Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 10
Welcome to Fantasy Football Tips Gameweek 10. Well, that was a rubbish gameweek, wasn’t it?! With my phone usually buzzing away each gameweek with goal and FPL-related alerts, I wondered if there was something wrong with it on the Saturday as nothing happened!
You then hear stories of people who had forgotten to change their team, meaning they hadn’t brought in the likes of Jesus or Morata, kept the captain armband on Kane – having placed it on him before the Bournemouth game – and not done what I did and benched Monreal either. Those are the few managers who will be looking at some serious green arrows right now!
Anyway, it’s already a quarter of the way through the season and so let’s see if we can banish the ghouls ahead of the gameweek nearest to Halloween and look forward to green arrows. Presuming our players start, after the excitement of the Carabao Cup, anyway.
First up is a goalkeeper who has not scored less than three points in the games he has played 90 minutes in. And, if I may say so, has a great first name. Nick Pope, shot stopper for Burnley while Tom Heaton is out with injury, has two clean sheets under his belt and managed to come away from the Etihad with three points under his belt, even after conceding three – that points to a good number of saves! In fact, on the subject of shots stopped, Nick has got 29 so far leaving the player fourth on the table of goals prevented, which is impressive when you think he has played 306 minutes less than most of the other goalkeepers in the league. This week, the £4.5m player – who signed a new three-year deal earlier this month – faces Newcastle at home who may be seventh in the table but only have 10 goals to their name from nine games, meaning there is decent clean sheet potential.
Man City goalkeeper Ederson also hasn’t played as many minutes as other goalkeepers in the league, thanks to Sadio Mane’s kung fu kick in the match against Liverpool back in Gameweek 4. Since then, he has continued his fearless style of keeping goals out, registered four clean sheets in five – with the only goals conceded in the bonkers 7-2 win over Stoke City. Indeed, with not needing to pick up the ball from the back of the net in five games, Ederson is joint second on the table of clean sheets with Spurs’ Hugo Lloris. David De Gea is currently on top with seven. Owned by just 4.6% of managers, Ederson presents a good differential and, whilst the £5.5m price tag is a bit hefty, it’s still a cheap way of getting into Man City’s defence. This gameweek, the Citizens travel to West Brom who aren’t particularly prolific when it comes to attacking threat, having scored just seven goals so far this season – joint with Huddersfield and now managerless Everton – with only Swansea, Bournemouth and lowly Crystal Palace managing less.
Next up is a budget friendly option and one who surprised me when I was doing my research. Brighton’s Mathew Ryan was part of the team that well and truly saw off West Ham on Friday night – a result that I was unsuspecting so much I included Fonte in my team! Previous matches saw the goalkeeper concede a late Wayne Rooney penalty to Everton – in a game that could have also been a clean sheet – and a strong display away at Arsenal that still saw him come away with three points thanks to the amount of saves he made.
Brighton have some great games coming up now as they face the three Ss of the Premier League. This weekend will see Southampton coming to town in a relatively local derby, followed by Swansea away and then Stoke at home, which could all present good points opportunities.
Last up is a player who has been doing wonders for FPL managers who have picked him in their team – and he costs just £4.2m as well. I do, of course, mean Newcastle’s Rob Elliot who scored seven points as he kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. The Newcastle defence hasn’t conceded in three games so far this campaign and has the accolade of being the club that is third on the table of the fewest goals let in all season at just eight, with only Spurs at six and Man City and Man United at four faring better.
As previously mentioned, the Toon are away at Burnley in the seventh v eighth league position fixture at Turf Moor on the Monday night game of this gameweek. After this, they have Bournemouth at home five days later and so there’s a good chance you could have him starting in your team two weekends in a row. When rotating with another goalkeeper, this guy brings great value.
Like Brighton’s goalkeeper was a surprise, my first pick was also a shock to me. Nacho Monreal has scored two in the last three games which is quite remarkable when you consider the fact he last scored in the league back in the 2012-13 season. The 31-year-old even managed to land himself in hot water by sharing a video of his latest goal, infringing copyright in the process! Whilst I’m not suggesting he is one to turn to for goalscoring going forward, he’s played 810 out of 810 possible minutes so far, has clean sheet potential having managed four already and has a great price tag of £5.5m. Thanks to his exploits since GW4 he is on top when it comes to form and I wouldn’t be surprised to see his price go up further before the deadline on Saturday morning.
There is a word of warning, though, as Arsenal face Swansea at home. Whilst the Swans may have the second worst attack force this season with only six goals scored, they have been troublesome when they’ve visited the Gunners in recent years. In fact, in the six league matches at the Emirates since the Welsh team’s promotion in 2011, Arsenal have won twice, drawn once and lost three – conceding nine in the process. Hardly a great record. Then again, they said Arsenal’s away record was very poor before the Everton game when they went on to win 5-2, so you never know!
