Gameweek 10 saw double digit performances from some of Draft Fantasy's biggest names including Aguero, Sanchez and Hazard. But there were some other heroes too like 2-goal performers Gündogan, McArthur (huh?) and Giroud (we will get to him later). Of course, where there are heroes, there are inevitably villains, like the offenses of Man Utd, Watford and Bournemouth in particular. Gameweek 11 features quite a few good matchups for the home teams, so let's examine where the fantasy points could come from.
West Ham v Stoke
Stoke will need the combination of Bony-Allen to fire again if they are to keep their unbeaten run alive as they will be without influential midfielder Arnautovic (suspended) and possibly Shaqiri too after he left their last game early on with an injury. West Ham are improving and are starting to get healthy too. A home game brings Payet, Antonio, Lanzini and now Ayew into our thinking plus the entire backline line, especially the offensive Cresswell. Adrian is also a good start despite Stoke's improved play.
Bournemouth v Sunderland
Let me remind you of what Bournemouth did at home to a poor Hull side a couple of weeks ago, a 6-1 win with Stanislas starring that day. While the same scoreline is very unlikely, this is still a spot where you can invest in Bournemouth players at all positions. Stanislas would have been the premium option again but he has missed the last two games and faces a late fitness test. I would confidently start Boruc, Daniels, Smith, Francis and Cook for defensive points. And on offense, Wilson could have a big day, as could King if Stanislas is not ready to start yet. And Sunderland? Defoe is the only productive possibility right now that I would have any reasonable faith in.
Burnley v Crystal Palace
When we talk about Burnley we must mention their fantasy leading keeper Heaton. A home matchup with Palace is obviously a scenario to use him along with defenders Keane and Mee potentially. Up front, Gray and Vokes are decent plays, as could be Defour if he makes his return. Palace have some good offensive weapons on paper but they have not been firing recently, and while Burnley are stubborn at home, this is still a spot to feel good about Benteke, Townsend, Zaha and Dann. McArthur's brace last week was probably a peak for such a player but his 38 fantasy points from midfield cannot be ignored.
Man City v Middlesbrough
The way City has played the last two games, 4-0 over West Brom and 3-1 against Barcelona, there could be a wealth of fantasy points to be had at home to Middlesbrough. I expect that Guardiola will field a strong team, similar to the Champion's League one, as he will want City to head into the international break on a roll. That means that Agüero, Gündogan, De Bruyne, Sterling and Silva should be preferred again. There is a shot at a rare clean sheet here so Bravo is a good start but be careful with their central defenders as Kompany could get the start. For Middlesbrough, Ramírez and Traoré have been really lively the last two games so any breakthrough would have been likely to involve them, but Ramírez is suspended.
Chelsea v Everton
Chelsea are on a roll with 4 straight clean sheets so Courtois, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz and Alonso are all solid starts despite Everton coming to town. This could be a low scoring game but Hazard and Costa are both firing so you know what to do. I doubt Conte will mess with this lineup so Willian, Oscar, Terry and Ivanovic are probably going to have to be happy with spots on the bench. Chelsea seem certain to score at home so I won't recommend the Everton backline this week but Lukaku is fixture proof and Bolasie and Barkley are heating up, just keep in mind what I mentioned above, 4 clean sheets in a row in the League for Chelsea.
Arsenal v Tottenham
The North London Derby could be a tight affair so your fantasy expectations should be tempered. Arsenal are at home and can be expected to score, but how much? Giroud has returned and is scoring but he may come off the bench after starting in the Champion's League. With that said, he is a streaky scorer so look out. Combine that with the return of Ramsey and Walcott may be the one that suffers a loss of minutes. Sánchez and Özil are in form and are untouchable in that lineup. Bellerín and Monreal are nursing complaints of their own but the former should start. For Spurs, Kane may make his return but likely as a sub if at all. I am not going to install much faith in their back row for a clean sheet. Son's production has fallen off in recent games and this is just a tough matchup for Spurs in general.
Hull v Southampton
Despite losing to Chelsea, Southampton showed how they can boss possession against a top team so they should have no problem doing the same against a struggling Hull side. Austin, Tadic, and Redmond are the main goal threats but will Boufal be given more minutes? If so, he could start to produce. On defense, it seems like van Dijk is due for a goal, add that to the clean sheet potential and you have a solid fantasy pick along with Forster, Fonte and Bertrand. For Hull, well at least they are at home...but until they show signs of a turnaround, avoid any investment.
Liverpool v Watford
There is no reason to think that Liverpool's midfield attack is going to slow down in a home matchup with Watford. Coutinho, Firmino, Mané and Lallana are the top notch choices but Henderson, Can and the returning Milner all hold value too. The real question is whether the defense can keep a clean sheet at home, probably unlikely but with the service Coutinho is bringing they could be worth the risk for the set piece potential alone. For Watford, many were disappointed with the poor offensive output in a prime home matchup with Hull last game, especially from Deeney, and I don't blame you for cutting ties or benching them for this Gameweek.
Swansea v Man Utd
If Utd can generate the chances that they did versus Burnley this week against Swansea then goals will come. The likelihood that Fabianski will put in a performance like Heaton has to be low, right? Ibrahimovic sure will hope so as he is in dire need of a boost, as are his owners (like me!). Mata seems to have established himself with Rashford and Lingard in the offensive midfield positions. Pogba will have a new central midfield partner as Herrera is suspended after his red card. On defense, Bailly and Valencia are out injured so Darmian and Rojo should continue to start. Bob Bradley is still tinkering with his lineup so Sigurdsson is the only really reliable option right now.
Leicester v West Brom
Leicester players come back to the forefront this week with a winnable home matchup. Last season's heroes including Mahrez, Vardy, Schmeichel (update: out with broken hand, Zieler now #1), Fuchs, Morgan and Huth are all worthy of a spot in your lineup. Throw Slimani in there if he is healthy, otherwise Musa could be serviceable. West Brom are led by Chadli and Rondón as usual but Leicester will be the favorites at home in this one.
So, in summary, Gameweek 11 could be bountiful for the home sides, and also may bring some of last season's fantasy favorites into our good books once again. Remember to check the team/player news on Friday before making your final decisions. Enjoy the weekend's matches.
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