DEFENCE: Jonny Evans, Manchester United – £5.4m (Home v QPR)
We’ve all seen how Manchester United have struggled at the back so far this season, but you’d have to think that those issues are soon going to become a thing of the past as Louis van Gaal gets more and more comfortable in his new job.
With Phil Jones injured during England’s win in Switzerland, Jonny Evans seems set to lead the defence in Sunday’s meeting at home to QPR, who barely got over the halfway line in their loss at Tottenham and seem set for defeat again.
MIDFIELD: Raheem Sterling, Liverpool – £8.7m (Home v Aston Villa)
Already one of the most selected players in the Fantasy Premier League game, Raheem Sterling has quickly become a man that you really can’t be without.
Goals against Southampton and Tottenham as well as good performances for England have ensured that he’s started the season on fire, and the teenager seems set to assume an even greater attacking importance for Liverpool at home to Aston Villa due to an injury doubt over Daniel Sturridge.
FORWARD: Graziano Pelle, Southampton – £7.5m (Home v Newcastle)
Newcastle proved against Crystal Palace that their defence really can’t be relied upon, and they’ll be up against it again at St Mary’s as Southampton’s Italian forward Graziano Pelle slowly finds his feet in English football.
The former Feyenoord man – a favourite of Saints manager Ronald Koeman – scored on his last two appearances against Millwall in the League Cup and then at West Ham in the Premier League, and against the Geordies he’ll have plenty of chances to prove that it’s not just against London teams that he can impress.
THE OUTSIDER: Alberto Moreno, Liverpool – £5.5m (Home v Aston Villa)
Okay, so the Spaniard won’t score that goal he managed against Tottenham every weekend, but the strike will have boosted his confidence and helped him nail down a starting place in the Liverpool team.
Moreno managed a 13 point haul in that Spurs win, and although trusting in Liverpool’s defenders has left plenty of us red-faced in the past, their fixtures do look somewhat kind in the coming weeks and so clean sheets could join their many goals more often.
THE CAPTAIN: Diego Costa, Chelsea – £10.6m (Home v Swansea)
As he proved against Everton, it takes more than a niggling injury to slow Diego Costa down, and so whilst the forward’s withdrawal from the Spain squad this week should be monitored closely it shouldn’t be enough to completely rule out the possibility of you giving him the armband.
On a potentially high-scoring weekend there plenty of alternatives should this injury rule him out, but banking on Costa should be a safe option.