View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 11

Saturday, November 3 2018


Two new faces this week. But sadly for the fully-sighted, Ederson's is still on view in goal.

Jeez, it's Hallowe'en every weekend in that lad's house. But have you seen his missus...?!

Tell me she would be with him if he still lived under a bridge in Rio, eating scraps from hospital bins.

Don't get me started.

To more pleasant business...



GW 10 

Ederson (MC)






Alonso (CHE)



Robertson (LIV)



Laporte (MC)



Trippier (TOT)






Hazard (CHE)



Salah (LIV)



Mane (LIV)



Fraser (BOU)






Aubameyang (ARS)



Wilson (BOU)




Nice stats, shame about the face…

A sixth clean sheet on the spin keeps pretty boy Ederson the ace face in goal. Alisson (LIV) is a full 10pts adrift and only £0.1m cheaper. Pickford (EV), Ryan (BHA) and Patricio (WOL) are only a couple of points behind him and will give you up to £1m to spend elsewhere. But all favour home matches.

Any Laporte in a storm…

City’s miserly run has also opened the door for Laporte* to make his bow in the Team of the Week. That’s seven sheets from ten, folks. Wolves’ wing-back Doherty pays the price for Wolves’ PL honeymoon coming to an end. But with the Top Five dominating the top eight slots now, he is a nice price alternative (£4.9) and carries a threat at the other end. 

(* This isn’t just thrown together y’know…)

Ryan mighty…

Hazard took the week off and still has headroom. Sadio Salah and Mo Mane (that’s tight, isn’t it…?) are duking it out for next best. Mane will save you £3.2m but only offers goals (six), whereas Salah offers assists (four) and is still moving through the gears (five goals so far). But Fraser’s double at Fulham makes him the assist king (with five) and a snip at £6.1m. Almost a quarter of players (23.6%) have snapped him up.

Aubameyang thank you ma’am…

A fifth strike in his last three has taken Arsenal’s (latest) flying No. 14 to the top of the tree. Take up is split between him and his mate Lacazette (15.1% v 14.1%) but PEA is the pick for me, based on bench impact.  

Callum Wilson’s 13pts weekend was unlucky for Fulham. The Bournemouth frontman seems to miss as many as he scores, but he has squeezed some big (and much more exotically priced) superdooper stars out of the X1 – Aguero and Kane among them. So, fair dos. 

However, if I were a betting man and had a farm – it would go on Aguero to score more v Southampton than Wilson will against Man United.  

Which brings me to the…

Watch list: Players on the fringe

If you haven’t got, or can’t get, or don’t fancy any of the above – this lot are handy alternatives. 

GK: Pickford (EVE) – a team on the up, nice price and at home to Brighton. 
DEF: Mendy (MC) – has been bubbling under for a while and has sheet and assist potential v Southampton.  
MID: Sterling (MC) – likewise, they’ll be plenty of gaols to share at the Etihad on Sunday.  
FOR: Aguero (MC) -  and Sergio might fancy one of three. 

Have funtasy. 

Matt Nesbitt

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