20 Teams: 20 Players looks at the best fantasy football options from each team, each week. From the must starts to the best of a bad bunch, here are this week’s picks for Gameweek 11 of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal (Tottenham Hotspur H)
Mesut Ozil: Arsenal’s in-form creator is fresh off one of the great Champions League goals and looks towards a massive home clash with Tottenham in Gameweek 11. Domestically, the German international has been quieter than his usual scheming self, with just one goal and an assist in his last four appearances. However, against a Spurs shorn of key man Toby Alderweireld, expect Ozil to exploit the gaps.
Bournemouth (Sunderland H)
Callum Wilson: This centre-forward hasn’t found 2016/17 as free-flowing in terms of goals, in comparison to last season. From the same amount of starts, the Englishman is two short – at five goals – of that number this time round. Hosting Sunderland at home however, Wilson could have the perfect conditions to hit his goal scoring groove once again.
Burnley (Crystal Palace H)
Tom Heaton: Hero keeper. That was the sentiment surrounding Tom Heaton as he marched off the Old Trafford field last weekend. The England international climbed to an impressive 11 saves, and more often than not, the victim of his exploits was an increasingly dismayed Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Burnley have been at their very best this season when defending deep and countering swiftly, if Sean Dyche sets them up to do the same against Palace then Tom Heaton could feasibly bag himself another clean sheet.
Chelsea (Everton H)
David Luiz: Chelsea’s unsung hero since arriving back in West London. The Brazilian international has slotted seamlessly into the heart of the Blues’ three man defence and has presided over five clean sheets in just six Premier League games. On top of that, the often maligned Luiz has picked up just one yellow card. Disciplined.
Crystal Palace (Burnley A)
James McArthur: It may have been a rare occurrence, but James McArthur was Palace’s chief attacking threat in Gameweek 10, with two goals. In that vein, we’re going out on a limb to say he could conceivably continue that hot streak away to Burnley. If he fails to do so, be safe in the knowledge that the Scotsman regularly ranks highly for defensive statistics in PlayON Daily Fantasy Football. Silver linings.
Everton (Chelsea A)
Romelu Lukaku: You suspect that the Belgian international would love nothing more than to stick a few past his old employers. Chelsea’s excellent recent defensive record could spoil the party, then again Lukaku managed to claim a brace in the last meeting of the two.
Hull City (Southampton H)
Curtis Davies: It’s been slim pickings for Hull City of late, with no wins since Gameweek 2. Their defensive nous and experience appears to be the only thing likely to get them any kind of result at this moment in time. Curtis Davies, with 21 blocks and 64 successful clearances so far this term, seems like their best bet.
Leicester City (West Bromwich Albion H)
Kasper Schmeichel: The Dane was impressive again for Leicester midweek, keeping a clean sheet in his native Copenhagen for 0-0 draw. Although the Foxes’ backline hasn’t been as watertight as last season, they have more than enough to shut out a low-scoring West Brom at home in Gameweek 11.
Liverpool (Watford H)
Roberto Firmino: We seem to hop from Coutinho, to Mane to Firmino for alternating weeks but it’s with good reason. These guys are fast becoming the most exciting attacking trident in the Premier League. Firmino gets the nod this week after a stunning finish – and his fourth this season – in Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Palace.
Manchester City (Middlesbrough H)
Ilkay Gundogan: The ex-Dortmund man is finally hitting his stride with Manchester City and his last two games have illustrated that perfectly. He’s scored twice and set up Sergio Aguero in their 4-0 rout of West Brom and was instrumental in their huge victory over Barcelona. Expect fantasy managers to sit up and take notice.
Manchester United (Swansea City A)
Paul Pogba: United’s star summer import has so far flattered to deceive in his second stint at the club. However, he was their most impressive player in Gameweek 10, providing the creative incision that led to their 38 fluffed attempts on goal.
Middlesbrough (Manchester City A)
Gaston Ramirez: The Uruguayan can be a frustrating talent, but showed his full capacity with a wonder strike against Bournemouth last weekend. Manchester City may have a leaky defence, but it will still take a lot for Middlesbrough to puncture this reinvigorated side. Ramirez is Boro’s most likely candidate to do that.
Southampton (Hull City A)
Virgil van Dijk: The Saints may have been comprehensively beaten by Chelsea last Sunday, but they remain one of the toughest Premier League teams to break down. Don’t expect Hull – just eight goals scored this season – to make much of a dent in van Dijk’s sturdy defence.
Stoke City (West Ham United A)
Joe Allen: The Welshman is in the form of his life, and the move the Stoke is looking like business well done for all involved. The midfield man was on-song against his old club Swansea and grabbed himself an assist in that 3-1 victory. Four goals and two assists in total this term rank him as one of the top mid-price midfielders in fantasy terms.
Sunderland (Bournemouth A)
Jermain Defoe: Once again, there is little else available at the Stadium of Light to choose from. Jermain Defoe’s consolation penalty against Arsenal in Gameweek 10 was literally the only positive in an otherwise miserable Sunderland display.
Swansea City (Manchester United H)
Gylfi Sigurdsson: In this period of transition, Swansea at least have one constant they can depend on. That constant is the talismanic Sigurdsson. The Icelander remains the most likely player at the Swans disposal to make something happen. Claiming two goals and two assists and ranking third behind Walcott and Coutinho for shots on target with 15.
Tottenham Hotspur (Arsenal A)
Kyle Walker: The England international has been one of the standout defenders in the league this season and with Spurs taking a trip up to the Emirates for a North London derby in Gameweek 11, expect Pochettino to focus heavily on hitting their rivals on the counter. Walker could be one to benefit, in fantasy terms.
Watford (Liverpool A)
Heurelho Gomes: The Hornets are beginning to hit their stride under the tutelage of Walter Mazzari and their defensive strengthening has been a key part of that. In their last four fixtures, resident shot stopper Gomes, has managed to keep three clean sheets. Second only to Thibaut Courtois in that timeframe.
West Bromwich Albion (Leicester City A)
Jonny Evans: The Baggies were taught a footballing lesson last time out against Manchester City and suffered the consequences with four unanswered goals. Expect Tony Pulis to hammer home an all-round more disciplined approach for Gameweek 11. Jonny Evans, arguably their best defender, will be key to that.
West Ham United (Stoke City H)
Andre Ayew: The Ghanaian international undertook the most amount of game-time of his season against Everton, with a thirty minute cameo, but he could get the start at home to Stoke City this weekend. Given that the Hammers are so sorely lacking goalscorers, Ayew may be the change up that they require.