We at The Hype Train will be providing a regular series of Power Rankings updates throughout the season for each position in the traditional Fantasy Premier League game for our partners at the Fantasy Football Hub. We will be picking our top five picks for Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Forwards, providing a graphical aid for each chosen player, and the reasoning behind our choices. All aboard.

How do our Power Rankings work?

We use player form, fixtures, potential, and our own gut instinct, to form our own opinionated view on who we believe is the best asset for each position in the FPL. Each position (Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder, and Forward) has differing criteria which can help generate FPL points on a weekly basis, whether for short term gain or for the long haul.

For the purpose of this article we will list our top 5 and follow up with a player on the rise in that position to also consider.

All player prices and stats are reflective of the official Fantasy Premier League game at the time of publishing.

Power Rankings: Gameweek 10 (GK’s, DEF’s, MID’s, FOR’s)

With time not on our side this week we’re bringing the Power Rankings to you in one bumper edition, with all the risers, non-movers, and those falling, in their respective positions put under the microscope. We take a look at who made the Power 5 for Goalkeeper’s Defender’s, Midfielder’s, and Forward’s last week, the movers this week, and some insight into each position ahead of the next round of games this coming weekend.

We profile what we believe to be the best five players in each position in the FPL game right now after Gameweek 9 and heading into Gameweek 10.

POWER 5: Goalkeeper’s

Who were in the GK Power Rankings last week?
1) David de Gea (MUN) – a non-mover
2) Lukasz Fabianski (SWA) – new entry
3) Ederson (MCI) – a non-mover
4) Joe Hart (WHU) – new entry
5) Nick Pope (BUR) – new entry

Who are in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 10?
1) David de Gea (MUN) – a non-mover
2) Ederson (MCI) – rising from 3rd to 2nd
3) Lukasz Fabianski (SWA) – falling from 2nd to 3rd
5) Nick Pope (BUR) – rising from 5th to 4th
5) Fraser Forster (SOU) – new entry

We have one new entry in the Goalkeeper Power Rankings this week, with Southampton’s Fraser Forster replacing Joe Hart.

Remaining in top spot is Man United’s David de Gea, despite being on the losing end in a 2-1 defeat away at newly promoted Huddersfield. De Gea is still anchored on seven clean sheets from nine matches, which is more than any other Goalkeeper. Man United entertain Spurs before travelling to Chelsea, so it will be an interesting few weeks for de Gea owners.

Moving up to second place is another Goalkeeper based in Manchester, the City shot-stopper Ederson, after claiming a fourth clean sheet from five matches with a comfortable 3-0 home victory against Burnley. It was an easy six points for Ederson in the FPL against Burnley, with the Brazilian not having to make a single save.

Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski drops down to third place, once again acting like a yo-yo in our Power Rankings article. It appears that every time he gets some hype under his belt, his form immediately crumbles, then comes back the following week. Fabianski hasn’t kept consecutive clean sheets this season, with Swansea on four for the season from nine games, and last time out suffered another home loss, this time to manger-less Leicester.

Rising from the base of the Power Rankings to fourth place is Burnley’s Nick Pope, who is quickly becoming an FPL favourite with his form. The shot-stopper had yet to score lower than four points from a starting position, accumulating 23 points from four matches, with bonus points in three of those four matches, prior to a 3-0 loss at Man City. Pope managed three points for FPL players during GW9, making seven saves. Newcastle (H), Southampton (A), Swansea (H), up next for Pope’s FPL suitors.

Fraser Forster is the last Goalkeeper to feature, having kept true to his FPL form this season – points one week, blank the next. Fraser Forster has managed a return on each of his five odd Gameweek’s (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), but has yet to register a clean sheet, penalty save, or bonus points on odd Gameweek’s (2, 4, 6, 8). Forster made just two saves in a 1-0 home win against West Brom, an easy clean sheet for the shot-stopper.

POWER 5: Defender’s

Who were in the DEF Power Rankings last week?
1) Phil Jones (MUN) – a non-mover
2) Nicolas Otamendi (MCI) – a non-mover
3) Stephen Ward (BUR) – a non-mover
4) Federico Fernandez (SWA) – new entry
5) Kieran Trippier (TOT) – new entry

Who are in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 10?
1) Nicolas Otamendi (MCI) – rising from 2nd to 1st
2) Stephen Ward (BUR) – rising from 3rd to 2nd
3) Phil Jones (MUN) – falling from 1st to 3rd
4) Nacho Monreal (ARS) – new entry
5) Cesar Azpilicueta (CHE) – new entry

There are two new entries to the Defender’s Power Rankings this week, Nacho Monreal and Cesar Azpilicueta coming in for Kieran Trippier and Federico Fernandez.

