Star Player and Punt - Gameweek 13 - Ant v Tom

So after beating Scott last week Ant made it 3 in a row, and next up is Tom. Both have chosen a Star player (free choice) and Punt (under 4% ownership), with the winner taking on the next challenger in Gameweek 14.

Tom says I’m a self-confessed fantasy football addict in my seventh season on the FPL game. I’ve had limited overall success, which I blame on rash decision making; Kevin Mirallas getting injured three minutes after I transferred him in one Saturday afternoon being a particular highlight!

I’m a (dirty) Leeds supporter and I try to get to games when I go up north to see my family who all live on the better side of the Pennines.

Ant’s Star Player – Cesc Fabregas

This week I think I will pick yet another Chelsea player. After looking at the fixtures for the Gameweek I was tempted with one from Manchester United however; Chelsea are yet to let me down in the star/punt department.

I am trying to pick a different player each time to keep it interesting! This week’s pick is Cesc Fabregas. I call him Mr Reliable in my team as he rarely fails to deliver under 2 points, in fact he’s scored 6+ in 8 out of his 12 games. He may not be a consistent double figure player but it’s still an impressive points tally and puts him second in the FPL midfield table.

I don’t think it matters much who Chelsea play home or away but a trip to Sunderland this week certainly won’t hurt Fabregas’s chances of picking up yet another assist or hopefully a goal or two.

Tom’s Star Player – Angel Di Maria

My star pick for Gameweek 13 is Angel Di Maria. I’m a proud owner of the diminutive Argentinian and for me he’s a season keeper. He may be a lazy so and so, but when you have the audacity to scoop the ball over a keeper from the edge of the area, I for one will let you off.

This week he’s up against a Hull defence that has shipped two or more goals on six occasions this season and have now lost three games on the bounce. They even managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Spurs last week (sorry, Kevo)!

ADM is a special player who is involved in pretty much everything good United do these days. Hull’s right wing back, Elmohamady, is likely to restrict his renowned forward runs as there’s little chance of ADM tracking back. Once he’s goal side of this defence I can see some serious punishment coming Hull’s way.

Tom’s Punt – Danny Ings

The burden of my punt this week is going to be put on Danny Ings of Burnley. The fact is a striker with confidence is a dangerous man and where better to continue your good form than at home to Villa (sorry Aaron & Luke)?!

It’s fair to say both he and Burnley have hardly set the world alight in front of goal this season, but there are a few signs of improvement recently as they’ve settled in to their predicted role of relegation.

Sean Dyche certainly comes across as a man who’s up for a fight and hopefully that resolve will transfer in to some points this weekend with Ings leading the way.

Ant’s Punt – Jonathan Walters

My punt is going to be Jonathan Walters of Stoke.

I have looked at Stoke’s upcoming fixtures and they are terrible, but this is a Gameweek punt. Stoke are playing Liverpool this week who’s form is poor to say the least. Liverpool have kept only 1 clean sheet in the last 6 matches and took a battering at Palace last week. I think confidence in the team will be extremely low. With a tough midweek Champions League match to tire them out, I feel Stoke could capitalise and get some points at Anfield.

Walters is in a bit of form with 30 points in his last 5 games, and as far as I’m aware is still the first choice penalty taker which means there’s always an opportunity for a sneaky goal. I feel he’s got a good chance of points this Gameweek and is a great differential with a low ownership of 0.7%.