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AM's Players To Watch: Week 11

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Welcome to the AM's Players To Watch for Gameweek 11. As long-time readers of my columns will know, my advice in seasons gone by had revolved around games that would allow you to make unlimited transfers each gameweek, selecting an entirely new 11 players if you so wished. Unfortunately Yahoo Fantasy Premier League is a glorious but distant memory, while Togga, sadly, was not able to return for this campaign which put an end to the Perfect XI column I'd been penning for the past two years.


This season I'll be a bit more general in my advice. Whether you're playing Official FPL, FPL or Fantrax Draft, Fantrax Salary Cap, Sky Sports, The Sun, The Telegraph or any number of other the fantasy games available to fans each season, I'll be offering my top five picks for the week ahead, mixing "must-haves" with hunch picks and players flying under the radar. Hopefully this will offer something for everyone, whether you're considering captain options, looking to make a transfers or pick up a free agent in draft.


My Gameweek 10 recommendations were heavily hit by a couple of no-shows. Andrew Robertson was rested, while Eden Hazard failed to recover from his back injury. Things got worse as Danny Ings and James Maddison both failed to perform as expected, but there were a couple of bright spots. My top pick Roberto Pereyra bagged a goal, clean sheet and maximum bonus points in FPL, while captain choice Mo Salah scored, provided two assists to share max BPS with Sadio Mane. However, it was a disappointing week overall. Must do better. On to Gameweek 11:


Saturday 03 November
Bournemouth v Man Utd
Cardiff v Leicester
Everton v Brighton
Newcastle v Watford
West Ham v Burnley
Arsenal v Liverpool
Wolves v Spurs


Sunday 04 November
Man City v Southampton
Chelsea v Crystal Palace


Monday 05 November
Huddersfield v Fulham


Manchester City and Chelsea have tasty looking home fixtures against Southampton and Crystal Palace respectively, while I like Watford at Newcastle, Everton at home to Brighton and West Ham hosting Burnley. There should also be goals shared between Arsenal and Liverpool. With that in mind, here are the players ....


Marko Arnautovic (FW - West Ham v Burnley) - Has anyone else been let down by Marko Arnautovic multiple times this season? I've experienced three separate occasions when he has missed out unexpectedly, be it due to injury or illness, and yet I continue to hold the Austrian striker in Official FPL. And I do so because he's been West Ham's star performer when he has made it on to the pitch, causing endless problems for opposing defenders with his pace and power. Reports suggest Arnautovic will recover in time to face Burnley on Saturday and I'm certain he'll add to his tally of four goals in front of the Hammers' faithful.


Roberto Pereyra (MF - Watford @ Newcastle) - Back-to-back appearances in this column for the Roberto Pereyra, and well deserved. The excellent Argentinian has stepped up to fill the boots of the departed Richarlison and helped Watford up to an impressive 7th position in the Premier League table thanks to his five goals in 10 starts. As mentioned earlier in the column the attacking midfielder did the business for us in Gameweek 10 and he can provide returns once again as Watford travel to struggling Newcastle.

 

Benjamin Mendy (DF - Manchester City v Southampton) - The top defensive pick of the weekend was far from a difficult decision. Benjamin Mendy actually had a pretty poor game against Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night but Pep Guardiola's only real alternative at left-back is Fabian Delph and so there's no reason to expect a change for a winnable home fixture. Mendy has an impressive six assists in just seven appearances this season with four of those coming at the Etihad Stadium. Southampton beware.


Willian (MF - Chelsea v Crystal Palace) - We all know Eden Hazard is the obvious choice for Chelsea's match up with Palace but with lingering doubts over his back injury let's play it safe with Willian. The Brazilian has ousted Pedro to secure a regular starting spot under Maurizio Sarri and has rewarded his manager's faith, working tirelessly, notching two goals, providing three assists and offering superb consistency from his set piece delivery. I'm looking forward to his duel with Patrick van Aanholt on Sunday afternoon.


Gylfi Sigurdsson (MF - Everton v Brighton) - After a difficult first season at Goodison Park Gylfi Sigurdsson is enjoying life under Marco Silva, with a change of playing style taking some of the burden off him to be the sole creator in every match. This reduction in pressure has seen the Icelandic talisman play with more freedom and we've seen glimpses of his very best work, with five goals and an assist to show for his efforts. Brighton have been solid in defence recently so it could take a bit of Siggy magic to unlock the three points.


Captain Choice: Sergio Aguero (FW - Manchester City v Southampton) - Sergio Aguero hasn't exactly set the world alight since his hattrick against Huddersfield in Gameweek 2 but the striker is bound to have another break-out match soon with the number of changes City are creating, and this could be the one. The frustrating thing for Aguero owners has been his early withdrawals (substituted before the 65th minute on six occasions this season) but after an expected rest in the Carabao Cup on Thursday he's sure to start here and 65 minutes may be all he needs against a Saints side that have been a real disappointment since Mark Hughes took charge.


Honourable Mentions: Marcos Alonso, Kieran Trippier, Harry Maguire, Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson, Jamie Vardy, Aleksandar Mitrovic


That's all for Gameweek 11. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the new season. If you have any questions about a specific player or your own fantasy team then feel free to post them in the comments below or hit me on Twitter (@nikarg) and I will get back to you.


Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.



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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