Fantasy Premier League 2014 Week 29: Defenders, Midfielders and Strikers to Sign

Jason PettigroveContributor IMarch 2, 2014

Adam Lallana is scoring as many points as Chelsea's more expensive Eden Hazard.
Adam Lallana is scoring as many points as Chelsea's more expensive Eden Hazard.Associated Press

As we head into Week 29 of the Premier League season, the sparkling form of a few individuals has elevated them above their contemporaries and made them a sound purchase for any fantasy team.

For value and points scoring, you would be hard-pressed to match those listed below.

However, there's always Chelsea's Eden Hazard to whet your pallet—if you want to blow £11 million of your budget.

A massive 40 percent of other fantasy managers already have him in their side, due in no small part to the regularity with which he scores points.

Let's take a look over some best picks, with prices and statistics taken from the Fantasy Premier League website.


Defence Pick: Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea

Value: £6.5 million

Branislav Ivanovic's form has forced Jose Mourinho to shuffle his pack.
Branislav Ivanovic's form has forced Jose Mourinho to shuffle his pack.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Another decent defensive performance from the Serbian against Fulham on Saturday will give comfort to the 19 percent of owners who already have Ivanovic as part of their back line.

Continued excellence at both ends of the pitch has helped Chelsea's right-back to amass 10 bonus points on top of the 49 registered between game weeks 23-27.

Jose Mourinho has had no option but to shunt Cesar Azpilicueta from his familiar position to left-back. Yes, Ivanovic's form has been that good.

Conceding a late goal at Craven Cottage on Saturday was an unwanted blot on an otherwise exemplary copybook, and it's unlikely Ivanovic will remain at this price for long.

Alternative Choice: Martin Olsson, Norwich City (£4.3 million)


Midfield Pick: Adam Lallana, Southampton

Value: £8.1 million

Adam Lallana continues to score points with regularity.
Adam Lallana continues to score points with regularity.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Adam Lallana continues to wow the St. Mary's faithful, his current form spectacular. 

The more celebrated Chelsea midfielder, Eden Hazard, has the same points total of 32 and form guide of 6.4 as Lallana over weeks 23-28, yet his purchase will set you back another cool £3 million. 

Consider also that the Southampton captain has been more consistent than Hazard with a score or assist each week adding nicely to his total.

John Cross of the Daily Mirror notes Lallana's push for an England World Cup place, and his club manager Mauricio Pochettino is in no doubt as to his captain's credentials:

Adam is a top player, a wonderful player in English football. I consider him to be a great player, everyone can see he is a special talent.

I'd love for him to be part of the England side for the World Cup.

Of course we'd like to see him and other players in the England squad - individually for them it would be perfect, from our point of view [it would] be amazing.

Fantasy ownership of Lallana has risen to a season high of 33 percent as more and more managers have caught on to exactly what the midfielder brings to their side.

Alternative Choice: Charlie Adam, Stoke City (£5.8 million)


Striker Pick: Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur

Value: £8.3 million

On current form, there is sure to be a huge rise in ownership of Emmanuel Adebayor.
On current form, there is sure to be a huge rise in ownership of Emmanuel Adebayor.Michael Steele/Getty Images

Tottenham's front man is almost unplayable at the moment, and only 14 percent ownership at this point is a huge surprise. 

It's fair to suggest that the Togolese is spearheading Spurs' charge both in Europe and domestically with Tim Sherwood's studious selection and management of the player giving him a new lease of life.

Adebayor has delivered remarkable value with 11 goals and four assists in 14 appearances under Sherwood.

A propensity for flattering to deceive also appears to have waned; his work ethic has returned as has his boundless appetite and enthusiasm for the game.

A home fixture against strugglers Cardiff City should provide the platform for Adebayor to add to his goals for column. Expect his price to rise accordingly.  

Alternative Choice: Olivier Giroud, Arsenal (£8.7 million)