In this world nothing is certain but death, taxes and botching at least one column per season. Gameweek 9 got off to a bad start with Joe Hart and West Ham as they suffered a gloomy 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton on Friday. Things went from bad to worse in the defense without a clean sheet for Per Mertesacker or Chris Smalling, while David Zappacosta didn’t make the starting XI. In the midfield, Yohan Cabaye had a quiet match and Nacer Chadli posted a negative score. Mario Lemina and Manolo Gabbiadini provided the limited, but saving grace, as both players outscored their points per match averages.
With that said, GW10 offers a slate of matches that should provide a few surprises. Manchester United and Tottenham kickoff the round in what should be a classic encounter, while Liverpool faces a tricky test against Huddersfield. However, the most intriguing match features Leicester City and Everton. The Toffees will be under the guidance of caretaker boss David Unsworth while the Foxes will take the pitch with new boss Claude Puel at the helm.
Before we get down to business, here’s what you need to know to maximize my advice. This column is reserved for weekly free agent and waiver-wire adds for Togga draft leagues and features only players owned in less than 50 percent of leagues. Players who make each column will be classified as a streaming option, (one-week add), long-term add (worth holding for a specific duration of matches) or a must-add (should be owned in all leagues).
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Mat Ryan, Brighton (9 percent): Ryan has been consistent enough of late to warrant a shout out in the streaming goalkeeper conversation. He made two saves and earned his third clean sheet of the season in the 3-0 win at West Ham in GW9. Ryan wasn’t truly tested against the Hammers, but this was because center-backs Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk were in peak form. The Australian did however fare well when he was tested in the two matches prior, making 11 saves and conceding just three goals across matches against Arsenal and Everton. Ryan is averaging 9.87 points since GW7 and this production fit the bill ahead of this weekend’s visit from Southampton. The Saints haven’t scored 2+ goals in a match since GW2, while Ryan has yet to allow more than two goals in a game this season. He’s ranks 8th in saves (26) and is a short-term add thanks to upcoming matches against Swansea and Stoke City.
Shane Duffy, Brighton (41 percent): Like Ryan, Duffy has added value with Brighton’s favorable run of matches. He’s likely owned as a fourth or fifth defender in deeper leagues, but with his stock on the rise managers in 10-team leagues should take notice. In addition to the Seagulls encouraging forthcoming schedule, Duffy has posted double-digit scores in six of his last seven matches and currently ranks 18th amongst all defenders in total points (84.5). He also leads all Brighton defenders in clearances (80), aerials won (36) and points per match (9.39). If Duffy has another strong performance against Southampton, his ownership will rise above 50 percent—he’s a smart add this week.
Nathan Ake, Bournemouth (23 percent): Bournemouth have a favorable schedule on the horizon. Ake hasn’t been dependable enough to make him a must-start this weekend against his former club Chelsea, but he could prove more than serviceable during the upcoming stretch. From GW11 through GW15, the toughest opponent the Dutchman will face is Huddersfield Town. Ake made nine clearances and won six aerials in the 2-1 win over Stoke City at the weekend, giving him respective totals of 27 and 12 over the last three matches. Eddie Howe’s side should be able to pick up at least one or two clean sheets during the favorable run of fixtures, which boosts Ake’s value. He’s a good add-and-stash for deeper leagues.
Junior Stanislas, Bournemouth (19 percent): A relentless threat all match, Stanislas was the driving force in Bournemouth’s attack as he provided his first assist and goal of the season in the 2-1 win over Stoke City. The assist came on the opening goal of the match when he collected a smart cutback from Adam Smith and laid the ball off for Andy Surman, while his goal was the winner from the penalty spot shortly thereafter. Stanislas was everywhere on the pitch, as he lead the Cherries in key passes (3) and successful dribbles (2). He’s an add for 10-team or deeper leagues who has the potential to be a weekly starter should he can stay fit. Last season, he scored seven goals and assisted five times despite playing just 1,475 minutes of Premier League football.
Tom Cleverley, Watford (10 percent): Cleverley has picked up his production in recent weeks and could be worth streaming against Stoke City in GW10. In the last three matches, he has a goal from two shots on target and six key passes. Cleverley’s bread and butter are tackles won and interceptions, which is why the spike in offensive actions has seen him nearly double his points per match average of late. With three straight double-digit performances, he is a late streaming option for managers in need of a fifth midfielder.
Vicente Iborra, Leicester City (2 percent): In GW9, Iborra set season highs in clearances, successful take-ons and fantasy points. Using him as a streaming option may seem like a huge risk considering he only scored nine points last week but the summer signing from Sevilla, who can also operate as a forward, has a skillset earmarked to make him a success under new manager Claude Puel. The three time Europa League winner is seeing roughly 70-plus touches in a defensive midfield role alongside Wilfred Ndidi, which will give him a crack at hitting key passes given his passing proficiency. His ownership is low because he recently returned to full fitness, making him one of the few readily available options who bares major long-term potential. If you are going to roll the dice on a midfielder for GW10, the 29-year-old is someone who checks all the boxes.
Troy Deeney, Watford (47 percent): Finding a quality forward on the free agent market isn’t easy, but with Andre Gray struggling for form, Deeney is as close as you’ll get this week. The 29-year-old came off the bench and scored the match-winning spot-kick against Arsenal during GW8 and then started at weekend ahead of Gray. The start was his second in the last three matches and while his 8.5 fantasy points weren't really headline worthy, his physical presence upfront has put him back in the good graces of manager Marco Silva. If he gets the nod against Stoke City, Deeney can be started as a low-end second forward. In his last four matches, he has an assist from five key passes and won 12 aerial duels. His value is boost facing Stoke City, who have conceded 18 goals since GW3 and 10 in their last three away matches.