Fantasy Football Gameweek 11 tips – who to buy, sell and keep
Last weekend, fantasy football managers were ‘treated’ to Eden Hazard's injury, Romelu Lukaku's benching and Sergio Aguero's continued fear of rotation at the hands of Pep Roulette.
E-gaffers are now queuing up to welcome Ross Barkley and Anthony Martial into their squads – as we mentioned last week – while questioning if Roberto Firmino will ever score another goal for Liverpool (luckily for them, his record against Arsenal is excellent).
Make these moves to bounce back with a big Gameweek 11 and set your side up for success during the busy festive season...
Buy! Christian Eriksen, Tottenham (MF, £9.2m)
Owned by: 4.3%
Before Thursday's League Cup match it looked like both Kevin De Bruyne and Eriksen had returned from injury and established that they were fit enough for the first team. But De Bruyne limped off late in Manchester City's win over Fulham, and will reportedly be out for four-to-six weeks.
Eriksen, meanwhile, picked up an assist at West Ham in midweek and should get the nod to start at Wolves. The Dane had two assists in six matches pre-injury and achieved a 10-goal, 11-assist season in 2017/18.
It's true that Spurs’ next two matches are away from home (aren’t they all? – Ed.) but trips to Molineux and Crystal Palace are hardly daunting for Eriksen & Co. His £9.5m starting price has dropped three times to £9.2m, while a 4.3% selection puts him in prime consideration for a few successive price increases. That's win/win.
Hold! Ryan Fraser, Bournemouth (MF, £6.1m)
Owned by: 23.6%
Ross Barkley's exceptional form over the past three gameweeks has fuelled an ownership boom. Unfortunately for many managers, the player they’re electing to send out is Bournemouth's star midfielder. Fraser had negative net transfers in Gameweek 9 and promptly showed the folly of that trend by producing two assists and two bonus points.
Yes, Bournemouth have a difficult run of fixtures over the next four weeks, with matches against Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City interrupted only by a trip to Tyneside. But Fraser's stats are eye-popping and his price has risen a full £0.6m since the start, which means he'll be difficult to get back into your squad if you sell him in the short term.
Fraser’s haul of three goals and five assists is impressive; more so is that his expected assists (xA) of 5.18 is the highest in the Premier League, dead level with David Silva (5.14) and far outstripping the third-placed Eden Hazard (3.53). He is creating a lot of good chances for Callum Wilson and Josh King, who have both been in fine form. Bournemouth might lose three of their next four, but they should also have solid attacking returns from their fantasy stars over than period.
Sell! Ruben Neves (MF, £5.0m)
Owned by: 18.3%
Almost a fifth of all fantasy managers are still holding Wolves’s dynamic midfielder, but the numbers don’t make good reading: Neves has played the full 90 minutes in all 10 league matches, but recorded just one goal and one assist with two bonus points.
That all happened in Gameweek 1. Since his 12-point haul against Everton, Neves has produced a number of exceptional performances for his team in real life – rightly drawing plaudits – but posted just 19 total points from nine outings for fantasy teams.
That's bad. Despite this, he’s the sixth-most selected midfielder in the game. Incidentally, Neves isn't the only player in this situation: Chelsea midfielders N'Golo Kante (£4.9m, 16.9% selected, 31 pts) and Jorginho (£5.0m, 10.2%, 31 pts) can also make way immediately.
The old argument of wanting a cheap fifth midfielder as bench fodder who you know gets minutes doesn’t mean that option has to be a sinkhole of fantasy despair. If that's your plan, buy Cardiff's Victor Camarasa (MF, £4.5m, 28 pts) and free up the extra dosh instead.
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