Daily Fantasy Premier League Preview – Gameweek 10
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Hello Fantasy managers and welcome to yet another Gameweek preview, as we find ourselves 10 weeks in to the Premier League season already, a campaign which is seemingly flying by.
Last week we saw some horrid rotation, with key players at Manchester City being given a rest, as the games begin to mount up thick and fast, making life hard work for fantasy football managers.
HOWEVER - this is one of the reasons the staff team here at The Hype Train have been playing Starting 11 so much.
With the ability to make substitutions and swaps before a game kicks off, it makes navigating Pep Guardiola’s rotation minefield that much easier – so why not come join us this weekend and see if you can top the Starting 11 leader-boards.
This week, @FFPundits_Dale from the Fantasy Football Pundits has provided us with his top Differentials and Star Men for Saturday’s Gameweek 10 Starting 11 contests.
Star Man – ALEXIS SANCHEZ (ARS)
INFO: Alexis Sanchez is classed as a striker on the Starting 11 game.
The Chilean has yet to hit the dizzying heights of last season, when he was considered by most as a fantasy football must own.
He scored and assisted for fun, being the focal point of the Arsenal attack and netting managers points returns nearly every week – he bagged 24 goals and created 10 assists last season in the Premier League.
Last weekend, Arsenal played Everton beating them 5-2 and Alexis looked back to his old self, having chance after chance and bagging a goal and also an assist.
Arsenal now have their main creator back in the side, Mesut Ozil – Which comes as good news for attacking Arsenal assets as he created 98 chances last season.
Arsenal face Swansea who are very Jekyll and Hyde this season - some weeks looking defensively sound and grinding out results, whilst looking lethargic and amateur in other weeks - if the latter Swansea turn up it this Saturday, it'll be raining goals at the Emirates!
Differential – RICHARLISON (WAT)
INFO: Richarlison is classed as a striker on the Starting 11 game.
The young Brazilian has been a great differential to have most weeks this season, as he's always involved in the goal mouth action, which is all you can ask from any differential pick.
Watford play a leaky Stoke City side who have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season, letting in 20.
The season has not gone to plan so far for Mark Hughes and his team and looking low on confidence, having kept only 1 clean sheet so far this season and conceding 8 in their last 2 games.
Richarlison has great numbers this season and for a young player in a team that is the perennial underdog, he could become a regular pick in most Starting 11 lineups as the season progresses, so use him as a differential whilst you can.
Star Man – KEVIN DE BRUYNE (MCI)
Kevin De Bruyne is playing the best football of his career so far, having taken it up another level since the arrival off Guardiola and has to be considered one of the best central midfielders in the world right now.
Playing in a deeper role this season, KDB is responsible for pulling the strings and distributing the ball in a quarter-back role.
He has however created a monstrous 30 chances this season, with 6 of those turning into assists – a 1 in 5 conversion rate on the chances he creates is a solid return for any play-maker.
Manchester City play West Brom this weekend at The Hawthorns and with their title rivals in action against each other, it's a massive chance for them to widen the gap at the top of the table and I'm not sure Tony Pulis and Co. can do much to stop them doing so.
With this in mind, it may well mean Kevin De Bruyne gets further up the pitch to exploit the injury-stricken West Brom defence, with key defender Craig Dawson set to be sidelined until Christmas.
Differential – WILFRIED ZAHA (CRY)
It has been a long old season for Crystal Palace - after losing their talisman to a knee injury early in the campaign and after a run of 4 defeats on the trot, they sacked manager Frank De Boer and replaced him with Roy Hodgson.
However, it seems to be one step forward and 2 steps back for Palace right now, where an impressive victory over Chelsea was followed by defeats to Newcastle and Bristol City in the cup.
Palace face a West Ham United team with problems of their own at present, with Bilic likely to be one heavy defeat away from a sacking - surely Palace won't be the team to push him over the edge?
With Palace striker-less right now, with Wickham and Benteke out for the foreseeable future, Palace's front-line problems could turn in to solutions for us fantasy managers, as Zaha is playing out of position up front.
If The Eagles are to do well this Saturday against West Ham, then goals and assist from Wilfried Zaha are required to save their season.
Star Man – KYLE WALKER (MCI)
Manchester City have been one of the best attacking teams to watch in The Premier League this season, but it's easy to overlook their defensive assets and the work they have been doing at the back this season – Keeping 6 clean sheets and conceding only 4 goals in the league so far.
Walker has carried on where he left off for Spurs last season - being a consistent attacking threat down the right flank, whipping balls in to the box and creating plenty of chances for his team-mates.
With Manchester City looking to break down a stubborn Tony Pulis side, Pep's likely to push Walker forward as far as possible, adding width to an attacking side which can create and score goals from all positions.
He has the speed and guile to be found by those searching balls from Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva and I can see Walker stretching that West Brom defence, with fantasy attacking returns looking nailed-on for Walker.
Differential – KIKO FEMENIA (WAT)
It's been a while since Watford kept a clean-sheet; in fact, you'd have to go all the way back to Gameweek 4 when they beat Southamptin 0-2 away from home.
Marco Silva likes to have his team defensively organised - especially at home, as we saw when he managed Hull City last season, so could a clean-sheet be on the cards against Stoke in Gameweek 10?
What I also like about Femenia is his willingness to get forward and contribute to the attacking phase of the game.
He has already created 7 chances this season, with one being converted to an assist and has registered 6 key passes – facing a struggling Stoke team this Saturday, could be the week to bank defensive and attacking return from Watford defenders.
Star Man – EDERSON (MCI)
The Manchester City loving rounds off this week with their goalkeeper Ederson, who lets face it, has had very little to do in recent games, with his trusted back-line defending his goal well.
In his last four Premier League outings, the City shot-stopper has been forced in to making only TWO saves - both of which came in their 0-1 away win at Stamford Bridge.
I fail to see how West Brom will deal with Manchester City's pressing attack and see very little chance of West Brom getting to within breathing distance of the Man City net.
Differential – NICK POPE (BUR)
Burnley look as defensively sound as ever, despite losing their star centre-half in the summer to Everton in a £25m deal.
They've also lost Tom Heaton to a shoulder injury, but despite this they still have a good record defensively despite playing a number of the big boys so far this season.
They face a Newcastle side without a star striker, which given the legendary status around the number 9 shirt on Tyneside is odd for them this season.
Burnley conceded only twice at home all season and with Pope likely to get added points for saves, a clean-sheet for Burnley in Gameweek 10 could deliver heavy points for Pope owners.
Gameweek 10: Captaincy Pick
With Harry Kane now ruled out with a hamstring injury and Pep Guardiola likely to rotate once again, the fantasy God's aren't being too kind to us this, are they.
So, in staying away from the likes of Aguero, Lukaku and Jesus, I'll be siding with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez against Swansea at 3pm on Saturday.
As mentioned above, the return of Ozil should bring that spark back in to the squad - with an increase of chances created and shots on goal likely, my money is on Sanchez to deliver the captaincy returns for Gameweek 10.
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