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AM's Perfect XI - Week 29

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 29 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game, which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Find the apps here and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements: https://www.playtogga.com


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Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions. The players listed won't necessarily be the exact 11 selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas and get your brain whirring. I'll be listing a combination of the must-haves and slightly riskier options, alongside the odd hunch. Hopefully you'll find this useful whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.


We're back to a full slate of fixtures for Week 29, kicking off with West Brom hosting Arsenal at 12:30 GMT on Saturday. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for this game but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This flexibility will allow you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat zero. Ensure you keep your eyes on the RW PL Twitter account for line-ups one hour prior to matches.


Here are your fixtures:


Saturday 18th March
West Brom v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Watford
Everton v Hull
Stoke v Chelsea
Sunderland v Burnley
West Ham v Leicester
Bournemouth v Swansea


Sunday 19th March
Middlesbrough v Man Utd
Spurs v Southampton
Man City v Liverpool


KEEPERS
David De Gea - Middlesbrough are by far the lowest goal-scorers in the Premier League this season. Manchester United are solid under Jose Mourinho and have the third best defensive record. Do the math and you'll quickly realise a clean sheet beckons for De Gea.


Honourable Mentions: Joel Robles at home to Hull, Jordan Pickford at home to Burnley


DEFENDERS
Seamus Coleman - Coleman has always been a useful fantasy asset but the fullback's form over the past two months has been truly exceptional. Since Week 20 his Perfect XI scores read: 13, 20, 27, 11, 12, 17, 25, 13. There is no good reason not to include him in your side as Everton host Hull.
Jeff Schlupp - This spot had been reserved for Patrick van Aanholt but team news suggests the Dutchman is struggling to be fit for Crystal Palace's home clash with Watford due to an ankle injury. If the line-ups confirm this then I suggest you take a punt on fellow January arrival Schlupp, who should fill in at left back and will provide a similar threat going forward.
Antonio Valencia - When I want a Man Utd defender in my line-up I always turn to Valencia. The winger-turned-right-back should keep a clean sheet and can boost his fantasy score with some attacking contributions.
Kyle Walker - The highest scoring defender in the PXI format, Walker has been under extra pressure to add attacking width in the absence of Danny Rose and he's done an outstanding job. Southampton will be a test but he can get the better of England teammate Ryan Bertrand.


Honourable Mentions: Marcos Alonso away at Stoke, Laurent Koscielny away at West Brom, Charlie Daniels at home to Swansea, Christian Fuchs away at West Ham


MIDFIELDERS
Son Heung-min - A hat-trick against Millwall in the FA Cup should ensure the mercurial Son gets an opportunity to lead the line for Spurs in the absence of Harry Kane. The South Korean can be an extremely frustrating player to watch but when he's on his game his pace and direct running is very difficult for the opposition to stop, and his greed in front of goal will work in a fantasy manager's favour.
Ross Barkley - Barkley's form has completely turned around since the start of the year with two goals and six assists putting him right at the top of the list of the Premier League's most productive midfielders in 2017. These stats were enough to convince me to field him in my Week 29 PXI given the opposition.
Andros Townsend - Townsend's Palace career looked dead and buried until Sam Allardyce arrived at Selhurst Park and promptly restored the (former?) England winger to the starting line-up. He's started the last three games completing 90 minutes in each, loves to run, loves to cross and loves to shoot - all fantasy point-earning actions in this format - so he could be in for a bumper haul as the Eagles host Watford.
Manuel Lanzini - This is 100% a hunch pick and a bit of a risk with West Ham struggling for consistent form, but Lanzini has hit double digits in six of the last eight weeks in PXI and is able to produce that spark that the Hammers have lacked since Dimitri Payet went AWOL. I'm backing him to do just that against Leicester.


Honourable Mentions: Paul Pogba away at Middlesbrough, Eden Hazard away at Stoke, Dele Alli at home to Southampton, Gylfi Sigurdsson away at Bournemouth


STRIKERS
Romelu Lukaku - Reports suggest Lukaku is hankering for a move to a bigger club this summer, perhaps unsurprisingly after topping the Premier League goalscoring charts, and each strike continues to raise his profile. Back the Belgian the bag a brace as Hull visit Goodison Park this weekend.
Alexis Sanchez - Since Tony Pulis' West Brom side reached the 40 point safety mark the foot has come off the gas and they have been soundly beaten by both Palace and Everton without registering a strike on goal. If things click for Arsenal they could batter the Baggies this weekend and you Sanchez will be leading the charge.


Honourable Mentions: Jermain Defoe at home to Burnley, Diego Costa away at Stoke, Josh King at home to Swansea, Marcus Rashford away at Middlesbrough


That's it for Week 29. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to see a whole bunch of great content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. Feel free to comment below to us know how you're getting on so far. And of course, good luck to all managers this week.



Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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