Arsenal and Manchester United served up arguably the best game of the season to-date last weekend as David De Gea produced a superhuman display.
The Spanish number one made 14 saves in total while equalling the Premier League record since Opta began recording statistics. Paul Pogba went from hero to villain as he recorded two assists before seeing red and forcing his FPL managers into the market for a suitable alternative in midfield.
The Manchester derby is upon us in gameweek 16 as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the late kick-off on Sunday afternoon. The Merseyside derby also looks nicely poised as Sam Allardyce travels to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp’s free-scoring Liverpool team.
Spurs and Chelsea seem to have the most straightforward fixtures judging by the bookies’ prices for wins at home to Stoke and away to West Ham respectively. Arsenal are also expected to come away with all three points away to Southampton in the early kick-off on Sunday.
Outlined below are this weekend’s top picks to help you gain some points on your mini league rivals and jump up the rankings.
Premium: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) – £5.5m
The Belgian goalkeeper, at £5.5m, is my premium pick this weekend as Chelsea face West Ham. Last season’s Golden Glove winner has started all 15 games this season for Antonio Conte producing seven clean sheets and 64 FPL points.
Chelsea have only conceded twice in the league in the past six gameweeks, which bodes well for their trip to the London Stadium.
Mid-Priced: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) – £4.6m
The Swansea goalkeeper has produced 15 FPL points from saves alone, which is higher than any other goalkeeper, including David De Gea who sits in second position with 13. Swansea entertain West Brom this weekend in what should be an interesting game as Alan Pardew travels to Wales. The Polish shot-stopper has also earned five bonus points for his performances this season.
Budget: Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield) – £4.6m
Huddersfield entertain fellow promoted side Brighton this weekend in what should be, on paper, a low scoring game. The on-loan Danish goalkeeper, at £4.6m, has played every minute of action this season and has produced five clean sheets. Similar to Fabianski above, the budget goalkeeper is no stranger to bonus points when Huddersfield manage a clean sheet, with five to his name already.
Premium: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £6.9m
Antonio Conte’s midweek rotation moves play a part in my selection again this week for the £6.9m-priced Marcos Alonso following his Champions League rest in midweek. His start against West Ham looks assured in the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon and I expect him to be bombing forward on every possible occasion.
Chelsea have a strong chance of recording a clean sheet and the Spanish defender will be looking to add to his three league goals this season.
Mid-Priced: Kieran Trippier (Spurs) – £5.6m
As Serge Aurier played all 90 minutes in Spurs’ Champions League win over APOEL in midweek, fellow right-back Kieran Trippier should take his place for the home game against Stoke.
The £5.6m-priced English defender has started all but one of Spurs’ home games this season and has four assists to his name. He leads the way for key passes within the Spurs defensive ranks, which demonstrates his attacking potential.
Budget: Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) – £4.9m
Crystal Palace are looking much better under Roy Hodgson and one FPL player enjoying some solid performances of late is £4.9m-priced Mamadou Sakho. The French defender has been hovering up bonus points in recent weeks and even got himself on the scoresheet at home to Stoke in gameweek 13.
In the last three gameweeks the Eagles have only conceded one goal, which demonstrates a newfound solidity before they entertain Bournemouth this Saturday.
Premium: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.8m
Eden Hazard is the most transferred in player in FPL the gameweek with over 150,000 managers drafting the Belgian attacking midfielder into their squads at the time of writing.
The £10.8m-priced Chelsea asset produced an attacking masterclass last weekend and racked up 15 FPL points for his owners. It’s now four goals and two assists in his last three league starts to compliment his midweek strike in the Champions League.
Mid-Priced: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £8.9m
As teammate Mohamed Salah has been a regular in my picks this season, but the form of Philippe Coutinho and his much cheaper price tag are enough to warrant his inclusion for gameweek 16.
The Brazilian ran riot last weekend at Brighton scoring one goal and assisting another three in an eighteen-point FPL haul. He continued by bagging a hat-trick on Wednesday night as free-scoring Liverpool hammered Spartak Moscow 7-0 at Anfield.
Budget: Richarlison (Watford) – £6.6m
The budget-friendly Brazilian has been quiet over the past two games as Marco Silva’s Watford faced tough opposition in Manchester United and Spurs. He looked dangerous in both games and was unlucky not to add to his 75 FPL points.
As Watford travel to face Burnley this weekend they begin a run of six nice fixtures in which the £6.6m-priced midfielder should flourish and add to his impressive five goals and five assists in 14 starts.
Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.8m
The English striker will have frustrated many FPL managers last weekend who trusted him with the captaincy armband instead of Eden Hazard or Alvaro Morata. Spurs have been off the boil in recent weeks but a home game against Stoke means Harry Kane will have a great chance to add to his ten league goals.
Comparing his stats with last season, he has almost identical goals per minutes from gameweek one to fifteen and in his last seven appearances against the Potters Kane has scored six goals and assisted once.
Mid-Priced: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £10.3m
The French striker has been quietly producing FPL points this season and now has eight Premier League goals in 13 starts for his new club.
With many of the other premium and mid-priced forwards failing to produce the goods in recent weeks the £10.3m forward looked great against Manchester United last weekend, firing in seven shots. Arsenal travel to the unpredictable Southampton for Sunday’s early kick-off.
Budget: Wilfried Bony (Swansea) – £5.7m
The ex-Manchester City striker has registered ten shots over the past three gameweeks and scored Swansea’s opener last weekend, his first of the season, against Stoke with a classy finish. At £5.7m, the Ivorian should retain his place in the team and his partnership with fellow budget option Tammy Abraham will be crucial as Paul Clement’s Swans attempt to move from the bottom position in the Premier League.