Gameweek 28 is packed to the brim with opportunities for Fantasy Premier League managers to earn those all-important points as the end of the season draws closer, meaning it’s loaded with potential for our Fantasy Premier League tips. Most of the relegation-battling sides take on teams fighting for the top four, which should make for some great weekend viewing and, equally, some great Fantasy Premier League captain picks.
Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks
Wilfried Zaha (vs West Brom)
Despite a 4-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, seeing the return of forward Wilfried Zaha at halftime provided a silver lining to Crystal Palace’s crushing defeat. The Eagles’ star player had been sidelined with injury for most of February, and his teammates have struggled without him. But, now he is back, Roy Hodgson will be hoping the return of the 28-year-old sparks a sense of belief into his side.
Zaha has been Palace’s most important player since he returned to Selhurst Park in 2014, with his goals and assists helping the South London side establish themselves as a midtable team; many neutrals would even go as far as saying Palace would be fighting relegation without Zaha. The versatile playmaker has scored nine and assisted two in 19 appearances this season, and just one more goal would match his best goalscoring season in the top-flight.
Zaha could match that record in Gameweek 28 as relegation-battling West Brom travel to Selhurst Park. Sam Allardyce’s team have looked destined for the drop all season long, and they could sink further into trouble this weekend. Palace beat the Baggies 5-1 when they met earlier this season, with Zaha bagging two, so a repeat of that performance would make Zaha a smart Fantasy Premier League Captain Pick.
Kelechi Iheanacho (vs Sheffield United)
Injuries to James Maddison and Harvey Barnes in quick succession led many to believe that Leicester City could become less likely to gain Champions League football next season. However, the Foxes look like they are doing just fine without their two main creative players. The 2015/16 title winners could only manage a draw against Burnley in Gameweek 25 but bounced back last weekend with a 2-1 win against Brighton, with goals from Daniel Amartey and Kelechi Iheanacho securing all three points for Brendan Rodgers’ men. It is the latter of the goalscorers that make this week’s Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks.
The Nigerian forward has scored in his last two games and is beginning to form quite the partnership with Jamie Vardy, with the pair linking up well and creating good openings for one another. Since joining Leicester from Manchester City, Iheanacho has struggled for regular first-team starts but his recent form would certainly justify Rodgers giving him more opportunities to justify his £25million price tag. The 24-year-old possesses a great strike, makes intelligent runs and is also good in the air, with his confidence also growing with every performance.
Up against Sheffield United, it would be no shock to see Iheanacho flourish again. The Blades look relegation certainties despite their best efforts this season, they need to double their points tally (14) to move out of the relegation zone. With that in mind and Leicester chasing Champions League football, and maybe even Manchester City, it is hard to not see the Foxes winning here. Therefore, Iheanacho must be a consideration as a Fantasy Premier League Captain Pick for just £5.6m.
Richarlison (vs Burnley)
After an impressive opening half to the season, where some questioned whether Everton could win the league, the Blues gradually dropped off and are now battling for the Europa League spot. One player who is making their chances of securing European football this season more and more likely is Richarlison, who has to be considered by Fantasy Premier League managers as deserving the captains armband heading into Gameweek 28.
The Brazilian has scored four goals in his last five appearances, as well as putting in consistent Man of the Match worthy displays. The tricky forward is crucial in Carlo Ancelotti’s set up, with his runs into the channels opening up plenty of space for target man Dominic Calvert-Lewin to attack. Although the ex-Watford attacker should have more goals to his names this campaign, just six, his influence on proceedings shouldn’t go unnoticed and now he is hitting some good form, many FPL managers will be searching for ways to fit him into their team.
This weekend Everton host Burnley, who sit just four points above the relegation zone. The Clarets have managed to gain some crucial points via draws recently, but they have always struggled against the Toffees and haven’t managed to beat them in their last five meetings. Despite heading into the match on the back of a loss to Chelsea, Everton are still favourites for the match and it would be disappointing for them not to gain all three points here.
Gabriel Jesus (vs Fulham)
Of course, captaining a Manchester City player is a significant risk considering how much of a nightmare Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up is to predict. However, the injury problems and poor form of Sergio Aguero has seen him relegated to the bench consistently, meaning striker Gabriel Jesus looks most likely to start.
The Brazilian forward has scored six goals and assisted three this season, but those stats could easily be higher if he showed more of a clinical edge in front of goal. Jesus is a great dribbler, pacey and reads the game well, often making smart runs to receive the ball in and around the box. Guardiola has handed the former Palmeiras man plenty of opportunities this season and slowly the 23-year-old is repaying his faith, and Gameweek 28 seems like an ideal opportunity to continue doing so against Fulham.
Scott Parker’s team head into this match on Saturday night full of confidence after a 1-0 away win at Anfield, piling the misery on the Reds. The Whites have formed a solid defensive unit and are becoming increasingly tricky to break through, however, whether they can cope with wave after wave of City attacks is a different ask.