Fantasy Premier League 2013: Projecting Optimal Lineup for Week 10

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IOctober 30, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Week 10's optimal Premier League fantasy lineup allows for strong value picks in the back and a star-studded front.

The scoring potential of this lineup is exciting, and with a host of consistent producers with favorable matchups, there is a low risk for a poor week. 

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Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc, 4.9

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Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc has been a consistent producer this year, and he is still a solid value. He has six clean sheets in his nine EPL matches.

He also has 23 saves. Although the saves have come in spurts. Still, you can't beat his consistent value. 

This week, a seventh clean sheet is a strong possibility with Southampton taking on a Stoke City side that has mustered just six goals in EPL play this year.


Defenders: Dejan Lovren, 5.4; Jose Fonte, 5.1; Winston Reid, 5.1; Liam Ridgewell, 5.0

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I've been riding the value Southampton trio of Boruc, Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte for a few weeks, and I'm certainly not stopping now with a match against Stoke on tap. Lovren and Fonte have combined for 30 points in the past three matches. 

This week, I kept value plays along the back. West Ham's Winston Reid has scored 21 points over the last three matches and will be playing an Aston Villa attack that has mustered just nine goals this year. 

West Brom's Liam Ridgewell didn't pick up a point last match, but there is not much chance of that happening this week with his side taking on Crystal Palace. 


Midfielders: Yaya Toure, 9.5; Robbie Brady, 5.2; Mesut Ozil, 10.7; Oscar, 9.0

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Here is where this lineup starts getting fun. Yaya Toure, Mesut Ozil and Oscar form a powerful trio. Toure has scored just four points the last two weeks, but Manchester City is playing 18th-place Norwich at home this week, and I expect Toure to help the Citizens to a lopsided victory. 

Ozil has been fantastic since joining Arsenal. This week, he will face Liverpool in a marquee match, and that should be a fast-paced affair ripe for fantasy points. Oscar has been thriving as Chelsea's attack has sprung to life, and the Blues face a Newcastle side that has allowed 16 goals. 

Meanwhile, Hull City's Robbie Brady remains a tremendous value and has a favorable matchup with Sunderland. 


Forwards: Olivier Giroud, 9.5; Luis Suarez, 11.6

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So remember how I was just saying the Liverpool matchup with Arsenal was going to be fast-paced and provide plenty of points? Well, I'm going to fully exploit that with two stars up front. 

This is a pricey combo, but a lethal one. Suarez is kicking it into high gear. He has 27 points in his last two matches, and I expect him to come up big in this one. Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud is turning in a wonderful campaign, and he's ready to add to that. 


Bench: Steve Harper, 4.0; Ciaran Clark, 4.5; Jonathan Howson, 4.9; Yannick Sagbo, 4.9

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I didn't leave a lot for my bench. Hull City's Steve Harper is a fantastic value with a matchup against Sunderland. Ciaran Clark came in for Aston Villa last match for an injured Antonio Luna and has nice potential this week. 

Norwich's Jonathan Howson has 12 points in his last three matches, and Yannick Sagbo has 11 points in his last three matches and is facing Sunderland this week.