Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 27 Perfect XI
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Fantasy EPL Gameweek 27 Perfect XI
So, what is Perfect XI? Similar to Official Fantasy Premier League game, all managers have full access to the entire player pool each week, meaning multiple teams within the league could be completely identical. The main departures from OFPL are the Fantrax Default Scoring, unlimited transfers each week, no budget/salary cap, and live lineup changes available. This means that each week you can select a dream team of Fantrax assets who you think will score the most points on a given gameweek, and have the added bonus of being able to see the real life lineups before your players lock in. Magic.
Check out our Perfect XI tips below. These are our recommendations for the best eleven players this weekend! Picks are now accompanied by our weekly projections, which our Inner Circle members can exclusively access. Due to the tight scheduling, these will be a bit abridged for a couple weeks.
GK: Nick Pope
Reasoning: While Crystal Palace and Leicester City are not the best matchups, Burnley are the only team with a DGW this time around, and hence Pope is the no brainer pick. He has about a 22% chance of keeping a clean sheet each game according to the oddsmakers but Burnley are on a bit of a run and both their opponents generate plenty of offense, so Pope should be busy regardless
Pivot: David De Gea
DEF: James Tarkowski, Joao Cancelo, Ben Mee
Just like last week, Tarkowski is the best defender who has a DGW. This past GW he scored 23 in 2 matches with 1 clean sheet. We're also picking his centre-back partner, Ben Mee who's hot off a 31.5 point performance last DGW. He scored a rare goal to go with a clean sheet, but even without those, we think he can generate enough ghost points to merit inclusion. The Burnley full backs may offer more upside than their 2 CB's
but their starting spots are a bit too perilous to risk for limited upside. Besides the 2 Burnley boys, we're picking normal stud Cancelo in a tasty matchup vs Everton. The Toffees haven't been great so far under Lampard, and Man City have a 50% chance of keeping a clean sheet against them. On top of that Cancelo has a 25% chance of assisting. It's not our prettiest PXI back line, but that's what happens when we can't pick the usual TAA and Chelsea wing backs.
Pivots: Sergio Reguillon, Connor Roberts, Oleksandr Zinchenko
MID: Dwight McNeil, Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Josh Brownhill
Just like last week, McNeil strikes us as a no brainer. Good floor, good upside, set-piece taking, and a nearly nailed player in a DGW. What's not to like? He put up over 20 last DGW without an attacking return and we expect a similar score this week. Leicester are very leaky and Palace at home could be a worse matchup. Next up, we have the usual KDB vs Everton. City are expected to score over 2.5 goals in this one, and KDB has a tendency to be involved (while also racking up ghost points). Similarly, we're going with the other top 3 pick, Bruno Fernandes this week as he plays Watford. United may be a bit up and down at the moment, but Watford should be the perfect opponent to fix that. Previously giving up 4 goals to Palace at Vicarage Road, United surely score a couple at home on them. Finally, we have the surprise star of DGW26, Josh Brownhill. He put up a whopping 48.5 last week, and while we're no fans of recency bias and don't expect half of that score, we think Brownhill should provide the floor needed to make him a quality pick this week. If KDB doesn't start due to UCL rotation, pivot to another City mid and feel good about it. This could very well be a gameweek where it's a tossup in which roster style wins out: stacking Man City attacking assets or going hard on the Burnley players in their DGW. Pivots: Phil Foden, James Ward-Prowse, Lucas Moura, Jadon Sancho
FWD: Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane, Riyad Mahrez
Leeds have given up 13 goals in their last 3 games (6 to Liverpool, 4 to United, 3 to Everton), so whilst Spurs may be reeling and Conte may be ranting, it's still quite hard to bet against them scoring in bunches this week against Bielsa's sketchy backline. Kane is 45% to score and Son is 40% score with both having around 20% chances to assist. If both don't have multiple shots on target this game, something has gone terribly wrong at Spurs. Next to those 2, we're taking our favourite high upside, high floor, low likelihood to start when you want, Riyad Mahrez. Like I've mentioned previously, this City vs Everton game could be a bloodbath and Mahrez offers a piece of that with a better floor than Sterling, Foden, or Grealish (due to set pieces and dribbles generally). Outside of these 3, I'd be wrong not to mention the 2 Burnley forwards of Weghorst and Cornet. Cornet I don't trust to play more than 140 minutes and don't like the risk of him playing only 90 and doing little. Weghorst should be nailed for 2 but I lack confidence in his ability to reach the upside of the 3 selected players.
Pivots: Wout Weghorst, Raheem Sterling, Cristiano Ronaldo
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