The Fantasy Football Buzz: Strikers to Watch in Gameweek 11
In the world of fantasy football, gameweek 11 is abuzz with anticipation as two strikers have emerged at the top of everyone’s wishlist – Darwin Nunez and Eddie Nketiah. However, many managers find themselves faced with a dilemma; they already own Erling Haaland, Ollie Watkins, and Julian Alvarez – all valuable assets that are not easy to part with this week.
While Alvarez seems like the most likely candidate to make way for these new additions, caution is advised as Manchester City has a home game against Bournemouth on Saturday. Letting go of Alvarez could lead to potential punishment if he performs well against Bournemouth. Considering City’s upcoming fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa, it may be wiser to wait before making any drastic changes.
Although Nunez’s fixture away to Luton appears tempting this weekend, I’ve decided against transferring him into my team due to the presence of Mohamed Salah. Moreover, switching Nunez for Alvarez would require two transfers and incur a four-point penalty – an investment I don’t believe is worthwhile considering Haaland will be my captain anyway.
I must admit though; Nunez is an excellent pick for gameweek 11 and envy those who have him in their squad.
Mikel Arteta recently hinted at Gabriel Jesus’ prolonged absence from Arsenal’s lineup. If confirmed true before gameweek 11 kicks off when Arsenal travels to face Newcastle, Nketiah would be a fantastic budget-friendly addition for fantasy managers. However, it is advisable not to rush into this decision without official confirmation.
As I’ve already revealed my captain choice in Haaland, many managers who have decided to go without the Norwegian forward may experience some anxiety during Saturday afternoon’s fixtures.
If Liverpool’s Salah or Nunez are available options for the captaincy in their game against Luton, they would be strong contenders. Additionally, Bryan Mbeumo of Brentford could prove to be a shrewd differential selection as he has secured double-digit returns in his previous two games against Burnley and Chelsea.
The upcoming fixtures of Manchester City and Liverpool make their players highly sought after. As expected, Kostas Tsimikas is once again becoming popular among fantasy managers due to his defensive contributions. If you own Gabriel, despite recent frustrations with his absence from the lineup last weekend, it may still be wise to hold onto him for now.
When deciding between starting Arsenal defenders or Newcastle defenders for their clash at St James’ Park; I am currently leaning towards Fabian Schar over Gabriel based on Newcastle’s home advantage and Eddie Howe resting key players during their Carabao Cup victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
If you’re looking for a decent signing this week, consider a Crystal Palace defender as they enter a favorable run of fixtures against Burnley, Everton, Luton Town West Ham United and Bournemouth. Marc Guehi presents himself as an affordable option compared to Joachim Andersen while offering similar value on the pitch.
Pedro Neto owners should consider seeking differential signings until he recovers from his hamstring injury. Hwang Hee-chan of Wolves remains under 5% ownership despite scoring six goals so far this season; however, his effectiveness may decrease in the absence of Neto. Nevertheless, with an upcoming fixture against Sheffield United and subsequent matches against Fulham and Burnley, Wolves could still find themselves on the scoresheet.
Lastly, keep an eye on Cole Palmer at Chelsea. Despite mixed results for the team, he has been impressive and has successfully converted their last two penalties. At just £5m, he represents a budget-friendly option worth considering.
In conclusion, gameweek 11 offers plenty of intriguing options for fantasy managers to explore. While it can be tempting to chase after new strikers like Nunez and Nketiah, it’s crucial not to make hasty decisions that may backfire in the long run. Patience is key when navigating through uncertain fixtures and assessing player availability.