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Fantasy Premier League Pundit Picks: Gameweek 11


One moment the league leaders at the top are running away, the next they are humbled in their own backyard. That is the magic of the English Premier League ladies and gentlemen!
For Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers, the entertainment factor is a double-edged sword, making it almost impossible to choose who to buy and who not to. 
Each week, will help to make the right moves on the FPL with a comprehensive article on who to buy for the coming gameweek.
The indicators are:
Teams in BOLD are top 4 contenders.
Prices marked in GREEN indicate a rise in Base Price.
Prices marked in RED indicate a fall in Base Price.
Claudio Bravo
Team: Manchester City
Fixtures: Middlesbrough (H), Crystal Palace (A), Burnley (A), Chelsea (H) and Leicester (H)
Price: 5.5
Score: 32
Ownership: 2.6%
Why yes: City are again a force to reckoned with and one feels that Bravo is slowly acclimatising to the pace of the Premier League now. Fixtures against Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace seem quite routine.
Why no: City defenders are good picks at the moment and clubbing the likes of Stones, Otamanedi et all with Bravo is a ill-advised move. City do play an extremely aggressive style of football, which leaves them open at the back at times.
Luke Shaw 
Team: Manchester United
Fixtures: Swansea (A), Arsenal (H), West Ham (H), Everton (A) and Spurs (A)
Price: 5.4
Score: 28
Ownership: 13.4%
Why yes: Shaw is back to full fitness and looked sharp in the two games (All competitions) he started in. Swansea are struggling in the relegation zone at the moment and United could just hit them for a six. Considerably cheaper than teammate Daley Blind.
Why no: Games post Swansea won’t be so kind and while Jose Mourinho manages United, they do not have a defence that is inspiring. Injuries to Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling have left them a little vulnerable.
Adam Smith
Team: Bournemouth 
Fixtures: Sunderland (H), Stoke (A), Arsenal (A), Liverpool (H) and Burnley (A)
Price: 4.8
Score : 38
Ownership: 13.2% 
Why yes: A crucial part of a steely Bournemouth defence, this budget defensive option isn’t bad in the attacking department as well. Sunderland seem incapable of beating anyone at the moment, which bodes well for Smith and co among the cheaper options in the Cherries backline.
Why no: Artur Boruc in goal or Charlier Daniels in defence are performing quite well for Bournemouth too. Games against Liverpool and Arsenal are unlikely to provide much joy.
Ilkay Gundogan
Team: Manchester City
Fixtures: Middlesbrough (H), Crystal Palace (A), Burnley (A), Chelsea (H) and Leicester (H)
Price: 5.7
Score: 33
Ownership: 8.5%
Why yes: The German midfielder is in rampaging form, bursting from midfield to arrive in the box at just the right time to finish off a swift Manchester City move. At his price, he is a must-have, even if one has the likes of Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bruyne in their FPL team.
Why no: Gundogan is known to be injury prone and unless he proves otherwise, remains a risky pick. He plays from a deeper role than his teammates too.
Joe Allen
Team: Stoke City
Fixtures: West Ham (A), Bournemouth (H), Watford (A), Burnley (H) and Arsenal (A)
Price: 5.2
Score: 55
Ownership: 14.4%
Why yes: One of the most in-form players in the EPL at the moment, the ex-Liverpool midfielder is another bargain buy who is outperforming other pricier options. Upcoming fixtures should see him continue his rich vein of form.
Why no: Up front, Stoke’s Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony bagged a brace on in their last game, and even the inconsistent Xherdan Shaqiri is a viable option.
Wilfried Bony
Team: Stoke City
Fixtures: West Ham (A), Bournemouth (H), Watford (A), Burnley (H) and Arsenal (A)
Price: 7.3
Score: 25
Ownership: 1.2%
Why yes: Bony finally got his first goal for the Potters and upcoming fixtures suggest he may just hit a purple patch.
Why no: Joe Allen is a very good option in midfield who is outperforming everyone in the league, let alone Stoke. Having both players in your FPL team is a high-risk strategy.
Olivier Giroud
Team: Arsenal
Fixtures: Tottenham (A), Man Utd (A), Bournemouth (H), West Ham (A) and Stoke (H)
Price:  8.8
Score: 18
Ownership: 1.2%
Why yes: Back from injury, Giroud scored a brace against Hull and then followed it up with a crucial goal in the Champions League against Ludogorets. Like him or not, any striker who has the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to support him is a worthy option. Theo Walcott is a injury concern going into the high-profile North London derby and that plays into the big forward’s favour. He is likely to score against a Spurs side that are without their main centre back Toby Alderweireld.
Why no: The first two fixtures are quite tough and the French striker hasn’t had a good record against Spurs in the past. With Sanchez and Ozil in form too, it makes it difficult to justify Giroud’s inclusion as well.
PS: The Gameweek 11  deadline is 3pm GMT/5.30 pm IST, so make sure all transfers are completed before that!
-by Prithviraj Dev/