Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 10: Signings That Will Change Your Season
We’re nine matches into the Premier League season and the best teams and players are all starting to hit their stride.
In Gameweek 9, seven of the top eight sides in the table picked up three points, with Manchester City, who played Chelsea, the only team to lose.
The top goalscorers in England’s top flight—Daniel Sturridge (8), Sergio Aguero (7), Luis Suarez (6), Olivier Giroud (5), Romelu Lukaku (5) and Robin van Persie (5)—all found the net in their respective matches.
Now that most players are beginning to reach the peak of their powers, here’s a look at those that will not only light up your fantasy team, but who will also produce consistent performances week in and week out.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Ozil has lit up the Premier League since his arrival from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day.
Despite making only his first appearance in Gameweek 4, the Arsenal midfielder has accumulated 46 fantasy points, and his value has risen £0.7million to £10.7million after just six games.
Ozil is most famously known for his ability to create goals.
Since the start of the 2010/11 season, the German has assisted an incredible 120 goals for club and country, according to ESPN.
But he has also got his name on the score sheet 48 times, which is no mean feat for one of Europe’s most selfless footballers.
Ozil is the most creative player in what is currently the Premier League’s most fluid midfield, so he is a certainty to score high in the fantasy stakes each week.
Four assists and two goals have been the highlight of his time at Arsenal so far, but if history is to go by, then there’s plenty more where that came from.
Liverpool are up next for the Gunners.
While the Reds will provide a stiffer challenge than what Arsenal have faced in recent weeks, Ozil has proved in the past that he can produce the goods against the top teams.
Artur Boruc (Southampton)
Boruc is the last line of resistance in the Premier League’s sternest defence.
The Southampton rearguard has shipped just three goals this season, two less than Tottenham, who possess the next best record in the league. They continue to prove people wrong each week.
The Polish goalkeeper has been a vital component of Southampton’s stunning early-season form.
He has kept a clean sheet on six different occasions, even managing to keep the Premier League’s in-form strike partnership, Sturridge and Suarez, at bay in Anfield.
Mauricio Pochettino has set up his side in a way that makes them very difficult to break down. With the impressive Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte providing cover, Boruc looks set to continue his great run of form.
With 51 points, he is the highest-ranked goalkeeper in fantasy football this year, and he will still only set you back £4.9million.
The Southampton No.1 also possesses the ability to get some additional bonus points on the board. According to Transfer Markt, he has saved 21.95 percent of the penalties he has faced.
Southampton travel to Stoke City this weekend, confident in the fact that the Potters have scored just six goals this season, which is tied with Crystal Palace and Norwich City for the worst record in the league.
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
The Englishman has begun to deliver on his early promise since arriving at Liverpool this year.
He has scored 18 goals in 20 Premier League games for the Merseyside outfit, and he currently sits at the top of this season’s goalscoring charts with eight goals, one clear of Sergio Aguero and two ahead of strike partner Luis Suarez.
Sturridge thrived on being the main man when Suarez was suspended, but since the Uruguayan has returned, both players have found a way to get the best out of each other.
The English striker may boast this season’s highest goal tally, but he also tops the fantasy charts with 67 points. He has failed to score less than seven points just once, in Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton, and his value has increased from £9million to £10million after the opening nine games.
Sturridge has made the forward position at Liverpool his own and, along with Suarez, he is one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers’ team sheet.
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