With the Capital One Cup on Sunday and the FA Cup quarter finals next weekend, the Premier League sees its usual programme disrupted and fragmented, which means fantasy managers have to deal with having their squads decimated.
Fear not, however, for there’s plenty of quality in action this weekend to adjust your team and pick up some valuable points thanks to these four absolute bargain signings (well, one of them really isn’t a bargain).
1) Tim Howard
Arguably the Premier League’s most impressive beard, Howard has been excellent for Everton this season, keeping nine clean sheets, even though he was beaten in the last two outings, as Everton slipped against Spurs and Chelsea.
Everton host West Ham this weekend and while the Hammers have won two of their last three games away from home, they’ve only scored 11 times in 13 games away from Upton Park, while Everton have only conceded 10 goals at home all season.
At £5.8m, Howard is an excellent option, considering he’s already amassed 102 fantasy points this season.
2) Martin Olsson
Norwich dragged himself further away from the relegation last weekend, thanks to a 1-0 over Spurs and Chris Hughton’s men will need more performances like last Sunday’s if they’re to survive the drop this season.
Olsson has been a key figure for Norwich, helping his side to three clean sheets in the last five matches and establishing himself as one of the more in-form defenders in the Premier League.
At £4.3m, the Norwich man is an absolute bargain, particularly considering that Norwich travel to Villa Park this Sunday, where Villa have failed to score in the three of their last six games.
3) Adam Lallana
A regular in our fantasy league guide, the Southampton skipper has continued to deliver the goods with remarkable consistency, picking up 32 points over the last four weeks, either scoring or assisting a goal in four of his last five appearances.
At £8.1m, the England international isn’t exactly a cheap option, but with Liverpool’s shaky back four – the Reds have conceded nine over the last six games and five in the last two – arriving at St. Mary’s, Lallana could pick up even more points.
4) Wilfried Bony
Last season it was Michu, this year it’s Wilfried Bony, Swansea seem to be developing a knack for finding prolific strikers around Europe, and while the Ivorian cost them a lot more than Michu, he’s been excellent this season.
Bony has netted six times in eight Premier League games in 2014, more than any other striker in the top-flight has done over the same period and the Swansea striker could add to his tally, as his team hosts the league’s third-worst record away from home in the league.
At £7.2m Bony remains remarkably affordable but he’s incredibly only been selected by 5% of fantasy managers.