Premier League Week 25 Predictions: Projecting Top Fantasy Scorers

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates his penalty goal against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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As the January transfer window slammed shut, ending players' opportunities to use their annual free wild card, thoughts turn towards the movers and shakers of week 25. 

The season has been dominated by the outrageous point-scoring exploits of the Uruguayan wonder that is Luis Suarez.

Week 25 should see the Liverpool striker become the first player to go through the 200 points barrier if he can score additional bonus marks in the game against Arsenal. 

But which players will have the biggest impact as we crash headlong into February?

Here we review the players you should have in your squads.


Strikers: Christian Benteke, Jay Rodriguez and Wayne Rooney

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After what looked like a disastrous second season for Aston Villa's main striker, Christian Benteke has got himself back in amongst the point scorers. 

The Belgian international, who has been severely hampered by injury, has scored 31 points over the past five game weeks, and looks good long-term value at £8.7 million, especially for those managers who are looking for a replacement for the popular sidelined Romelu Lukaku.

Villa face a mean West Ham defence at home in week 25, but you can predict that if they manage to penetrate the East Londoners' goal, that it will be their star player who gets the job done.

England striker Jay Rodriguez has been a fantasy league sensation this year, with his regular points-scoring exploits for Southampton.

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The player now has an excellent 107 points, only one point short of his full value for last season. 

He is currently the fifth-best fit striker in Fantasy Premier League, and at only £6.4 million is a complete steal. 

The Saints are having a strong season, and face Stoke City at home in week 25. It is yet another opportunity for Rodriguez to amass points and add to the two assists and one goal he has from the previous three matches.

Manchester United face bottom side Fulham at Old Trafford, giving lynchpin Wayne Rooney his best chance of recording a strong points total since returning from injury.

Rooney is a candidate for a captain's pick, and has posted 121 points already this season, despite not featuring in four of the last 10 game weeks. 

If United can finally find their shooting boots, then expect Rooney to have an impressive total.


Midfield: Adam Johnson, Jason Puncheon and Adam Lallana

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Sunderland's Adam Johnson is the breakout midfielder in Fantasy Premier League, with a huge 51 points from just the past four game weeks.

The England winger is on a huge surge of form, and surely cannot be ignored by any FPL manager at present. 

Sunderland have a home game at the Stadium of Light against Hull City, and if their improved mentality continues, then Johnson should add to his current figures.

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Jason Puncheon has been many managers' automatic pick as a "fifth midfielder" considering the bargain value of just £5 million for his services.

But it is those who have been brave enough to pick the player in their starting line-ups who have benefited the most, as he has scored an excellent 24 points in the last three game weeks.

With Crystal Palace being transformed since the tenure change to Tony Pulis, expectation levels have risen in South London. They face a West Brom side in transition, who are likely to struggle at Selhurst Park. 

Puncheon should once again be among the points. 

Adam Lallana has been consistent all season for Fantasy Premier League teams, and now is the third most valuable midfielder in the game, only behind the talents of Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure.

With Aaron Ramsey sidelined for an extended period, Lallana is the player many managers have rightfully looked towards, comparing their similar price values. 

Lallana has scored three goals in his last four matches, bettering many strikers' contributions in FPL. 


Goalkeeper and Defence: Vito Mannone and Jose Fonte

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Sunderland stopper Vito Mannone is the form goalkeeper in Fantasy Premier League with 22 points from the past two game weeks.

At £4.5 million he is the best of the current value goalkeepers, if you are looking to invest your money in attacking players.

Southampton defender Jose Fonte also falls into the value bracket at only £5.2 million, but he is also the sixth-best defender in the whole of this season's Fantasy Premier League game, having a higher points total than Leighton Baines. 

With 25 points from just his last four matches, he is a must for any squad. 

All statistics from Fantasy Premier League