Fantasy Premier League GW17 – All You Need to Know
GW16’s Premier League action wasn’t the best for many of the big name FPL players. From last weekend’s “Dream Team”, only Mohamed Salah and Nicolas Otamendi (once again) have over 10% ownership, but are any of the others lesser-name players that made the list (Begovic, Schindler, Zanka, Ogbonna, Son, Arfield, Defoe, Mounie, Gayle) worth looking into for the upcoming matches?
Below you’ll find the Gameweek 17 (GW17) 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 17 Line-up
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FST – Captain
Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.8m
After three 20+ goal seasons in the Premier League, there’s really no doubting what Kane is capable of. Kane is the best forward in terms of total FPL points so far this season, though also the most expensive, and his most valuable contribution is that when he does find the back of the net, he tends to bring those coveted bonus points with him. He’s earned 16 of these so far this season – more than any other player in FPL – and he should be looking to add to that tally at home to Brighton on Wednesday.
Other GW17 Captain Alternatives
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – £11.3m
As the joke goes, Romelu Lukaku does tend to go missing in big matches, and his performances against Manchester City and Arsenal over United’s last two have been far from spectacular. However, there’s no denying the Belgian’s ability to score against weaker opposition – he needs less than half the minutes to find the back of the net against sides outside of the “big 6” (139 mins per goal compared with 313 mins per goal). Lukaku has also played every minute of Premier League football so far this season, so we don’t expect any rotation from Mourinho, and a fixture at home to Bournemouth, who have conceded 5 goals over their last five league outings, should give him ample opportunity to prove his worth once again.
Wayne Rooney (Everton) – £7.3m
Needless to say that Everton didn’t have the best start to the season, and Rooney’s ownership numbers plummeted as a consequence. Since Big Sam took over though, Everton have looked a much more rounded team, and Wayne Rooney has been at the center of it all. The former-England international has scored 4 goals and assisted one over his last three Premier League outings, including one from the penalty spot against Liverpool, taking a tidy 5 bonus points in the process. In fact, like Harry Kane, Rooney often takes the maximum 3 bonus points when he scores, and we like his chances to add to this tally against Newcastle on Wednesday.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – £6.9m
For those that have not yet looked into Crystal Palace players, the Eagles remain a sensible source of investment for the coming weeks, especially with such low ownership numbers. Palace have been excelling at home – in fact, the Eages have scored 2 goals in each of their last 5 outings at Selhurst Park (W2 D3) – and a match there on Tuesday against Watford is another reasonable opportunity for them to keep up that streak. With Zaha either scoring or assisting in four of the last five on home turf, he’d be a tidy differential pick for the captain’s armband.
FST – Ones to Watch
Heung-Min Son (Spurs) – £7.9m
It’s probably fair to say that Heung-Min Son is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, overshadowed by the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and of course Harry Kane going forward. In times when Spurs are struggling and Alli is short of form though – ie, now – it is more and more the case that the South Korean international is the man who pulls the team forward. He’s getting more game time as the weeks go by, and his record speaks for itself – Son has been involved in 9 goals in his last eleven matches for Spurs across all competitions (6 goals and 3 assists).
Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) – £5.9m
It’s hard to fault Manchester City this season, least of all their defense, which has come leaps and bounds since their 2016/17 campaign. Center back Nicolas Otamendi has become a permanent fixture in Guardiola’s back line, playing the full 90 minutes in all but two of City’s matches this season, and there’s almost no chance he will be rotated given their current injury crisis. His intimidating presence from set pieces gives him huge attacking potential too – he’s taken 11 points (1 goal and 3 bonus points) in each of City’s last two outings – and a fixture against struggling Swansea City on Wednesday gives him plenty of clean sheet potential too.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – £9.0m
After four goals and three assists over the week prior, to many people’s surprise, Coutinho started on the bench in last weekend’s Merseyside derby. Klopp must be thinking to start the young Brazilian against West Brom on Wednesday and potentially rest the Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah. 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 among the best of any outfield FPL player. Should he stay on penalty duties, his goal output would only increase further, making him an even more tempting option.
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. As mentioned above, we like Everton’s chances against Newcastle, and Calvert-Lewin’s underlying statistics in recent weeks should mean there’s a lot of potential in him for this match. He’s recorded 2 goals, 3 assists and 3 bonus points over his last 6 Premier League outings, and given Everton’s form is on the up too, he should prove a decent long term investment with 4 of their next 5 fixtures being rated 2 on the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).
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