There are some interesting fixtures this week with lots of potential points available.
Leicester vs West Brom
Liverpool vs Watford
Manchester City vs Middlesbrough
Bournemouth vs Sunderland
All of the above should deliver for the home teams. I also like Southampton at struggling Hull.
Let's have a look at the players you should be thinking of for your fantasy teams:
Loris Karius is the best budget goalkeeper if you are looking to save some money. Watford are among the leaders at having taken the fewest shots in the box. If Liverpool is to get serious about Championship consideration, their defense needs to step up and this is a good match to get started.
I like Artur Boruc's chances for a clean sheet against Sunderland. Bournemouth have been stout at home, claiming three clean sheets. Sunderland have only scored two on the road.
Claudio Bravo is also worthy of consideration. Manchester City is coming off a huge victory over Barcelona in the Champion's League Cup and bound to be riding high. They stuck four in on West Brom last week and Bravo only needed to make one save. He is still in the budget goalkeeper category at only 5.6 in the Fantrax format.
Christian Fuchs is at the top of everyone's defender list this week, as Leicester host an offensively struggling West Brom (same story, different year). He is pricey in Fantrax at 16.61 but will only set you back 5.4 in the Official game. Leicester have a run of fixtures approaching that they have been waiting for, so now is a good time to buy in.
Pablo Zabaleta is reasonably priced in the Fantrax game at only 3.11. Be sure to check the latest injury reports on his status before finalizing your team. There appears to be a small doubt as to his status. His potential replacement, youngster Pablo Maffeo is only 1.0 in Fantrax for a one week punt.
Bournemouth defenders have racked up some fantasy points this season and appear to be a good bet against Sunderland. I added Adam Smith at 4.8 in the Official game. The good news is that the back four is practically rotation proof. Charlie Daniels, Steve Cook and Simon Francis, any would be a decent selection this period.
If you can afford him, Virgil van Dijk is a great threat at both ends this weekend against Hull. Hull have been very week at putting shots on frame and their leading attacker, Robert Snodgrass is expected to be sidelined at least 3 more weeks.
I also still like Marcos Alonso for Chelsea. He is playing a wingback position as Chelsea has been going with a back three, so he has an opportunity to get both attacking and defending bonuses. Chelsea has delivered four clean sheets in their most recent matches.
If you fancy a Liverpool defender, who have struggled defensively but are in the midst of a run of attractive fixtures, consider Dejan Lovren or Nathaniel Clyne.
Kevin De Bruyne is the name at the top of every list this week with a plum home fixture against Middlesbrough. He had a nice goal off a free kick against Barcelona to give City the lead they never relinquished. He is expensive and a very small risk to be rested.
Dimitri Payet appears to be rolling for West Ham as the Hammers appear to be struggling to get on track. He is always a threat either scoring or assisting and on set pieces.
I recommend that you include at least one attacking player from Liverpool on your roster. Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane any of them would do. Liverpool pumped in four goals last week at Crystal Palace and have been relentless in the attack this year.
Eden Hazard has been back in form this season and may be a season keeper. He has garnered three goals and an assist in the last three matches and Chelsea appear to be legitimate title contenders again.
Sergio Aguero is the pick here and a great selection for your captain in the official game. He is in great form and delivered two goals in last week's fixture at West Brom. Although City is always a small rotation risk, I expect him to start before heading into the International break.
Diego Costa has been on a roll for Chelsea. He has delivered a goal in 7 of 10 Chelsea matches and has 8 on the season. He remains a match up nightmare for any defense although always a threat to pick up a yellow.
Charlie Austin is my third forward selection this week. Three weeks ago, he enjoyed 2 goals on 8 shots on goal against Burnley and faces a Hull City squad that leads the Premiership with 23 goals allowed.
I typically trot out a Beasts and Bums lineup in Fantrax and my current squad looks like this. Karius, Zabaleta, Oveido, van der Hoorn, Alonso, DeBruyne, Coutinho, Marney, Costa, Aguero, Austin.
In the official game, I am going with Pickford, Pieters, A. Smith, McCauley, Hazard, Son, Allen, Sanchez, Costa, Austin and Aguero (c).
That's it for me, who do you like this week? Best wishes and fair play to all.