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Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 16

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 16

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 16

Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 16. Much like the other day with AT, you only have me in this shortened gameweek (other than the Site Team) and again like the other day I’ll only be looking at who we should give the armband to. That may not be what you readers necessarily want but it is the most important question at this, or indeed any time of the season.

We are rounding the corner into silly season and that means rotation, rotation, rotation and the biggest worry we all have is that our ‘primary’ captain is suddenly rested. And in some extreme cases, as evidenced in this past midweek, the back-up one is too! You can either man (or indeed woman) up or cry off home with your ball like Rosco. Every line-up matters now but I am sure we will all get stung at some point. The midweek games will hopefully be a sort of guideline as to who will play this weekend, but they are only that, a guideline. I will give you my main options for the armband but just because I’m nice I’ll stick in another back-up choice or two just in case the main options are given a break.

Salah vs Bournemouth (A)

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool looks on from the bench during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor on December 5, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s front trio are nowhere near the phenomenal and lethal strike force they were last season. Salah, Mane and Bobby have been a bit out of sorts but with the added stability at the back and the few goals from elsewhere on the pitch the onus has been lifted on overreliance. With all that being said I am still tipping Salah for the armband this week. He didn’t start the game against Burnley in midweek so one would think this meant he will start the trip to the south coast against Bournemouth. Bournemouth are playing some nice attacking football with the likes of Wilson and Fraser making their way into a lot of teams, but their defenders are all over the shop. Bournemouth have not kept a clean sheet since GW10 and I don’t see them keeping out this Liverpool side. Salah may not be in the form of the season gone by but he is still consistently notching up FPL points, so he is providing us with consistency rather than the explosiveness that can infuriate us managers at times.

Now if you don’t fancy Salah for the armband then my back-up option would be the oddly shaped, Xherdan Shaqiri. The little Swiss did start against Burnley and got yet another goal so I’d expect him to continue to start at the weekend and if he does I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the scoresheet again. He has been great for Liverpool this season; he has got 3 goals and 2 assists in 11 games, but it is also all the other work he does that you only realise when watching him. If he was playing with the Bobby, Salah and Mane from last season his tally would be even higher right now. Well, ok, you probably won’t captain him but the worst you could do would be to pick him up as a punt this week, that’d by my ‘Tip’. Listen… I’m trying to cover for 3 articles here, so lay off ok!

Aubameyang vs Huddersfield (H)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal celebrates with team mates after scoring their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 5, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Arsenal would be in 19th place if football matches were only 45 minutes long but all Gunners are delighted they have a second half. The main reason Arsenal are in such a good vein of form is the brilliant tactics of Unai Emery. Just going off the North London Derby, Emery played 3 different formations throughout the game and this turned the game around in favour of the red side of North London. PEA was the one who profited the most from these changes as he scored 2 and assisted another in the 4-2 win over their rivals. This has meant the Gabon striker has got 20 goals in 28 Premier League games for Arsenal and this is a brilliant return. Add in the talent around him and you can really see PEA adding to his goal tally against Huddersfield. Not only is there new tactics from the manager and talent in the striker force, but the main thing for any team; the fans are behind them! Yes, that is right there was actually an atmosphere at the Emirates last Sunday and if the fans can bring that energy into this next home game then the Gunners should be flying. Emirates with an atmosphere… all we need now is there to be one in the Etihad and we will truly have a Christmas miracle.

Now I think PEA is relatively safe in the line-up but if you feel otherwise the next best option for points who has an attacking threat is Lacazette. Which may be an odd one given that he hasn’t actually started the last two games but he has come on as a sub in both, and got points in both. Much as Auba was doing himself before he suddenly started a few and suddenly became flavour of the month. I’d fully expect Laca to be restored to the starting line-up for this one and as per Auba… it’s Huddersfield… at home.

Kane vs Leicester (A)

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 05: Harry Kane scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC at Wembley Stadium on December 5, 2018 . (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It’s ‘Arry! He has been brought in by around 300,000 managers over the last week or so and I am sure that number will just keep going up now that he has gotten another goal and assist and full bonus points against Southampton. There are a few reasons for this transfer trend so have a read and see if I can’t convince you to bring him in too this week. First up, Kane has scored 4 and assisted 2 in the last 5 games. Secondly, Spurs’ fixtures are taking a turn for the better as they only have one ‘potentially difficult’ match in their next 12 and even that one is against Man United, so Spurs might not be too worried about it. This can only mean good things for the main man up top for Spurs as he will be the focal point of most attacks and he is also on penalty duty so there is that added plus. If you haven’t got him already then, I would suggest you get him in even if you aren’t going to stick the armband on him it will lessen any point hauls he may bring him.

If you are really stubborn, or just adamant that you do not want to bring in the Spurs striker, or simply cash strapped, than I would recommend Eriksen just for guaranteed minutes. He does not seem to be on every set piece anymore, but the great Dane is one of the best midfielders in the league and like Kane he will only profit from the upturn in fixtures.

