Thursday, 8 November 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 12



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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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Forwards


Safe Pick – Salah vs Fulham (H)


Is this the week all fantasy football managers have been waiting for?  Mohamed Salah and Liverpool against the worst defence in the Premier League…

Some will look at Liverpool’s disappointing defeat to Red Star on Tuesday night and be concerned. Not me. I’m expecting a reaction and a big result for the Reds on Sunday especially after Fulham managed to make Huddersfield look like Manchester City last weekend.

Despite not scoring, Salah still managed to fire eight shots at goal on Tuesday night (including hitting the post). This week he plays a defence which has conceded 29 goals, more than any other Premier League team.

Differential - Vardy vs Burnley (H)

The last time Jamie Vardy scord a goal was in Gameweek 7 against Newcastle. Fantasy football managers are losing patience and looking elsewhere. However a fixture at home to Burnley could be an opportunity to give him one more chance.

Why Burnley?  13 goals conceded in only 3 games – even the likes of Fulham have conceded far less (8) during that time.

Vardy hit the post against Cardiff and Maddison is continuing to create opportunities. The goals are coming so make sure you’re on board when they return.






Midfielders


Safe Pick - Ozil vs Wolves (H)

Mesut Ozil is quietly starting to produce the goal scoring opportunities we have seen from the German in previous seasons and has played an important part in Arsenal’s improved form.

During his last three games he has produced ten key passes and against Leicester he not only produced an assist but scored a goal too.

This week Arsenal are at home to Wolves who enter the game on the back of a three game losing streak, conceding six goals in the process.  This could be another opportunity for him to cause havoc.

Differential – Anderson vs Huddersfield (A)

It may seem strange to suggest a differential who’s just scored two goals. But Anderson has been on the radar of many fantasy football mangers for some time without fulfilling his potential for attacking returns.

Anderson, playing on the left of a front 3 as well as on set piece duty sounds like the ideal player for any fantasy team.

Since the injury to fellow midfielder Yarmolenko, Anderson has had to step up and help carry the team forward as was evident with his two goals against Burnley last weekend.  Huddersfield are next on Saturday and I think he will continue his form.






Defenders


Safe Pick – van Dijk vs Fulham (H)

Which Liverpool player has had the most shots in the box (5) during their last two league games?  Salah?  Mane?  No – it’s Virgil van Dijk!

No attacking returns all season but the underlying stats suggest a goal is imminent.

The way Mitrovic is playing it’s not like van Dijk is going to be kept busy at the other end of the pitch. Clean sheet and a goal incoming?  It’s not out of the question this week!

Differential – Doherty vs Arsenal (A)

Madness, I hear you cry! Why would you put in a defender from a newly promoted team who are playing away from home against Arsenal?

Well first of all a disclaimer – he’s not in there for a clean sheet – but 6 shots against Brighton plus an assist incorrectly ruled out against Arsenal means he has to be thrown in as a differential this week.

Arsenal have been playing well and winning games, but have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 4 league games.  Doherty is well poisted to take advantage of the pockets of space that have often opened up with their backline.





Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Allison vs Fulham (H)

Fulham have only scored 3 times during their last 5 league games. They failed to find the back of the net in their last 2 games which were against Bournemouth and Huddersfield.

Mitrovic was their star man earlier in the season but has now failed to record a single shot on target in any of his last 3 games.

At home, Liverpool have only conceded 1 goals all season so it’s an easy decision to have both Allison and van Dijk in my Starting 11 team this week.

Differential – Schmeichel vs Burnley (H)
A 1-0 win last weekend against Cardiff meant Schmeichel recorded his third clean sheet of the season, this week he will be looking to make it two on the run with a favourable fixture at home to Burnley.

Burnley, having scored two goals and conceded thirteen during their last three games are in a torrid run of form and need to get back to basics before they slip any further down the table.

The emotions at Leicester City appear to be forging a team bond like they did during their Premier League winning campaign and I expect that to fuel them for the foreseeable future.