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Each week I will recommend players—based on availability, current form and matchups—that have high upside as either: an add, a spot start, or a trade-piece. The recommendations will normally revolve around highlighting a spike in player’s fantasy value or present an ideal solution to selection dilemmas. These weekly picks are meant to grab your attention, limit the often-fatal last minute lineup tinker, and aid in your process of maintaining a superior squad throughout the grueling FPL campaign.
Week Nine Recap
For the second week in a row, but not to the same extent of last week, the defenders I highlighted came through. Michael Keane lead the trio in points, Erik Pieters scored more than double his points per match average and Antonio Barragan helped keep a clean sheet against Arsenal. My midfielders that hit my projections, Victor Moses and Ander Herrera, both produced double-digit scores. Moses recorded two successful take-ons and helped Chelsea defeat Manchester United 4-0, and Herrera created two scoring chances in a losing effort. Wahbi Khazri might have only scored seven fantasy points, but he’s created nine scoring chances for Sunderland over the course of three consecutive starts. Meanwhile, the biggest surprise was the late omission of Junior Stanislas (calf) from Bournemouth’s match against Tottenham. I was however not surprised to see Yannick Bolasie scored his first goal of the season and record four successful take-ons for the second match in a row. Charlie Austin, my first-choice trade target last week, had a dull performance against Manchester City after scoring a brace in GW8 and Olivier Giroud made his return from a foot injury, a substitute appearance in Tuesday’s EPL Cup victory over Reading.
Goalkeeper: Lee Grant (12.5)
Week 10 Super Subs
Goalkeeper - Heurelho Gomes (Watford)
I know, he has been inconsistent this season, but Gomes has nabbed consecutive clean sheets in his past two matches. Two weeks ago he recorded his first clean sheet and stopped three shots against Middlesbrough, followed by a five-save performance that blanked Swansea City in GW9. What else is to like about Gomes this week? His opponent is Hull City who has been held scoreless the past two matches. Facing a Hull attack that will be without Robert Snodgrass, Gomesis an excellent goalkeeper to start in GW10. After poor performances in the first seven weeks of the year, he has looked more like the solid player we saw during the 2015-16 campaign. In his past two fixtures,, he has a points per match average of 16 and has made eight total saves.
Defenders - Four Adds
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) - The United States international is a steal on the free agent market. The 31-year-old has scored better than his previous week’s score in each match since GW6 and registered a total of 38.75 points in the process. On a points per match average (9.68) his production, if sustained until the season ends, would him rank as a top-20 defender. His spike in scoring drastically jumped even further the past two weeks; he scored 13.25 in GW8 and 17.25 in GW9. Another thing to consider is goalkeeper Lee Grant’s current form. If Grant can continue to produce clean sheets then Cameron has added value: defenders receive six points for clean sheets. Cameron is currently receiving treatment for a knock but should be in contention for the visit of Bob Bradley’s Swansea City. The smart move is to add him and if ruled fit, start him in GW10. Cameron should have extra motivation against his former international boss.
Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) - West Ham has shaken off their rocky start and the result has seen Ogbonna score well in fantasy. The Hammers’ current three-match unbeaten streak has seen the Italian international average 11.33 points per match and play a vital role in keeping successive clean sheets. Ogbonna has also made 11 total interceptions in the past two matches and been the club’s best interceptor this season, 3.8 per match. This weekend West Ham will take a crack at Everton who lost to Burnley 2-1 last weekend and is winless in their last four. Ogbonna should score better than his season points per match average (6.46) and extend his run of five matches with at least four interceptions.
Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) - Van Der Hoorn impressed new manager Bob Bradley and prospective fantasy owners alike in GW9. The 23-year-old Dutchmen won 11 aerial duels and four interceptions while he helped keep a clean sheet against Watford. In his third successive start, the center back won the Man of the Match honors as he quelled Watford’s attempts to attack the Swans with balls over the top. Van Der Hoorn, who signed with Swansea from Ajax in July, has performed well enough to warrant a look in fantasy. I would advise owners that have injured defenders to add Van Der Hoorn to their bench for GW10; he scored 27 points in GW9 and made Togga’s Perfect Squad.