Next up in line is Burnley’s Stephen Ward. Costing £4.7m, having risen £0.2m since the start of the season, the player is enjoying some good form over the course of the campaign – the fourth highest of all defenders at the time of writing, in fact. Having scored in the first game in the 3-2 win away Chelsea, registered an assist at Goodison Park and recorded three clean sheets in total, he has got to a points tally of 44. Featuring in just 12.7% of teams, the Irishman is also a great differential and could join Nick Pope in getting among the points in frustrating Newcastle when they come to town.
Another Nick makes it to my recommendations for this gameweek, though with that being my first name, I can promise you it’s only coincidence! Nicolas Otamendi once again rewarded FPL managers who have kept their faith in him following his one point after conceding two Stoke goals. 15 points from a goal, clean sheet and the full three bonus points against Burnley has led him to 55 in total which is the most of any defender. Should you have a bit of money in the bank at the moment, his £5.8m price means he could be a good signing in time for the trip down the M6 to West Brom.
Whilst Chelsea have had a rather mixed bag of a season so far, with only three clean sheets and 10 goals conceded already, they are still fourth and Cesar Azpilicueta has been one of the main figures to help get them there. The £6.6m player may have scored that own goal against Crystal Palace, but he has his goal against Watford and a whopping four assists already this season. Indeed, no defender beats him when it comes to the amount of league goals involved in. You could say he is, perhaps, picking up where he left off after his excellent form in the 2016-17 campaign that saw the Blues win the title.
Facing Bournemouth this weekend, who have only scored six goals in the league so far, Chelsea could get their season back on track defensively and come away with a clean sheet. They were given a real scare by Watford, who could have scored more had they not been so wasteful in front of goal. I will just say, though, that whilst the Blues have won both of the Premier League games between the two sides at the Vitality Stadium historically, the Cherries have still managed to score once in each.
Last up on my list of defenders is the budget-friendly option of Shane Duffy, costing £4.5m. This guy would have been great for FPL last gameweek as he came off before Everton equalised, even if it was through injury, meaning he came away with the six points you hope for from a defender. Fast forward to Brighton’s away game at West Ham and he had made a return to full fitness and came away with seven points as a bonus came his way. Whilst he doesn’t have the assists or goals of other defenders on this list, Duffy does bring with him great rotation potential within your team – not to mention good fixtures.
First up on my list of recommendations will probably come as no surprise, as he currently has the best form and is the most transferred-in midfielder this gameweek. I do, of course, mean Leroy Sane who, at 59 points, has scored more than half of his entire points haul of last season. The German has five goals to his name, along with four assists – with Man City’s matches against Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Stoke and Burnley particular highlights. With finding the back of the net those five times, he’s second on the list of midfielder goalscorers, behind his colleague Raheem Sterling who, at £0.4m cheaper, is another good shout. I would just add the warning that both players had been a victim of Pep’s rotation even before their Carabao Cup match against Wolves. For what it’s worth, Sterling played the full 120 minutes on the Tuesday night game – while Sane only briefly came on – and so the latter stands a better choice of a start this weekend. As previously mentioned, Man City face West Brom this weekend. It’s fair to say the Pulis defence is a thing of the past, as the Baggies have conceded 10 in nine matches and yet they have only faced a top five team once – a 2-0 loss at Arsenal. With the Citizens’ current form, it could be a bit of a goal fest unless Foster, Hegazi and the rest of the Midlands team keeps its concentration.
Equal with Sane on midfielder-scored goals is Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, who has a great fixture this gameweek as Huddersfield visit Anfield. Well, theoretically anyway – we know what The Terriers managed to do against United just last weekend and we are talking about unpredictable Liverpool after all! This guy is pretty much their only FPL asset at the moment, you could say. Finding the back of the net against Spurs in their 4-1 loss was the Egyptian’s first since their win away at Leicester and, believe it or not, almost 200,000 people had got rid of him in those two black gameweeks before the trip to Wembley where he registered eight points. So far this week, 45,000 have brought him in and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more bring him in after his hopeful points haul in the Huddersfield game.
Next up is another player who is on ridiculous form, especially when you look at his price tag of just £6.3m. Richarlison’s debut season for Watford has seen him score three and achieve four assists, helping the Hornets to a fantastic sixth place with a total tally of 15 goals already. That’s more than Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace combined. This gameweek, Stoke come to Vicarage Road who are at the opposite end of the table, precariously above the relegation spots by just goal difference, having conceded the most of any Premier League team with 20. With GWs 6-9 seeing scores of seven, 10, five and five respectively, it wouldn’t be impossible for Richarlison to get among the points again this weekend and indeed the one after when Watford travel to Everton. If you haven’t got the money for him, perhaps consider teammate Abdoulaye Doucoure who is just £5.4m, with four goals from all four shots on target to his name already.
