth having in your team.

The Hammers left-back is the highest-scoring defender in the game this season, with a total of 135 points, and his 10 assists and 20 bonus points prove why he’s been such a huge success story in what has been an excellent campaign for David Moyes’s side.

Midfielders

The muscle injury suffered by Heung-Min Son (£9.6m) in Tottenham’s north London derby defeat to Arsenal will have been a cause for concern for FPL managers, with the South Korea international set to be unavailable for the trip to Aston Villa.

With Erik Lamela’s (£5.7m) red card added into the mix, Jose Mourinho is short on options in support of Harry Kane, which should see Gareth Bale (£9.6m) maintain his place in the starting XI despite being withdrawn after just 56 minutes at the Emirates Stadium.

After missing the north London derby for disciplinary reasons, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) should come back into the starting XI for the trip to West Ham and although he’s not having the best 2020-21 campaign, he remains a significant goal threat.

Another midfielder who didn’t feature in the Gameweek 28 and should, therefore, be significantly well-rested is West Ham loan star Jesse Lingard (£6.1m).

Since his temporary switch from Manchester United, the 28-year-old has accumulated 44 points, across just six matches, and he has made himself an automatic selection for the high-flying Hammers.

Leeds winger Raphinha (£5.6m) has gone off the boil in recent weeks although if you do have a transfer going spare, it would be worth investing in the Brazilian in time for Gameweek 29.

Despite three consecutive blanks, the 24-year-old was inches away from finding the net against Chelsea last time out and it’s surely only matter of time before he scores again.

Forwards

How did Harry Kane (£11.5m) not score against Arsenal?!

The England captain hit the post with a free-kick and had a headed effort correctly ruled out for offside in what was a frustrating afternoon for the Tottenham striker and his team-mates.

Mourinho faced criticism for the lack of adventure in his team’s play at the Emirates Stadium and any tweak in tactics to go more on the front foot at Villa will undoubtedly be welcomed by Kane and the FPL bosses who own him.

It appears that Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) will make the trip to Craven Cottage despite limping out of the draw with Chelsea but if you’re after an alternative, Neal Maupay (£6.1m) is a tempting choice, with the Frenchman likely to get plenty of chances against Newcastle.

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Who is the best captain pick for Gameweek 29?

He may have blanked last week but we’re keeping the faith with Kane (£11.5m) again as he looks to add to the 16 league goals he’s scored already this season.

Indeed, the Golden Boot is there for the taking, with only an out-of-form Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) ahead of the 27-year-old in the standings, and there’s every chance Kane will come up big against Villa on Sunday.

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