Outsider Picks for Fantasy Football Gameweek 30

by Chris Rivers

Has your luck been as inconsistent as Raheem Sterling’s recent game time? Have you found yourself with 8 points worth of good ideas stuck on your bench?

Well, you’ve come to the right post.

Ahead of FPL Gameweek 30, @FPL_Praying_Mantis returns to auto-sub into your brain with some differential wisdom that’s shrewder than an early-noughties Wenger signing.

Last week his bold call to remove Aguero & Kane for Barnes & Wood was rewarded with +5 points, and those who followed it will be rewarded with a reported 0.4 price rise as FPL managers flock to the Burnley duo en masse.

Without further ado, here’s this week’s crystal balling.

Jordan Pickford (7.9% TSB)

Everton’s shrew faced shot-stopper has now failed to secure a single clean sheet in 9 successive Premier League matches, and as we all know, if something happens more frequently than normal during a given period, it will happen less frequently in the future.

A 10 point haul in Gameweek 30 would land Pickford on 30 points from his last 10 matches.

Very superstitious, writings on the wall.

Jonny Evans (1.2% TSB)

The likes of Troy Deeney, Andy King and Nemanja Matic all found the back of the net in Gameweek 29. Nothing unusual there right? Except they are all 29 years old.

Nothing says 30 years old like a West Brom defender, so do yourself a favour and remove that Alonso lad for Jevans ahead of Gameweek 30.

It may sound like a sideways transfer, but when you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer.

Michail Antonio (0.2% TSB)

Whilst transferring in last week’s goalscorers is widely referred to as “the best way to go” by the top fantasy football managers, his goal last week was just to wipe out Swansea’s clean sheet and shouldn’t be mistaken for goalscoring form.

Those of you who watched the West Ham highlights from Gameweek 29 might have noticed that Antonio literally had a gigantic 30 printed on the back of his shirt for the entire match.

Does it really need to be any clearer?

Peter Crouch (2.3% TSB)

Jan Koller will be celebrating his birthday this Saturday and there’s no better way to nurse a weekend hangover than by watching a fellow ectomorph score the following Monday.

A glance at the H2H record in this fixture indicates another trashing from the league leaders, but we all know what kind of consolation goals Crouch, born January 30th, can score against Manchester City.

My prediction is Stoke 1-5 Manchester City, but I’m so confident that Crouch will score that if he doesn’t I’ll handwrite a letter to RyanAir than insists all people taller than 2 metres receive free leg room, rather than have to pay £9.99 for it.

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