It’s about time FPL-staple Eden Hazard started to find some form in the Premier League, don’t you think?! He may have scored twice against Roma in the 3-3 draw last week, but his league goal balance is still a big fat zero with one assist, having been on the pitch for more than 60 minutes in only three games. This has resulted in the Belgian owned by just 4.9% of managers who either haven’t looked at their team since it was first put together or have been holding out all possible hope over the nine rounds. I can’t believe, however, it will be like the season before last for him where he only found the back of the net five times in 2,193 minutes, contributing to an abysmal season for Chelsea. I’m sure it’ll be more like the last one where he scored 16 and assisted nine and, with Bournemouth away this gameweek, it could just be the kick start. If you don’t have £10.6m to take a bit of a step into the dark, but would like a midfielder from the same team, perhaps look at Pedro who costs £7.9m and has a form of 4.7. It would be great to see that goal against Watford repeated a few more times.
My final shout is, admittedly, also a bit of a punt. Before this gameweek, Aaron Ramsey had played 494 minutes with a goal and two asissts to his name. Fast forward to now and he has another 90 minutes under his belt, along with a goal and assist, as Arsenal demolished Everton 5-2 in what proved to be Ronald Koeman’s final game. Costing just £7.0m, Ramsey could be a great addition to your team as he looks to repeat his exploits of previous seasons – in particular the 2013-14 campaign when the Welshman scored 10 goals and nine assists.
Oh, and don’t forget Aaron Mooy… Oh ok, go on then
The first thing I will say is that the majority of this was written before Pep’s decision to play both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero in the game against Wolves on Tuesday night, with the latter playing the full 120 minutes. Well, presuming he doesn’t go for any mad taxi rides abroad as well, I still think the Argentinian could just be one of those players you can ill afford to be without. Being an Aguero owner, I’m one of those hoping he starts this weekend, anyway! Costing £11.6m, the forward is the most transferred-in player by a country mile as over 200,000 FPL managers have seen it fit to include him in their plans. Coincidentally, Blankaku – I mean Lukaku – is the same price and so it comes as no surprise that the most made move in the world of strikers is the United striker out for the City one. Managers are cottoning on to the fact it looks like Big Rom is going through one of his disinterested stages and facing tough fixtures. Yes, tougher than a trip to Huddersfield.
Anyway, Back to Aguero. Having scored in his return against Burnley, his goal tally is now already at seven, equal with Lukaku funnily enough, lying second on the table behind Harry Kane who has eight. Bear in mind, however, the City forward has only played 524 out of a possible 810 minutes. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also got a few cheeky assists in the bag too.
So, I couldn’t put it off further when I say Harry Kane is also an essential when it comes to your FPL team. Especially when it looks like he isn’t injured as initially feared after the Liverpool game. Owned by 41.4% of managers, not captaining him when he goes on one of his rampages can have serious repercussions on your ranking, let alone not having the lad in your squad. As previously mentioned, Kane is the top goalscorer, having dispelled the Wembley jinx in the 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool that saw two goals and an assist – and also takes the title of highest points scorer with 63. Not bad when you consider the first two gameweeks only saw him register one point in each. This gameweek, Spurs make the trip to Old Trafford. Should the United defence stay strong to keep him out, however, your faith in the £12.7m player will surely be returned as Crystal Palace then come to Wembley. That could be a bonfire night bonanza for FPL players who decide to captain him then.
Like Aguero, Alvaro Morata is back to first team action earlier than I thought he would be following injury. Costing £10.2m, he’s positively a bargain compared to the previous two players. Sure, he only scored one point in the Watford match – where Conte very kindly kept him on the pitch for 60 minutes before subbing the player off – however he was returning from injury, to be fair to him. Only the Man City and Arsenal matches saw equally disappointing scores, whereas clashes against lesser opposition Stoke and Everton saw the Spaniard 17 and 12 points better off respectively. This week, he should be playing the full 90 minutes away at Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadum, a Premier League fixture that has only been played twice and yet has seen Chelsea find the back of the net seven times.
Even before Ronald Koeman was sacked by Everton and Craig Shakespeare faced a similar fate, I was going to pick Jamie Vardy. Now, times for the clubs are even more uncertain however I somehow feel more confident the player with five goals to his name could deliver the goods against a lacklustre Toffees team. It may be three games without a goal, however the Vardy Party is never usually far away and, at £8.6m, he is pretty cheap to allow you to upgrade a midfielder if that is the route you want to go down. After Everton, Leicester are away at Stoke who, as previously written, do have the most goals conceded so far this season.
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This article was written by theswirly.
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