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AM's Week 11 Player Picks

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The upward trajectory continued for AM FC in Week 10, as the captain's armband was handed to the correct man for second week in succession. I backed Sergio Aguero and he rewarded that faith with a goal and two assists as his twenty points doubled to forty. There was a stunning performance from Boaz Myhill in goal, while David Silva, John Terry and Wayne Rooney all chipped in with double-figure scores to push my weekly total to a decent 135 points.


That score pushed my team back in to the Top 2000 of the Yahoo Fantasy Premier League overall standings and I feel like things are starting to slip in to gear, so I've not given up on my aim of a Top 500 finish this season. Let me know how your team is getting on in the comments section below; do we have any readers in the Top 1000? Top 500? Higher?


We have some time off for the Premier League next weekend (16-17 November) to allow for international fixtures and I'm sure we'd all agree that it would be nice to go in to that break on the back of a strong fantasy performance in Week 11. So without further ado, let's look at the fixtures ...


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Week 11 Fixtures
Aston Villa v Cardiff City
Chelsea v West Brom
Crystal Palace v Everton
Liverpool v Fulham
Man Utd v Arsenal
Norwich v West Ham
Southampton v Hull City
Sunderland v Man City
Swansea v Stoke
Tottenham v Newcastle


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Again, there are plenty of competitive match-ups in Week 11, but a few games do leap off the page as potentially one sided affairs. The pick of the litter is Liverpool at home to Fulham, where you'd expect the home side to dispatch Martin Jol's struggling side without too much trouble in front of the Anfield faithful. The Red will be hurting after their Week 10 defeat at Arsenal and have a chance to take out their frustrations here, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge keen to get back amongst the goals after drawing a blank at the Emirates, and a clean sheet is also very possible.


The next two fixtures of interest involve away sides - Manchester City and Everton. City travel to Sunderland, and despite their struggles away from the Etihad this season I still fancy them to beat the Premier League's second-bottom side off the back of the 7-0 thrashing of Norwich and 5-2 Champions League victory. Gus Poyet's men are in deep trouble and are unlikely to be able to handle City's slick attacking football, with the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure, Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero playing at the top of their game right now. As for Everton, they are flying high just one point off second place and barring a huge upset should run out comfortable winners against rock-bottom Crystal Palace.


Tottenham v Newcastle looks like a home win on paper, but this is a Spurs side struggling for goals at the moment and Alan Pardew's men will be full of confidence after an extremely impressive win over Chelsea. I'm still leaning towards a narrow home win but doubt I'll be including many Tottenham attackers in my team, with defensive players of more interest at white Hart Lane. Speaking of Chelsea, they must bounce back from that disappointing loss at St James' Park with a win over West Brom. I'd expect a big reaction from any Jose Mourinho side after a defeat and Chelsea have still never lost a league game at Stamford Bridge under his management (a record stretching 65 matches), so I reckon you can feel confident in backing the Blues.


The biggest game of the weekend is Manchester United v Arsenal, as the league leaders travel to Old Trafford for their first real away test of the season. This could go either way as David Moyes' side have improved in recent weeks, but I have an inkling the Gunners might sneak the victory. Whatever the result there should be goals with the attacking talent available to both managers, so I wouldn't blame anyone for sticking a representative or two from either side in their fantasy team. It took an opposing goalkeeper to finally beat Artur Boruc, but I'm backing Southampton to win to nil again at home to Hull City this weekend, while Swansea have enough quality to claim an important victory against Mark Hughes' Stoke side.


I don't see too much value in either Norwich v West Ham or Aston Villa v Cardiff and feel they are probably best avoided for fantasy purposes (with the exception of Christian Benteke). Our focus should be on Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Southampton.


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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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