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Here at Football Whispers we have teamed up with Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy Football to bring you some deeper insight and analysis into the players that could win you money.
Ok, own up: who has a fantasy team that has sat dormant since about the third week of the season?
We all start the campaign with grand intentions of meticulously studying the form every week, keeping on top of which players are injured and which are set for breakout performances.
But it invariably ends up the same: life gets in the way and before you know it, your captain has been injured for a month and you keep forgetting to dump the butter-fingered goalkeeper who’s helped your team slip to the bottom of your mini league.
There are no such concerns with Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy, though. Rather than shackle you for an entire season, you pick a new team each week, dipping in and out whenever you fancy.
Plus, and this is the kicker, you could even win some dough along the way, which could pay for a trip to the cinema, a few drinks after work or saved for a rainy day if you’re the sensible type.
It couldn’t be simpler: you get a budget of £200 to pick your XI – that’s an average of £18 per man, with all players priced between £10 and £28.
We’ve studied the statistics to pick out three forwards who look like representing the best value ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
Pedro – Chelsea – £20
With 10 games to play, Chelsea are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League. Antonio Conte’s Blues have pretty much got the title in the bag at this point, but they’re showing no signs of easing up, having won four and drawn two of their last six games in England’s top flight.
Crystal Palace, currently 17th in the table, face the unenviable task of travelling to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and Sam Allardyce’s men will be hopeful of avoiding a hammering.
But Chelsea have been an irresistible force of late, and the Eagles are anything but an immovable object. Expect the league leaders to show their superiority, and, at £20, Spanish forward Pedro represents great value.
The 29-year-old former Barcelona man has scored seven goals and assisted another seven in the Premier League this term; his pace, movement and lethal finishing could see him add to those figures against Palace.
Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – £20
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After failing to reproduce his form of last season’s miraculous title win for Leicester City, Jamie Vardy has been back to his best in recent weeks.
The pacey and combative 30-year-old striker has bagged four goals and registered two assists in his last six outings for the Foxes, and even managed to add to his tally for England with a goal against Lithuania in the last international break.
When on form, the tireless former Fleetwood Town forward is a nightmare for defenders, never allowing them any time on the ball and blessed with the speed and clinical touch to punish any mistake.
Leicester have won their last three league games, scoring three goals in each, and will be hoping for more of the same when they take on Stoke City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Although Mark Hughes’ Potters are currently 9th in the table, their 42 goals conceded means their defensive record only ranks joint-11th. Lacking pace at the back, the Stoke manager could be forgiven for fearing the threat of Vardy, who, at £20, is worth a place in your Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy side.
Nathan Redmond – Southampton – £17
Now, of course, technically speaking, Nathan Redmond is not a striker. But with Italian hotshot Manolo Gabbiadini out injured for the visit of Bournemouth tomorrow, the former Norwich winger could take centre-stage for Southampton.
Only Swansea City and Hull City have a worse goals-against record than Eddie Howe's men so far this season, so with Redmond's pace, dribbling skills and powerful shooting technique, the England international will be hoping to add to his tally of five league goals.
Southampton currently have the worst chance conversion rate in the Premier League, requiring an average of 9.12 opportunities for every goal scored, but Redmond should see plenty of opportunities against the Cherries' leaky backline, and he’ll only set you back £17.