Making the right decisions is even more crucial than ever as the seasons reaches its final phase, says Fantasy expert Adrian Houghton
By ADRIAN HOUGHTON
Week 34 of Goal.com's EPL Fantasy saw Manchester United claim their 20th league title, in what can only be described as an emphatic triumph for Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
Besides United's supremacy at the top of the table, crucial wins for both Stoke City and Sunderland were two other highlights of the round.
Roughly four games remain for each side, and it is becoming increasingly tight in both the race for top four and the desperate push for survival.
My advice for the remainder of the campaign is to discard players from any of the comfortable mid-table teams.
Historically, managers from these clubs tend to hand youngsters or emerging players a chance to prove themselves for next season, while some senior players who require surgery will go under the knife.
Focus on players representing clubs with it all to play for.
In the run-in, examine the fixture list and make note of the key head-to-head clashes in terms of top four and relegation.
Robin Van Persie – Manchester United (34 points)
Fantasy league's top scorer, and it is no surprise given the Dutchman helping himself to another treble against Aston Villa to seal United's 20th league crown – £13,490,000.
Gareth Bale – Tottenham (26 points)
Back from injury and completed a remarkable turnaround for the Spurs with the third goal in a six-minute purple patch, which keeps his side in the hunt for Champions League qualification – £17,640,000.
Per Mertesacker – Arsenal (26 points)
The German centre-back has his critics, but he's been pivotal to the side's consistency over the past few months – £9,040,000.
Fernando Torres – Chelsea (4 points)
Luckily for the Spaniard, his return to Anfield was overshadowed by the villainy of Luis Suarez. Otherwise, the headlines would have been focused on his abject display – £6,440,000.
Hatem Ben Arfa – Newcaslte United (4 points)
Crippled by injury and is one of Fantasy competition's biggest disappointments of the season after such a vibrant previous twelve months – £6,790,000.
Nikica Jelavic – Everton (2 points)
Everton's capture from Rangers made an instant impact at Goodison Park but has failed miserably to emulate his form of last campaign – £5,500,000.