Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek Eleven preview!
The numbers certainly read well for West Ham United fans following the Irons’ 4-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend – but how many Fantasy Premier League points did they translate into?
Ahead of the visit of Liverpool to London Stadium on Sunday afternoon, here’s the FPL lowdown…
Double joy for Hammers at Villa Park
For the third occasion this season – after Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio in the first two gameweeks – two West Ham United players featured in the ‘Kings of the Gameweek’ top-scoring XI following the Hammers’ exploits at Villa Park.
Midfielder Declan Rice – a bargain pick available at £5.0m – picked up a whopping 13 points in the Midlands courtesy of a goal, an assist and three impressive bonus points in the 4-1 victory.
No Premier League midfielder scored higher that week, nor has any costing £5.0m or less produced more goal involvements so far this season.
Not far behind him was Irons teammate Jarrod Bowen, who bagged eleven points – including a goal, assist, and two bonus points (losing one point for his yellow card) to earn his own place in the Gameweek’s top scorers.
The 24-year-old winger has certainly hit his stride in recent weeks and has failed to return a goal or assist just once in his last six Premier League appearances, earning an impressive 37 points in that time.
With only 1.4 per cent of players currently owning Bowen, those kinds of numbers make him a potentially outstanding differential to give you the edge over your fellow managers.
Opposition FPL report
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is in a (Fantasy Premier) League of his own.
With ten goals, seven assists and 16 bonus points in just ten games, the Egyptian winger has already scored an incredible 114 points so far this season – just shy of his entire haul from last season, and almost double the current total of his closest competitor, Antonio (59).
At this rate, backed up by a huge 70.9 per cent ownership, it’s less a question of whether you should, and more a question of whether you can afford not to, have Salah in your team.
After scoring 29 goals during their first ten games and conceding just eight, Liverpool’s usual suspects are also starting to creep up the scoring charts: Trent Alexander-Arnold is the game’s third-highest scoring defender this season, with Virgil van Dijk behind him, and Sadio Mané is the second-highest scoring midfielder after Salah.
West Ham will be hoping to put a stop to Jurgen Klopp’s team’s unbeaten season so far in the top-flight – and given just how well the Irons have played in recent weeks, could you put it past them doing so?
Enter our supporters’ league!
In case you hadn’t heard, we’ve been inviting Claret and Blue supporters who enjoy a spot of casual FPL to take part in our own mini-league, where the top-scoring players each month could are in with a chance of winning West Ham-themed rewards.
And with October now out of the way, we’re delighted to reveal the monthly winner to be… Arianit Imami, who scored 300 points over the month’s four gameweeks! Well played, Arianit!
You’re the winner of a first-team shirt – either home, away or third – signed by a player of your choice. We’ll be in touch!
If you’d like to throw your hat into the ring for November, all you’ll need is our league code: nlz9u2 - or you just need to click this link here.
Who knows? There may yet be time to propel yourself up the rankings and compete for the grand end-of-season prize! Seems unlikely, mind...