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Fantasy Premier League: Three essential tips ahead of FPL Gameweek 10

Ahead of gameweek 10 of Fantasy Premier League, we bring you three absolutely essential tips you need to read before you save your FPL team for this weekend. 

This week we pick out the best captain’s picks, some important differentials to consider, and the best budget forward option in FPL. Don’t forget this week’s deadline is 18:00 GMT this Friday!

Make sure to listen to this week’s episode of The Fantasy Faithful podcast in which we give even more FPL tips and advice, including who to captain, which players to transfer in, and some cheeky differentials to set your team apart. 

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Who to captain in GW10?

Jamie Vardy (£10.2) is the most attractive captaincy pick for gameweek 10 given he is coming up against Fulham, who are toiling in the relegation zone having conceding the joint-most goals (18) in the Premier League.

The Leicester City striker was a unanimous pick for Lock of the Week on this week’s podcast, meaning we think he is guaranteed to return points at the weekend. He has three goals and two assists in the last four gameweeks and only Patrick Bamford (8) has had more than his seven big chances.

Manchester City have not been their usual selves in front of goal this season – their rate of goals per game has halved this season – but Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6) is still an attractive option for the armband nonetheless.

The Belgian playmaker only has one goal and three assists in the league this season, but he is still creating chances for his teammates – nine attempted assists and three big chances created in the last four matches – but they aren’t putting them away. That should change against a struggling Burnley side who have conceded the third-most shots (57) in the past four gameweeks.

And finally, Mo Salah (£12.2) returns this week after a short absence through contracting coronavirus. The winger started in Liverpool‘s 2-0 home defeat to Atalanta in the Uefa Champions League, so one would imagine he will start against Brighton on Saturday.

The Egyptian has eight goals this season, four from penalties, and no one has taken more than his 4.26 shots or 10.24 touches in the opposition box per 90. He is a constant threat in the box, but he’s also a setting others up, creating 21 chances this season with four of them being big chances.

The best budget forward option?

Patrick Bamford (£6.1) has blanked in two of the past three gameweeks, scoring just one goal from 11 shots, six of which were considered big chances. It was that classic lack of clinical edge that has dogged him for so long rearing its head once again.

“He had so many chances to score against Arsenal and he didn’t score, so that’s the Patrick Bamford I know and love so well,” Dara joked on the pod. But is he still the best budget forward in FPL regardless?

As the tweet below shows, the striker leads the way in all the categories that matter for forwards over the past six gameweeks.

Leeds United are laying up opportunities on a plate for the Englishman, but he has only returned in two of the last six matches. Granted, one of those was a hat-trick against Aston Villa.

“The frustrations of last season are coming through when you see his numbers are that good, yet he’s ‘only’ got the four goals (in that period),” Dara added.

And yet, when compared with forwards in the same price bracket – Che Adams (£5.9), Callum Wilson (£6.5) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.7) – he still offers the best value.

Yes, greater consistency would be ideal, but at least he is getting those chances. And he’s currently getting them more often than the best strikers in the league. This weekend he comes up against an Everton side who give up 14 shots per game this season.

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Who are the best differential picks for GW10?

With Man City’s kind schedule running from now up until the day after Christmas, there has been a migration towards their assets this week. The dilemma is that neither De Bruyne nor Raheem Sterling (£11.5) have looked at the top of their game lately.

But the most viable City pick could be an unlikely one in the form of Joao Cancelo (£5.5), owned by just 3.5% of FPL managers. The fullback has only made one assist this season, but he leads league among defenders for chances created (15), four of which came last week against Spurs.

City have only kept two clean sheets so far this season, but with Burnley, Fulham and West Brom on the horizon, they should surely be better at both ends of the pitch in the next few weeks.

On the podcast Dara also offered up Leeds midfielder Raphina (£5.4) as a One Week Punt. The Brazilian enjoyed his first start against Arsenal last week, taking four shots with two of them coming inside the box and rattled the bar late on. As Leeds are such an attack-minded team, there could be joy for him if he nails down that starting spot.

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