I sit here writing this on a beach in the south of Tenerife with double the smugness, knowing that I was on FPL’s latest bandwagon before it even starting moving.
If you backed Isaac last week, you’ll no doubt have experienced a decent degree of success thanks to a certain Nigerian.
Isaac Success took full advantage of his mini run in the side by bagging his first goal of the season against Huddersfield in GW10. Those who took the gamble in Fantrax would have enjoyed a 23 point haul while judging by FPL Twitter, every man and his dog has Success in their team ahead of GW11.
Watford’s 3-0 win was doubly sweet for me as a Gerard Deulofeu fan boy. He’s set to be a great player to own for the rest of this season providing he stays fit.
This weekend (and indeed this Premier League season) was marred by the tragic event that happened on Saturday night. Disasters like these make writing about things like fantasy football this weekend seem a little trivial.
No one would have blamed Leicester City for postponing their game against Cardiff City this weekend. The staff at the King Power deserve on immense amount of credit for battling on this week. The football world mourns with them.
Gameweek 11 differentials
Laurent Depoitre v Fulham (home)
…or whoever leads the line for Huddersfield against Fulham this weekend.
This isn’t to say that Huddersfield’s attack has been potent (it hasn’t) this season. Nevertheless, they will score at least once.
I vividly remember watching Fernando Torres walk around several Derby County statues on his way to a double in a 6-0 win in 2007, thinking “there will never be a Premier League defence worse than this one.”
Step forward, Fulham FC in 2018-19. Derby shipped 89 that season in a record breaking campaign that has been confined to the doldrums of Pride Park. Having conceded 28 in 10 so far, Fulham are on course to concede a staggering 106.
Judging by those maths, any Huddersfield attacker is worth owning against this sieve-like Fulham rearguard.
Depoitre is certainly in the “due a goal” category. His 4% ownership suggests you shouldn’t face too much opposition on getting him on board.
Andre Schurrle v Huddersfield (away)
I’m expecting goals on Monday night. If you’re not into real fireworks, Huddersfield v Fulham may provide some metaphorical ones on this year’s bonfire night.
I may have mentioned that Gerard Deulofeu scored a wonderful solo goal against Huddersfield in GW10. However, what stood out just as much as the beautiful technique of the Spaniard was the complete lack of anything resembling a challenge by a Huddersfield defender.
I’ve done enough bemoaning of defences already in this article to keep Alan Hansen happy for a month but the point stands. It’s no accident that Huddersfield haven’t won a match this season.
Alexander Mitrovic’s goals have dried up a little for Fulham but Andre Schurrle continues to shoot from all areas of the pitch, meaning he is my favourite of Fulham’s attacking assets.
Thirty four shots and counting for the World Cup winning German, with 12 of those finding the target. He must infuriate and delight team mates in equal measure as his long range wonder strike at Cardiff shows he is capable of the spectacular.
Four goals in nine games in a struggling team is nothing to be sniffed at. His 98% ownership is predictably high but is one to target in a trade at a low price if Schurrle owners are worried by Fulham’s failings.
Kenedy v Watford (home)
Granted, Newcastle look as sharp as a bag of coleslaw at the moment but Kenedy looks most likely to find a way through.
The tattoo-covered, short sock connoisseur must be casting envious glances over to his parent club but at least he’s trying. In his last home game, Kenedy took 8 shots (emphasising the “he’s trying” point) and scored 12 points without a goal or assist to his name.
Watford are on good form but do have a bad day in them (e.g. The 4-0 hammering at the hands of Bournemouth last month) and the Toon will be looking to capitalise on any complacency that two consecutive wins to nil may bring The Hornets.
Worth a punt with an ownership of 63%.
Joao Moutinho v Tottenham (home)
Wolves have slipped a little in recent weeks but their experienced playmaker has thrived.
Despite providing no goals or assists in his last four, Joao Moutinho has managed double figure returns in three of them in Fantrax. His dominance of set plays and eye for a pass make him a key pass machine, averaging 2.1 per game this season.
With the crowd behind them at Molineux in a big game under the lights, I expect Wolves to give it a real go against Tottenham on Saturday night. Expect Moutinho to be at the centre of everything good.