Afternoon fellow drafters,
With just 8 gameweeks to go until the playoffs many of us are still vying for those crucial points to make the top four. In a ten team league 57 points is usually about the mark to scrape into the playoffs. Have a look at your Realff league and see if you're already there, on your way, or as I am in one league too far back to make it already! Thankfully the Gaffer's other two leagues are looking somewhat rosier.
For the next 8 gameweeks i'll be posting some quick picks to help you pick up those all important three points, starting right here with my gw29 waiver wire gems:
Moussa Djenepo - Southampton - midfielder: Well rested after a break to mourn the passing of his mother, the future 'new Mane' is fit and raring to go. Who stands in his way this week? Newcastle. 'Will stand meekly aside' is probably more appropriate. With a large injury crisis at St James Park, espeically in the defensive ranks, i fancy Southampton to score a few and Djenepo is always in the mix when healthy. There's generally not much midfield fire on the Realff waiver wires this season, so grab yourself Djenepo before someone else does!
Ruben Vinagre - Wolves - defender: With Jonny still nursing a battered ankle it's the highly touted Vinagre's time to shine, Already well known in the midlands for his attacking prowess, Vinagre faces a beleagured Brighton side who're struggling for both goals and clean sheets. I can see a Wolves clean sheet here, and there's every chance of a Vinagre assist with Jimenez ready to power home his crosses.
Dani Ceballos - Arsenal - midfielder: Bit of a stretch this one, but Arsenal have two games this week and i'd expect the mercurial Spaniard to feature in both. Arteta is known to be a fan of his young compatriot, and has started him in the last two victorious league games since a return from injury. Should Pepe/Ozil get benched for either game expect Dani to have a cut of the set piece action, and with Arsenal's multitude of deadly finishers he could well see his name in the assist column.
Nicolas Otamendi - Man City - defender: Again focusing on benefiting from double fixtures, the big Argentine is fast becoming Pep's 'one he can't quit'. With Laporte once again injured and Stones falling short (quite literally) in the Carabao Cup final Pep could well turn to the big man once again. Deadly from corners, there's every chance of a goal to go alongisde two sets of appearance points and a potential clean sheet return or two.
Best of luck this week players,