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Who are the players blazing hot and freezing cold heading into the next gameweek? Let's take a look

This Brazilian will be most Fantrax sides this week I bet
This Brazilian will be most Fantrax sides this week I bet
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Last week's hot and cold provided further evidence of trends rather than changes of fortune.

The hot - Lukaku came up with a goal and assist, Walcott did not play, Cech had a penalty and goal conceded, Hazard a goal and assist.   In my two fantasy teams I only played Cech.

While the cold - Zlatan remains on the longest run without a goal in his career, Kun broke his run with a brace, Eriksen did nothing, Townsend was benched, Capoue did nothing, Davies conceded a goal again.  In my sides I picked Kun, Townsend and Capoue in FPL , while Zlatan, Eriksen and Kun in Fantrax.  To be fair in FPL Kun was not being dropped just yet and Capoue/Townsend have become cheap midfield fillers.  In Fantrax I really liked Zlatan and Eriksen's chances of breaking their goal drought with the underlying stats.  Zlatan scored well without a goal, Eriksen was rubbish.  As for Kun I just kept looking at the starting 11's that were predicted and with WBA not looking watertight just could not resist.

Onto week 11

The Hot

Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian playmaker has been brilliant in recent weeks and has fantasy returns show that.  In Fantrax 26, 17, 8, 10 and 26 are his last 5 scores and his performance.  Although now pricey, a home game against Watford could see a continuation of the pattern.


Romelu Lukaku

Ok, so I am ready to give the man his due.  The big Belgium has returned 6 double digit Fantrax scores in 7 games with 7 goals and 3 assists.   A trip to Chelsea and chance to prove his previous employers wrong, plus dare I say persuade them to resign him.  The trip to Stamford Bridge couldn't have come on a hotter streak.  I'm thinking we now need a new Troll King.

Alexis Sanchez

Perhaps a little less explosive than previous seasons overall but he has double digit Fantrax scores in 5 of the last 6 games.  3 goals in that run and being a big match player, targeting ending Tottenham's unbeaten is a big game and moment.

Dimitri Payet

Double Fantrax scores in 5 of 7 games, Payet has racked up an impressive 26 shots on goal.  He tends to be a bit of a bully boy picking on the sides who allow a little more space.  He is also a showman who loves the attention of his home crowd.  Stoke may have improved dramatically but keeping West Ham out seems unlikely to me and Payet will be behind most of the Hammers play.


Thibaut Courtois

4 clean sheets on the spin with a defence that has David Luiz at its heart is a surprising.  Facing a toffees side containing one of the league's top marksmen will be the biggest test the Chelsea side have faced in a few weeks.

Eden Hazard

8 of 10 Fantrax scores have been double digits meaning Hazard at 10m is one you could classify as a season keeper so far.  In FPL he had a barren patch but with 3 goals in in 3 and his 1st assist of the season at Southampton he is a contender in both formats of fantasy football this week.

Victor Moses

Moses has been one of those players who offers good output when getting a reliable run of games.  Circumstance has handed him just that at Chelsea and he has played a minimum of 82 mins in the last 4 league games.  1 goals and 1 assist along with Fantrax scores of 14, 8, 21 and 1 are a little hit and miss but great value at his barn door price.

The Cold

Zlatan

Who retains his place with 0 goals in 6.  Amazingly he added a further 12 shots on goal in week 10 without scoring.  That's now an incredible 35 shots without scoring.  Surely this run ends soon but a well organised Bob Bradley Swansea away day where united don't have great history doesn't seem a great one to gamble on.

Jamie Vardy

Last season's star is flopping big time.  0 goals in 6 games and just 3 shots on goal in that period.  Of those 0 were on target.  Perhaps the opposition have figured him out or perhaps he just can't catch a break.  Certainly not shooting isn't going to help matters.

Karius

Liverpool have 1 clean sheet in 8 and the young keeper is finding adaptation to the Premier League tricky.  A confident Watford are far from full of goals but that do have spirit and will put balls into the box to test him further.

Steve Mandanda

Alan Pardew's Newcastle would have filled this post week in, week out.  They often went on runs of wins or loses and at Crystal Palace we are seeing the same pattern both last season and this.  The Eagles have 0 wins in 4 games and conceded 16 goals in their last 6.  Even season long they have failed to register 1 clean sheet.  A trip to Burnley next could see the number of goals conceded drop but confidence is low.

Andros Townsend

On a poor run and dropped last time out.  I think he will start next time and he is due a performance if you fancy a very expensive gamble but the evidence sys avoid.

Ben Foster

One held by many, myself included in FPL, Foster has 1 win in 9 and has gone 7 without a clean sheet.  It is all not very Tony Pulis stats wise and what with a number of the home fans unhappy with the team's style, thing are not so fun.  A trip to home powerhouse Leicester seems a tough fixture and a clean sheet and/or win looks unlikely.

Riyad Mahrez

Much like club mate Vardy, the 2105/16 Premier League player of the season hasn't gone going at all this time around.  Only 1 goal all season with missed penalties along the way he hasn't scored for 9 games.  Perhaps more amazingly Mahrez has 0 assists all season.  There are a few signs of change with him recording 9 shots in his last 2 home games against Palace and Burnley.  WBA will defend in a solid shape but as highlighted above are conceding goals.  Any aspirations Mahrez has to move to Barcelona or one of the league's bigger salary rewarders will need much improvement if that is to happen.

Aleksandar Kolarov

The City defender is a real fantasy favourite and if I told you under Pep Guardiola he would start 6 of the last 7 then you all would have had him in your team.   The risk of rotation stopped some of us taking the plunge but the issue isn't rotation, the risk is the roles he has been given.  Sometimes left side of a back three, sometimes left back but in an ultra-attacking side he isn't racking up the points.  His highest Fantrax score all season is 14 but even this week when playing at LB and with a clean sheet in a 4 -0 win he returned just 4 points.

At his price he could tempt you again this week if you think he starts v Boro but the signs are even if he does he may not be the Kolarov we all know and love.

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