Thursday, 13 September 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 5

Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has gained in popularity since last year, as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.

As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

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Safe Pick – Aguero vs Fulham (H)

Well we didn’t see the much anticipated avalanche of goals against Newcastle for Aguero. However his home record speaks for itself and I have no concerns about him being my safe pick once again.

I have been impressed with Fulham’s start to the season, especially with the fact that they are not afraid to take the game to their opponents. This does though mean they are vulnerable at the back. They have conceded nine goals already this season.

Fulham beware - he has had his rest over the international break. Aguero will be my captain on Starting 11 this week.

Differential - Wilson vs Leicester (H)

Callum Wilson is looking full of confidence and leads the way this season with 14 shots inside the box, more than any other player this season.

Those shots have converted into two goals since August to complete his three assists.

This week Bournemouth take on Leicester City, who have had a decent start to the season but have only kept one clean sheet during their opening four games.


Safe Pick - Ramsey vs Newcastle (A)

It's fair to say Ramsey is safe pick of sorts from Arsenal's attackers.  For now at least, he seems to have nailed down that number 10 position forcing Mkhitaryan and Ozil into wider positions.

Of course, he has no attacking returns as of yet, but having taken four shots and registering six key passes during his last two games, the signs are that they are coming. Get onboard before everyone else does!

Newcastle showed some signs of improvement against Manchester City but have failed to win any of their opening four games, which bodes well for Ramsey and his teammates.

Differential – Schurrle vs Brighton (A)

It may be unusual to pick a player who is taking on Manchester City, however they have only kept one clean sheet so far this season.

Schurrle has taken an impressive 15 shots during his last two games, scoring twice.

Fulham aren’t afraid to attack and though I think Manchester City will win, I can see Fulham scoring.


Safe Pick – Alonso vs Cardiff (H)

Can you make it through a Gameweek without owning Alonso and keeping your nerves intact?  I know it would be too stressful for me.

With 12 shots already this season, more than Aubameyang or Kane – Alonso has continued to fulfil his reputation as a de facto winger with the ability to keep clean sheets.

With 1 goal and 5 assists so far this season, not to mention hitting the post twice – a home game against Cardiff makes him one of the first names in my Starting 11 line-up.

Differential – Holebas vs Manchester United (H)

Can Watford do a Leicester and win the Premier League?  Maybe not, but it’s been a fantastic start to the season for them. However they have a stern test against Manchester United this weekend.

Holebas is in fantastic form, playing in an advanced role and has managed to pick up four assists (as well as a goal) from his opening four games.

After an upturn in form I do expect Manchester United to score, but they will not have things all their own way and Watford will take the game to them.


Safe Pick – Kepa vs Cardiff (H)

A home tie against Cardiff? That’s a fixture crying out for a Chelsea stack at the back in Starting XI.

Cardiff finally scored their first goals of the season during Gameweek 4, although that was against a poor Arsenal defence. Prior to that they failed to score during their opening three games.

With two clean sheets so far, having made seven saves in the process – I expect us to see some clean sheet points this weekend for Chelsea's back line.

Differential – Patricio vs Burnley (H)

Whether it was the Europa League distraction or not, the fact remains that Burnley have only scored three times this season – sitting second from bottom in the Premier League with only one point.

Enter Wolves and their goalkeeper Patricio, a clean sheet during Gameweek 4 against West Ham – not to mention only conceding once to Manchester City in a 1-1 draw the week before.

I can see Wolves building on these performances, continuing where they left off with a win this weekend over Burnley.