Gameweek 11 Preview: Fantasy Premier League #FPL
Written by John Wallin @FantasyGaffer
Out with the old, in with the new. Perhaps not the best advice for the week before an international break. But there is still wisdom in those words as we approach a change in schedule for a number of clubs in the bottom half of the table. Over the next six weeks Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Everton will face considerably weaker opposition making those players differential considerations in the OFPL and depth additions in your FPL Draft league.
Defender: Kieran Trippier, Tottenham
Tottenham could easily occupy every spot in the preview this week and if you’re playing in a daily fantasy game or draft you should be stacking as many Spurs into your XI as will fit. In the OFPL there is only room for three and one of them is likely Harry Kane (31%), Christian Eriksen (24.9%) or Dele Alli (20.8%). Real Madrid are no Crystal Palace, and this match may not be quite as one-sided as the midweek clash. The Wembley Curse is, of course, real and present in all our hearts. This analysis has gone considerably off the rails. Trippier deserves a chance to play again and is second among active defenders in minutes played.
Midfielder: Riyad Mahrez, Leicester
Every week it seems like there is one player from the early match that you want to have in your side. Get some early points, settle some nerves, have a reason to tune in and watch. For Leicester it could be Jamie Vardy but, assuming you’re not all awful people, it’s better to cheer on a player who’s not a virulent racist. The Foxes have a difficult run upcoming with their easier matches all away from home whilst City and Spurs visit. But….With negative net transfers in four of the last five weeks – despite a goal and three assists in his last three matches – the £8.4 man is 4.5% selected and primed for a big match before the break.
Tammy Abraham, Swansea City
Tammy is a good add ahead of the break with Burnley and Bournemouth awaiting in weeks 12-13. His price keeps tripping upwards (now £0.3 more than he started) and with four goals and an assist he’s been involved in five of Swans seven goals. Pro: that’s +70% of his team’s total goals. Con: they’ve scored SEVEN goals.
There are so many reasons to pick a Watford player as your Captain. Not understanding how FPL works. You’re Marco Silva’s mother. Random clicking on your touchpad. Infinite universe theory. Seriously, the reasons are endless. One reason you’ve likely not considered is how epically poor Everton are at playing the sport of football. They are comically bad; they are hysterically unskilled; the tactics are discordant to the point of high-art. With Troy Deeney suspended, Richarlison should be free to return to the form which saw him pop four straight 5+ point performances as he rolled-up two goals with three assists. He’s getting on the score sheet at Goodison. He’s a goody, son. #sorrynotsorry
Matt Ritchie, Newcastle
How Ritchie remains 4.6% owned is a mystery. The Newcastle midfielder has five assists already this season – though just three BPS to show for it – and is particularly good at home where he’s notched 4/5. A number of Cherries also make good plays in this one, particularly defenders Charlie Daniels and possible starter Callum Wilson, but it is Ritchie who should benefit from Newcastle’s home tilt against bottom half opposition. His five assists? Those case against West Ham, Swansea, Stoke and Palace.
Draft: All Your Spurs
This match will be one to test @TalkinTogga’s theory that you should just start the whichever team is playing Palace. While almost any other matchup this weekend could be considered a ‘trap game’ for a Spurs side which just beat Real Madrid at Wembley, a Roy Hodgson-led Palace side (without Christian Benteke, no less) is not going to slow the juggernaut. Start your Eric Dier’s, your Momo Sissoko’s and whatever quartet or quintet of defenders that Poch stitches into the patchwork quilt this weekend. Not playing draft? Start now. Also – don’t forget to keep an eye out for Erik Lamela. He could be back after the break and would be an interesting one to see named as a substitute here.