Gameweek 9 saw the majority of the big names and top captaincy selections blank, however fantasy managers will be hoping for a change of fortunes this week… But before we look at this weeks captaincy picks, here’s how last weeks picks did:
1. Tammy Abraham – 2 points
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 2 points
3. Heung-Min Son – 1 point
Differential – Wesley Moraes – 2 points
Gamble – Kevin De Bruyne – 3 points
Fingers crossed for better returns this week, here’s our top picks for the up coming gameweek:
1. Raheem Sterling (AVL)
Despite his slump in form over the last couple of weeks, I still think Sterling is the number one captaincy option this week. He scored a hat trick in the Champions League mid-week, taking his tally to 10 for the season, not bad for someone out of form is it! And that’s not including his goals for England neither. This week they take on an Aston Villa side who struggle away from home, and with De Bruyne back now I think Sterling could easily add to his tally. He’s owned by 40% of FPL managers, so he’ll be a very popular captaincy pick this week too, for those who want to maintain their overall rank!
2. Tammy Abraham (BUR)
He’s been absolutely brilliant this season, and has certainly surprised me because I thought he’d initially struggle starting for Chelsea in the Premier League. However, 8 goals later and he’s one of the best strikers so far this season, and was so unlucky not to get any more last week against Newcastle, it was simply one of those games were he was just unfortunate in front of goal. On another day, he could have had a hat trick. However, don’t let that blank put you off him, he’s been a real threat all season for Chelsea, and would be number one, however they take on Burnley, who are really good defensively when at home, keeping 3 out of 4 clean sheets. However, considering Abraham’s form, I don’t think Dyche’s men will be able to stop him this week!
3. Raul Jimenez (NEW)
It was a tough choice for the number three slot this week, because every team in gameweek 9 seemed to struggle in front of goal, in fact no team last week scored more than two goals, so I struggled to pick someone! However I’ve chosen Jimenez, which may surprise one or two people. Firstly, he’s owned by 10.1%, bit annoying because he doesn’t qualify as a differential now. But he starting to come into a bit of form, scoring once and assisting twice in the last two games, although that goals tally could have been higher, if it wasn’t for VAR going against him twice against Southampton. They take on Newcastle this week, and if you fancy a risky captaincy option, I’d certainly look at Jimenez as an option, we know how good he was last season, and despite Wolves’ slow start, they’re certainly not a bad team!
Differential – Richarlison (BHA)
Another one you may be surprised at, and probably with good reason too. He’s had a poor season so far, although I think Everton in general have certainly not met the expectations that were placed on them at the start of the season. Richarlison, last week though, was sensational. He bullied West Ham’s defenders all game and was definitely one of the better players on the pitch, and possibly plays better when he’s upfront. He got an assist last week, but it could have been more after he hit the post in the first half, and was denied another assist after Iwobi missed a sitter. They take on Brighton this week, and if Everton can play like that again, then I think Richarlison will get on the score sheet at least once in gameweek 10.
Gamble – Saido Mane (TOT)
I’m not too sure what it is with Mane, but I don’t think he’s been playing as well as many would claim in the last few weeks, especially against Man United, where he was more or less anonymous in. He’s scored 5 goals and assisted twice, but I don’t think he plays as well without Salah, as crazy as that sounds! Salah might be out for the game against Tottenham too, which isn’t good news for Mane owners. He’s owned by 30% of FPL managers too, which could go down if he has another bad week next week. Spurs have been in poor form recently too, but this is a big game for Liverpool if they want to bounce back from that draw against Man United last week, and they’ll need Mane to play well, especially if Salah is confirmed out for the game!
Written by Bonus FPL (@BonusFPL)