The Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his top picks for gameweek eleven.
Spurs dominate my thoughts this weekend ahead of a home encounter with Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium. With Harry Kane returning midweek to contribute in the annihilation of winners of three of the last four Champions Leagues, Real Madrid, he will surely be the most captained FPL player going into gameweek eleven.
Injury problems and the threat of rotation are present in the Spurs defence, which has also to be considered from a fantasy football perspective.
Super Sunday is nicely poised with the in-form Manchester City entertaining a seemingly rejuvenated Arsenal side and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United arriving at Stamford Bridge looking to add further pressure on Antonio Conte following Chelsea’s midweek defeat to Roma.
Outlined below are this weekend’s top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and jump up the rankings.
Premium: Fraser Forster (Southampton) – £5.1m
As Southampton continue to struggle in front of goal, the majority of investment and points potential has been concentrated in their defence. The Englishman has a good chance of adding a fifth clean sheet this weekend as goal-shy Burnley roll up to St. Mary’s Stadium.
Mid-Priced: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) – £4.6m
With just ten goals scored in the opening ten gameweeks, Chris Hughton’s Brighton arrive at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon to face Paul Clement’s Swansea City. This week’s budget pick, Lukasz Fabianski, has been playing well and has four clean sheets to his name.
Budget: Rob Elliot (Newcastle) – £4.2m
Rafa Benitez may have not been given the transfer budget he wanted in the summer as Newcastle returned to the Premier League, but one thing he has is a well-drilled squad. Irishman Rob Elliot is excellent value at the basement budget-priced £4.2m and has 22 saves alongside three clean sheets in ten games.
Premium: Kyle Walker (Man City) – £6.6m
As last weekend’s premium pick racked up a whopping fourteen FPL points, this week our faith lies in Man City’s £6.6m-priced attacking full-back. Walker was somewhat surprisingly left out of Pep Guardiola’s Champions League line-up in midweek and therefore should return to face Arsenal this weekend as will look to add to his four assists in nine starts.
Mid-Priced: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) – £6.0m
The Spurs backline has turned into somewhat of a lottery in recent weeks with the return of Danny Rose on the left and Serge Aurier on the right. Toby Alderweireld came off with a hamstring injury midweek forcing Eric Dier to drop into defence and Mauricio Pochettino will likely change system to field a back four this weekend. Vertonghen is Spurs’ top defender this season in the FPL bonus points system.
Budget: Chris Lowë (Huddersfield) – £4.5m
The 28-year-old German defender makes his debut in my picks as he faces West Brom at home this weekend. Five clean sheets and only eight goals conceded in his nine starts suggest the budget pick has a solid chance of another shut out against one of the lowest goalscoring sides this season so far.
Premium: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – £9.7m
In what will be the Dane’s last competitive game before he faces Ireland in a World Cup play-off on Saturday week, Eriksen has the potential to rack up a haul for FPL managers at home to Crystal Palace in the early kick-off on Sunday. The £9.7m-priced midfielder has amassed three goals and two assists this season demonstrating his broad points potential and scored against Real Madrid on Wednesday night also.
Mid-Priced: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £9.3m
Last week’s pick returns after fluffing a penalty and returning an assist at home to Huddersfield in a gameweek of ‘what could have been’ for over 340,000 FPL managers who captained him. The Egyptian attacker has racked up five goals and two assists so far this season and has fired in eleven shots, seven of which were on target over the past four gameweeks.
Budget: Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke) – £5.7m
Stoke’s summer signing returned to a central striker position in the win away to Watford last weekend and should retain his place as Leicester visit the bet365 Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off. The 6 per cent-owned Cameroon winger has two goals and two assists already this season and his underlying stats suggest there’s more to come in the near future.
Premium: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – £12.6m
A home game against Crystal Palace screams captaincy material this weekend as the Premier League’s top scorer looks to add to his impressive tally. Kane has racked up 38 shots, 21 of which were on target in 794 minutes of FPL action and this weekend’s visitors have allowed more shots on target on the road than any other team.
Mid-Priced: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – £8.5m
Liverpool collide with a West Ham defence that have conceded six goals in their last three home matches and should Philippe Coutinho be ruled out, £8m-priced Daniel Sturridge could start up top and will fancy his chances of adding to his two goals and one assist in 365 minutes against a team who lost the corresponding fixture 4-0 last season. But Firmino broke his six-match goal drought in the league with a strike last weekend, which was followed up with a well-taken goal midweek and seems to be back on penalties for Jurgen Klopp’s side following recent comments.
Budget: Tammy Abraham (Swansea) – £5.9m
Swansea produced a solid performance away to Arsenal last weekend and the budget-priced striker provided a threat going forward throughout the game. With four goals, one assist and eight bonus points, Abraham looks like the pick of the cheaper forwards considering his impact over the past four gameweeks. He has produced eight shots in the box and four efforts on target during this period and has been rewarded with his first England senior call-up for the upcoming games.