Goal takes a look at the best players to select or avoid, the bargain buys and the top choice for captain's double points ahead of this weekend's Premier League action
|START 'EM - WHICH PLAYERS SHOULD YOU PICK?
The fixture list presents a couple of fine opportunities for Fantasy Football teams this week and you should start by considering Romelu Lukaku (7.5) of Everton. The Toffees have been in good form this season under Roberto Martinez, with the loan signing of the Belgian proving one of the finer pieces of business this summer. Lukaku already has five goals this season, with two coming in Everton's previous two away games.
On the south coast Southampton host Hull, giving a couple of Roy Hodgson's England call-ups a chance to celebrate the good news. Adam Lallana (6.0) has been one of the most in-form midfielders in recent weeks and has a chance to add to his haul of two goals and two assists this campaign.
With Fernando Torres injured, Samuel Eto'o (9.0) has a great chance to stake a claim as the No.1 striker and will be confident of adding to his two goal haul against Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday. The Blues host West Brom on Saturday looking to rebound from their 2-0 loss at Newcastle. Jose Mourinho has only faced the Baggies twice at home as Chelsea manager, winning 4-0 and 1-0 so expect this to be a routine win for the west London outfit.
Up in the north east, Manchester City travel to struggling Sunderland looking to pile further misery on the Black Cats. City have been in fine goalscoring form but you may want to consider attacking midfielder Samir Nasri (7.5) who is not only in excellent form but should adopt a more prominent role if David Silva misses out through a calf injury.
|SIT 'EM - WHICH PLAYERS SHOULD YOU AVOID?
Perhaps controversial but Olivier Giroud (7.5) should be at the top of your list if you're looking to free up funds this week. The Frenchman has played every game for Arsenal this season and although they are in fine form, a trip to Old Trafford is never easy. Giroud is also a slight injury doubt for the game with a knee problem, further enhancing our argument that he may be best withdrawn from your squad this gameweek.
Hatem Ben Arfa (6.5) is currently present in over 15 per cent of Fantasy teams but has been in and out of Alan Pardew's side. If the Englishman has sense he will attempt to nullify Tottenham on Sunday and his best bet will be to do so without the enigmatic French winger, who let's be honest, is hardly the battler the Magpies need if they are to secure a result.
Jose Mourinho took the firm step of dropping Eden Hazard (9.5) in midweek after the Belgian got his times mixed up and missed a training session ahead of the Schalke clash. Though there doesn't appear to be any long-term falling out between the pair, Andre Schurrle staked a decent claim for a starting berth with his performance in the 3-0 win on Wednesday. It is a risk to remove Hazard but he would free up a considerable transfer kitty if he is indeed punished for the second consecutive week.
Finally Christian Benteke (8.0) should be analysed ahead of Gameweek 11. Aston Villa host Cardiff on Saturday but Paul Lambert's side have struggled to impose themselves at Villa Park this season, losing four and winning just one of their five home games. Furthermore, Benteke is in a rut of poor form since returning from injury, goalless in his last three and without a league goal since mid-September. Consider giving him the heave this week.
|THE BARGAIN BASEMENT
Jay Rodriguez (5.5) represents a great opportunity if you're looking for a cheap option this weekend. The Southampton forward was called up to the England squad on Thursday for the first time and will have a good opportunity against Hull to add to his tally of three goals in his previous four outings for Mauricio Pochettino's Saints.
If you get your kicks out of clean sheets and solid defensive displays, look no further than West Ham. While Winston Reid has been a Fantasy Football mainstay this season, there are still bargains to be had elsewhere. Consider Guy Demel (4.5) as your option for Gameweek 11. Sam Allardyce has picked and started the Ivorian in West Ham's last two games and their fixture at Norwich on Saturday has 0-0 written all over it.
After missing Tottenham's midweek win over FC Sheriff, expect Andros Townsend (4.5) to be reinstated for the game against Newcastle on Sunday. Traditionally a high-scoring fixture, Townsend could have joy coming off the right against Davide Santon. The England winger may have struck 40 shots without scoring but this isn't form that will last. He makes a good case for a cheap midfield alternative.
At Anfield, Liverpool participate in one of the more predictable fixtures of the weekend as Martin Jol's side head north. Given the Cottagers ropey form of late, the Reds should be amongst the goals. However, the defence have been a cause for concern and have not kept a clean sheet since the club's 1-0 win over Manchester United on September 1. That said, this is one of the club's easier games against a team out of sorts and Aly Cissokho (4.5) looks a generous price for a guaranteed starter.
|CAPTAIN'S CHOICE - TOP TIP FOR DOUBLE POINTS
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (10.0) is undoubtedly the best option as your captain this week. The Reds host Fulham who were demolished in the first half last week, conceding three times in 13 minutes at home to Manchester United. Suarez's movement and combination play with Daniel Sturridge has been devastating since the Uruguayan returned from suspension and he has six goals in his five Premier League games this season.
|GAMEWEEK 9 - BEST XI
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