In this post, we take a look at the weekend’s Premier League action and analyse some FPL prospects and transfers.
But before we get into discussing GW11, make sure you read about how to deal with Man City and Arsenal blanks to stay ahead of the curve.
Liverpool v Manchester City will end what looks on paper to be an exciting gameweek for watchers and fantasy managers alike.
Read on to find out our recommendations for the weekend.
GW12 deadline will creep up on you much sooner than anticipated so plan and execute your transfer quick.
Also, any player unavailabilities due to injury for weekend games are likely to spill over to mid-week games.
The next month is going to be fixture heavy, with 6 matches for every team. It is imperative to have as many guaranteed starters in your FPL squad as feasible to be rotation-proof.
Players to Target:
Wilfried Zaha (£7.4)
Four consecutive 2 FDR fixtures has made Zaha’s transfer almost a no-brainer.
The Ivorian has been in fine form this season, scoring 4 and assisting 1 in seven games.
With last-placed Leicester next, followed by Wolves, Everton and Southampton, Zaha will be looking to add to those numbers.
James Maddison (£8.3)
The 19% owned midfielder blanked last week in what has been an otherwise good start to the season, the same however cannot be said about his team.
Five goals and two assists make Maddison the best player of the club by some distance and the Foxes will be hoping that the Englishman can lead them to some points against Palace, Leeds and Wolves before Man City come to town in GW15.
It is important to note here that the player is on 4 yellows. One more this weekend and he will be suspended for GW12 when City and Arsenal players will be blanking anyway.
Current owners can do nothing but hope that he doesn’t earn a caution, but the conundrum is much worse for potential transferees. Currently, almost 2,00,000 have brought him in.
Damned if you, damned if you don’t.
The new signing has started on fire, with three goals in as many games for United. Already owned by 8.6% of teams, Antony’s form is not to be taken lightly.
He may be a 1 gameweek transfer though, as he faces Spurs and Chelsea after Newcastle this week.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.4)
It is not often that a goalkeeper is one of the recommended Buys, but Kepa has usurped the starting spot from Mendy and looks set to keep it given back-to-back clean sheets.
Available for a cut-price of 4.4M and owned by only a per cent of the teams, the keeper has decent fixtures till the World Cup, making him a good differential option.
Gianluca Scamacca (£6.8)
Two goals in two games have put Scamacca firmly on every manager’s radar, but his ownership remains at a lowly 1.9%. The striker did not start in the midweek European game for the Hammers, meaning Moyes will almost certainly give him a start against Southampton on Sunday.
With budget forwards starting to somewhat falter, the Italian can be a handy replacement.
Ashley Young (£4.4)
The player who did not start the first five games is now being tipped as a differential. Talk about a turnaround.
Young has played all minutes in the last three games, securing two clean sheets and a goal in the process. Owned by only 0.6% of teams, he can give your team the required boost to jump rankings.
However, it may be a little early to get the veteran in the team, with Chelsea up next.
Negotiate that and then he faces Fulham, Brentford and Newcastle. I smell points.
Who to Sell?
Luis Diaz and Trent Alexander-Arnold
The injured Kop duo are the two most sold players this week, with Diaz out till at least the World Cup due to a knee injury. TAA is expected to miss 2-3 gameweeks as well.
Liverpool players have not been a good pick in the game for awhile now and their unavailability is the perfect excuse for anyone still holding on to them.
The second English right-back to be ruled out due to injury, James is poised to miss not just this, but the next GW as well. Managers can play the price fall, selling him now and getting him back when it drops a little later.
Liverpool and a blank in the coming gameweeks mean City assets are being considered a liability, what a world we live in. Even then, Haaland and Cancelo should be benched and not sold. The same, however, does not apply to Silva.
The Portuguese has underperformed in FPL compared to other City players and should be replaced regardless of the fixtures.
This might be the longest I must have gone in an FPL post without mentioning you-know-who, Erling Haaland. Yes, he faces Liverpool, but he was also rested in the mid-week UCL game.
The striker is yet to blank in FPL and we, for one, are definitely not going to bet against him.
Harry Kane, as has been the theme this season, is our second pick for the armband. Spurs face an Everton side who conceded twice at home against United a week ago. In ordinary circumstances, Kane would be an obvious captain choice.