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The Roker Report Fantasy League: Gameweek #27 - FA Cup ties make this week a difficult one

With the FA Cup ties of this weekend causing fixture distruption, it poses a difficult question for the Fantasy League players - do you change up your team in a bid to win more points, or do you bide your time and take the hit?

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Who Are The Leaders & High Scorers?

It’s as you were in first place, with Shane Warne’s Flipper continuing to dominate at the top. Using his triple captain perk on Sergio Aguero paid off for Jonathan Glover, due to his goal at The Stadium of Light and a few extra points from Man City’s midweek encounter didn’t go amiss. Fernando Llorente & Romelu Lukaku also did the business up front and Sadio Mane netted from midfield. A clean sheet from Lee Grant rounded it all off and SWF are 13 points clear.

There was more Man City, Stoke & Swansea combo’s in our highest scoring team, a crown claimed Dean Armstrong’s Watmore cud u want this week. His team may be spelled like a text message from 2001 but there’s nothing old fashioned about having Leroy Sane captaining your side. More goals were gained from Llorente, Mane, Costa & Hazard while Erik Pieters nabbed himself one and also kept a clean sheet. With Lee Grant in goal too, it meant Dean’s boys scored a very impressive 103 points.

Who Is Struggling & At The Bottom

Now it’s no surprise that Kier Bradwell is still bottom but it is surprising (and slightly disturbing) that he scored 40 points this week. Whether or not this was intentional, I don’t know but let’s give All you need is Love the benefit of the doubt because it’s almost the weekend and I’m in a good mood. Maybe he’s getting his act together.

Even our lowest scoring team deserves some sympathy this week. I mean, using your triple captain on Zlatan, only for him to miss a penalty is heartbreaking, as is having Alexis Sanchez in your team, only to see him fall out with Arsene Wenger. It’s still pretty funny though, as it meant Ibrahimovic’s score of -1 trebled to -3 and Sanchez only scored 4. So if everyone could point and laugh at Morgan Lowrie’s LamineKoneggedon, with their 19 point haul, that would be great.

How Are The Roker Report Writers Getting On?

Jim had an absolute stormer last week and despite doing well this time out, it wasn’t enough for him to progress. To put into context just how good last week was for Giroud - Sandstorm, they had one player who scored 60 points on their own last week, the same amount as Jim’s whole team scored in Gameweek #27. In 10th place, it was goals from Aguero, Hazard & Pieters which kept them in the top ten.

Scoring just two points above the weekly average, 50 Shades Of O’Shea dropped ten places to 39th. There were a lot of low scorers in Dan Parkers team, with only Aguero & Firmino reaching double figures, but a score of 52 points is certainly respectable. As for Micky Lough, I actually told him to get rid of Ivanovic for the sake of my own sanity but being the cruel, evil man he is, he decided to keep taking the piss out of me. FlyOnTheWingsOfLove fell to 86th this week and long may the slide continue.

I’d similarly like to ignore my teams efforts this week. I took a gamble with Champagne Papy Bodji by giving the captaincy to Gareth McAuley and it obviously didn’t work. Thank the lord for Mane, Costa, Hazard & Lukaku or this would have a total embarrassment and I’d have slipped down much further than 159th.

The rise of Gav and Ice Cream Kone continues though! This is getting truly inspirational. Donning the armband, Harry Kane’s brace was music to Gav’s ears, while Lukaku scoring in the same game worked wonders too. Alli & Firmino scored 12 each from midfield, meaning the defence weren’t really required. With a score of 67, Gav moves to 189th.

Just like Gav continues to rise, Tom Atkinson continues to fall. Sunlun dropped down seven places this week, to 212th after they gained 45 points. Scoring below the average always means trouble and it was captain Eden Hazard who carried the team, scoring almost half of those 45 points on his own. It was a much more dramatic fall for Steel Panthers though, as Karl Maguire’s men went from 190th to 216th, cursing Arsene Wenger along the way. Karl had given Sanchez the captaincy, which didn’t get the chance to flourish due to the Chilean starting on the bench at Anfield and there was only one goal in his team, coming from Lukaku.

There was a return to form for Blackended Roar Mass last week and they remained consistent by staying exactly where they were, this week. A score of 50 kept James Henchard's lads in 241st with Tottenham's choreographed handshake duo Harry Kane & Dele Alli leading the way. Kane's goals weren't enough for Team Simon though because, just like Micky, Simon Fenton has a player in his team who no longer plays in the Premier League. They're currently 269th and at this rate, it won't be long until they're in wilderness of the sub 300 places.

Doing everything he can to make sure he doesn't end up in said wilderness, Carl Purvis squeezed up a few places to 274th. If Lukaku, Firmino and Alli keep up their form, Steel Panthers will look back and laugh at the time they were in danger of pluming such depths but they'll need their defence to buck their ideas up, as the back four only managed a combined 5 points.

Who Should I Pick This Week?

There's no getting away from the fact that the FA Cup fixtures make selections difficult this weekend. You can try and rearrange things slightly but there's only so much you can do without totally knackering your team, so take the hit this weekend and remember that you'll get those postponed games back later on in the season. With that in mind, here's a few to consider from the remaining matches.

Bournemouth may have managed to take a well earned point from Old Trafford last week but I'm still unconvinced by The Cherries. They leak goals for fun (they've conceded more than Sunderland, for gods sake!) and I think West Ham will at least come away from The Vitality Stadium with a point. So if you want a cheap attacking midfield option, I'd pick up Robert Snodgrass for £5.8M.

If you're a bit more flush however, go shopping in Liverpool. Hosting a Burnley side who we all know don't travel well, it's a decent time to bring in Roberto Firmino. Considering his impact this season, £8.4M is a decent price and he's not been selected by too many people, with Firmino only appearing in 11.5% of teams. It should be a good signing for the rest of the season too, with Liverpool having no cup commitments and they'll still be battling away until late on in the campaign, as they look to secure Champions League football.

West Brom aren't the most prolific of scorers and Everton have been pretty tight defensively this season, so grab a defender or two from Ronald Koeman. If you want to add goals and assists, as well as clean sheets, you can bring in Seamus Coleman for £6M. If you want to be a little more conservative though, take a look at the £4.8M priced Ramiro Funes Mori.

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