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AM's Players To Watch: Week 10

by Nik Argiropoulos
Updated On: November 14, 2018, 6:20 am ET

Welcome to the AM's Players To Watch for Gameweek 10. As long-time readers of my columns will know, my advice in seasons gone by had revolved around games that would allow you to make unlimited transfers each gameweek, selecting an entirely new 11 players if you so wished. Unfortunately Yahoo Fantasy Premier League is a glorious but distant memory, while Togga, sadly, was not able to return for this campaign which put an end to the Perfect XI column I'd been penning for the past two years.

This season I'll be a bit more general in my advice. Whether you're playing Official FPL, FPL or Fantrax Draft, Fantrax Salary Cap, Sky Sports, The Sun, The Telegraph or any number of other the fantasy games available to fans each season, I'll be offering my top five picks for the week ahead, mixing "must-haves" with hunch picks and players flying under the radar. Hopefully this will offer something for everyone, whether you're considering captain options, looking to make a transfers or pick up a free agent in draft.

Week 9 was a total disaster; so much so that I don't want to revisit it. Let's get straight in to the Week 10 fixtures ...

Saturday 27 October
Brighton v Wolves
Fulham v Bournemouth
Liverpool v Cardiff
Southampton v Newcastle
Watford v Huddersfield
Leicester v West Ham

Sunday 28 October
Burnley v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Man Utd v Everton

Monday 29 October
Tottenham v Man City


Spurs v Man City should be a cracking match but it's difficult to know which way it'll go so I'm avoiding players from either side. Liverpool have the stand out fixture of the weekend at home to Cardiff, with Watford at home to Huddersfield and Chelsea away at Burnley also looking attractive for fantasy purposes. I like Arsenal's chances at Crystal Palace, Leicester at home to West Ham and Southampton hosting Newcastle. With that in mind, here are the players ....

Roberto Pereyra (MF - Watford v Huddersfield) - Roberto Pereyra has started the season in fantastic form, stepping up to fill the boots of the departed Richarlison and helping move Watford up to an impressive 7th position in the Premier League table. In fact, the Argentinian has four goals to his name in the opening nine games - the same number of goals scored by the entire Huddersfield squad. It's little wonder, then, that David Wagner's side are still waiting for their first win of the campaign and it's hard to see it coming this weekend, with Pereyra likely to lead the Hornets to a comfortable home win.

Andrew Robertson (DF - Liverpool v Cardiff) - Andy Robertson was the first name on my list this week and that was before his outstanding display in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Scotland captain has that perfect wing-back mixture of defensive solidity and attacking quality, with four assists for the season already. A home game against Cardiff offers another clean sheet opportunity and I have a hunch that Robertson could pop up with his first goal of 2018.

Eden Hazard (MF - Chelsea @ Burnley) - You don't really need an explanation for this pick, but here's a brief one anyway. Eden Hazard has scored seven goals and provided three assists in just seven Premier league starts. That is 'Salah 2017/18' form. Burnley are coming in to this clash straight after conceding five at Manchester City and their defence will not be looking forward to this latest challenge. Maurizio Sarri has reported the Belgian star is struggling with a back injury and will miss the Europa League game on Thursday night but I agree with Sir Ben of Dinnery that this is likely to be a precaution and that Hazard will be ready for Sunday.

Danny Ings (FW - Southampton v Newcastle) - I've been a Danny Ings owner in Official FPL since he made his loan move from Liverpool to Southampton at the end of the transfer window. It started off so well with three goals in his first four starts but things have gone awful quiet ever since despite the striker having plenty of shots on goal. Thankfully he has the chance to end this mini-goal drought in Gameweek 10 as rock-bottom Newcastle visit St Mary's in a game the Saints really should win. Remember, Ings comes with the added benefit of being the club's designated penalty taker.

James Maddison (MF - Leicester v West Ham) - James Maddison has made quite the impact since arriving at Leicester from Norwich in the summer and is already making that £20million transfer fee look like excellent value. Slotting in to the number 10 role behind Jamie Vardy has helped negate the loss of creativity dealt by Riyad Mahrez's departure with Maddison already notching three goals and two assist in his first nine Premier League appearances. This fine start should continue as the Foxes host inconsistent West Ham.

Captain Choice: Mohamed Salah (MF - Liverpool v Cardiff) - Last season this captain selection would've been a no-brainer. And it remains a no-brainer this season. Mo Salah may not be firing on all cylinders just yet but he's looking sharper than he was between August - September and his six goals (plus two assists) is far from a disastrous start. With Liverpool sure to dominate possession, territory and chances against Cardiff, anything less than a brace for Mo would be a surprise.

 

Honourable Mentions: Ryan Bertrand, Hector Bellerin, Jose Holebas, Sadio Mane, Ryan Fraser, Anthony Martial, Callum Wilson, Troy Deeney, Alexandre Lacazette

That's it for Gameweek 10. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the new season. If you have any questions about a specific player or your own fantasy team then feel free to post them in the comments below or hit me on Twitter (@nikarg) and I will get back to you.

 

Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.

Nik Argiropoulos
Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.