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Halloween – An All Saints’ Weekend?

Halloween – An All Saints’ Weekend?

Fantasy Football Halloween Tips

My terrible FPL Pumpkin!

As we head in to Game Week 10 with another week of fresh fantasy football twitter debate echoing in our ears along with the early shrill of pre-November 5th fireworks, I find myself questioning where the real fantastical explosions will come from this weekend in the world that is fantasy football – and more importantly for me, Fantasy Premier League.

I spent a fair portion of time today carving a monster sized pumpkin and found after version one that it was impossible to fit our twitter handle of @FPL_TheSource into the orange flesh, so went for the more simplified version of ‘FPL TS’ – nevertheless, my own 3 year old monster was fairly impressed.  But whilst slicing flesh out of an oversized (and rather repulsive looking) squash I had plenty of time to contemplate my approach to Game Week 10.

Fantasy Premier League Game Week 10 takes us into the month of November 2014 with renewed hope and optimism that we can be successful in our own mini league, and whilst Quigliano managed to reach the heady heights of a top 10,000 (overall) position in Fantasy Premier League, the rest of us are just staring up at his rose tinted arse cheeks.

Now most people will be tinkering with their teams on the night of Halloween, also known as All Saints’ Eve and this got me to thinking about the meteoric rise of The Saints this term, especially given that in early July anyone who was anyone was writing them off and putting Southampton up as early relegation candidates.  But that has not materialised, and with the fixtures that Southampton have in November;

Southampton Next 4 Fixtures

Hull – Away

Leicester – Home

Aston Villa – Away

Man City – Home

You really cannot see that run of form halting any time soon for The Saints.  I would even expect them to pick up at least a point against Man City.  Villa and Leicester are extremely winnable and I can’t see why Southampton would not pick up at least 2 goals on their travels to Hull City.

When we are talking about Fantasy Football tips, people often say - who should I put in my fantasy football team this week?  I would certainly be looking at the forward and defensive options that Southampton bring to the Barclays Premier League.  Everyone is talking about Pelle, and you can see why – BUT not everyone has him in their team.  If his form continues, then by December I would expect his ownership to increase to above 70% (and his price will increase too) by which time you have lost the month of November – if you don’t have him in now then you risk being left in the cold (although with these balmy October temperatures that may only be in the figurative sense).  I think it would be safe to assume he will score at least another 3 goals this month with those fixtures.

Defensively, Southampton have looked solid and Clyne and Bertrand have increased in ownership and value, but at the risk of putting all your eggs in one basket, I would suggest playing both of them.  They could get an assist or two and I foresee at least 2 clean sheets from those four games.

We have already said that November is a good month for Arsenal in some of our other articles, but we need to look to the cheaper options and where we can gain some differential points.  Of course, they have Champions League football to play and so I expect to see some shuffling of the deck – particularly in midfield for Arsene Wenger.  We will continue to see the rehabilitation of Theo Walcott but it might just be a week too soon to put him in – perhaps next week will be the one.  Callum Chambers is a cheap defensive option and we still think Welbeck is a certainty if you don’t have him in – at under £8m you will not find a better value top 4 striker!

As I head into Halloween I am happy with my team (more so than my dodgy costume for the local pub’s fancy dress night), I have gone early and will be sticking to my guns – November is a big month for any fantasy premier league manager and it will set you up for that big Christmas period when you want to make sure you are still in the running in your respective leagues.  Will it be a weekend of tricks or treats ?  I very much suspect it will depend on what you do on All Saints’ Eve and which (if any) Saints you choose to fill your team!

Good luck and enjoy the ghastly festivities .

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