Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 11 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.
Week 10 went well for my own PXI side as Kolasinac, Azpilicueta, Ozil, Sane, Gross and Salah contributed to a solid 134 point weekly total. I've moved up to 900th overall now, just 100 points off the Top 100, so I'm feeling in high spirits as we approach the busy winter schedule here in England.
Week 11 begins with a standard Saturday 12:30 GMT kick off as Stoke host Leicester. 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 11 fixtures:
Saturday 04 November
Stoke v Leicester
Huddersfield v West Brom
Newcastle v Bournemouth
Southampton v Burnley
Swansea v Brighton
West Ham v Liverpool
Sunday 05 November
Spurs v Crystal Palace
Man City v Arsenal
Chelsea v Man Utd
Everton v Watford
There are a couple of cracking match ups this weekend as Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United face off against each other. This is great for football fans but doesn't help us when it comes to looking for players with potentially easy match ups and big fantasy returns. I'd suggest focusing your attention on Spurs hosting Crystal Palace at Wembley and Liverpool travelling to London to face West Ham, while looking to identify value in some of the less fashionable teams. It's time to think outside the box.
Jonas Lossl - In great form for newly promoted Huddersfield, Lossl and his team-mates have a real chance of a win and a clean sheet at home to West Brom.
Joe Gomez - The only Liverpool defender to perform consistently this season has been Gomez at right back, which is surprising when you consider that fact he's actually a central defender being played out of position. The young man got a rest in midweek for the Champions League but will be back on the flank for the trip to West Ham and I think he'll have a good week.
A Spurs fullback - Mauricio Pochettino is spoilt for choice in the full back / wing back areas with Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Serge Aurier and the returning Danny Rose all available. Davies and Trippier both performed superbly against Real Madrid on Wednesday night so both could keep their spots, or they could be handed a rest to give Aurier and Rose some minutes against bottom placed Palace. We need to wait for line-ups on Sunday but my preference this week goes Trippier > Davies > Rose > Aurier.
Christopher Schindler - Huddersfield's best performing defender during the opening 10 weeks of the season and, like Lossl, has an opportunity to help himself to clean sheet points as the out of form Baggies pay the John Smith's Stadium a visit.
Virgil van Dijk - His behaviour over the summer was far from ideal but to be fair to van Dijk he hasn't let it affect his form since returning to the side in Week 7. Three double digit PXI scores in four weeks despite Saints not keeping a clean sheet in that time means he's doing something right on the pitch with an impressive number of aerial duels won, clearances and interceptions. I'm backing another double digit score against Burnley.
Honourable Mentions: Christian Fuchs away at Stoke, Cesar Azpilicueta at home to Manchester United, Nicolas Otamendi at home to Arsenal, Jamaal Lascelles at home to Bournemouth, Ben Mee away at Southampton
Christian Eriksen - It's tempting to go with Dele Alli after his midweek brace against Real Madrid but Eriksen has proved the more consistent and more trustworthy midfield option for Spurs over the past two seasons and comes with the added benefit of set piece duty. Palace beware.
Leroy Sane - Sane's stats are insane. The Germany star has started just six Premier League games but has six goals and five assists in that time and added a further two assist in Napoli in Wednesday night. In this sort form the fixture becomes almost irrelevant - he should be in your side.
Pascal Gross - Back-to-back appearances in this column and well deserved after another assist in Week 10. Gross has upped his stats, having now been involved in 64% of Brighton's Premier League goals, scoring two and creating five, and there's no reason he can't deliver again as the Seagulls fly across to face the struggling Swans.
Riyad Mahrez - If Claude Puel's first match in charge of Leicester told us one thing it's that he's going to look to maximise the effectiveness of Mahrez. The Algerian was moved back in to the number 10 role against Everton and delivered his best performance of the season, assisting Vardy's goal and offering a constant threat with a shot on target and two additional chances created for team mates. 13 points was a slightly disappointing return given his involvement but I feel he can better that against Stoke.
Harry Kane - Changing formats for a moment, I've chosen Kane as my FPL captain three times this season - at home to Burnley, at home to Swansea and at home to Bournemouth. Three blanks so far, due to a combination of a lack of creativity from the Spurs midfield and some plain bad luck. This has not discouraged me however; with Spurs flying high after the midweek win the striker is going to be my captain for the home clash with the Eagles and is the first name on my PXI team-sheet. Hattrick please.
Mohamed Salah - Salah screwed many of us over in Week 10 by missing that penalty but still returned double digits in PXI thanks to an assist and some effective forward play. West Ham's aging defence badly lacks pace and I expect the Egyptian to take advantage as he carries the attack in the absence of the injured Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.
That's it for Week 11. 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.