W.Check out the TFF preview for the remainder of game week 18. Our partners Fantasy Football Hub take a look at the top scorers from previous rounds and share their tips for the best transfers in and out for the next few weeks.
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Return of the cup
Gameweek 18 has been a low-scoring affair so far (28 players got a maximum of 7 points each), but there are still plenty of games and TFF points to play for. No fewer than 15 Premier League teams will make it to the fourth round of the FA Cup, while Aston Villa will face Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Form guide – last six weeks
It’s clear that defenders were the most recent form picks, with managers pulling together to steal the win, rather than the gung-ho approach we saw earlier in the season. So who are the best players in the past six weeks?
1. J. Stones (Man City – £ 3.2m) – 57 points
The English defender is back at his best and revels in his partnership with Ruben Dias. He also has a great attack threat, highlighted by his two goals in City’s most recent 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
2. R. Dias (Man City – £ 3.8m) – 50 points
The 23-year-old was a revelation in his first season at Etihad. Due to its pairing with Stones, City have only conceded two goals in the last ten Premier League games, which means countless points without conceding for the City duo.
3 J. Justin – (Leicester – £ 2.8m) – 48 points
The young Füchse’s full back had an excellent first half of the season and seems to have secured a place in the starting XI. It looks very valuable in the future.
4. B. Fernandes (Man United – £ 6.2m) – 48 points
The Portuguese maestro always finds ways to deliver TFF points for his owners, be it assists, goals or penalties.
5. K.Tierney – (Arsenal – £ 3.2m) – 47 points
The flying back potential has finally been rewarded with defensive and offensive returns. As above, however, the Gunners’ fittings are now stiffening, so we may have just missed the boat with him a little.
6. B Leno – (Arsenal – £ 3.8m) – 47 points
The Gunners have tightened the rear and have played five clean sheets in all competitions. However, their pairings get a little tougher from here on.
TFF TIP 1
With some of their games postponed this season, Aston Villa now has three games against some teams to play before the end of the season. It could be very profitable to transfer some of your players at this point to optimize your additional games.
TFF TIP 2
When teams leave the FA Cup, there are also opportunities for additional games to earn TFF points. Leeds, Newcastle and Crystal Palace were among the Premier League teams that dropped out in Round 3, so they may have fewer games and scoring opportunities in the coming weeks.
Best transfers in
Looking at our match ticker, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Everton, Leicester and Leeds are the teams with the best fixtures in the next four games in that order. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few tips to help you climb the ranks over the next month:
1. J. Justin (Leicester – £ 2.8m)
The young full-back has been a revelation this season. Ricardo Pereira could lose a few minutes as he nears his full fitness but with her game and form he still looks very valuable for the weeks to come.
2. A. Lookman (Fulham – £ 3.7m)
Fulham turned the dynamic performances of the young English midfielder around a corner. If the Cottagers continue their form, Lookman will certainly be in the TFF points as they chase Premier League survival.
3. L. Digne (Everton – £ 3.8m)
The Toffees’ games are improving from this next week and with six assists already this season, the returning French defender is a points machine at either end of the field when fit.
Best transfers out
The following players should be considered if you own them for the reasons given:
1. K. De Bruyne (Man City – £ 6.5m)
The Belgian has reportedly suffered a minor torn thigh that will likely incapacitate him for two to three weeks. This could result in him missing five or six TFF point opportunities.
2. J. Vardy (Leicester – £ 6.9m)
The Leicester forward has been booked for hernia surgery and is expected to be out for several weeks.
3. G. Lo Celso (Tottenham – £ 3.4m)
The Argentine is left on the sidelines for an extended period of time after a thigh injury. He has been out since late December, but Jose Mourinho recently confirmed that he will be out “for the foreseeable future”.
Selected games of the 18th week – watch live:
We wish everyone the best of luck and we’ll be back next week looking forward to the rest of game week 19. In the meantime, our How to Play Telegraph Fantasy Football and How to Win Telegraph Fantasy Football guides are great read for managers looking for an edge over their rivals.
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