Fantasy Premier League has thrown up another tricky round of fixtures for the game’s most reliable assets and we may have look to the outside the box again for success.
Chelsea and Manchester United go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge in GW11 while Manchester City host Arsenal.
So, ironically, it looks like Liverpool may actually be the source of reliability this weekend…
Who should I buy for GW11?
Mohamed Salah (£9.2m)
Liverpool’s next five fixtures: whu/SOU/CHE/stk/bha
Mohamed Salah may have missed a penalty against Huddersfield Town but his assist against the Terriers means he has now been involved in a goal in 60 per cent of the first 10 weeks of the season.
His five goals and three assists mean he has contributed to Liverpool’s attacking threat more than any other player. As far as I am concerned, we need no further proof that investment in the Reds has to be in the Egyptian if you want to capitalise on a good run of fixtures.
While Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea do battle with each other in GW11, Liverpool face a trip to a poor West Ham side.
The Hammers have been woeful at the back in 2017/18 allowing 135 shots on their goal in the first 10 games – while Liverpool have had more efforts than any other side in the league (187).
A win or a positive result is hardly assured for Liverpool with their defensive problems well known – but there should be plenty of goals and Salah should be central to that.
Pascal Groß (£5.8m)
Brighton & Hove Albion’s next five fixtures: swa/STK/mun/CRY/LIV
I think it’s finally time to accept that Pascal Groß is an essential Fantasy Premier League asset for the 2017/18 season.
But it’s worth getting him sooner rather than later because, with good reason, his price is constantly on the rise.
The German has scored twice and assisted five goals since arriving at Brighton from FC Ingolstadt. That means he has been responsible for 70 per cent of the Seagulls goals this season.
That makes him the most vital player for any team in the top flight – nobody else can boast a higher goal involvement.
Brighton are hardly known for scoring lots of goals but every time they do, you effectively have a seven in ten chance that Groß will bank from FPL points from it.
In the next five gameweeks, only the GW13 visit to Manchester United looks like one Brighton won’t score in. It’s hard to see any one of Swansea (A), Stoke (H), Crystal Palace (H) or Liverpool (H) keeping a clean sheet against them.
So get Groß and get him now before he stops becoming a budget option!
Tammy Abraham (£5.9m)
Swansea City’s next five fixtures: BHA/bur/BOU/che/stk
We’ve fought Tammy Abraham’s corner for a long time and we would like to put out another advisement to sign him.
He’s been in my team for a few weeks but I had benched him for Swansea’s GW10 visit to Arsenal – thinking that most of his attacking threat had come at the Liberty Stadium.
His assist and disallowed goal in North London prove he is capable of delivering the goods where ever he plays which, for me, makes him more essential to own than before.
With Brighton and Bournemouth visiting south Wales over the next few weeks and potentially winnable fixtures at Burnley and Stoke, get Abraham before he becomes too expensive.
Top points scorers on FPL so far this season
Who should I sell or avoid for GW11?
Ahmed Hegazi (£4.7m)
West Bromwich Albion’s next five fixtures: hud/CHE/tot/NEW/CRY
We said it last week, we’ll say it again. You need to withdraw from West Bromwich Albion defensive assets as soon as you can.
The Baggies have not kept a clean sheet since GW5 and have some tricky fixtures on the horizon.
Huddersfield vs West Brom is certainly a fixture that has 0-0 written all over it but so did the Baggies’ trip to Southampton in GW9.
That ended up a 1-0 win for the hosts and I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a similar story in GW11.
I don’t think we should factor a 3-0 loss to Liverpool into Huddersfield’s home form guide; the 2-1 win over Manchester United from GW9 should give them the edge in this one.
Julian Speroni (£4.0m)
Crystal Palace’s next five fixtures: tot/EVE/STK/bha/wba
A lot of people were drawn to Julian Speroni when it appeared he had taken over the Crystal Palace goalkeeper gloves from Wayne Hennessey (£4.4m) – but I’m not convinced.
Palace may have some favourable fixtures coming up but with no clean sheet on the board yet this season, it’s hard to justify starting one of their defensive players.
Tottenham, Everton, Stoke, Brighton and West Brom are all capable of scoring against the Eagles in the next five weeks so I think a rotation that involves Speroni is a high-risk approach.
In my opinion, you should only have Speroni in your team is for budgetary reasons. You’d have to have someone like David de Gea (£5.7m), Ederson (£5.5m) or Hugo Lloris (£5.5m) – someone who can start every week for you – to make his inclusion in your squad worthwhile.
Wayne Rooney (£7.3m)
Everton’s next five fixtures: WAT/cry/sou/WHU/HUD
It might unnatural to look away from Everton over the next five weeks with such a nice looking run but it makes no sense to be invested in such a mess right now.
The Toffees were pretty woeful under Ronald Koeman this season anyway but since his departure they have looked even worse.
There are some formerly impressive FPL assets in their squad in Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.1m) and Michael Keane (£5.4m); the chief of which being Wayne Rooney.
He is still owned by 10 per cent of managers but if you are one of his owners reading this article – make sure you change that!
Until Everton get a new manager I can’t see any improvement occurring at Goodison Park and, to be honest, I think Watford have to be the favourites to win there in GW11.
I would avoid or sell any Everton assets until we know who will be managing them for the rest of the season and what their tactics/formations will be.
Who should I monitor for potential future purchase?
Harry Kane (£12.6m)
Tottenham Hotspur’s next five fixtures: CRY/ars/WBA/lei/wat
Harry Kane threw the Fantasy Premier League community into total meltdown last week with his hamstring injury but could be back in the frame for GW11.
He returned to training this week and the need for his services may well be boosted by the fact that Tottenham looked quite toothless without him at Old Trafford.
But we don’t know exactly how Mauricio Pochettino will handle his return to action.
An all important Champions League match against Real Madrid will have proved helpful for those wondering about his availability.
But Pochettino may even feel that a home game against Crystal Palace is almost too easy to risk Kane’s fitness in.
So keep an eye on the Tottenham boss’ next press conference before making a decision on the striker.
Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m)
Crystal Palace’s next five fixtures: tot/EVE/STK/bha/wba
Wilfried Zaha threw himself back into contention as a mid-range price midfielder after scoring against West Ham in GW10.
He had six shots on goal in that game and looked, once again, like the talismanic Palace player that could save them from relegation.
It would appear, though, that at this stage his attacking assets may only come at Selhurst Park.
His other goal this season was scored there against Chelsea before he blanked at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park.
So I’m not sure he can be relied upon to do well against Spurs this weekend, but it’s worth factoring him into your transfer plans for the visits of Everton and Stoke to south London in GW12 and GW13 respectively.
Charlie Daniels (£4.9m)
Bournemouth’s next five fixtures: new/HUD/swa/BUR/SOU
Charlie Daniels’ inclusion here is more about the future than it is about a cut-and-dry GW11 fixture.
After all, it’s hard to see Bournemouth keeping a clean sheet at Newcastle this weekend.
But it’s worth looking at him because he always has the potential to be involved in a goal for the Cherries and over the next few weeks has a really nice run of fixtures.
Given that he is currently less than his starting price it could be worth picking him up before that run of games.