Sky Sports Fantasy Football expert’s transfer targets: Roberto Pereyra, Mohamed Salah, James Maddison

As we head into Gameweek 12, 2016/17 Sky Sports Fantasy Football champion Dan Cox highlights five players for you to consider for your fantasy XI this week.

The fixtures are once again spread over three days this week so there are plenty of opportunities to secure some points.

There are six top flight games to choose from on Saturday, before Burnley host Chelsea, Crystal Palace welcome Arsenal and Everton travel to Manchester United on an action-paced Super Sunday. The game-week rounds off with a Monday Night Football clash between Tottenham and Manchester City.

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Roberto Pereyra – £7.8m

Watford’s win at Molineux last week might have been a bit of a shock to some – given Wolves’ fine start to the season. But it was a timely reminder of Roberto Pereyra’s point-scoring potential. The Argentinian scored a brilliant goal after bursting into the box before expertly flicking the ball into the roof of the net to secure a 2-0 victory.

That goal was the fourth that Pereyra has scored for Javi Gracia’s Hornets this season and combined with the two MOTM awards he has collected so far now puts him on 51 points for the season – the same as Mo Salah.

In just 16 per cent of teams and facing a struggling Huddersfield side at Vicarage Road, I think he can add some more points to his seasonal tally.


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Mohamed Salah – £12.9m

Liverpool face Cardiff at Anfield on Saturday and it’s one of those games where, if you do not already own him, you are going to be fearing the worst.

Cardiff have conceded 17 goals in the last six games and only Fulham have a worse goals against tally. However, the Bluebirds did manage to record a first win of the season last weekend against Fulham to lift them out of the relegation zone. I still think it will be one way traffic at Anfield.

Salah scored last weekend in the win over Huddersfield and is now on four goals for the season. Currently in 42.26 per cent of teams, the Egyptian is still the most selected player in the game and owners will hope that this weekend is the one where he really repays the faith. I will probably give him the armband on Saturday and I am expecting a double-digit points haul.

James Maddison – £7.6m

I have tipped him before and I still think James Maddison is a great option. He is normally at the heart of the action for Leicester. I thought he was lively against Arsenal and was unlucky not to have two assists.

Bernd Leno made a brilliant low save from Harry Maguire’s header from Maddison’s free kick, whilst Wilfred Ndidi saw his header rattle off the bar from a Maddison corner. On another day they both go in.

Being the set-piece taker for Leicester really is an added bonus as shown above if someone can manage to convert a corner or free kick then it is a good source of assist points. West Ham are up next for the Foxes on Saturday and Maddison could add to his tally of 61 points from three goals, two assists and three MOTMs.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £12.5m

Onto Sunday and I think Arsenal and in particular Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the standout option. With 49 points for the season from six goals and one assist he’s been in great form. Especially in the last two games where he’s scored a brace in each. Even more noteworthy is that he has not even started the last two, coming off the bench in both.

Unfortunately this is where I was caught out as I transferred in Alexandre Lacazette who did his best to avoid scoring on Monday night. I just could not bring myself to transfer in Aubameyang when he was not in the starting XI. How typical is that?


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That now puts Aubameyang on 49 points for the season and surprisingly for a player that has scored 25 points in his last two games is only in 8.9 per cent of teams. With a trip to Selhurst Park on Sunday I can see that ownership percentage increasing considerably.

Kevin De Bruyne – £12m

Moving onto Monday and the final fixture of the game-week. It’s a big one as Tottenham host Manchester City live on Sky Sports. You might be surprised to learn that the player I am tipping is someone with just a solitary point to his name.

But that player is Kevin De Bruyne and he has missed the first two months of the season. Now he’s back and I expect him to start racking up the points like he did last season. De Bruyne scored 281 points in 2017/18 from eight goals, 17 assists and 10 MOTM awards so I do not think he’s a player you can ignore for long.

This poses the problem how do you fit in another premium priced player into your team. It’s something you need to consider as the Belgian returns to Premier League action.

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