Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 10 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Download the apps via the link below and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements:
Once downloaded, open the app and register an account. Once registered, click the Fantasy tab at the bottom of the app screen. Then from the Fantasy screen, click the arrow at the top of the app screen to select Perfect XI.
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Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek of Premier League fixtures, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions for each position. The main 11 players listed won't necessarily be the exact players selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas to get you thinking. Hopefully you'll find the advice useful, whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.
Thanks again to Neal for covering this column last week. Unfortunately I was unable to check starting line-ups on Saturday due to a work conference and so ended up with some benchwarmers, including Jesus. This led to a very poor 90 point total for Week 9 which pushed me back down to 1,500th overall; particularly frustrating as I'd climbed to 800th overall after finishing on 170 points in Week 8.
Week 10 begins with a standard Saturday 12:30 BST (British Summer Time) kick off and it's one to set your alarms for as second place Manchester United host third place Tottenham at Old Trafford. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for this game but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player from your squad right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This wonderful flexibility allows you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat ZERO. Just make sure you keep an eye on the starting line-ups as kick off approaches each week by following the Rotoworld PL Twitter account.
Here are your Week 10 fixtures:
Saturday 28 October
Man Utd v Spurs
Arsenal v Swansea
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Liverpool v Huddersfield
Watford v Stoke
West Brom v Man City
Bournemouth v Chelsea
Sunday 29 October
Brighton v Southampton
Leicester v Everton
Monday 30 October
Burnley v Newcastle
As always we want to focus on the players from teams with the most winnable match ups and there are three that stand out in Week 10 - Arsenal at home to Swansea, Liverpool at home to Huddersfield and Manchester City away at West Brom. I also make Watford heavy favourites to beat Stoke at home, while Chelsea should have too much for Bournemouth down on the South Coast. Man United v Spurs feels like it could be a high scoring draw, while Crystal Palace v West Ham, Brighton v Southampton, Leicester v Everton and Burnley v Newcastle could all easily end up 1-1.
With that in mind, here are the picks:
Petr Cech - Arsenal host Swansea on Saturday, with the visitors currently bottom of the shots per game (8) and shots on target per game (2) statistics. That bodes well for a Gunners clean sheet and so I'm backing Cech in net.
Sead Kolasinac - Yep, we're doubling up on the likely Arsenal clean sheet with Kolasinac who has had a couple of disappointing fantasy weeks in a row but still averages over 10 PPG (points per game) in the PXI format thanks to a combination of defensive and attacking contributions. I'm not expecting anything less than another double-digit return from the powerful left wing-back.
Nicolas Otamendi - When the season started we wondered who would be the most productive Manchester City defender - Benjamin Mendy or Kyle Walker. Right now it's neither, as Otamendi has surprised us all by enjoying a fantastic start to the season both on the pitch and on fantasy scorecards. He's the obvious choice for the trip to West Brom.
Cesar Azpilicueta - Now firmly ahead of Marcos Alonso in the rankings, Chelsea's captain has been in remarkable form and popped up with a crucial goal in Week 9 to add to his impressive four assists and four clean sheets for the season. Bournemouth are improving but Azpilicueta can lead his side to victory with another big points haul.
Jose Holebas - A bit of a gamble being taken here as the fourth defensive spot goes to Watford's Holebas. The Hornets are in fine form and should beat Stoke comfortably with a clean sheet quite possible, but the risk with Holebas is that he's capable of picking up yellow and red cards with remarkable ease. He's also a talented set piece taker, crosser, is capable of the spectacular from long distance and should be a differential pick, so it's a gamble worth taking.
Kevin De Bruyne - Nothing more than a 30 minute cameo off the bench in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night means De Bruyne will be fresh and ready to start against West Brom on Saturday. Manchester City's star midfielder has created an astonishing 30 chances for team mates this season and so it's travesty he only has six assists to his name. Thankfully the profligacy of this teammates isn't denting his PXI returns as shown by scores of 25, 24, 27, 25 and 23 in the past six gameweeks. The Baggies are without a win in five games and with Pep's men flying the Belgian must be in your side.
Philippe Coutinho - Next comes a man with an even better PXI PPG average than Mr De Bruyne, and an even better fixture as Liverpool welcome Huddersfield to Anfield. No further explanation required; Coutinho is a no brainer for Week 10.
Mesut Ozil - Perhaps I'm guilty of points-chasing here but after injury and a poor run of form Ozil was excellent against Everton, picking up a goal, an assist and creating eight goalscoring chances. The German international linked everything together with Sanchez, Ramsey and Lacazette all thriving as a result and - if it all clicks again - there's no way Swansea will be able to cope.
Pascal Gross - If Richarlison were listed as a midfielder he'd be nailed on here but alas he's listed as a striker in Togga and so the next best option for this week is Gross at home to Southampton. The attacking midfielder has been involved in 60% of Brighton's goals so far with four assists and two strikes of his own, and is the danger man for the Seagull's against the stuttering Saints.
Honourable Mentions: Eden Hazard away at Bournemouth, Leroy Sane away at West Brom, Aaron Ramsey at home to Swansea, Abdoulaye Doucoure at home to Stoke, Wilfried Zaha at home to West Ham, Christian Eriksen away at Manchester United
Alexis Sanchez - There are so many fantastic forward options to choose from this week that it's going to be difficult to settle on two but right now Sanchez is in pole position to take one of my spots. The Chilean proved he's back to match sharpness and fully committed to the Arsenal cause with an outstanding display at Goodison Park in Week 9 and I'm convinced he'll have another huge week against Swansea with the help of Ozil & Co.
Mohamed Salah - Sergio Aguero was taking the final spot until he played 120 minutes on Tuesday night. That will make him a starting risk for Saturday, and while Gabriel Jesus is a perfectly acceptable alternative I favour Salah's pace to do the damage against Huddersfield's defence and allow him to add to an impressive nine goals in all competitions since his summer move to Anfield.
That's it for Week 10. Check out our Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. If you have any questions about the Perfect XI game or general questions about a player or your own team then feel free to post them below or ping me on Twitter (@nikarg) and I promise to get back to you.
Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.