Man City defender Nicolas Otamendi has stormed to the top of the overall defenders charts in the FPL, with 55 points, and also climbs to the top on our Power Rankings list. Otamendi scored his second goal of the season against Burnley and earned a sixth clean sheet of the season. Otamendi also earned the maximum three Bonus Points in the win over Burnley, to help boost his ranking and wider FPL appeal.

Moving up to second place, despite not registering a return in Gameweek 9 is Burnley left-back Stephen Ward, who was involved in the 3-0 defeat at Man City. Ward has been both an attacking and defensive asset this season, with a goal, an assist, and three clean sheets, with seven bonus points this season, having played every minute of the Premier League so far. We just see fit with Burnley’s run of fixtures that Ward is a more attractive option for FPL players right now, ahead of Phil Jones, who has been walking the waiver-wire for the last few weeks.

Man United defender Phil Jones had a great run at the top of our Defender’s Power Rankings, but at least for the time being, his time has come to step aside. Jones was subbed against Huddersfield at the half-hour in the eventual 2-1 defeat. Jones left the field of play at 0-0, and might have changed the outcome of the match, with the replacement Victor Lindelof causing an error for Huddersfield’s second goal. With Spurs and Chelsea up next, and a potential injury doubt, Jones doesn’t drop out entirely just yet, but he’s on the slide.

Nacho Monreal has knocked down the door and commanded a place in our Power Rankings, taking everyone by surprise with two goals in his last three Premier League appearances (against Brighton and Everton). In addition to the goals, Monreal has been involved in four home clean sheets and is a BPS magnet, collecting eight Bonus Points from the opening nine games. Monreal is a lock in Wenger’s system, and has played every minute of the season so far.

Cesar Azpilicueta was squeezed out of the Power Rankings entirely last week, when he was accredited with an own goal in a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace. Fortunately for Azpi owners the Spanish international hit right back with a goal against Watford in GW9’s 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge. Seven points for Azpi is mightily encouraging ahead of an away day at struggling Bournemouth.

POWER 5: Midfielder’s

Who were in the MID Power Rankings last week?
1) David Silva (MCI) – rising from 3rd to 1st
2) Christian Eriksen (TOT) – rising from 4th to 2nd
3) Raheem Sterling (MCI) – new entry
4) Richarlison (WAT) – rising from 5th to 4th
5) Pascal Gross (BHA) – new entry

Who are in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 10?

1) Mohamed Salah (LIV) – new entry
2) David Silva (MCI) – falling from 1st to 2nd
3) Richarlison (WAT) – rising from 4th to 3rd
4) Pascal Gross (BHA) – rising from 5th to 4th
5) Christian Eriksen (TOT) – falling from 2nd to 5th

There is just one new entry in the Midfielder’s Power Rankings this week, with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah jumping right to the top of the pack yet again after a one-week absence.

Mohamed Salah, who we omitted after failing to score or produce an FPL return against Newcastle and Man United, returns and is a main midfield selection ahead of a visit from Huddersfield, a side which are also managed by a pragmatic German manager who used to be part of the set-up at Borussia Dortmund. Salah scored his fifth goal of the season at Wembley, but it was in a 4-1 defeat. Salah didn’t receive any Bonus Points for his goal, but nevertheless looks like Liverpool’s main outlet in the attacking half of the pitch.

Man City midfielder David Silva drops into second place, after the midfielder was not amongst the points in the 3-0 victory against Burnley during Gameweek 9. Silva has been outperformed in recent weeks by Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, but due to potential rotation, Sterling drops out and we have resisted the urge for Sane for one more week. KDB is also in the assists, so Silva’s place in the Power Rankings is under threat by direct competition from his fellow City midfielders.

Rising one place in Power Rankings for consecutive weeks is the Brazilian winger for Watford, Richarlison, who has continued his fine FPL form for the Hornets. Scoring a last-gasp winner at Swansea in a 2-1 victory, Richarlison followed this up with another last-gasp goal away at West Brom in a 2-2 draw, and during Gameweek 8 started Watford’s comeback against Arsenal, being fouled by Hector Bellerin in the penalty area, and consequently earning an assist. Next, Richarlison turned provider against Chelsea, adding another assist. Overall, Richarlison has three goals, four assists, and four bonus points, heading into a home game against Stoke. Richarlison is a must-have.

