Southampton have the best defensive record so far, which has seen them maintain 3 clean sheets while conceding just 3 goals in 5 games. It’s no surprise then, that Forster (5.0) is our choice for keeper this week, as they welcome QPR to St. Mary’s. The fact that Forster has just had to make 11 saves in 5 games, is testament to how solid Southampton have been at the back.
Alternatives: Burnley’s Heaton (4.5) has kept 3 consecutive clean sheets, and with a trip away to West Brom this week, has a chance to make that 4 in 4.
With a home game against QPR, it seems quite sensible to double up on that solid Southampton defence this week. Clyne (5.3) has been in stellar form and is currently highest among all defenders in terms of points. With last week’s much awaited clash out of the way, both Manchester City and Chelsea welcome much easier opposition this week in Hull City and Aston Villa respectively. City skipper Kompany (6.5) was rested in their mid week domestic cup match and will be a definite starter alongside either of Demichelis / Mangala. Similarly Chelsea’s Ivanovic (7.2) was rested too, and will be raring to add to his tally of 2 goals.
Swansea’s Taylor (4.6) will be visiting Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, and with good fixtures for the coming 3-4 weeks, seems like a nice budget option to pick up. Another budget sensation is Burnley’s Duff (4.2), who has picked up 22 points in his last 3 games, and will be looking to keep one more clean sheet on their away trip to West Brom.
Alternatives: In case of budget constraints, you can opt for the cheaper duo of Cahill (6.5) and Bertrand (5.1) at the back. Leicester face a trip to Crystal Palace this week, and though their defensive record hasn’t been quite that impressive so far, Moore (4.0) might be a good budget option to keep on your bench this week.
Manchester United’s marquee signing Angel Di Maria (9.7) has been in absolutely brilliant form, notching up double figure returns in his previous 2 games. With a home game this week against the Hammers, he can definitely be counted on to deliver the goods again.
With Sturridge still out for a couple more weeks, and Balotelli yet to find the net, Sterling (8.7) has been the only beacon of hope for Fantasy Football managers looking to invest in Liverpool. With both Everton and Liverpool being anything but solid at the back, this season’s Merseyside derby is most likely to end in a goal fest too. Another interesting clash this week is the London Derby between bitter rivals Arsenal and Spurs at the Emirates. In spite of Ozil stealing the show last week, we’re going with Ramsey (9.0) to get on the score sheet this week.
Premier League’s top assist givers Fabregas (9.4) and Sigurdsson (6.6) were both up against difficult opposition last week and drew a blank. But with easy fixtures this week, against Aston Villa and Sunderland respectively, we expect both of them to reel in some good points this time around.
Alternatives: Everton’s Mirallas (7.4) has been in decent form lately, and could very well find his way through the shaky Liverpool back line. Other mid priced options to consider are Southampton’s Tadic (7.5) and Manchester United’s Herrera (7.3).
With no Kompany or Mangala in their ranks, Aston Villa will find it very difficult to keep the league’s top scorer Costa (11.0) at bay. Costa was unlucky to be denied by the post against City, and will be at his unstoppable best at Stamford Bridge this week, having been rested for their Capital One cup match during mid week. Southampton’s Pelle (7.6) has also been in brilliant form, notching up 3 goals and an assist in his previous 3 games. With a home game against bottom table QPR, Pelle will be looking to get on the score sheet again.
Leicester City’s dynamic forward Ulloa (5.8), is turning out to be quite the surprise package this season. With 5 goals in as many matches for the Foxes, and a run of easy fixtures on the horizon, Ulloa is looking to be quite a low budget option to have, in place of the pricier Agueros and Falcaos. We suggest you pick him up quickly, while he can still be classified in the Low price range.
Alternatives: City have a favourable fixture against Hull City, and will have Aguero (11.1) shake off a minor injury concern in time for their weekend match. Manchester United’s Falcao (11.0) put up an impressive display against Leicester last week, and we have a feeling will be finding the back of the net this week. Other alternatives to consider are Everton’s Lukaku (9.0) and Arsenal’s Welbeck (7.2).