Gameweek 10 was another so-so gameweek for many. Kane’s late injury news left many managers frustrated as most of them got in Sergio Aguero just to see him on the bench. A tight one at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Spurs saw a poor day for attacking assets as United managed to get all three points by keeping tight at the back. With this and a lot more drama, here are some lessons we learnt from gameweek 10 and how they can help us going ahead.
By Nekzad Bajan
LUKAKU’S CONSISTENCY IS A VIRTUE, AND UNITED’S BACKLINE LOOK TEMPTING
When compared to the other top forward options, Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku continues to remain a beacon of consistency in terms of returns as well as pitch-time. The Belgian is owned by 52.2% of FPL managers, playing every single minute to date of the club’s league campaign, only blanking twice. While the explosive weekly tallies from rival strikers may tempt managers away from “Big Rom”, it is that consistency which we should embrace, in a game where the other top strikers are rotated or blank regularly.
Lukaku struck a post and assisted Anthony Martial’s winner against Spurs, moving to 62 Fantasy points. He has played 900 minutes compared to Kane and Aguero’s 789 and 542 minutes respectively. However, slow and steady might just win the race if the Belgian continues with his brand of consistency.
United’s schedule is yet to get back favourable again as the Reds still have to face Chelsea and Arsenal and host the Manchester Derby but at least Lukaku remains fit and fires week in, week out. Hence, if you have still got the United No. 9, I’d suggest not to get rid of him as he will continue to deliver every gameweek as he now is.
Speaking of the Reds’ backline, Phil Jones and David De Gea are persistently producing points, having eight clean sheets over the ten opening matches of this season. The centre-back picked up three bonus points against Spurs and now has eight to his name this campaign.
Jose Mourinho chose to employ three centre-halves to neglect Spurs from scoring, due to the well-timed return of Eric Bailly. United’s defence is by far the strongest among all sides this season and if you do not own any, it is time to get in at least one into your side. You may hesitate to do so thanks to their tricky upcoming fixtures but Mourinho’s tactical approach against big sides maintains your chances of CS points.
MANCHESTER CITY’S MIDFIELD STRIKE AGAIN
Pep Guardiola continued to troll Fantasy managers, deciding to leave Sergio Aguero on the bench for all 90 minutes at the 3-2 win against West Brom exasperating 735,568 new managers. Nearly 230,000 FPL managers sold his team-mate Gabriel Jesus who played 81 minutes on the pitch. However, the Brazilian’s owners were unlucky too as he neglected to get even a single shot of City’s 15 at the Hawthorns.
Instead, the midfield grabbed the goals. Leroy Sane managed to get his fifth successive PL start with his third straight double-digit tally. He is currently on 71 points and became the highest points scorer in Fantasy Premier League this week. Aguero managed to score 49 points in his last five starts while Jesus bagged 37 points. Points are coming from the forwards but the midfield offers value.
Raheem Sterling started on the bench for the second consecutive league game, but managed to score 7 points from the 29 minutes he was on the pitch.
This Premier League season is turning into a striker soap opera, with the premium forwards blanking, benched, exploding or getting injured nearly every week. The money looks much better invested in City’s midfield. However. I feel it is going to Sane’s turn for rest very soon. He is the most transferred in player this week with nearly 163,000 Fantasy managers getting him in.
However, for those of you with Sterling or probably Silva should not join the race at this moment since Sterling will be getting Sane’s minutes soon from now.
In my opinion, it is just really risky to go with City forwards due to their weekly rotation. With Kane, Lukaku, Morata, Vardy and a few more consistent strikers getting minutes each week, it is time to turn to City’s midfield as soon as possible and remove their strikers from your side.
THERE ARE A FEW TO CONSIDER FROM ANFIELD
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the third most owned player in Fantasy. He grabbed 246,000 new owners before his visit to Huddersfield last week and more than 342,000 Fantasy managers handed the Egyptian their armband.
Unfortunately, he missed a penalty which for some time provided us with a negative score, before he grabbed an assist to grab some positive points for his owners.
Roberto Firmino’s ownership has collapsed on the other side. However, he got his first goal since Gameweek 3 this week and with Liverpool’s current fixture list he could be seeing a revival in fortunes. The Brazilain could even be on penalties after Salah’s failure against Huddersfield, however that is up for debate thanks to the return of James Milner to the starting lineup. Milner started his second consecutive match, both of which have been in midfield. His assist, clean sheet and maximum bonus points got him to 12 points at Anfield this week. His missed penalty in last night’s Champions League win may throw some shade on his value as Klopp has shown a willingness to move those duties away from players who miss from the spot. However, Milner is still Liverpool’s best spotkick taker, and so should retain his manager’s trust when he is on the field.
The Liverpool defence have kept four clean sheets in their last five home games. That further boosts the cut-price allure of Alberto Moreno and Joe Gomez, both priced at £4.5m with some favourable and tempting fixtures coming down the road. For those of you with Salah in your sides, I don’t see many offering more threat than the right-winger. He is a season-long keeper as he gets into the box a lot more than his team-mates. Once Coutinho returns in a week or two, his creativity attracts me too and he is a bit cheaper option than the Egyptian offering creativity to Salah’s threat. For those of you wanting to gamble on a Liverpool player, I’d have a look at Moreno. Priced at £4.5m in Fantasy land, he has tasty fixtures coming and offers a bit of threat from his wing.
WATFORD’S BRAZILIAN BLANKS YET AGAIN
More than 336,000 Fantasy managers drafted in Watford’s Richarlison for the visit of the Potters at the Vicarage Road. But the Brazilian was guilty once again for missing two big chances for the second week running. His yellow card reduced his return to just a single point in Fantasy and it went on to be a bad day for both the player and his team.
However, with the value he offers, it is difficult to look away soon. Among midfielders, he leads the way with 35 attempts even if his conversion rate and shot accuracy are less impressive.
Richarlison’s price of £6.4m and his attractive immediate schedule should be enough to keep his managers loyal for now. For those of you who have him in your squad, I would not at all recommend to get rid of the Brazilian. He will be converting those numerous chances and it would just leave you sobbing if you do sell him. Patience is key here I feel and it would be paying you managers in the coming fixtures. So hold on and get your team sorted elsewhere because the Brazilian’s spot is going to deliver big very soon.
And that is all from me this week. Hope you enjoyed and I wish you all the very best for Gameweek 11 with big green arrows!
This article was written by Fanfeud writer Nekzad Bajan. Give him a follow on twitter @NekzaDd