Game Week 11 Tips – Guest Post by Fantasy Gaffer
Fantasy Premier League Tips GW11 – by Fantasy Gaffer
With 10 weeks in the books there are no shortage of interesting plot lines developing across the Premier League. Cesc Fabregas has contributed to 10 goals in 10 games (recording a record nine assists in the opening 10 fixtures), while Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa are being chased down by Saido Berahino in the race for the golden boot. Early season defensive stalwarts Aston Villa and Burnley have learned they'll not survive on 0-0 draws alone and injuries have impacted fantasy premier league squads heavily. Hidden amoung the plot lines, however, are a handful of fantasy football tips that can subtly shape your performance in the coming weeks. There are a handful of players secretly poised for a breakout, once their counting stats (goals and assists) catch up with their performance.
Rémy Cabella has created an exceptional 15 chances, with a season-best five chances created in gameweek 2 against Aston Villa. Despite the fine work, he has been rewarded with just two assists in fantasy epl. His 21pts in the Official game are fourth-best amoung Newcastle midfielders. But the 24-year-old French international is poised for a run of form that will lift him above his teammates in FPL scoring. Cabella's played 572', significantly less time than the three players ahead of him. Sissoko 899', Colback 878' and Gouffran 713' have all played better than a full match more this term. Despite this, none has created as many chances, with Yoan Gouffran creating just eight chances to date. While the £7.2m price-tag is a bit high for the current level of production, the Magpies next four run: West Brom (a), QPR (H), West Ham (a) and Burnely (a). Add to that, Papiss Cissé is returning to health and already showing sparkling form, while youngster Ayoze Pérez scored the winner against Liverpool a week ago. It's an expensive gamble, but at only 1% selected Cabella could provide significant returns as your third midfielder over the next four game weeks as the chief engineer within Alan Pardew's starting XI.
Another short term play may be the aforementioned Burnley defense. With three of their next four fixtures coming at Turf Moor, Sean Dyche will want to ensure his side capture as many points as possible. This is particularly true as the Clarets face Hull, Stoke, Aston Villa and Newcastle, with a trip to the Britannia Stadium the loan away fixture in that span. While Jason Shackell, Michael Duff and Kieran Trippier have played nearly every minute of each match, but the trio are not rated the same moving forward. The man you're looking for first is Trippier. The 24-year-old has been good value going forward, including a season-high five chances created in GW8 loss to West Ham. The entirety of his fantasy value to date is tied to the three consecutive clean sheets that Burnley kept in weeks 3-5, but we believe there is a good opportunity for Trippier to record his first assists of the season in this four game stretch. Moreover, this will be the best stretch for Burnley to recapture their early form and claim another clean sheet.
If you're looking for a spot in your squad the following two players can be dropped. Sunderland's John O'Shea has not been good this season. The Black Cats' defender has recorded better than 2pts just twice in 10 games and he will face a difficult string of matches in the next five: Everton, Leicester, Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool await. With three of those matches at home, some might wonder if he could retain his place, but we're happier to roll the dice with Trippier. Similarly, 16.2% selected Andre Wisdom has one assist and four clean sheets to his name this season. The on-loan Liverpool man has had a bit of good fortune with the scheduling but has not done much on the offensive end. He has only five chances created and not a single shot on target this term. Moreover, he hasn't shown much inclination to join the attack. With Newcastle (H), Chelsea (a) and Arsenal (H) in the next three, Wisdom will be lucky to collect more than 1pt per match.
Finally, a number of discount options between the sticks will face stiff opposition in the coming weeks. Ben Foster will, of course, face the same gauntlet as Wisdom. While both Brad Guzan and Tim Krul line-up opposite more modest competition, expectations are tempered by three away fixtures in the next four for each. The best play may be a popular one, with Manchester United's first-choice netminder, David de Gea, selected in 13.6% of FPL sides. Priced £5.4m, de Gea has seen his price dip slightly since the start of the season as the Red Devils have failed to keep a clean sheet since GW4. However, Louis van Gaal's squad face one of their easiest stretches, with three of their next four at home: Palace (H), Arsenal (a), Hull (H) and Stoke (H). While that Arsenal fixture will likely prove a stumbling block, there are a number of one-week options available for GW 11 - led by Stoke's Asmir Begovic who will run out against Burnley - and it should not dissuade FPL managers from making a move for the Spanish international.
*All Stats Provided By Opta, Courtesy of PlayTogga.com