Mesut Ozil registered a huge points haul last week and Neil Monnery wonders if the time has come to get the World Cup winner back in your Fantasy squads...
Five to like
Mesut Ozil - £9.3m. I'm as surprised as you are but the German scored and notched an assist last Sunday at Everton. If he has the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette to accompany him in the forward positions, he could very well be great once again.
Mesut Ozil is currently trading at 2.78 to score anytime in Saturday's match on the Exchange
Virgil van Dijk - £5.4m. After not getting his move to Anfield in the summer, the 26-year-old Dutch international has returned to the Southampton first team. With games against Brighton and Burnley coming up, there is plenty of clean sheet potential here.
André Ayew - £6.9m. Grabbing two goals in the League Cup come-from-behind victory at Spurs on Wednesday must surely be enough for Ayew to get a first team spot in the Premier League? Remember he scored 12 times for Swansea in the 2015/16 season. The Hammers go to Crystal Palace this week and that is an ideal match-up.
Watford Defenders - Various. Three clean sheets in their first four games led to a lot of Watford love. Since then though they've failed to keep the ball out of the net in every single Premier League game. The upcoming schedule though is awfully kind starting with Stoke at home on Saturday. Time to look at their plentiful £4.5m options.
No is currently trading at 2.02 in the Both Teams to Score market Saturday's match on the Exchange
Burnley Defenders - Various. They've been stingy all season but they've had a very unkind schedule in recent weeks. The next three are Newcastle and Swansea at home sandwiching a trip to St. Mary's. Time to very much jump back on this bandwagon.
Five to avoid
West Brom Defenders - Various. Unlike the two teams above, the Baggies have a horrific run of games over the course of the next few weeks. They face Manchester City this weekend with Chelsea and Spurs just over the horizon. Tony Pulis has a pretty good defensive record but those games leave me wanting to move out my West Brom defender Craig Dawson until this gauntlet is overcome.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - £8.1m. In the non-fantasy world I'd be expecting far more for £40m + £5m in add-ons than zero goals or assists for a forward-thinking player. That is what Everton have got so far with their summer signing. In fantasy terms he costs £8.1m and is giving you nothing. His upcoming schedule is good but how can you trust him the way he's played for the Toffees so far?
Willian - £6.8m. I wrote about the Brazilian a few weeks back but I see 8.5% of teams have still selected him. When Pedro, Hazard and Morata are all fit, it looks like he is the odd man out. Spending good money on a bench player is bad enough but one whose only got two assists so far this season? Pass.
Romelu Lukaku - £11.7m. It's a big call to say I don't like one of the biggest stars in fantasy but he does seem to be facing his first iffy patch as a United player. No goals in his last two and with Spurs and Chelsea on the ledger makes me wince a bit. With the flair players at Old Trafford also struggling for form, this will affect how many chances he gets.
If you think I'm wrong, Romelu Lukaku is currently trading at 7.20 to score two or more in Saturday's match on the Exchange
Roberto Firmino - £8.5m. Lots of big names in the dislike pile this week but with 17.4% of teams having selected him, you have to wonder why. He hasn't scored or been credited an assist since the 4-0 mauling of Arsenal in August. Plenty to like about Liverpool attacking players but Firmino is not one of them.
I'm looking at Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in terms of captain's picks this week. All three have games where their attacking stars can flourish. Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata could have a field day down on the Dorset coast and every time Pep sends his team on to the pitch, you expect three or four goals. As always though the Aguero/Jesus issue is one to consider.
Eden Hazard is currently trading at 11.50 to score two or more in Saturday's match on the Exchange