Nik Argiropoulos

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AM's Week 10 Player Picks

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


 

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KEEPERS
Boaz Myhill - The West Brom keeper is at home to Crystal Palace and has seen a big drop in his price after Liverpool smashed four past him in Week 9. For a fraction more than £5million Myhill represents terrific value given the fixture and is likely to be my choice in net.
Artur Boruc - Southampton's defensive form has been remarkable, conceding just three goals in the first nine games of the season, and there's no reason to see that changing against Stoke. As mentioned in my fixture analysis a nil-nil draw or narrow away win isn't out of the questions so Boruc is well worth sticking with, especially if you have him at a discount.
Joe Hart - I expect a Manchester City clean sheet against Norwich so despite his erratic form, Hart is still a decent option (unless he's dropped of course).

 

DEFENDERS
Pablo Zabaleta - My old mate Aleksandar Kolarov appears to be swapping places with Gael Clichy on a regular basis, which means Zabaleta moves back to the top of the City defenders list. He's at home to Norwich so has a clean sheet opportunity and should also get plenty of chances for attacking points.
Dejan Lovren - Fantasy manager's keep picking him and Lovern keeps repaying the faith, and he's now just a few points behind the current top scoring defender, Leighton Baines. Another clean sheet awaits at the Britannia.
John Terry - Many people (myself included) had predicted Terry may find himself on the bench a bit more this season, but the Chelsea captain has proved me wrong and established himself as Jose Mourinho's first choice central defender. He plays in a winnable game and I have a hunch that Terry will score against a Newcastle side who struggle to defend set pieces.
Neil Taylor - I hope you all picked the Swansea defender up at his bargain price of £3million before his clean sheet against West Ham. Taylor will continue to deputise for the injured Ben Davies and the left-back will be looking to impress Michael Laudrup to give himself a chance of hanging on to the spot for more than just a few games.
Curtis Davies - Is there a more improved defender in the Premier League? Davies was highly rated when he first burst on to the scene in 2005 before a prolonged run of poor form, bad moves and multiple relegations left him a forgotten man. However, the centre back has been superb since signing for Hull and it shows in his fantasy points returns. A terrific option for the home game against Sunderland.
Billy Jones - My pick of the West Brom defenders to cover the potential clean sheet at home to Crystal Palace, although it really is a coin toss between him and Liam Ridgewell.
Jose Fonte - To quote my good pal Jeremy, "The cheapest entry into the Saints backline. And at Stoke, who have only scored two goals at home, while the Saints have only allowed two goals on the road this season, you'll want at least one Saints defender. Lovren is probably the pick of the litter, but Fonte is running him close and at a discount." Well said that man.
Martin Demichelis - The Argentine defender has had a tough start to his Manchester City career, first with injury and then in a difficult debut against Chelsea, but he already appears to be ahead of Joleon Lescott and should start against Norwich. Worth a look at just £6million.

 

MIDFIELDERS
David Silva - Two goals, three assists and sixteen successful crosses in just six Premier League games for Silva, who has been quietly going about his business in a very effective way since returning from injury. I like the midfielder's chances of another goal against Norwich as he drifts in from the left and dove-tails perfectly with Sergio Aguero.
Mesut Ozil - He had a quiet game at Crystal Palace in Week 9 but I'm expecting a far more open game against Liverpool and would expect Ozil to hit back with a far better fantasy score after being rested in the League Cup.
Oscar - Another star name rested by Chelsea as they overcame Arsenal so Oscar will be fresh and should cause the Newcastle backline problems in his scheming role behind the central striker.
Aaron Ramsey - It was a slight surprise to see Ramsey start against Chelsea given the amount of football he's played this season, and he wasn't particularly effective. His sensational form thus far allows him the odd quiet game and you should keep him if you're holding him at discount, but it will be interesting to monitor if Santi Cazorla's return starts having a detrimental impact on the Welsh midfielder's attacking potential.
Stephane Sessegnon - If we get confirmation that Morgan Amalfitano is fit then I feel he is the slightly better pick, but the majority of reports suggest the winger is struggling with a knee injury, so Sessegnon is the next best midfield bet against Crystal Palace playing just behind the striker.
Robbie Brady - Currently a slight doubt for the weekend as he recovers from hernia surgery, but if Brady is fit he must be considered at home to Sunderland. If he isn't fit then you have to question Hull's decision to rush their midfielder back in to action.
Michu - Just two goals for Michu so far but he's still getting plenty of shots on target and has had a couple of quiet fantasy weeks so Cardiff beware, he's due a performance.
Yaya Toure - Silva is my pick of the City midfielders for the Norwich game but if you're looking to double up (and I wouldn't blame you) then Toure would be my second choice, bursting from midfield, taking the odd free kick around the box and looking dangerous from corners.
Adnan Januzaj - The only Manchester United midfielder to get remotely excited about at the moment is young Januzaj, but we'll need to monitor team news as he played the full 90 minutes in the League Cup. If there's confirmation that he's set to start then I will be considering him for my team.
Stewart Downing - For those looking to do something a bit different then Downing at home Aston Villa could be your man. The winger struggled to break in to the West Ham first team to begin with but is starting every game now and is taking the majority of set pieces, so a big score is possible in Week 10.


