After our winning effort in week seven, we came crashing down to earth last time out. Callum Wilson may have picked up 20.5 points on Draft Kings’ game, but Joe Hart and Harry Maguire scored zilch, zip, zero. With four other players posting single figure points scores, our team fell well short of the cash prizes.
There’s always next week, though, and these are the matches in the selection pool for week nine.
We’ve run the numbers on these 14 teams, resulting in this leader board. Our first piece of advice? Ignore the player at the top of the tree.
James Tarkowski has been performing well against the Twelve algorithm this season, but it would take a brave soul to think he’ll do well when Burnley are at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. However, we don’t generally ignore our statistics, and the next seven players on our chart are all in our fantasy football picks for week nine.
Harry Kane is second on the list. As he has seven goals in nine appearances against West Ham, he looks to be a good option this week. Mohamed Salah scored at Huddersfield last season, and his underlying statistics suggest he’s due a goal or three. The Egyptian king would be a sensible selection anyway, but he’s in our top performing players too, so he simply has to feature here.
Our defence consists of Aymeric Laporte and Willy Boly. Both are at home to teams with one away win apiece in 2018/19. Burnley and Watford only average one goal per away game (at best) too, meaning a clean sheet is a realistic possibility for this duo.
Boly is joined by his Wolves’ colleague Ruben Neves. Only the current top four teams have better form than the 2017/18 Championship champions over the past six games. With Watford win-less in four, employing a pair of Wolves makes good financial sense.
Next in line in our leader board is Brighton’s Shane Duffy. Only two teams have conceded more set piece goals than Newcastle, his opponents on Saturday. The Magpies are low scoring and have lost all four of their home games in 2018/19. Could Duffy score and pick up a clean sheet? We wouldn’t rule it out.
That just leaves Callum Wilson up front and Asmir Begovic in goal, and that’s our team. Hopefully two Cherries pays out on the Draft Kings fruit machine this week. Good luck!