Our trio of overlooked alternatives are all set for a couple of fixtures in the final double Gameweek of the season. We turn to both Manchester sides for a couple of fit-again big-hitters, whilst West Brom’s summer signing from Sunderland also earns the nod as the Baggies’ bid for survival steps up:

David Silva

Passed fit by Manuel Pellegrini earlier today, the playmaker’s return may well prove decisive as City attempt to close in on the title. Prior to being stretchered off with an ongoing ankle problem in the Gameweek 35 win over West Brom, Silva had served up his best displays of the season – delivering three goals, four assists and 10 bonus points in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game over his previous six appearances.

A mass exodus has quickly seen his ownership plummet across the Fantasy games, however, with only 5% of FPL managers currently holding the 9.5-priced Spaniard ahead of City’s pair of games against Everton and Villa. Whilst there still may be some concerns over his game time, if Silva can replicate his recent form in the double, he could be a devastating differential, either as an alternative to (the 37%-owned) Yaya Toure or as part of a City midfield double-up, as Pellegrini goes on the attack in order to overtake Liverpool at the summit.

Available for 8.4 in the Sky Sports game and 5.5 in the Sun Dream Team, Silva also has a potentially decisive home clash against West Ham on the final day of the season to further his appeal.

Robin van Persie

Back in full training after a number of weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury, the United forward’s acquisition doesn’t come without risk. In his Friday morning press conference, Ryan Giggs conceded it’s uncertain whether Van Persie will be ready in time for today’s home game against Sunderland, but with a midweek showdown against Hull also on the horizon, optimism still surrounds his double Gameweek prospects.

As last week’s demolition of Norwich showed, Giggs is determined to go on the offensive after a series of negative displays under former boss David Moyes dented the Red Devils’ Fantasy assets for the vast majority of the season. With Wayne Rooney doubtful due to illness and a groin problem, Van Persie could potentially be handed the lone forward role, with Juan Mata tucked in behind – a scenario that could see him rack up the returns over his couple of fixtures. Alternatively, he may be afforded a pair of sub appearances off the bench, though even with limited game time, the Dutchman – priced at 13.5 in FPL, 10.0 in the Sky Sports game and 8.0 in the Sun Dream Team, – has the potential to deliver.

Stephane Sessegnon

Whilst West Brom boss Pepe Mel continues to chop and change his preferred lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation, the Benin international’s security of start in “the hole” behind in undoubted. Sessegnon has chipped in with a couple of goals in his last eight appearances but, as yesterday afternoon’s Members article alluded to, he’s been more than a little unlucky not to add to that tally.

The Baggies have struck a rich vein of form in recent weeks ahead of their trips to Arsenal and Sunderland, with two wins and a couple of draws in the last five taking them to the brink of survival. Encouragingly for Mel, his side have already drawn with the Gunners and swept aside the Black Cats this term, with Sessegnon amongst the scorers in a 3-0 win over his former club.

Available for 6.4 in FPL, 6.7 in the Sky Sports game and 3.5 in the Sun Dream Team, he may well be worth a flutter for those backing the midlands outfit to prevail.

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  1. Yaya or Aguero for the armband, folks ? I am wishing I had kept Silva now. Thought he'd be out for longer :(

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Aguero

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  2. A. Yaya and Rooney (Puncheon sub if Rooney doesn't play)
    B. Eriksen and Dzeko


    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. B. Because I think puncheon will come on

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. But surely Rooney will play SOME minutes, no?

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. I think the world cup will play a big role in his minutes played. Pure speculation though but it makes sense

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
  3. ok, I think it makes sense to keep Rooney


    and do Davis + Baines + Noone > Mannone + Evra + Yaya for -8 and keep Rooney and Eriksen..first sub Eriksen if Rooney doesn't play..

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  4. Aguero, Mata or Rooney (c)?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I'd be punting on Mata if I had gone through with getting him and not doing bloody Ramsey !!! :(

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  5. Only two GW's to go, thank feck......

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  6. New Article Posted
  7. So who are you

    A) nasri -> yaya done this week
    B) going without yaya

    I don't want hear from people with yaya and haven't been forced to A.....

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Have both Nasri and Aguero.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. I'm trying to get Yaya for Nasri don't know if its worth it

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. going with nasri and aguero

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Same boat, not happy to be in it tough.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  8. hey guys need some help...pick one from each

    a) baines or koscielny
    b) wickham or borini

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Koscielny easily.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. kos and wickham

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  9. Got Rooney in last week (as well as Toure and Chester) for -8. Perhaps the first time this season I've done transfers early because it's the only way I could afford him. Just my luck!

    What do I do with Rooney now??

    Worth another -4 to get him out? I have Suarez and Aguero already.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. keep him, he'll probably play the second game

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  10. It's Rookie hour 😆

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  11. So I've not been to bed yet and am in a predicament. Already taken a -8, another -8 sensible Rooney and Snodgrass to Wickham and Mata? Or am I not in the right frame of mind? Hmmm

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Sterling vs Lallana?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Eh? Now I'm really confused, is this a deliberate attack on my sanity?

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. can you just do Snodgrass to Mata?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. If you do it, captain Mata but starting the GW -16 would be too much for me..

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  12. A or B?

    A Baines, Eriksen to Alonso, Yaya. (Start Rooney, Flanagan first sub)
    B Rooney, Barkley to Borini, Yaya (keep Eriksen for gw38)

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  13. already took a -4 to bring Rooney! Sell him to bring Yaya and take another -8??

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I would as I doubt Rooney will play much..

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  14. gametime?


    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  15. hey guys need some advice. who would you get out of this three? welbeck, wickham, long? all got double game weeks

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. with RVP coming back I don't think Welbeck will start both games, so I'd go for Wickham or Long (or Jelavic)

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. will proberly go long. any advice on captain? mata, yaya or aguero? on yaya atm?

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. definitely not mata, yaya or aguero

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. infact the more i think about it, Yaya

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
          2. Definitely not mata?? He's got 34 points last 3 games! Why wouldn't u pick mata?

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
  16. Would you do

    Baines > Evra (-4) ??

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. yes I personally would. evra has a double game week and chance if getting 2 clean sheets and assists

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  17. YAYA OR AGUERO! I've asked everyone of my house mates and its split 2 a piece, thoughts people?!

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. *for the armband that is, I have both

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. I am going yaya. I cant see aguero playing both 90mins match

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. I am going Mata

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. +1
        This is the time to take chances if ur not leading

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  18. anyone think these are good transfers for this week
    gerrard, lambert, coleman. bruce out with yaya, long, evra, davies in for -8.?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  19. Any news for Rooney / RVP ?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. also curious, thinking of swapping rooney for RVP

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. My guess is neither will start but RVP will make the bench and probably come on as a sub later.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  20. Bony or wickham???

    Score predictions for both?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. And Rooney or wickham??

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  21. Best united defender? Jones? Evra? Whoever?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  22. Made some absolute school boys by transferring in Rooney, Ferdinand, Nasri and Yaya early this week. I'm sticking now, can't take any more hits but any thoughts on captain out of Yaya, Mata or Aguero?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago

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