The Fantasy Premier League Fairy is back with his top picks ahead of the Gameweek 16 deadline.
Similar to midweek fixtures, FPL managers only have two days break between Gameweek 15 and 16, therefore selections have to be made with limited information and little injury news.
No team in the Premier League managed to secure a clean sheet in Gameweek 15, which suggests that the manic turnaround and squad rotation is having an effect on results. The standout fixture of Gameweek 16 sees league leaders Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on a Chelsea side who have been struggling in recent weeks.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs all have favourable fixtures and FPL managers will be looking to load up on their assets.
My player picks for Gameweek 16 are outlined below.
Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.5m
Finally, a stroke of good luck for my own FPL team as a transfer from Sergio Aguero to Harry Kane (captain) duly returned a cool 24 points in Gameweek 15. The £12.5m striker now has six attacking returns in five gameweeks and sits second in the Premier League goalscoring charts, one behind Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Spurs travel to face Leicester at the King Power Stadium in Saturday night’s late kick-off.
Mid-Priced: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £9.6m
Despite only playing a combined 70 minutes over Gameweek 14 and 15, Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette has delivered attacking returns in limited game time. The £9.6m priced striker offers us FPL managers an alternative route into Unai Emery’s potent attacking side and comes in £1.6m cheaper than his teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
I expect Lacazette to return to the starting eleven for Arsenal’s home fixture with Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon.
Budget: Chicarito (West Ham) – £6.2m
My midweek budget selection of Callum Wilson returned 12 FPL points and a home fixture against Crystal Palace affords West Ham’s Chicarito an opportunity to replicate this feat. His teammate Marko Arnautovic is confirmed out until 2019 and therefore Manuel Pellegrini will be turning to Chicarito and forgotten man Lucas Pérez for goals.
Chicarito scored twice in Gameweek 13 away to Newcastle and could be the one to dismantle Crystal Palace this weekend.
Premium: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £11.5m
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling looks set to start against Chelsea on Saturday evening and should cause their defence real trouble after being rested for Manchester City’s win against Watford in midweek.
£11.5m priced Sterling has scored eight goals and seven assists already this season in just 1,021 minutes of Premier League action.
Mid-Priced: Christian Eriksen (Spurs) – £9.2m
Shrewd FPL managers will have been eyeing up Spurs assets for their Gameweek 15 fixture swing. Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen must have missed the memo as he has been back amongst the points since Spurs impressive win against rivals London Chelsea in Gameweek 13.
Eriksen has delivered four assists and three bonus points in his last three fixtures and now faces Leicester on Saturday night.
Budget: Richarlison (Everton) – £7.1m
As outlined in my midweek selections, Brazilian ‘wonderkid’, Richarlison, is listed as a midfielder in FPL and at a price of £7.1m offers excellent value for FPL managers. The 21-year-old scored again against Newcastle on Wednesday night, a goal that took his tally to seven in 13 appearances for Marco Silva’s side.
Everton welcome Watford to Goodison Park on Monday night in what should be another straightforward win for the Toffees.
Premium: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – £6.1m
I decided not to change Liverpool’s defensive leader as my premium defensive pick having returned two assists, one clean sheet and three bonus points in two fixtures.
Van Dijk suffered a price rise during the week and now sits at £6.1m. Liverpool travel to face Bournemouth in Saturday’s early fixture.
Mid-Priced: Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) – £4.9m
Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac has now started five fixtures in a row for Unai Emery and has been producing some excellent underlying statistics, despite tough fixtures against Manchester United and Spurs in recent weeks.
The £4.9m priced Bosnia and Herzegovina international has produced the most key passes, big chances created for his teammates and touches in the oppositions final third over the past four gameweeks. A home fixture against Huddersfield is on the cards for Saturday afternoon.
Budget: Lucas Digne (Everton) – £4.9m
I have been really impressed with Everton’s Lucas Digne in recent weeks as the Frenchman has been really unlucky not to have any FPL returns to his name. Against Liverpool, he was seconds away from a clean sheet and bonus points, then in midweek, he produced some excellent chances for his teammates, which failed to find the back of the Newcastle net.
Everton face a Watford side on Monday night who are without a win in five gameweeks and have been conceding plenty of chances in recent weeks.
Premium: David De Gea (Manchester United) – £5.7m
It’s crazy to think that Manchester United’s goalkeeper has dropped £0.3m in price after 15 gameweeks of action, but such is the case this season due to such atrocious form from the Red Devils.
De Gea has only secured two clean sheets and has conceded 25 goals, which is only three shy of his tally for the duration of last season. Fulham travel to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in what should be a straightforward win for Jose Mourinho’s troops.
Mid-Priced: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – £5.0m
Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka gets the nod for my mid-priced goalkeeper pick as he faces Wolves at St. James’s Park in Sunday’s only Premier League fixture.
The £5.0m priced goalkeeper has kept four clean sheets this season and this weekend’s opponents have been both hot and cold in recent weeks.
Budget: Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham) – £4.5m
As I mentioned in midweek West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski was the most transferred in goalkeeper ahead of the Gameweek 15 deadline and again the £4.5m asset leads the way ahead of the Gameweek 16 deadline.
Fabianski has returned 17 FPL points in two gameweeks due to securing a clean sheet away to Newcastle and saving a penalty against Cardiff on Tuesday night.
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