Thursday, 22 November 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 13

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 – Salah vs Watford (A)

After scoring an 89th winner for Egypt last Friday, Salah is well rested with over a week to refocus before Liverpool travel to Watford.

Salah’s underlying stats suggested that the 2017/18 version had returned - two goals and two assists during his last two Gameweeks – what can he do next against Watford?

Despite a great start to the season, the Hornets have only kept three clean sheets this season and go into the game on the back of disappointing results against Southampton and Newcastle.  Just the kind of match Salah needs to continue his return to form.

Differential - Richarlison vs Cardiff (H)

With only three forward positions available and the likes of Salah, Aguero and Kane tempting fantasy bosses with no budget restrictions – Richarlison falls into the unlikely category of a differential on Starting 11.

He's only scored one goal during his five appearances since returning from suspension. The debate has been endless as to whether Richarilson was as dangerous playing as a striker as he was down the left flank. Well, his two goals against Brighton during Gameweek 11 silenced the doubters.

This Everton side appear to be growing stronger. This week they take on Cardiff who have conceded 25 goals this season – only Fulham have conceded more.


Safe Pick - David Silva vs West Ham (A)

Quite frankly we should be squeezing as many Manchester City players into our line-ups as possible every week.

David Silva is also worth considering – two goals during his last two games and constantly finding those pockets of space to open up a defence for Sterling and Aguero.

West Ham allowed goal shy Huddersfield to have 15 shots on goal during Gameweek 12, just how many chances will this Manchester City side create?  Brace yourselves West Ham fans.

Differential – Pogba vs Crystal Palace (H)

Are Manchester United players differentials on Starting 11 this season?  Sat at 8th in the league with only 6 wins from 12 games they certainly aren’t safe picks.

Paul Pogba gets the nod from me this week as an outside pick. Despite some disgruntled fans, we all know the Frenchman is the driving force behind this Manchester United side.

This week United are up against Crystal Palace who have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last six league games, conceding eleven times during that period. Palace also have something of a defensive crisis this week with Sakho out injured.


Safe Pick – Stones vs West Ham (A)

John Stones appears to have made that second centre-back position his own, creating a formidable partnership with Laporte.

Manchester City have kept six clean sheets during their last eight games, a fantastic record – however the only reason they did concede at all was due to some reckless goalkeeping gifting the opposition penalties.

I expect Manchester City to keep West Ham quiet on Saturday. Not only is Stones likely to bring home some clean sheet points – but the points he will earn due to his passing ability means he is Starting 11 gold.

Differential – Doherty vs Huddersfield (H)

Wolves were moments away from a clean sheet vs Arsenal during Gameweek 12 and despite not keeping their opposition out for four weeks now, I feel the clean sheet points are due to return starting this week.

Also, there is surely another goal incoming from Matt Doherty. He continues to find himself in advanced positions and taking shots on goals. Just how has the wing-back only scored one goal this season?


Safe Pick – Ederson vs West Ham (A)

There is absolutely no point over complicating the situation. This week's safe pick is Ederson who joins Stones in a Manchester City defensive stack.

Manchester City’s attacking football has contributed to a staggering 36 goals in only 12 games, but it’s easy to forget they also have the joint lowest number of goals conceded with 5.

Differential – De Gea vs Crystal Palace (H)

Quiz time, without cheating how many cleansheets have Manchester United kept this season?  The Answer…only 1 – which makes David De Gea nothing more than a differential pick.

Then we have the flip side - Crystal Palace have only scored 8 goals all season – a record only bettered by 19th place Huddersfield Town with 6.

The Jose Mourinho bus, the best goalkeeper in the world and a misfiring opposition – what could possibly go wrong? 

Before you go… This week Starting 11 have introduced a new Mini-League feature to their app, giving you the opportunity to compete in public or private leagues or two or more managers where the winner take all.  Download the app now and look out for my free to enter league this weekend.

Good luck!