Brighton’s Pascal Gross rises from fifth place to fourth in the Power Rankings after adding to his recent good form for FPL players. Gross added to his tally to two goals and three assists this season, with six bonus points to boot, with another assist in the 3-0 rout at West Ham’s London Stadium to open Gameweek 9. The German continues to impress is helping to shrug of the notion that Brighton aren’t likely to score in every game. With Gross and Knockaert, the goals are starting to flow down south.

With 58 points in the FPL, the second most of any midfielder, Christian Eriksen, who has been given the ‘inconsistent’ tag in recent weeks, sits at the bottom of the Midfielder’s Power Rankings. Spurs have scored four goals in two of their last three games, a 4-0 away victory at Huddersfield and a 4-1 home win over Liverpool, but Eriksen hasn’t scored or assisted in any of those games. Instead he scored the goal of the game against Bournemouth during Gameweek 8, sandwiched in between the four-goal hauls. Eriksen is like Fraser Forster, accumulating FPL points every other week, so it might be a good week for the Dane at Old Trafford against Man United.

POWER 5: Forward’s

Who were in the FOR Power Rankings last week?
1) Gabriel Jesus (MCI) rising from 3rd to 1st
1) Romelu Lukaku (MUN) – falling from 1st to 2nd
2) Harry Kane (TOT) – falling from 2nd to 3rd
4) Jamie Vardy (LEI) – non-mover
5) Tammy Abraham (SWA) – new entry

Who are in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 10?
1) Harry Kane (TOT) – rising from 3rd to 1st
2) Romelu Lukaku (MUN) – non-mover
3) Gabriel Jesus (MCI) rising from 1st to 3rd
4) Sergio Aguero (MCI) – new entry
5) Wayne Rooney (EVE) – new entry

There are two new entries in the Forward Power Rankings chart this week, with Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney coming into the fold ahead of Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham.

Taking top spot for the first time this season is Spurs forward Harry Kane, who scored his first Premier League goals of the season at Wembley in a 4-1 victory against Liverpool. Kane, who wasn’t fancied to net at home after dud performances from an FPL point of view against Chelsea, Burnley, Swansea, and Bournemouth, finally delivered, and it was in an emphatic victory against Liverpool. Spurs dominated and Kane’s brace and assist, with a sixteen-point haul for FPL players, took Kane to the top of the goal-scorers rankings with eight goals this season, and to the top of the FPL points with an unmatched 63pts. It’s Man United away, and guess what, The Hurrikane is unfancied again.

Remaining in second spot is Man United forward Romelu Lukaku, who managed an assist in the 2-1 defeat at newly-promoted Huddersfield during Gameweek 9. Lukaku remains in the frame purely because he got another return, though there is a lot of widespread negativity about Lukaku’s longevity as an FPL option, with Spurs and Chelsea in the next two fixtures. With Mourinho parking the bus at Anfield, it might happen again in both league fixtures, which is potentially daunting for FPL owners is history repeats itself.

Man City forward Gabriel Jesus enjoyed a one-week stay at the top of the Power Rankings, with Pep Guardiola reminding FPL players that he is still prone to immense rotation at any given chance. Jesus has just two goals, in City’s last four games, with Jesus featuring in only three matches (completed 90 mins at Chelsea, played only 62 minutes against Stoke, and came on as a sub for 14 minutes against Burnley). Jesus is having his minutes managed this season to keep the Brazilian fresh, but it is impacting on his FPL returns, which are making owners switch gears to Aguero.

Talking of Aguero, the Argentine forward comes back into the Power Rankings after scoring on his return in a 3-0 victory against Burnley. Aguero managed 7pts (1 goal, 1 bonus) against Burnley which has set in motion the Aguero hype train ahead of Gameweek 10’s visit to West Brom, a fixture which could see Aguero become the outright leading goal scorer in Man City’s history. Aguero has a great record against West Brom, scoring a brace away from home against the Baggies last season.

Entering at the foot of the Power Rankings list for Forwards is Everton’s Wayne Rooney, who has scored in consecutive matches against Brighton and Arsenal. The Toffees have parted with Ronald Koeman, the visionary manager who was heralded as the man to take Everton ‘to the next level’, but has ultimately seen himself within two seasons. This puts Rooney in wildcard territory, and with a favourable run of games, it could be the former England captain to take the bull by the horns, beginning with an away trip at another manager-less club, Leicester.

All aboard.