Fantasy Football preview: Gameweek 11

Theo Walcott

For many people (including myself), last week’s scoring started and ended within five minutes as van Persie tucked away Rafael's cross for Manchester United.

This week there looks like more potential for points with several matches offering the chance of good returns.

Fixtures Analysis: Arsenal have been poor recently, but a visit from porous travellers Fulham could see Wenger's side score some goals. Everton are at home to Sunderland, with Moyes' side still scoring quite freely. Reading vs Norwich could see budget attack options do well from either side, as could Southampton vs Swansea, with all four defence prone to conceding of late. Stoke offer the chance for defensive returns as they host QPR, and Manchester United head to Aston Villa in good form. Finally Newcastle host West Ham on Sunday.

Transfers In: Arsenal are a tough one to call, Santi Cazorla (9.4) has been good for a goal even in games he's look quiet in, but an interesting if risky option could be Theo Walcott (8.7), who may finally be given the chance to play as a striker in the league. Marouane Fellaini (7.2) secured a superb brace at Fulham last week and is a good option ahead of Sunderland's visit to Goodison, though be wary of his yellow card count, which could see him suspended soon. Leighton Baines (7.6) looks a great choice too, with Sunderland looking short of goals he could bring in points at both ends.

Reading and Norwich give good budget options in McAnuff (5.1) from Reading and Holt (6.0) and Snodgrass (5.8) from Norwich. From Southampton, Adam Lallana (6.0) is heading into a decent set of fixtures with set piece duties and four assists already to his name. Rickie Lambert (6.1) gives a cheap option in your front line. From Swansea, De Guzman (5.7) and Hernandez (6.1) offer cheaper alternatives to Michu (7.3), though the latter is still good value playing out of his FPL position. With West Ham in good defensive form making too big an investment in Newcastle's forwards isn't that tempting, but if Demba Ba (8.3) is fit, then he is a danger to any side. If you're the sentimental type, and fancy a huge risk, you could plump for Andy Carroll (8.3) breaking his Hammer's duck at his old ground.

Stoke's keeper Begovic (5.0) has shot up in price recently, but is still a decent signing with his side looking solid at the back. Cameron (4.6) offers a cheaper route into their back line ahead of a good set of fixtures that could see some clean sheets. From Manchester United, two names are still standing out as great options with their next five fixtures all looking like big points opportunities. Robin van Persie (13.5) is becoming as undroppable as last year, and his astronomic price is still rising as a result. At the back, Rafael's (6.2) attacking points make up for his side's shabby clean sheet record.

Finally, it's worth mentioning Juan Mata (9.4) and Luis Suarez (9.8) ahead of Liverpool's visit to Stamford Bridge. It's not the most appealing fixture on paper, but both are in excellent form and look capable of good points returns in every game they play in.

Selection Doubts: Dembele is out for Spurs’ trip to Manchester City. Demba Ba should be OK, but is still a risk for Newcastle's match. Coloccini is suspended for Pardew's side, as is Tiote. Reading keeper McCarthy could be out for a little while after a shoulder injury, and Ben Foster is also to be assessed before West Brom's match. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey face late tests before Arsenal’s match, but Szczesny could make the squad.

Captain Choice: Robin van Persie is frightening in his consistency, and you can be forgiven for handing him the armband any gameweek, especially with a decent looking fixture like Villa away.

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