Fantasy Premier League GW16 – All You Need to Know
GW15 had some thrilling matches for the neutrals – some of the highlights being Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle, Brighton 1-5 Liverpool, and Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United – but it wasn’t all that kind for Fantasy Premier League managers. From last weekend’s “Dream Team”, only Roberto Firmino, Eden Hazard and Nicolas Otamendi have over 10% ownership, but are these three worth looking into for the upcoming matches?
Below you’ll find the Gameweek 16 (GW16) starting lineup for the Free Super Tips Fantasy Premier League team, candidates for the captain’s armband, and some other potential transfer options worth consideration.
Team FST Gameweek 16 Line-up
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FST – Captain
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.8m
Since GW9, Chelsea’s mercurial talent has building up his position back among the ranks of the FPL elite, recording 5 goals, 3 assists, and a massive 12 bonus points over his last six starts for the Blues. As shown against Newcastle last weekend, the Belgian’s role as Chelsea’s designated spot-kick taker is yet another bonus on top of his world class individual talent, and a favourable fixture against the struggling West Ham on Saturday makes him a safe option for the captain’s armband.
Other GW16 Captain Alternatives
Mohammed Salah (Liverpool) – £9.9m
Coutinho was the star of the show against Brighton, but Mohammed Salah was once again involved in the action. Salah has adjusted back to life in England with ease and his assist for Liverpool’s 3rd last weekend means that he’s now played a role in a massive 16 of Liverpool’s 33 goals this season (12 goals 4 assists). He’s in unreal FPL form, averaging 11.2 points per match over his last five outings, and is also the top-ranked FPL midfielder for shots in the box and shots on target. While the Merseyside derby on Sunday might be the highest pressure match of the season so far, it’s hard to bet against the Egyptian at the moment.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – £8.6m
Vardy’s reasonable start to the new season has gone somewhat unnoticed. He has scored seven goals in 15 matches for the Foxes and ranks 6th of all forwards, yet is owned by only 12.8% of FPL managers. Vardy’s main strength as a fantasy forward is that when he does find the back of the net, he tends to earn those coveted bonus points too. He’s earned 11 of these so far this season – 3 more than a forward like Lukaku – and with a winnable fixture against Newcastle United on Saturday, he should be looking to add to his tally.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £6.9m
For those that have not yet looked into Crystal Palace players, the Eagles are still a sensible source of investment for the coming weeks, especially with such low ownership numbers. Palace and Zaha have been excelling with the home advantage in particular. Not only have the Eagles scored 2 goals in each of their last 4 outings at Selhurst Park (W2 D2), but all three of Zaha’s goals since returning from injury have been scored there too, so we like the odds on them to continue this streak against Bournemouth.
FST – Ones to Watch
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – £11.8m
While Alexis Sanchez is yet to justify his huge price tag, the Chilean forward has lots of potential going forward. Part of only 2.8% of squads, a streak of form and a couple of big scores from the Chilean could have a major impact on FPL ranks and mini-leagues. Sanchez had scored a goal in each of the three matches prior to last weekend’s disappointing defeat at home to Manchester United, and a run of three consecutive fixtures rated 2 on the FDR (fixture difficulty ranking) ahead means he’ll be looking to continue where he left off, starting with a trip to Southampton.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £8.9m
Following last weekend’s goal and three assists, a mid-week hat-trick in the Champions League makes the Liverpool playmaker the next “must own” player. Coutinho has suffered a stuttered season to this point, with injuries having limited him to only eight starts, but his average of 7.9 points per match over those appearances is better than any outfield FPL player. Should he stay on penalty duties, his goal output would only increase further, making him an even more tempting option than counter-part Salah given he’s around £1.0m cheaper.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – £5.2m
Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks to be a permanent fixture upfront for Everton these days, and the young striker is starting to prove himself as one of the most lucrative bargains for FPL managers. While Everton have a tricky Merseyside derby fixture away to Liverpool this weekend, his underlying statistics in recent weeks have been impressive, and there’s loads of potential in him as a long term investment, given Everton’s form is on the up and that 4 of their next 6 fixtures are rated 2 on the FDR.
Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) – £4.9m
Sakho has not only marshalled a much-improved defense under new manager Roy Hodgson, but his ability to pick up bonus points is central to his appeal. The Frenchman has made more clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) than any other team-mate (21) over the last three matches, which has helped add 8 bonus points to his 20 point haul (1 goal + 2 clean sheets) elsewhere. Bournemouth, the Eagles’ opponents this weekend, are also one of the worst performing teams on the road this season.
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