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Monday 16th Oct 2017

One of the most common mistakes in any fantasy sport is overthinking. In fantasy soccer, it is deadly. The best approach is to grab players from well-coached and good teams facing weaker opponents. Simply draw a straight line between consistent top performers and the team they play that week.

That’s what we do. This may explain why you might see repetitions here from week to week. We select players from teams that have a favorable weekly matchup and whose current season’s stats are outstanding. Lastly, we check for injuries and for suspensions.

So, who do we like this week? Players who we recommend to roster are in bold.

Goalkeepers: Lucas Fabianski (SWA) is our top choice. The matchup may not appear too favorable. Swansea City plays West Ham at the London Stadium. That said, Fabianski has 26 saves. Add in West Ham’s weak offense and you have a goalie who will likely produce plenty of fantasy points.

Manchester United had five clean sheets this season. That makes David De Gea (MNU) a fantastic choice, but we must dig a bit deeper. Huddersfield had four clean sheets, so Jonas Lossl (HUD) appears a good choice too. But his team faces the Spurs, so Lossl is off our list this week. If you cannot field Fabianski and De Gea is too expensive, our next pick is Kasper Schmeichel (LEI), 12 goals against in six matches notwithstanding.

Midfielders: David Silva (MCI), with six assists and 506 passes, tops our list of midfielders for this week and perhaps for several weeks to come. The game with Chelsea will be interesting to say the least. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (MUN) continues to appear on these pages. He should have plenty of opportunities when Crystal Palace visits Old Trafford this coming Saturday.

Forwards: This week, we will go with Arsenal and Liverpool strikers. Alexis Sanchez (ARS) and Alexandre Lacazette (ARS) are bound to profit from their match against Brighton. Mohamed Salah (LIV) appears to have been a spot on purchase for the Reds. His 14 shots on target make him one of our favorite picks.

Given Everton’s obliging defense, let’s also keep Chris Wood (BUR) in mind.

Follow Pasko on Twitter @varnica123. His essays about sports in ancient Roman times can be found at www.SportsInAntiquity.com

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