STRIKERS
Sergio Aguero - In the same form that helped win Manchester City the title two seasons ago, Aguero is already in double figures for this campaign and he should start at home to Norwich after getting a rest in the League Cup in midweek. He's in my team and is likely to wear the captain's armband.
Wayne Rooney - I'm guessing David Moyes must be a very relieved man because if Rooney had left Old Trafford in the summer his side would be more than eight points behind the leaders. The England striker has been nothing short of excellent and I will be making moves to get him in to my starting XI for the winnable trip to Fulham.
Luis Suarez - He looks to have the potential to be this season's Robin van Persie at the moment, as everything he touches turns to gold. As mentioned countless times there should be goals between Arsenal and Liverpool and Suarez will be at the heart of everything for the away side.
Fernando Torres - He's back, he's back, Torres is back! How many times have we heard that? It is extremely unlikely we'll ever see the Fernando Torres of 2009 again, but he is playing well and one assumes he'll start at Newcastle after Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba both got pitch time in the League Cup. We'll be able to check line-ups via Twitter before the Yahoo deadline to make sure that assumption is correct.
Olivier Giroud - The Frenchman was given a well-earned rest against Chelsea but boy did the Gunners miss him, as Nicolas Bendtner looked like a man devoid of confidence with a very silly haircut. Arsene Wenger will be praying his main striker remains fit until he can sign a more suitable back-up in January, but for now it's down to Giroud to score the goals to keep Arsenal top of the table and he has already proved he's capable.
Daniel Sturridge - Not as valuable as he was now Suarez is hogging the majority of Liverpool's attacking fantasy points, but with eight league goals in nine games, Sturridge is still a perfectly good choice at the Emirates.
Christian Benteke - The powerful striker was only an excellent Tim Howard penalty save away from adding to his goal-tally in Week 9 and he should be sharper after 90 minutes and another week of training under his belt. You can be sure West Ham's defenders won't be looking forward to marking Benteke this weekend.
Nicolas Anelka - The curveball pick of the week. Anelka has been getting in to the right positions for West Brom but his goalscoring touch has deserted him so far and he has been guilty of a couple of awful misses. However, his side face Crystal Palace at home and I reckon he'll open his account provided he gets the start, so it's worth monitoring team news if you're looking for a differential pick.

 

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So those are the players I'm considering for my Week 10 Yahoo team. For now I have the following on my own team page, although it's currently unsaved:


Starting XI: Myhill, N.Taylor, Debuchy, Zabaleta, Sessegnon, Oscar, Ozil, Silva, Rooney, Suarez, Aguero (C)
Subs: Barkley, Bardsley, Spence, Elliot

 

It's a work-in-progress as I still have over £9million left in the bank, but the main decision to be made is whether to sell Sturridge. The Liverpool man is still in my team at discount and is having a tremendous season, but I already have Suarez and really want Rooney and Aguero this week, so he may have to be sacrificed. I'll probably look to upgrade my defence with Terry or Lovren on the radar, but I like the balance of the midfield so that should stay as is.

 

Check back here on Rotoworld on Friday for all the team and injury news coming out of the manager's press conferences to assist you with your final decisions.

 

How's your Week 10 team looking? Who's your captain choice?



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Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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