Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 29 Perfect XI
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Fantasy EPL Gameweek 29 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: Jordan Pickford
Reasoning: While the rest of this side will be big 6 players (more on that later), we're selecting the Everton stopper as our starter this week. Yes, he had a miserable showing vs Conte's Spurs last week, but before that 17, 19, 9, and 8 (with only 1 clean sheet). Everton are just giving up a lot of shots and despite what you may have seen last week, Pickford is generally good at saving them. Combined with that, Pickford has 2 decent home matchups this week at Wolves and Newcastle. Neither sides are pushovers, but the matchups should provide a healthy balance between save opportunities and clean sheet chances (28% and 25%).
DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguillon, Joel Matip
GW29 is a DGW for 6 teams but for Perfect XI purposes it might as well be a gameweek of only 3 teams: Liverpool, Spurs, and Arsenal. Going forward I'll defend that assertion. Anyways, our chosen back 4 begins with Liverpool studs TAA and Joel Matip. Liverpool have 42% and 29% chances of keeping clean sheets in their 2 games this week but regardless both defenders should get you ghost points aplenty (albeit in far differing ways). In the combined DGW, assuming 2 starts, Trent is expected to get 0.5 assists and 0.2 goals. Robertson is the other obvious pick here, but I'm opting to stay away due to the risk of a Tsimikas start. Normally Matip would be risky to start 2 as week, but Van Dijk and Konate are both rumoured to have COVID, so his odds may be significantly improved, despite a UCL start in the midweek. The Spurs wing back pairing of Doherty and Reguilon are our next choices, and despite 2 tricky away matches to Man United and Brighton, their upside is undeniable. Doherty has risk in being rotated for Emerson Royal, but he's been red hot and Conte is incredibly stubborn when it comes to changing his lineup. The opposite can be said for Reguilon, who has not played much as of late, but lucky for him and us, his competition Ryan Sessegnon has gone down with an injury and will be out for both games in GW29. Could Conte get sick of either of them and sub them at half time in the first match for a winger when they go down multiple goals to Liverpool? Absolutely, but we still think they're the best shots to take by a long while, even over most of the midfielders. The Everton, Brighton, and Newcastle defenders all have way too low ceilings for their substantial downsides in hard matchups (or just poor players in Everton's case).
Pivots: Andrew Robertson, Cedric Soares, Matt Targett
MID: Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Dejan Kulusevski
Despite it being a DGW, there is a surprisingly limited amount of quality midfielders this week. Liverpool's midfields are low ceiling and not trustworthy to start 2. Allan Saint-Maximin is out injured, 1 of their games is vs Chelsea, rotation is likely, and the Newcastle mids are uninspiring anyways. Brighton mids could be good if you knew they were starting 2 (Gross, Mac Allister, March) but if you know Potter, you know that's impossible, and with a first game against Liverpool, all of a sudden that's a very risky double. Everton aren't even worth mentioning when it comes to PXI mids. On to who we are actually considering starting! Arsenal play vs Liverpool and Leicester but both matches are at home. Saka and Odegaard are the 2 attacking mids for the Gunners that are the most nailed and provide plenty of goal/assist upside. Saka is actually 48% likely to score and 44% likely to assist this week, and Odegaard a bit less. Martinelli is an alternative here but with Smith-Rowe (apparently) likely to return from injury, both could easily get 1 start a piece. To their rivals Kulusevski is on quite a run for Spurs and has been Conte's chosen right winger as of late. He could surely get rotated for Lucas in 1 game, but again the potential reward far outweighs the risk or an alternative like Joe Willock.
Pivots: Gabriel Martinelli, Alexis Mac Allister, Pascal Gross, Joe Willock
FWD: Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane
Another Liverpool DGW and another chance to choose the wrong Liverpool forwards who don't end up starting 2 games. Diaz was benched/rested in the UCL so maybe he has the bench chance of going 2? Or maybe he was benched cause Klopp actually prefers Jota? Regardless if you assume each Liverpool forward has around the same chances of going 2 (of Salah, Mane, Diaz, and Jota),in terms of expected value the answer is unsurprisingly Mo Salah the king of Fantrax this season. Next to him I'm opting to select the Spurs duo of Kane and Son who should be far more likely to start 2 games than each of the Liverpool alternatives and still project higher than them anyways in 2 starts. If you want to further zag while others zig, I like Lacazette a lot this week as well. he may not be scoring but he's assisting aplenty and should start 2 games at home (1 which should be particularly appealing vs Brendan Rodgers' leaky troops). Gordon is another fun one here, but despite his great set-piece floor, its hard to fade the multiple goal/assist upside of our selected starters.
Pivots: Alexandre Lacazette, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz, Anthony Gordon
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