Gameweek 10: Chelsea Fantasy Premier League Preview – Cheap Chalobah set to storm FPL

All abord the Ben Chilwell train, it’s leaving the station for gameweek 10 and it won’t be returning. After being told for the past three weeks that putting the Englishman in your teams is the best choice one can make, he’s backed that up with a brilliant three goals in three games.

As Chelsea travel to St. James’ Park they should expect a cauldron of noise on Saturday afternoon but nevertheless the Blues will be playing against a weak Newcastle side. There are fantasy points available in the north, here’s the best way to get the most out of Thomas Tuchel’s table toppers for gameweek 10.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Trevoh Chalobah of Chelsea stretches for the ball whilst under pressure from Nathan Tella of Southampton during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on October 02, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: Trevoh Chalobah of Chelsea stretches for the ball whilst under pressure from Nathan Tella of Southampton during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on October 02, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cheery Chalobah

When you cast your eyes down the list of top scoring defenders here’s one name that jumps out ahead of the rest at sixth in the table. Trevoh Chalobah.

The centre back was recently revealed as the highest ranked centre back in Europe’s top five leagues. Nobody could have imagined the role he would have played after nine league games. What makes his appearance in these lists even more impressing is that he has only started five matches – the lowest amount of anyone inside the top 18 defenders.

He has only been on the pitch whilst the Blues have conceded one goal and is yet to concede one from open play this campaign, hence his 44 points this season with five out of his six appearances bringing in six or more points, his only one lower than six points was a three minute substitute appearance late on at Anfield.

Chalobah is the cheapest defender in the top nine scorers and is 2.7m cheaper than Trent Alexander-Arnold despite having only seven points less. His minutes per point is a brilliant 10.3.

Although he isn’t a certain starter, he has now had three consecutive 90s and is yet to lose or concede from open play. A trip to Newcastle and a decent outing certainly seems on the cards.

James is justified

Reece James hasn’t had the start to the season he would have expected, with just 35 points coming so far this term due to injuries, suspensions and rotation. 28 of his 35 points have come in games against Arsenal and now last weeks victory against Norwich.

These games include both of his goals and one of his two assists. With Chelsea now looking to settle as they head into a busy but perhaps more comfortable period of the season, James’ attacking play will be expected to improve.

He will also be hoping that he can add to the two clean sheets he has had so far this season considering his teammates have accumulated six in their nine matches. When comparing James to his other colleagues it is easy to pick Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen or even Trevoh Chalobah ahead of the wingback. However, James is now expected to have a full run in the side and could be able to peg down a role in the side.

Only 7% of managers have selected James, picking him up before that number rises could be a huge difference maker ahead of the winter schedule.

Gameweek 10: Pick of the week

Mason Mount was the Chelsea star of last week with his record 24 points against Norwich. Unfortunately for the midfielder, those points account for over half of his current season total of just 41. They were his first goals of the season and he also registered his first assist since gameweek 2. It hasn’t been the productive start to the campaign that he would have hoped, but after a huge total last week, at a modest 7.5m Mount might have played his way into more teams.

Perhaps surprisingly he is selected by a decently sized 16.3% of managers, but with his form this is expected to rise before the week starts. Plus, with Chelsea’s mean defence there is always the added cleansheet bonus which the Blues have been racking up this season with six of them already this season.

In midfield, Mount ranks in the top eight percent of players for his total shots, averaging 2.35 per 90 minutes this season. This makes him a serious goal threat and a good option for your midfield this week. When compared to the other midfield spots Mount is only now 12 points away from second placed Heung-Min Son.

Also in that list from a Chelsea perspective is Mateo Kovacic but he was ruled out by Tuchel for a few weeks. Despite the Croatian’s good return of 46 points from his nine appearances this season he is still only selected by 9.8% of fantasy managers as we enter gameweek 10.

Written and edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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