Gameweek 9 brought 9 clean sheets and the majority of the big names were quiet, but look for that to change in Gameweek 10 as 8 of the top 10 play 8 in the bottom half of the table. Gameweek 10 also marks the point where Draft Fantasy managers pass the one quarter mark of the season, hopefully you find your team in 1st place or within striking distance of it. It is also the point where it is reasonable to have some faith in the trends of players going forward. With that said, let's analyze how this Gameweek is shaping up.
Sunderland v Arsenal
The Tuesday EFL Cup game should not cause any disruption for owners of Arsenal players other than Iwobi as he did get the start. The usual suspects of Sánchez, Walcott, Ozil still look prime for a big output despite last week's blank. Again, I recommend Cech, Bellerín, Koscielny, Mustafi and Monreal to have clean sheet potential against lowly Sunderland. For Sunderland, Defoe is the only player I can see anyone wanting to insert into their fantasy lineup, but needless to say, despite being at home this is not a good matchup for the last placed team.
Man Utd v Burnley
After a tough run of fixtures including trips to Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League, plus the EFL Cup matchup with Man City, Utd host Burnley looking to get their offense back on track. Utd started a strong lineup versus City so rotation could be a slight possibility but Mourinho should be looking to get their league campaign back on track. Ibrahimovic needs a goal to break out of his slump and should be joined by Lingard, Rashford and Mata. Rooney, Martial and Mkhitaryan are all looking for minutes too. On defense, a clean sheet is a high probability but Bailly is out and Smalling was dropped after his poor display against Chelsea. This leaves Shaw, Valencia and Rojo as the current top options, with De Gea of course. Burnley welcomes back Gray from his suspension but it has been publicly stated that he may not crack the starting 11 immediately, so along with that news and the poor matchup, it is probably best to keep him on your bench for now. Vokes is likeliest to score, while Arfield looked good replacing Defour in the win over Everton.
Tottenham v Leicester
Spurs will still be without Kane but the good news is that is he not far off. The offense should stay pretty much unchanged as none of Son, Lamela, Alli or Eriksen started the EFL Cup game against Liverpool. Alderweireld has a chance of returning, but if not, Dier will continue to deputize. Spurs are tough at home so Walker and Rose are good starts also. For Leicester, they have many weapons but have fallen flat this season against the big clubs so temper your expectations for players like Mahrez and Vardy, assuming the latter is healthy enough to get the start.
Watford v Hull
Fantasy managers who own Watford players will be licking their chops at this home matchup with Hull. Deeney, Capoue, Holebas and Gomes are obvious starts. Ighalo has seemingly gotten a second shot after the injury to Success so assuming he starts then he makes a great play. The rest of the defense are all worth rolling the dice on which includes Kaboul, Britos and Prödl based on the team that got a clean sheet last time out. Hull are floundering and are now without their top fantasy scorer Robert Snodgrass who is ruled out with an injury. I will stop mentioning Hernández as a sneaky play until he actually starts to play again...
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth
This matchup brings a lot of players onto our fantasy radar as it has the ability to be low or high scoring. For Bournemouth, their backline of Smith, Daniels, Cook and Francis are locked in starters right now, and along with Boruc, are good options. Also keep in mind a home matchup with Sunderland is up next gameweek so this is a multi-week investment. Offensively, Stanislas would be the prime option, but he did surprisingly miss out last game, check his status on Friday. Wilson, King, Arter and Ibe are the other possible options. Middlesbrough gave us a few hints at some possible plays this week in that 0-0 performance against Arsenal. Traoré gave the Gunners defense fits and he could be a good sleeper midfield pick. Ramírez and Negredo were also heavily involved. At home, their defense has a shot at points too so consider Valdes, Gibson, Ayala, Barragán and Friend in deeper leagues.
West Brom v Man City
Man City are in bit of a slump and a lot changes were made for the midweek Cup game with Utd so expect all the regulars to feature against West Brom, except for De Bruyne potentially as he is nursing a minor injury, watch the Friday news for a more definite answer. Agüero, Sterling, Silva and Gündogan are preferred right now. Guardiola has been bringing Kompany in gradually and it has affected the Otamendi/Stones partnership. West Brom are led by Chadli who is always worth starting, especially at home. City are very likely to score so I am not sure whether any others hold much value this week, Foster could earn some saves points I guess.
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Liverpool's EFL Cup win does not look to have an impact on their upcoming game versus Palace. Sturridge did score twice but the fact that he started makes it very likely he is back on the bench for the weekend. Also, Wijnaldum owners need to be concerned as he also got the start so it looks like Can will keep his spot in the PL lineup for now. The usual suspects are expected to perform well, that includes Firmino, Countinho, Mané and Lallana. Kind of like the Man City defenders, I am not sold on the value of the Liverpool ones as they are making a habit of allowing at least a goal. For Palace, Benteke has been a threat in every game and it should continue as long as Townsend, Zaha and Puncheon can deliver him some quality service. If Puncheon can't go again then Cabaye will get more minutes. Dann is expected to finally make his return and boy do they need his presence, get him back into your lineups for his goal threat from defense alone.
Everton v West Ham
Everton continue to be led by Lukaku as usual but Bolasie is settling in and becoming productive too, both are strong fantasy plays at the moment. Barkley and Mirallas are performing very inconsistently right now but maybe a home matchup will be the tonic. The chance of defensive points is reasonable so freely start your Everton options, just keep in mind that Baines continues to be sidelined. West Ham welcome back Cresswell again and they are a different team offensively with him in the lineup. The rest of the defense is not a good play this week though as I expect Everton will score. Elsewhere, Payet is still the main man as his set piece prowess makes him a must start on a weekly basis and Ayew made the bench midweek so now may be the time to grab him if available.
Southampton v Chelsea
Chelsea are playing very well right now under Conte's new formation but they may find a visit to Southampton difficult as the Saints are proving to be a tough nut to crack at home. I think Chelsea will remain unchanged from the team that whooped Utd as seven changes were made in the Cup loss to West Ham. I have already mentioned Moses and Alonso in previous previews so this time let's add Pedro to the mix as he looks to have taken Willian's spot for now. For Southampton, many are jumping on the Boufal bandwagon after his excellent winner on Wednesday and he could be a good pickup going forward, but there is a good chance he comes off the bench this weekend. Austin, Tadic and Redmond should all return but this game is unlikely to very high scoring for either side.
Stoke v Swansea
Stoke are on a two game win streak which includes back-to-back clean sheets. In each game a 2-goal scorer emerged with Allen and Shaqiri leading the way. Add Arnautovic to the mix and these three are the top picks offensively. I am going to continue to back Bony as the chances are there, he just needs to start finishing. Grant is a solid pick in net at home as is the rest of the backline with Pieters the pick of the crop. Swansea are led by Sigurdsson who is on all set pieces so his value remains decent no matter the opponent. As far as the rest of the team goes, the hiring of Bob Bradley has unsettled the starting 11 as he looks to put his own stamp on the team. Fer and Amat were the latest victims so I would be careful with investing and starting Swansea players until the situation becomes more stable.
So that is how Gameweek 10 shapes up, one in which fantasy managers will be expecting a return to form for players from Man Utd in particular. Enjoy the games and see you back here next week.
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