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Fantasy Premier League 2014 Week 32: Defenders, Midfielders and Strikers to Sign

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 22:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates after scoring hihs third and his team's sixth goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool at Cardiff City Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

Moving into week 32 of the Premier League every fantasy manager is looking to pick up a value-for-money purchase that will give them the edge going into the latter stages of the season.

Most fantasy teams already include the big stars who are going to bring the points in most weeks.

For example, despite his staggeringly high price of £13.2 million, Luis Suarez is in over 50 percent of fantasy teams. But it pays to have him in there.

Equally, the £10.2 million Yaya Toure is in almost 45 percent of teams, and for a good reason. He netted a hat-trick at the weekend.

It is thus the lesser players that are really going to make the difference when it comes to upping the weekend tally and moving up those fantasy leagues.

See below for the best picks that could bring in those extra few points. Prices and statistics are all taken from the Fantasy Premier League website unless otherwise stated.

 

Defence Pick: Gary Cahill, Chelsea

Value: £6.2 million

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Gary Cahill of Chelsea (R) celebrates with Branislav Ivanovic (L) as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on December 1, 2013 in London, Engl
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A regular fixture for Chelsea this season, Cahill has played the full 90 minutes for the Blues in the last 13 Premier League fixtures.

The Englishman picked up six more points at the weekend thanks to a clean sheet in Chelsea's 6-0 drubbing of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

It is highly likely that he will pick up another clean sheet at the weekend when Chelsea travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.

Chelsea have the best defensive record away form home in the Premier League this season, while Palace have scored the joint-fewest goals at home.

Cahill currently features in just over 10 percent of all fantasy teams and is the best value-for-money of the top six high-scoring defenders. 

Alternative Choice: Jose Fonte, Southampton (£5.5 million)

 

Midfield Pick: Kevin Mirallas, Everton

Value: £7.5 million

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Kevin Mirallas of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on March 22, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Mirallas is currently on 114 points, ahead of the likes of David Silva and Santi Cazorla but much better value.

He is a consistent points scorer with six goals and six assists across the season as well as a total of 11 bonus points.

His most recent score of 11 from Everton's 3-2 win against Swansea on Saturday shows he is in good form.

Everton face bottom-of-the-table Fulham in week 32 at Craven Cottage, a team who have conceded more home goals than any other team this season.

Expect the Toffees to net a few goals and for Mirallas to be involved. 

Alternative Choice: Kevin Nolan, West Ham (£7.2 million)

 

Striker Pick: Jay Rodriguez, Southampton

Value: £6.6 million

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23:  Jay Rodriguez of Southampton turns away after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at White Hart Lane on March 23, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Cliv
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An absolute steal at that price, the Englishman is in top goal-scoring form at the moment as this stat shows, per WhoScored.com:

He is looking to claim a spot in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, so despite Southampton's mid-table position he could not be more motivated.

Southampton have a home match against Newcastle this weekend and Rodriguez will likely start despite going off injured against Tottenham on Sunday.

The 24-year-old has 13 goals and 21 bonus points so far this season.

With the likes of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney all highly priced, Rodriguez should be a no-brainer as the third striker in every fantasy team.

Alternative Choice: Peter Crouch, Stoke City (£5.6 million)

 

 

 

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