After the international break, game-week 9 was low-key and low-scoring, but now fantasy managers should expect tons of goals this upcoming GW10 since the fixture list suggests that goals will come from everywhere. However, with Champions/Europa League midweek games recently finished, we should keep our fingers crossed that our players will start.
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Let’s jump into the player picks:
Nick Pope (£4.7, Burnley v Chelsea)
Many may want to stay away from a keeper facing Chelsea, but all three of Pope’s clean sheets this season have come at home. Plus, a goalkeeper at such a low price is one to keep long-term since his fixtures after this week are against less dangerous teams.
Rui Patricio (£5.1, Wolves at Newcastle)
Another goalkeeper with three sheets under his belt means his side has a solid back-line. Facing a team like Newcastle that lacks quality moving forward, expect another blank for Patricio this week.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4, Man United at Norwich)
With an impressive performance against Liverpool, the English defender is one to keep for long-term to face Norwich followed by Bournemouth, Brighton, and Sheffield United. Traveling to Norwich can be risky, but can also pay off.
John Lundstram (£4.6, Sheffield United at West Ham)
The Blades have carved their name into the Premier League after defeating Arsenal. Lundstram tops the charts with the most points in FPL among defenders after earning his fourth clean sheet of the season. His price is increasing every week, so grab hold of him before he gets too costly if you haven’t already.
Marcos Alonso (£6.2, Chelsea at Burnley)
The Spanish wing-back’s expensive price is all about goals. In the four league matches where he has played 90 minutes, Alonso has scored 4, 5, 5 and 14 points through a combination of two clean sheets, two assists and the one goal. With a high probability of starting this week, Alonso will deliver with his current form.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2, Liverpool v Tottenham)
This is another massive game for Spurs, but the Reds know how to find a way to snatch three points with their champions’ mentality. Because of illness, the English defender did not feature in this week’s Champions League game against Genk, so if recovered he will play for sure. I think he can provide assists against a Spurs side struggling in league play.
Adam Webster (£4.4, Brighton v Everton)
Webster scored his first goal against Villa last Saturday, using his 6’3” frame to become a set-piece target. Brighton play three reasonable home games and three difficult away ones, so it’s a mixed situation. But his cheap price makes him an attractive differential to help boost fantasy managers’ rankings.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (£6.0, Chelsea at Burnley)
Following a return from injury, Hudson-Odoi has become one of Frank Lampard’s vital starters, providing three assists in as many league games. The speedy young player is full of quality. Hunting for his first goal of the season, expect him to deliver against Burnley this week.
Matthew Longstaff (£4.5, Newcastle v Wolves)
A surprise for Newcastle, Matthew Longstaff is a nice budget pick as he likes to play forward during the build-up. His brother Sean can also occasionally get on the scoreboard, but Matthew is £0.5 cheaper.
James Maddison (£7.2, Leicester at Southampton)
Maddison picked up a minor injury last week, so Brendan Rodgers will check if he is ready against Southampton. If he gets the green light, Maddison should have a big game against a struggling Southampton side.
Kevin De Bruyne (£10.1, Manchester City v Aston Villa)
Top contender for Player of the Year already, De Bruyne has been by far the best midfielder in England and perhaps even the world with nine assists in nine games. Keep this guy and you are set to go.
Daniel James (£6.1, Manchester United at Norwich)
With an impressive performance against Liverpool, Dan James has become an important figure for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is the only good news for the Red Devils so far. The Welshmen will provide an assist or two from out wide against a vulnerable Norwich side.
Jamie Vardy (£9.1, Leicester at Southampton)
Jamie Vardy always finds space to put the ball in the net, and against a struggling Southampton defense, the Englishmen will continue scoring. After that, his upcoming three fixtures are relatively easy ones against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Arsenal.
Raúl Jiménez (£7.1, Wolves at Newcastle)
Wolves have rediscovered their offense, and Jimenez is the central piece that connects the dots. The Magpies are suspect in the back, so the Spaniard is a safe choice.
Marcus Rashford (£8.4, Man United at Norwich)
Marcus Rashford performed at a high level against Liverpool, and it looks like he has found his form. The English striker will partner with Anthony Martial who’s back from injury, so the Red Devils look firm on the attack. This is the perfect fixture to snatch three points.
NOTE: Obvious choices such as Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane were not mentioned above since everybody has them!
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What players are you planning to choose or instead reject? Who is worth risking in fixtures such as Liverpool v Spurs? Are you planning to go all-in with your bench boost chip for this week or the wild card if you still have it? What players will you go for despite European football and travel midweek? Please let us know in the comments below!