Fantasy Premier League tips: five players to choose from in play week 9

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Jamie Vardy

While awaiting demolition work at Chelsea from Norwich bottom table at Stamford Bridge this weekend, we had originally planned to keep the faith with Romelu Lukaku.

Then came the Belgian’s ankle injury against Malmö on Wednesday night, which forced him to a standstill and forced many fantasy managers to rethink.

Maybe it’s time to keep it simple and plump for the player we’ve been ignoring so far, despite his impressive point score.

Vardy has averaged seven points per game since the start of the season, scoring seven times and providing an assist, and Leicester’s games are starting to win over.

A trip to Brentford is harder than it looks on paper, although Arsenal, Leeds, Watford and Southampton in their next five games are more promising.

Bryan Mbeumo

We remain firm in our belief that Mbeumo is the fantastic deal of the season, despite hitting the wood for the sixth time already this campaign in last weekend’s loss to Chelsea.

That’s five times more than any other player in the league by our tally, despite only having two 3.7xG goals.

To say that Mbeumo was unlucky is an understatement. Hopefully that changes with Leicester’s visit to Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday, with three enticing games against Burnley, Norwich and Newcastle to follow.

Armando Broja

Those of us who picked Adam Armstrong were burned last week with him falling on the Southampton substitutes bench for the first time this season.

If you’re one of the unlucky ones, we recommend that you take one transfer on hold this week, put Armstrong on the bench and look at the scene with two free transfers in Game Week 10. Ivan Toney will be a popular replacement.

If you’re now looking for a striker on a budget, Broja has taken Armstrong’s place and costs just £ 5.0million, with Burnley, Watford and Norwich in his next four – provided that he keeps his place for so long.

Antonio rudiger

Thomas Tuchel’s rotation policy continues to confuse and confuse us in finding a reliable Chelsea defender ahead of this favorable three-game streak.

Ben Chilwell will tempt those managers who feel lucky and definitely has good attacking potential, although we were put off by his departure against Malmö midweek as Marcos Alonso is still lurking around.

Reece James is likely to come in from the other side, although when he’s among the substitutes he’s known for making 20-minute cameos that block points from your own bench.

Rudiger remains the safest option of all, with Cesar Azpilicueta almost as nailed down. Pick your poison and if you go for one of the full-backs don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Andros Townsend

While we’re not convinced of Townsend’s potential as a long-term pick, if you’re planning on making a wildcard next week and need a short-term punt, you could do worse.

Watford was a mess against Liverpool. While it has as much to do with the quality of Jurgen Klopp’s title contenders, Claudio Ranieri’s side already seem ripe for targeting.

Townsend is a cheap route in Everton’s offense and can also be on penalties, if Richarlison is back in the starting lineup after returning from injury.


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