20 Teams: 20 Players looks at the best option from each team, each week. From the must starts, to the best of a bad bunch, here are this week’s picks for Gameweek 35.
Aaron Ramsey: Ramsey was Arsenal’s standout performer against Chelsea last week and will look to carry that form into Monday’s match up against Hull. The Welshman has delivered two goals and three assists in his last five games, so it would be foolish to bet against him.
Christian Benteke: Benteke has been the Premier League’s top striker over the last month or more and was only denied a chance to score his ninth in seven games last week by a combination of Joe Hart’s foul and an incorrect offside decision. He’ll have a tough time against an in form Everton side, but his form makes him impossible to ignore.
Jason Shackell: There aren’t a lot of good options in this Burnley side, but at least they face off against a team whose form is bad enough to rival their own. West Ham have been toothless in attack in recent weeks and Shackell leads the entire league in clearances.
Eden Hazard: Chelsea can clinch the league with a fixture against Crystal Palace, and it would only be fitting if the Belgian delivered the necessary goals. The team (and the league’s ) standout performer all season, Hazard should be the first name on your team-sheet this week.
Mile Jedinak: Jedinak was one of standout performers on PlayON until international duty and suspension robbed fantasy football managers of the chance to pick him. He should get plenty of defensive work in against a Chelsea side that will likely dominate possession.
Romelu Lukaku: Lukaku bullied and harassed Manchester United’s defenders last week and will be relishing the prospect of going up against a Villa back four that has conceded nine goals in their last four games.
Dame N’Doye: A January swoop for N’Doye may be looked at as one on the buys of the season if the striker’s goal end up keeping Hull City in the Premier League. His two goals last week secured a vital win over Crystal Palace, and he’ll look to repeat that in Gameweek 35. His five goals in total have been crucial for Steve Bruce’s side.
Jamie Vardy: Vardy has been in a rich vein of form – scoring three goals in six and adding an assist against Chelsea. Can he do it again against Newcastle this weekend? Given the Geordies abject form, he has every chance,
Jordan Henderson: Liverpool have blown their opportunity to put pressure on the wobbling sides above them in recent weeks, but Henderson is one of the few players they can rely on for consistent performances. QPR’s visit to Anfield should give him the opportunity to add to his goal tally for the season.
Sergio Aguero: The Argentinian is back in form and added another goal against Villa in Gameweek 34. Undroppable.
Robin van Persie: With Wayne Rooney potentially out for the season, United will need somebody to provide the goals this weekend. van Persie scored twice for the U21s in mid-week and, given Radamel Falcao’s recent performances, one would expect him to get the starting nod against West Brom.
Jack Colback: Visiting the King Power Stadium wouldn’t have been overly intimidating for most of the season, but even an ostrich will have noticed that Leicester are a very different proposition right now. Colback’s steel will be needed if Newcastle are to have any chance of avoiding another loss.
Rob Green: Green has already made the most saves in the Premier League, and he’ll likely get plenty of work when QPR visit Anfield. He can take comfort from the fact that the home side have failed to score in their last two outings.
Graziano Pelle: After working past a drought of Saharan proportions the Italian bulldozer is back on a roll. He has scored three times in three games and looked almost unplayable against Spurs. Sunderland’s paper mache defence will hold no fears for him.
Conor Wickham: After enduring a turgid season, Wickham has now scored twice in consecutive matches for Sunderland. Can he make it three in a row?
Charlie Adam: Adam has been in sparkling form ever since his incredible strike against Chelsea. The Scot has scored three goals in his last five appearances for the Potters, and he will be looking to add to that against Swansea.
Nelson Oliviera: Oliviera was exceptional last weekend when filling in for the injured Bafetimbi Gomis, scoring a goal and adding having a hand in two others.
Harry Kane: Kane has enjoyed one of the best seasons of any striker in the Premier League, and he’ll fancy his chances of adding more goals to his resume against a City side that has been in awful away form in recent weeks.
Craig Gardner: West Brom’s midfielders are going to have to put in a mountain of defensive work against a Manchester United team that routinely dominates possession. Gardner put in trojan effort against Liverpool last weekend. Expect more of the same in Gameweek 35.
Cheik Kouyate: At times, it seems like Kouyate is the only West Ham player who has yet to go on his summer holidays. For that reason, he’s the only Hammer we deem worthy of consideration.