Alfie Mawson (Swansea City) - Mawson was another Swansea defender that caught the eye of fantasy owners in GW9. The 22-year-old celebrated his Premier League debut in fine fashion, he helped keep a clean sheet and scored 15 fantasy points. His contributions also included two interceptions and four aerial duels won. Mawson was key in a match that saw Swansea their second clean sheet and first under new boss Bob Bradley this season. The best manner of handling Mawson, just like Van Der Hoorn, is adding him ahead of GW10. It is realistic that another good performance could result in Bradley keep him in the starting XI.
Midfielders - Deeper League Finds
Adama Traore (Middlesbrough) - He had a very solid performance in his first start of the season: Traore scored 13 points against Arsenal. The winger’s highlight moment of GW9 came in the first-half when he dispossessed Laurent Koscielny and split Arsenal’s center-back, then raced in on goal and fired a strike that forced a splendid save from goalkeeper Petr Cech. The sequence was a textbook example of the 20-year-old’s deadly pace. In addition to his 13 fantasy points last week, fantasy owners should take note that he has averaged 3.25 successful take-ons in four appearances this season. Traore seems to have caught the eye of manager Aitor Karanka and has value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) - Lingard has started three of Manchester United’s last four league matches and averaged 10.16 fantasy points in each. The 23-year-old also created seven scoring chances in that span. United has a favorable matchup in GW10 against Burnley who is the perfect opponent to bounce back against following a 4-0 defeat at Chelsea. The Red Devils came out firing following their previous defeat this season and hit Leicester City for four goals, a match that saw Lingard grab his first assist of the campaign. Lingard has a good shot of making his fourth league start in GW10 and is a sneaky play given his offensively geared role.
Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) - Ibe is on my list because I have a hunch he’ll pick up an assist (maybe a goal too?) against Middlesbrough in GW10. This prediction is certainly bold since his season has yielded no assists and just one shot on target. However, the former Liverpool man has created a decent amount of chances and threatened defenses on the dribble in each match this campaign. Ibe has averaged 2.0 chances created and 2.25 successful take-ons in his past four appearances...he is due for a breakout performance. His overall fantasy production has been minimal (5.78 points per match) but the past two weeks have seen it spike, 8.5 points per match. Facing Middlesbrough this weekend, Ibe is my guy to gamble on in GW10.
Forwards - Stock Watch
Sam Vokes (Burnley) - I may have spoken too soon last week when I labeled Vokes as a forward that lacks the punch to be a reliable contributor. The Welshman proved me wrong by scoring in successive matches. In GW8 he scored his second goal of the season and last weekend provided the opener in Burnley’s 2-1 win over Everton. After experiencing a significant fantasy drought from GW3 through GW7 (4.6 points per match), goals in his past two appearances have pushed him back into relevance. His pair of goals came from three shots on target and aided in his production of 33.5 points. It will be interesting to see if manager Sean Dyche sticks with him in GW10 or opts to deploy Andre Gray, now that the latter has completed his four-match ban Don’t be shocked to see Vokes extend his scoring streak against Manchester United who will be without Eric Bailly. Add Vokes and hope he scores for the third successive match. Should he do so, it will be hard for Dyche to drop him from the Clarets’ starting XI.
Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) - When the Foxes signed Musa this summer they added a versatile attacker. The past two league matches have seen manager Claudio Ranieri take full advantage of this. Ranieri recalled Musa to the starting XI in GW8, for the first time since the season-opener, and handed him a role as a support striker underneath Jamie Vardy. Meanwhile, GW9 saw Vardy dropped from the starting XI and Musa shifted to the left wing. The 24-year-old had quite the afternoon against Crystal Palace as he scored his first league goal from three shots on target in 81 minutes of action, which yielded his best fantasy score of the season (20). The increase in playing time can be linked to Leicester’s crowded schedule, but Musa brings a much more attacking dimension to the left wing then Marc Albrighton. When Ranieri feels the need to inject more offense into his starting X,I Musa is his go-to guy and this means his fantasy value could grow over the next few matches. Leicester travel to Tottenham in GW10 and then play at home against West Brom (GW11), followed by a trip to Watford (GW12).