Top Picks for Gameweek 10
Every week David Munday will be discussing his top picks for the gameweek. Here he picks out three players who he thinks are the top picks for Gameweek 10.
With Erling Haaland smashing Premier League defences to smithereens and establishing himself as something of a perma-captain options, Fantasy managers will have to fuel their green arrows with the options they combine him with.
I think that right now, based on the form and fixtures in front of us, many of the explosive options for the next few weeks could be in midfield.
I’ve picked out two of my favourite in this position and a forward who I’ll be putting my faith in for the next two rounds in at least. Here are my top picks for Gameweek 10.
He may not have come off in Gameweek 9 but I’m still backing Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m) to be worth the money in the next two matches. He still has three goals in his last four Premier League starts and ranks favourably for some of the underlying statistics. Only three players have outperformed him for shots on target during that same period. Meanwhile, Leeds and Leicester look like prime opponents for Zaha to deliver on those numbers. In their last four matches, Jesse Marsch and Brendan Rodgers’s men sit in the division’s bottom four for expected goals conceded (xGC). Also, when you use the Fantasy Football Scout Season Ticker to sort all teams by the attacking difficulty of their fixtures between now and the World Cup, nobody ranks higher than Crystal Palace.
Hopefully this doesn’t look too much like a kneejerk reaction but it is hard to ignore West Ham’s fixtures between now and Gameweek 16 too. When you run the same request through the Season Ticker mentioned above, the Hammers come out third. The most appealing of those come in Gameweeks 10 and 13, when they host Fulham and Bournemouth respectively. The Cottagers are bottom of the league for xGC in their past four matches while the Cherries have the third-worst total for goals conceded since the start of the campaign. Meanwhile, Jarrod Bowen (£8.1m) ranks highest among all West Ham players for expected goal involvement (xGI) of those who have started each of the last four.
It might sound obvious but I thought I’d include Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) seeing as a few Fantasy managers have parted company with him recently. But a meeting with Liverpool appears to be the perfect fixture for him to continue his current run of form. Jurgen Klopp’s men have just two clean sheets this season and have conceded 1.5 goals per game. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s new centre-forward has produced three goals and three bonus points in his last four appearances. Over the same period, Jesus ranks second among all players in the Premier League for shots in the box, joint-top for big chances and second for shots on target.