Fantasy Premier League 2014 Week 22: Players to Target for Upcoming Games

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur battles for the ball with Wayne Rooney of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on January 1, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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At this stage of the Premier League season, many a fantasy football manager will have come upon a line-up that suits them, with funds exhausted as a result.

However, it's all about getting ahead of the curve, and with Week 22 on the horizon, there's no better time to find an alternative route to points aside from the likes of Luis Suarez and Yaya Toure.

Big though those names might be, this weekend's matchups promise a substantial points haul for some less obvious names, each of whom have been picked with a more stringent budget in mind.

All prices and statistics are in reference to the Premier League's official fantasy football website.


Aleksandar Kolarov, Defender (Manchester City, £5.4 million)

In the ever-rotating case of the Manchester City left-back, Gael Clichy has once again taken prominence in Manuel Pellegrini's line-up of late and is repaying the Chilean with some monumental form in return.

The Serbian is a cheap pickup as a result of his omissions, having dropped to a lowly £5.4 million in the best home defence that the English top flight has to offer.

City have conceded an average of 0.60 goals per game in their first 21 games of the campaign, giving the side good promise of a clean sheet against a Cardiff City team that's scored just three times in its last five games and hasn't found the back of the net in its last two fixtures.

However, Kolarov also offers superb value in attack, notching a goal and an assist in his last two starts.


Jack Wilshere, Midfielder (Arsenal, £6.1 million)

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal ceelbrates scoring the opening goal with Serge Gnabry of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on January 13, 2014 in Birmingham, England.
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Jack Wilshere's performance against Aston Villa showed what a strongly balanced asset the Englishman is becoming, with the 22-year-old adding a goal and an assist to his 2013-14 tally in Birmingham.

This weekend, Wilshere promises to get in on the scoring act once again as Fulham make the short trip to North London after conceding four against Sunderland last week.

With Aaron Ramsey out of action, the Gunners' proud academy graduate has been relied upon to give his side a little more creative girth from central midfield, and the likes of Scott Parker and Steve Sidwell may not have the means to stand up to the test.


Emmanuel Adebayor, Striker (Tottenham, £7.8 million)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on January 1, 2014 in Manchester, Englan
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Tim Sherwood continues to put his faith in a resurgent Emmanuel Adebayor up front, and the Togolese striker has obliged by providing Tottenham with arguably their most reliable attacking figure since ending the exile suffered under Andre Villas-Boas' reign.

The forward's price is fast on the rise but is still at an affordable price of £7.8 million heading into Week 22, still the cheapest of any of Tottenham's senior strikers.

The Telegraph's Juan Arango has hinted that Jermain Defoe's departure to Toronto FC is largely due to Adebayor's return to first-team matters:

Swansea City have one of the worst home defences in the Premier League and have already given up 17 of their 30 conceded goals at the Liberty Stadium.

Adebayor has three goals and three assists to his name from his last five outings, and considering the North Londoners have won all of their last four away meetings, the chance for further points is on the table.