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2 Nov.

GW11 Top Five Key Players

By The Editor ()

Headliner - Harry Kane (CRY)

This week’s burning question; Will Kane (12.6) definitely start in gameweek 11? Looks likely. But, one question that is not up for debate is his explosiveness. So, what is the safe play? Ensure you have your “Team Kane” shirt clean and ready to wear for gameweek 11, regardless. Four braces in nine games cannot and will not be ignored. Kane is fast becoming the Premier League’s nearest equivalent to Messi/Ronaldo in La Liga. A Fantasy Premier League (FPL) involvement (goals/assists) every 78.3 minutes across his last 39 league games further compels such a statement. If you have watched Kane play you quickly learn he is the complete forward, dropping deeper to kick start attacks as well as positioning himself as the out and out number nine. The England captain has had 57 shots in nine gameweeks, which is over 60% more than any other midfielder or forward. Put simply, he is in a totally different league. Crystal Palace have won only once in 10 games conceding 21 goals. Kane has had a hand in 47% of Spurs 19 goals this season and with the North London club predicted to score 2.94 goals in gameweek 11, one or two Kane attacking returns looks very likely. Fix algorithm is predicting a points haul of 7.3, one of the largest we have seen this season. All aboard the train to Captainsville.

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Tammy Abraham (BRI)

Tammy Abraham (5.9) appears to be a steal at this price point given his natural ability as a goal scorer. Given his tender years the 20-year-old greatly impressed when plying his trade in the Championship with Bristol City last term. Scoring 23 goals and 4 assists in England’s second tier as a teenager is no mean feat. And it looks as if he has made a seamless transition to the Premier League, scoring four goals and providing an assist in his first 10 games. Only Okazaki (5.6) and Vardy (8.6) have a better goals per cost ratio out of the forwards when compared to Abraham. Abraham’s five FPL involvements is as many as Alli (9.3) and one more than both Sánchez (11.8) and Chicharito (6.9). Brighton have not travelled well so far this season losing three, drawing one and winning one, and it could be said that their win against West Ham was partly down to the Hammers inability to string any passes together, or keep the ball. In their other four away games they have conceded six goals and this looks like a must win for the Swans with recent reaults contributing to their position of 17th. Tammy will be expected to contribute attacking points in this one.

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Sergio Agüero (ARS)

Agüero (11.8) is now Man. City’s all-time top goal scorer with 178 goals in all competitions. In true Agüero fashion his 178th goal had a significant impact on Man. City’s season. The goal came while Man. City were drawing 2-2 away to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and secured their place in the knockout stages. At this point it is worth reflecting on the South American’s FPL points per 90 minutes – In just over six seasons he is averaging 7.24 points per 90 minutes played – Obscene and unrivalled. It also begs the question why he is not owned by more than 23.1% of FPL managers, rotation risk or not. After all, his performance in gameweek six abruptly turned heads when he scored a hat-trick and assisted one in a 6-0 demolition job of Watford, earning 20 points. The Man. City forward is averaging 3.9 shots per game with 1.9 of those hitting the target, this is better than most premium forwards including Lukaku (11.6), who is landing 1.7 shots on target per game, as well as Morata (10.3), Jesus (10.5) and Lacazette (10.4) who are all averaging 1.2. It is Arsenal at home for Agüero and co. in gameweek 11, a team that Agüero has scored six and assisted one against in 11 games, providing further encouragement.

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Christian Eriksen (CRY)

Given Eriksen’s (9.7) extremely high standards it has been a conservative start for the Spurs’ midfielder in 2017/18. In 2016/17, Eriksen averaged an FPL involvement every 0.77 games, which is a mini leap ahead of his current average of 0.6. But, gameweek 11 should provide the Dane with the opportunity to vastly improve upon that number. On paper fixtures do not come much easier than this - bottom of the league, one win from 10 games, conceded 21 goals. Eriksen has had more shots on goal with 27 compared to that of Alli, Sánchez and Morata who have 25 respectively. He has also attempted 23 assists which is more than Alli, Sánchez and Salah (9.2), who have attempted 19, 18 and 13. Like Agüero, Eriksen has an exceptionally good points per 90 minutes ratio of 5.59 points. He is a secure, season long investment, if this is the route you want to go down. Gameweek 11’s fixture is a mouth-watering affair for Tottenham and they will be in high spirits off the back of their show-stopper against Real Madrid. As referred to above, Crystal Palace have been shipping in the goals of late and that rot is unlikely to stop here. Fix algorithm predicts a score of 5.5 points, which looks more than achievable.

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Differential - Wilfried Zaha (tot)

Heavy number crunching and eye-tests were required for this week’s differential, with a distinct lack of options owned by less than 10%. Zaha (6.8), owned by just 4.1%, won out in the end and it was his burst onto the scene last season that really illustrated why there were such huge expectations riding on his shoulders for many years. In 2016/17, Zaha managed seven goals and 11 assists from 35 games. If he can keep that level of performance up he will surely make a mockery of his 6.8 price-tag. In the last three gameweeks Zaha is joint first for shots inside the box with Ramsey (7.0), and joint third for shots on target just behind Salah and Ramsey. His failed stint at Man. United looks well and truly behind him and another 145+ point haul looks to be on the cards with the Palace man currently averaging 4.8 points per game so far this season. His gameweek 11 fixture may look a touch questionable, but it is worth remembering that he has scored two goals and contributed five assists in his last 12 games against “top six” opponents. In gameweek 10 the Ivorian international had the most shots across FPL with six and three of these hit the target equalling Salah’s output. While we feel he could notch a goal or assist up against a tired defence (as a result of their midweek exploits) it is his future fixtures that have us all purring at Fix. Everton, Stoke, Brighton, West Brom, Bournemouth, Watford, Leicester and Swansea are on the menu from gameweeks 12 – 19, so, we should see a purple patch from the Palace attacker.

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