Fantasy football managers have had two weeks to suss out the best players who fit in with their budgets. If you were following my fantasy football picks from last weekend, there were goals for David Silva, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez, along with an assist for Jose Bosingwa. And, there could have had more had Ben Watson converted his penalty, which left some fantasy football managers kicking the coffee table.
It was nearly, but not quite, if you were following my top 10 fantasy football bargains and players to have a breakout season, as both Watson and Jon Walters missed penalties, whilst Stephane Sessegnon missed shots, plenty of them. There was however, a goal for Ivan Klasnic, as the Croatian notched his second of the season.
So who’s going to be lighting it up for fantasy football managers this weekend? Let’s take a look at some players you may want to consider adding to your line-up if you have significant funds to play with, or even if you haven’t, there are some bargains to be had too:
Big budget fantasy football player picks for this weekend:
My top 5 players that if you haven’t already got them, consider getting them:
Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Luis Suarez started on the bench last week, but came on when Frimpong was sent off, and, as predicted last week, caused havoc in the Arsenal penalty area to score one and almost nick a second. Suarez should start this week against a Bolton side that are playing well, but could be unsettled by Arsenal’s interest in Gary Cahill. With Bolton being involved in two high-scoring games this season, fantasy football mangers should be looking to Luis to have a good week.
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)
Wayne Rooney has set off on a blazing trail this campaign in an effort to make us forget how bad he was last year. The United front man has taken 9 shots already this season, of which 5 have been on target, resulting in 2 goals – and the right foot is yet to do any damage, as he’s scored with his head and his left peg.
Arsenal may prove trickier opposition, but they had a tough trip to a warm Udinese midweek, and are recovering from the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. Never one to sympathise with the oppostion, Wayne Rooney will be there to take full advantage for fantasy football managers who have him in their side.
Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea)
Nicolas Anelka weighed in with his first goal of the season last week, but you can’t say it hasn’t been coming. Anelka has had 9 shots already of which 5 have been on target, only Wayne Rooney can equal that. After struggling against West Brom last week, Chelsea have a Norwich side coming to town who will give them another test, but chances will be there for the man who has played for a quarter of clubs in the Premier League and also been it’s top scorer.
David Silva (Man City)
David Silva, along with Yaya Toure, has been at the heart of everything good about Man City’s play this season. Two goals and seven key passes have seen Silva at the centre of City’s seven strikes already this campaign. A tough trip to White Hart Lane awaits this week, but that shouldn’t put fantasy football managers off, as Spurs allowed 28 shots at goal in their loss to Man Utd last week.
Charlie Adam (Liverpool)
Charlie Adam already has an assist this season, to go along with 4 key passes. Adam has been heavily involved at set pieces and having already found Luis Suarez for a helper in the opener at Sunderland, should be providing a solid service this Saturday. An impressive Bolton side come to Anfield, but Liverpool have had an average of 55% possession in their two games so far this season, which should give Adam opportunities to influence.
Top fantasy football budget player picks for this weekend:
My top 5 players that will help your team out without costing you the earth:
Ben Watson (Wigan)
Ben Watson scored a goal and also hit a post in week one. In week two he missed from the penalty spot. In week three, I’m tipping big things again for Wigan midfielder. With the Latics having QPR come to the DW this week, Watson will be instrumental again. Especially as Wigan are ranked seventh in shots on target and QPR dead last, averaging just 2 per game so far. Fantasy football mangers who don’t have the bargain-priced, ginger-haired assassin in their team should think about adding him.
Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea)
Jose Bosingwa impressed last week with his marauding runs from defence and pin-point crosses – one of which set up the winner for Florent Malouda. The Portuguese international has 5 successful crosses already this season, the most of any player in the Premier League! With Norwich coming to Stamford Bridge this week, Bosingwa will not only get chances to create more scoring chances, but also for a clean sheet too, so consider adding him to your fantasy football teamsheet if he’s not on there already.
Steven Hunt (Wolves)
Steven Hunt has been unlucky to not net for Wolves already, so all the more reason to get him in your fantasy football team for this week. Hunt has taken 6 pops at goal already this season, three of which were on target, so the intent is there. Add to this that he has made 4 key passes and taken 7 corners, and it should all add up to some points production for your fantasy football team at Villa Park this weekend.
Stephane Sessegnon (Sunderland)
Stephane Sessgnon did everything but score last week and if anyone is due a goal, it is the diminutive Beninese man. Sessegnon had 4 strikes at the Newcastle net last week, threw in a key pass and had 4 successful dribbles to boot. He may be a bit of a selfish player, opting to shoot when a better pass is on, but that shouldn’t worry fantasy football managers who are interested in him producing points for their team. A trip to Swansea will see more chances for Stephane Sessegnon to open his account.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea)
Nathan Dyer had a busy game against Wigan with 2 key passes and a shot on target. The Swans’ midfielder also attempted 3 crosses, had 4 successful dribbles and was unlucky not to register anymore than the 3 bonus points in the Premier League game. With Swansea having experienced their first home match in the Premiership last week, they should be more assured against a Sunderland side this weekend. Managers looking for a fantasy football bargain this week, should snap up Dyer to provide some points.