I’m going to start out my week 11 FPL tips by saying that I should have brought in and captained Sergio Aguero last week. Instead I stuck by Zlatan and got burned by it. I’m not sure that I will ever be able to bring in Aguero this season simply out of bias, but I do know that I should do it, just like everyone else should.
My other mistake in week 10 was selecting Romelu Lukaku as my captain instead of Alexis Sanchez. I did at least benefit from this captain selection with Lukaku’s goal, but missed out on the extra points that Sanchez would have given me.
My current team is one in need of fairly major surgery, but somehow I’ve managed to limp along and pick up above average points for the past three weeks. In gameweek 10 I picked up a respectable 68 points despite getting zero points from Jonny Evans after he was substituted in for the injured Antonio Valencia.
There is certainly room for improvement in my team, but I think I’m going to hold off on making major changes until after this upcoming international break. I have a free transfer that I may or may not use, but would be used to get rid of Valencia.
One thing that has been nice about this season is the lack of a true template team. There have been players that have performed well and are highly owned, but, so far, there hasn’t been a specific set of players that must be owned by everyone. This balance in FPL has made the season fun and I’m hoping that this trend continues for the season.
Picks for the week:
Liverpool midfielders remain a hot commodity. I would recommend Phillipe Coutinho over Firmino since they are both priced at 8.6, but I feel that Coutinho has a higher upside in that he has already established himself as an FPL player and he seems to have nailed down his starting position.
With James Milner currently listed as having only a chance to play this weekend, it might not be a great time to bring him in, unless this changes. His 6.6 price tag is quite reasonable especially since he is typically a starter and takes all of Liverpool’s penalties.
Chelsea defenders have proven themselves over the past four weeks with consecutive clean sheets. Their upcoming fixtures are tough, but if you go with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta or Marcos Alonso you will also get attacking potential. The one drawback here is their cost at 6.0 and 5.9 resepectively.
So far these are all tips that have not changed since last week.
For this week I’m tipping Leicester City. While the reigning Premier League Champions are not challenging for the title, they have started to show signs of turning around their season with back to back positive results. The 3-1 home win over Crystal Palace and 1-1 draw away against Tottenham are both good indications that they are not going to end up in a relegation battle.
The difficult thing for FPL managers is trying to decide who to bring in. At the moment Ahmed Musa is the top choice with 18 points scored in the last three matches including 2 goals in their last 2 matches. At 7.0 he’s significantly cheaper than his strike partner Jaime Vardy at 9.7.
In defense Christian Fuchs has been picking up decent points with 17 points from the last three matches, including scoring a goal against Crystal Palace. The problem here is that Fuchs scoring goals is a very rare occasion, so looking at him to get points from goals is just not reliable. At 5.4 he’s on the higher end of defenders this season, but might be worth a look.
The real reason to look at picking up Leicester City players is because of their upcoming set of fixtures. In the next 6 matches they have 5 in which they will be expected to win. In gameweek 11 they face West Brom at home which is followed by the international break. After returning they have Watford (A), Middlesbrough (H), Sunderland (A), Man C (H), and Bournemouth (A). Of those, the most difficult match will be against Man C, but being at home means that holding on to attacking players is still an option against a Man C side that has not been keeping a whole lot of clean sheets this season, though it remains to be seen what they will look like by that point in early December.
That wraps up the week 11 FPL tips. If you are looking for matchups check out the Week 11 Premier League predictions. I do hope that these tips are helpful and that you have a good FPL week. Good luck and have fun!