That international break felt longer than most and it’s good to have fantasy football back. After this gameweek we’re straight into a Sky double gameweek with midweek ties.
The week kicked off with a much expected stronger Spurs performance under Mourinho. Their defence remains leaky but they look much more energised. Liverpool love leaving it late but continue to bring home 3 points each week. Their defence continues to frustrate and haven’t been performing to their premium price tag. Likewise with the City defence. Leicester’s form continues and their defence is the most solid out of anyone. All their players provide value in this game. Sheffield Utd are behind them in defensive turns and providing a cracking game against Man Utd (as long as you didn’t captain a defender). A double gameweek on the horizon will cause plenty of transfers and rank fluctuations!
Norwich and Aston Villa both kept a rare clean sheet seeing both hit Tier 2 save bonus. Schmeichel’s clean sheet run continues and he’s now kept 4 on the bounce. Pope’s dry patch has truly ended after scored back to back 11 pointers. His fixtures begin to stiffen in December.
With clean sheets so sparse, attacking returns have been crucial for a big defensive haul. Tarkowski scores his first goal of the season and kept his second clean sheet in a row. The Englishman was dangerous in the box, hitting the target twice. Guilbert was brilliant on Monday night and rewarded owners with a 10 pointer which was likely captained. He kept another clean sheet in a single game day and smashed the tier 2 tackle bonus. Pereira and the Leicester defence are a joke at the minute. He can’t stop picking up bonus and if you don’t own him, Sunday looks a great time to buy.
The Chelsea tactics mean their centre backs love to pass it around and they both made 70+ passes at The Etihad. Brighton’s Burn £4.6m has started every game this season and he returned his 3rd bonus points of the season in a 2-0 loss against Leicester. Sidibe also seems to be a tackle magnet. He’s only failed to make 3 or more tackles in 1 of his 4 starts.
Bramall Lane has been a fortress this season. Fleck £7m scored, assisted and won MOTM against Man Utd. He’s not really a consistent option but that’s his second goal in 3 games. Moutinho has been ticking along all season and he finally got his first goal from a stunning free kick. Wolves have still nice fixtures to come and the Portuguese mid has a high floor. KDB went 6 weeks without scoring above 5 points and he finally hit double digits to show for his hefty price tag. Hourihane £7.6m scored a cracking free kick on Monday night and picked up an assist in their win. Teammate Grealish was MOTM and assisted the formers goal while the popular McGinn was quiet.
Kovacic assisted Chelsea’s only goal and he’s constantly hitting tier 2 passing bonus. If you want consistent returns of 4+ points for £9.5m Fernandinho is your man. However he’s yet to score or assist and he’s player OOP.
Jamie Vardy, he can’t stop scoring! He’s into the 100 point club and he’s not slowing down. He’s had 15 attacking returns and Sunday is the perfect time to bring him in if you don’t already. Jose Mourinho has brought Spurs players back into considering with the new manager boost. Son scored, assisted, won MOTM and hit the target twice for a 15 pointer. Kane also scored for the first time in 3 gameweeks. Burnely missed Wood and lost both games he missed. Now he’s back they’ve won 2 on the trot and he’s bagged 6 goals in 6 games. Lacazette braced against Southampton and has pushed his more expensive teammate, Aubameyang wider, lessening his appeal. Arsenal have a number of potential captain days to come, so one may be important.
Wolves’ Europa league campaign hasn’t hindered Jimenez’s output. He’s scored 4 in 5 and owned by less than 4%. While Man Utd’s form has been poor, Rashford’s hasn’t. He’s returned an outstanding 4 double figure scores in 5 and provided a nice 3 for 1 move for captaincy on Sunday for the likes of Aubameyang.
Saturday: There’s a lot of variety to choose from with Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City all playing. Spurs’ resurgence make Son and Kane very tasty picks against Bournemouth. Chelsea play a struggling West Ham with Abraham and Pulisic my favourite two picks. Man City play in the early kick off which gives you insurance over your pick which makes them much more tempting than other weeks. However, I’ve personally toned down my City assets but a trip to Newcastle should have goals. The inform Liverpool are the safest choice. Mané is extremely consistent while Salah’s fitness continues to be a worry.
Sunday: Even though Arsenal face bottom of the league Norwich, it still doesn’t make me want to captain any of their players. Jimenez is at home to a tight Sheffield team but they are still conceding goals. Vardy is the obvious choice and I wouldn’t be against captaining Pereira or Soyuncu. Rashford is also an option against Villa who kept their first CS in a while last week.
Tuesday: We’ll be able to see all teamsheet’s for the midweek games which make choices much easier as we can analyse the strength of each team. A Man City player is the obvious pick. However, they’ll be playing their third game in 7 days.
Wednesday: Vardy would be my first choice. Mané follows him or Salah, depending on who you own. Chelsea play Villa, so the likes of Abraham or Pulisic or another midfielder is a riskier choice with a high ceiling.
Thursday: Arsenal assets such as Aubameyang or Lacazette seem the best choice on paper but who knows who’ll their manager will be by then. If you own anyone already I wouldn’t be rushing to transfer anyone in but you may need an arsenal defender for the following Monday. The cheap defender Burn may suffice but you could end up on negative points if Arsenal get their act tougher. A Sheffield Utd defender would also be a shrewd pick.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)