Fantasy Premier League | Game Week 16

With the amount of player rested in GW15, GW16 should see some of them return back into action. However, for those players that have already played the 2 full games in the past 6 days, perhaps it’s time to consider giving them a break! This week we revert back to a conventional piece and present the players that are most likely to play in this GW and give you some fantasy points as well as give you some tips on how you can consider changing your squad without having to exercise your wildcard! 

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Goalkeepers

This department should see the least changes, so you should be able to retain your existing selections unless they are both injured. For this gameweek specifically though, we fancy:

<GK> Bernd Leno (ARS | 4.8) – On paper, this seems like an obvious pick. However, whilst the Gunners are on an impressive unbeaten run, they have not actually kept a clean sheet for 8 games now. That said, they play at home against a struggling Huddersfield team, so should stand a good chance for a clean sheet.

<GK> Lukasz Fabianski (WHU | 4.5) – They’ve enjoyed back to back victories for the first time in a while and play at home against a Palace side in a feisty London derby. Palace are currently struggling to score goals, so the Hammers might just have enough to pick up a clean sheet.

Defenders

Typically, when the teams are doing well, managers try not to disrupt their defensive shape too much by doing too much rotation but will do so when the teams are not performing. That said, there has been some changes over the past gameweek with players rested so if you are not playing a formation with 4 defenders, it might be better to make minimal changes to your defensive lineup.

<DF> Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV | 5.3) – With Gomez out for likely an extended period and TAA partially rested (he only came in for 2/3 of the game), he looks very likely to start again this GW and as previously mentioned, is a danger at taking freekicks and might provide assists from corners as well.

<DF> Michael Keane (EVE | 5.0) – Fast improving Toffees are playing at home against a struggling Watford side having lost 4 out of their last 5 games. Keane was seemingly rested in the last game and should come in for either Mina or as a straight swap back for Zouma.

<DF> Andrew Robertson (LIV | 6.5) – Rested in the last game as he was also nursing a dead leg, we expect him to be back for this game against the 7th place Cherries.

<DF> Fabian Schaar (NEW | 4.5) – Benitez has only started picking Schaar consistently for recent games (he has started the last 4 games consecutively after coming on as a half time sub 5 games ago), but has been credited in Toon Army’s upswing in forms in getting 3 wins and 1 draw out of those last 5 games. He had a man of the match performance again mid week against the Toffees, so will be a good bet to start again this weekend where they are at home against an inconsistent Wolves.

 

 

Midfielders

This is the area where you typically see a lot more rotation, so it might be worth utilizing your substitutions or free transfers to change in the right players.

<MF> Raheem Sterling (MCI | 11.5) – He was totally rested in the last game week ahead of this weekend’s crunch game against Chelsea. As the top FPL points player, it’s hard to ignore him.

<MF> Mo Salah (LIV | 13.0) – Salah was as well partially rested in the previous game, so it will be very likely that he will feature this weekend.

<MF> Richarlison (EVE | 7.0) – Despite him playing almost every minute in the past 10 games, it’s unlikely that Richarlison will be rested against his ex-employers.

<MF> Anthony Martial (MNU | 7.5) – He took a knock in the draw against the Gunners, so might not actually make it back in time. However, if he’s declared fit, he’s probably the most likely scoring option for the Red Devils and there will not be a better chance of overcoming their 4 game non-winning streak than a home game against struggling Fulham.

 

Strikers

This is another area where the red hot prolific strikers are unlikely to take much of a breather and only when they are misfiring, will they likely be rotated around.

<FW> Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (ARS | 11.2) – The obvious choice as the top scoring fantasy striker at the moment with a home game against a Terriers team hovering at the wrong end of the table.

<FW> Lucas (WHU | 6.2) – Maybe not a long term choice here, but Arnautovic is almost certainly out of this weekend’s fixtures and Lucas will very likely be rewarded for his 2 goal substitute performance mid week.

 

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