The Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his top picks for gameweek ten.
Many Fantasy Premier League managers were left frustrated last weekend as Pep Guardiola decided to rest a host of his in-form attacking assets. Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were benched and David Silva produced a rare blank as Manchester City swept aside Burnley with ease.
One can’t help but feel sorry for Dejan Lovren after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp decided to embarrassingly substitute the centre-half early in the game following some calamitous defending once again.
Harry Kane answered those critics who have been saying he can’t score in the league at Wembley Stadium as he racked up two goals and an assist, which were followed by all three bonus points in a sixteen-point performance.
Captain choices this weekend will be interesting as there is no single obvious standout option. Alexis Sanchez looked back to his best at Everton last weekend and Liverpool’s attacking trio could do well at home to Huddersfield Town.
With Manchester United entertaining Spurs at Old Trafford I expect Jose Mourinho to once again try ‘park the bus’ to nullify Mauricio Pochettino’s men’s attacking threat.
Outlined below are this weekend’s top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and jump up the rankings.
Ederson (Manchester City) – £5.5m
As last week’s premium Manchester City defensive pick Nicolas Otamendi delivered a fifteen-point haul for his fantasy owners. This week the £5.5m-priced Brazilian gets the nod. Man City face West Brom at the Hawthorns full of confidence after recording their sixth clean sheet of the season last weekend at home to Burnley.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) – £4.9m
Liverpool entertain Huddersfield at Anfield this weekend on the back of a humiliating defeat to Spurs. Klopp’s decision to substitute Lovren early in the first half suggests a defensive reshuffle is on the cards this weekend as the Reds aim to bring the Terriers back down to earth following their win at home to Manchester United.
Nick Pope (Burnley) – £4.5m
Burnley’s budget goalkeeper Nick Pope is pick of the week between the sticks at £4.5m. Sean Dyche’s Clarets have conceded an impressive two goals at home this season in four league games and they face a Newcastle side this weekend who have been relatively goal-shy away from home.
Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) – £6m
With four clean sheets in six gameweeks, Arsenal’s defence now seem to be back on track. While the fixtures stiffen for Arsene Wenger’s outfit from next week, a home game against Swansea should afford attacking wing-back Kolasinac plenty of opportunities to bomb forward this weekend. The Bosnian managed an impressive three shots inside the box against Everton – the top figure for a defender last weekend.
Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) – £4.7m
The English centre-half is a somewhat risky pick considering the atrocious start to the season Crystal Palace have had so far. With Roy Hodgson now in charge at Selhurst Park and West Ham rolling up this weekend the six foot two inch Dann has strong points potential at both ends of the pitch for a mere £4.7m investment.
Shane Duffy (Brighton) – £4.5m
Do I really have to give a reason for picking the £4.5m-priced 25-year-old stallion of an Irish defender?
Five and six points in the last two gameweeks followed by some impressive underlying CBIs (crosses, blocks and interceptions) suggest the centre-half could be in for a fine afternoon on Sunday as Chris Hughton’s Brighton entertain a goal-shy Southampton in the early kick-off.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £9.1m
Liverpool’s £9.1m-priced Egyptian winger has been in outstanding form since returning to the Premier League, racking up five goals and two assists so far this season. He should be afforded plenty of chances as the Reds take on Huddersfield at Anfield following their thrashing last weekend at the hands of Spurs.
Richarlison (Watford) – £6.3m
The Brazilian wonderkid could have scored a hat-trick last weekend against last season’s champions but instead fluffed his lines on numerous occasions and ended up with an assist to his name. The new signing has produced attacking returns for fantasy managers in six of his nine gameweeks this season and faces an out of sorts Stoke team who have conceded 20 (yes 20) times already this season.
Pascal Gross (Brighton) – £5.8m
Two goals, four assists and a nice run of fixtures suggest that Pascal Gross, with a budget pricetag of £5.8m could be joining more FPL manager’s teams in the coming weeks. The German midfielder has been central to Brighton’s attacking play this season and faces Southampton this weekend.
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £10.3m
Last weekend was the first time Lacazette, Sanchez and Mesut Ozil started in the same team, and they looked electric. As Arsenal take on Swansea at the Emirates this weekend the £10.3m-priced French striker will be looking to add to his five league goals in his first season in English football.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – £8.6m
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez will fancy their chances at home to Everton this weekend unless they somewhat miraculously return to form following the sacking of their manager Ronald Koeman during the week. Vardy, at £8.6m, has been unlucky over the past three weeks but has the potential to explode as demonstrated with 37 league goals over the past two seasons.
Chris Wood (Burnley) – £6.5m
The attractive £6.5m pricetag of Burnley’s Chris Wood is tempting for FPL managers trying to free up funds to afford the big hitters in midfield. The striker now has three league goals this season and faces Newcastle at home on Monday evening at Turf Moor.
Steve Horan, Pundit Arena