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Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week for Gameweek 9

We think it is safe to say that this weekend’s action saw Fantasy Premier League managers cursing their selections, as host of big hitters all blanked and points seemed harder than ever to come by.

In-form stars such as Tammy Abraham, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kevin De Bruyne all blanked, whilst the less said of Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy the better…

It’s that time of week again, as we compile a dream XI of Fantasy Premier League‘s best performing stars, and it is fair to say that this week’s side has a few surprise selections.

The Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week for Gameweek 9:

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford – Everton – 8 points

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Everton‘s struggles to start the season have been well documented, though they got their season back on the right track with an impressive performance to beat West Ham 2-0 at Goodison Park.

Marco Silva’s side’s defence was their strength in their strong end to the campaign last season, though this was just their third shut-out so far.

Central to that was England number one Pickford, who earned eight FPL points courtesy of his clean sheet, four saves and one bonus point.

Defender: Steve Cook – Bournemouth – 9 points

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Perhaps the most forgettable fixture of the weekend happened at the Vitality Stadium, as Bournemouth and Norwich played out a goalless draw that is unlikely to live long in the memory.

There was not much to get excited about regarding the contest, unless you had Bournemouth defender Steve Cook in your FPL side – the 28-year-old securing himself the three bonus points in addition to a clean sheet for an overall tally of nine points. The result also gave both sides their first shutouts of the campaign.

Defender: Jack O’Connell – Sheffield United – 11 points

An assist, clean sheet and three bonus points for the Sheffield United defender, who like many of his defensive teammates at Bramall Lane are making a mockery of their bargain basement price tags.

Chris Wilder’s newly-promoted side now have the joint-best defensive record in the division alongside leaders Liverpool following their 1-0 win over Arsenal, so you may want to add some Yorkshire steel to your backlines.

Premier League Team of the Week for Gameweek 9

Defender: Daryl Janmaat – Watford – 12 points

The Watford full-back’s price-rag has dropped down to just £4.3m following the club’s dismal start to the campaign, but any FPL managers who have kept the budget defender were rewarded handsomely in Gameweek 9.

Watford headed to Tottenham with both sides currently struggling and secured a 1-1 draw, with Janmaat providing the assist for Abdoulaye Doucoure’s opener. Dele Alli’s late goal may have stolen a point for Spurs, but it did not steal Janmaat’s clean sheet as he was substituted with an injury prior to the England midfielder’s intervention.

An impressive 12 point haul for Janmaat.

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Defender: Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – 14 points

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The highest scoring player in gameweek 9 is Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso, who scored the only goal of the game as Frank Lampard’s side moved into the top four with a win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international has now scored once and provided two assists in his past five fixtures, which also include two clean sheets. Chelsea also possess a decent looking set of fixtures in the coming weeks, so the 28-year-old could be one to watch.

Defender: Matt Targett – Aston Villa – 10 points

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The second left-back in our side to have a hit a late winning goal this weekend, Targett secured all three  points against Brighton courtesy of a fine late strike.

The 24-year-old has had to be patient as he awaits an opportunity since moving to Villa Park in the summer, but did his chances of first-team football no harm with his first goal for the club.

Targett’s goal also saw him secure an additional two FPL bonus points, giving the defender priced at just £4.4m a tally of 10 for Gameweek 9.

Midfield: David Silva – Manchester City – 11 points

Often overlooked in comparison to some of his more popular Manchester City teammates, the veteran playmaker has quietly stated his case as must-have selection in FPL.

Silva recorded his fourth double digit haul of the season already in City’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, his tally of 11 boosted by his second league goal of the season.

Priced at £7.6m he could be a smart inclusion ahead of home fixtures with Aston Villa and Southampton, only premium selections Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and teammates Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne have bettered his total of 51 points so far.

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Midfield: Bernard – Everton – 10 points

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The diminutive Brazilian helped inspire Everton to a much needed win this weekend, Marco Silva’s side moving out of the Premier League’s bottom three courtesy of an impressive performance in their win over West Ham.

It would be Bernard who would set them on their way to victory, scoring a fine individual goal against their below-par visitors.

His goal helped him an additional two bonus points for an overall tally of 10, his second double digit haul of the season.

Midfield: Harvey Barnes – Leicester – 11 points

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High-flying Leicester City moved into the Premier League’s top three this weekend, though they will have Harvey Barnes to thank after seeing of a resilient Burnley side 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

It was Barnes relentless work and skill which helped provide the assist for Jamie Vardy’s equaliser, after Brendan Rodgers’ side had fallen behind to former Foxes forward Chris Woods’ header.

Youri Tielemans would later score the winner, but it was Barnes who was the star. The 21-year-old was awarded three bonus points for a tally of 11, his best haul of the campaign thus far.

Midfield: Jack Grealish – Aston Villa – 13 points

The only player to provide both a goal and an assist in Gameweek 9, the Aston Villa captain was at his creative best during the club’s win over 10-man Brighton.

Playing in an advanced role and given licence to roam in recent weeks, Grealish was at the heart of all of Villa’s best moves, scoring for the second successive gameweek before providing the assist for Matt Targett’s winner.

Only seven midfielders now have higher totals for the season than the 24-year-old, though none are priced as attractively as the £5.9m playmaker.

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Forward: Danny Ings – Southampton – 9 points

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The sole forward in our defensive and differential line up is Southampton‘s Danny Ings, who continued his hot streak with another goal in their 1-1 draw with Wolves to earn himself nine points for Gameweek 9.

Ings has now scored in three consecutive Premier League fixtures, and represents a sensible budget addition to FPL squads with a price-tag of just £5.9m.

His overall total of 42 points puts him ahead of more expensive and popular selections such as Sebastien Haller (£7.4m) and Raul Jimenez (£7.1m), and he could be a smart acquisition despite Southampton’s lack of form.

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