Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 13 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Download the apps via the link below and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements:
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Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek of Premier League fixtures, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions for each position. The main 11 players listed won't necessarily be the exact players selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas to get you thinking. Hopefully you'll find the advice useful, whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.
Thanks once again to Mr Thurman for covering this column again last week. Despite my absence due to illness week 12 went very well as I broke the 200 point barrier for only the second time this season. 10 out of my 11 player hit double figures with Coutinho, Hazard, Salah and Morata the stars of the show. I'm in to the overall Top 500 and sit less than 100 points off the Top 100. The heat is on!
Week 13 begins with a rare Friday night 8pm GMT kick off as West Ham host Leicester. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for this game but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player from your squad right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This wonderful flexibility allows you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat ZERO. Just make sure you keep an eye on the starting line-ups as kick off approaches each week by following the Rotoworld PL Twitter account.
Here are your Week 13 fixtures:
Friday 24 November
West Ham v Leicester
Saturday 25 November
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Man Utd v Brighton
Newcastle v Watford
Spurs v West Brom
Swansea v Bournemouth
Liverpool v Chelsea
Sunday 26 November
Southampton v Everton
Burnley v Arsenal
Huddersfield v Man City
As always we want to focus on the players from teams with the "most winnable" match ups and there are three obvious ones that stand out in Week 13 - Manchester United at home to Brighton, Tottenham at home to West Brom and Manchester City away at Huddersfield. Aside from that there isn't too much to get excited about. There should be goals between Liverpool and Chelsea but it's tricky to call which way they'll fall. Arsenal are heavy favourites to beat Burnley at Turf Moor but I'd be wary given the Clarets home form. While Leicester can beat the Hammers, the remaining fixtures look too close to call on paper and so a focus on the three teams mentioned at the start of this paragraph is probably the most sensible approach. Boring? Yes. Necessary? Yes.
David De Gea - Brighton are certainly no mugs but I just don't see Chris Hughton's men scoring at Old Trafford this weekend and so De Gea will take his place in net for my PXI side.
Nicolas Otamendi - Back from suspension and certain to start with John Stones injured, Otamendi has been in terrific form this season - solid in defence and a threat at set pieces. A clean sheet beckons at Huddersfield and the defender could even pop up with a goal.
Antonio Valencia - With Phil Jones set to be out injured once again I'll move to my usual Manchester United defensive back-up option, the veteran Valencia, who has been having one of his most consistent seasons at right back.
Kieran Trippier - Rested for the trip to Dortmund in midweek, Trippier and Ben Davies should both return to the starting line-up for the Baggies' visit. I'm currently leaning towards Tripps but both men should prosper in Week 13.
Harry Maguire - Hunch pick. West Ham are a shambles right now while Leicester have shown an upturn in organisation since Claude Puel took over from Craig Shakespeare. The Foxes can win the Friday night clash and Maguire can return double-digit PXI points through a combination of defensive and attacking contributions.
Paul Pogba - The Pog is back. United are back. Simply select the Frenchman, sit back and watch the fantasy points roll in.
Leroy Sane - Rested for the Champions League clash with Feyenoord in midweek which means Sane is certain to start against Huddersfield and the German starlet will feel confident of adding to his six goals and six assists in the league this season.
Wilfried Zaha - Zaha has been mightily impressive playing as a striker over the past month, bagging three goals in five starts, and he should continue in an advanced role against Stoke in Week 13 with Christian Benteke still feeling his way back to full fitness. Expect his pace to cause the Potters defence all sorts of problems.
Christian Eriksen - Eriksen has had four consecutively quiet weeks for Spurs including poor performances in disappointing defeats at Manchester United and Arsenal. A home game against West Brom should mean more time on the ball to create chances and more set pieces, which usually leads to big fantasy returns for the Dane.
Romelu Lukaku - After a phenomenal start Lukaku went off the boil through most of October and November, but with Zlatan back in the picture the Belgian will be aware that he needs to up his productivity to remain Manchester United's automatic first choice forward. He was back on the scoresheet against Newcastle for the first time in five Premier League games and I'm banking on him going on another run now, with Brighton up next.
Harry Kane - Oh Harry. Harry, Harry, Harry. You've let me down on four separate occasions already this season, drawing a blank on each of the four times I've picked you in my PXI line-up and given you the captain’s armband in FPL. And yet here I am, picking you again for the visit of West Brom. I don't want us to fall out over this, but it's make or break time son.
Honourable Mentions: Jamie Vardy away at West Ham, Gabriel Jesus away at Huddersfield, Callum Wilson away at Swansea, Mo Salah at home to Chelsea, Alvaro Morata away at Liverpool, Alexis Sanchez away at Burnley
That's it for Week 13. Check out our Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. If you have any questions about the Perfect XI game or general questions about a player or your own team then feel free to post them below or ping me on Twitter (@nikarg) and I promise to get back to you.
Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.