Matt’s 3 Punts…
Richarlison v Watford (H)
Talking of flavour of the month players it wasn’t so long ago that Richarlison was a must have, much like Auba, albeit for a week also! Funny what a brace does to FPL manager’s sensibilities. He is however proving somewhat durable after another goal in midweek put him on 7 for the season and this week sees another home game, this time against Watford, which looks favourable for yet more returns. And don’t be put off by his return to the wing position in midweek, this may actually be beneficial as this is where he has scored the majority of his PL goals from after all. Sometimes it’s better not to be the actual centre of attention in order to actually become so.

Paterson vs Southampton (H)
The reason I’ve gone with Paterson here is twofold. And no, one is not insanity… One, Cardiff are on a bit of a run right now and are winning a few games at home. Two, they are playing SOUTHAMPTON! That should be reason enough to get Paterson in and stick the armband on him, but I suppose I should try and entice you a little more. Paterson has gone 3 games without scoring but in the four games before that he 3 scored goals and an assist so coming up against a struggling side that couldn’t even beat United ( 😉 ) Paterson should have no trouble. Cardiff have been keeping things tight in the last few weeks ignoring their most recent game against West Ham so Paterson and co. shouldn’t have to defend too much and it will give the midfielder / come OOP striker more chances to produce.

Raheem Sterling vs Chelsea (A)
Had this been at home young Raheem would probably be front and centre in the main section but City do tend to be a tad more conservative in their away games. It is all relative though and by conservative we mean only being the 3rd highest scorers away from home as opposed to being the highest at it, by some distance. Chelsea are looking like they have hit a sticky patch which is not the thing you want to be doing just as City are rolling up. In theory this should be a tight game, in reality it may be another cakewalk for Pep’s men.

Thanks for reading Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 16. This article was written by MattX.




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  1. 55
    AT says:

    Am I right in thinking that now that Gomez has broken his leg, TAA becomes a more appealing option for Liverpool defensive cover? Surely Clyne won’t get minutes? I’ve mad a lot of value on Robertson, but I could make £1m by ditching him for TAA (I just don’t want to have to sheepishly buy Robertson back again for more money than I’m selling him for now!)

  2. 56
    smithy says:

    Hi guys,
    This is my WC effort. Any thoughts?
    Would it be worth going with Richarlson over Sterling just for this week die to the fixture? Then reverse the transfer next week? I have made some value on Sane.

    • 56.1
      Zed Leppelin says:

      You mean you’d leave the cash in the bank for Richarlison to Sterling? Be beware that Sterling could rise in price any day now! So you’d need to leave some extra in the bank!

    • 56.2
      inittowinit says:

      I’m a big fan of that tactic normally, but in this case I probably wouldn’t bother. Usually when it’s something like wanting Jimenez for the next 6 after this week but say Mitro has a better fixture in this one it’s defo worth it but for Sterling I reckon you just lump in and be done.

      How sure are we on Foyth?

  3. 57
    theswirly says:

    Evening everyone.

    Strongly considering Kamara and Alonso out for Lacazette and Bellerin, which would leave me with the team below. Means I’d have a good front first eight all the time, which does present possible headaches on who to play (ignoring any rotation, suspensions or injuries, Fraser would be benched this gameweek at home to Liverpool, while Richarlison away at Man City the next gameweek would also have the same fate). Just thinking it’d be good to have as full a 15 as possible with rotation so rife this time of year, but would very much appreciate your thoughts!

  4. 58
    bees323 says:

    Anyone know when Martial is likely to return?

    • 58.1
      Zed Leppelin says:

      Mou said he should be fine this weekend!

      • bees323 says:

        Thanks Zed.
        Part of me wants to go nuts and bring in Sterling and Sane for Salah (not great matches coming up) and Martial.
        It would take 12ph. I have the exact amount needed. Would this be insane?
        Cheers mate

        • Zed Leppelin says:

          Isn’t those just for -8? Those are just 2 transfers, no?

        • Smash says:

          12 point hit is nuts

        • SAFs_hairdryer says:

          Yes it would. Di wouldn’t ever consider more than a -8

        • eresh12 says:

          brenda, i would listen to the guys and not do a -12. i had a similar discussion with zed where i wanted both auba and sterling in my team but would take a-16 hit. zed put some sense into me and eventually i agreed that extreme hit isnt the way to go.

        • Zed Leppelin says:

          Yeah, definitely no for -12 from me, I was just a bit confused as to Sterling and Sane for Salah and Martial should be two transfers with no other downgrades needed, I think of hits separately so two transfers can only be -8 no matter what other transfers one has made (unless of course one can’t afford the players and one would have to downgrade some other players in the process) — Too much mulled wine tonight for me I guess grin

        • bees323 says:

          THANK YOU ALL!
          I will cease and desist and leave it for now.

  5. 59
    SAFs_hairdryer says:

    Does this look well set for the weekend? Done my transfers already but just want some reassurance on the set up

  6. 60
    AT says:

    I probably won’t do this as I think Kiko and Lucas might be too risky, but that attack is very tempting!

    • 60.1
      • Zed Leppelin says:

        Richarlison and Fraser (don’t care about the fixtures) are so good value at the moment that that might be too much invested in the attack, you’ll basically get similar points for less money but have better defense… Richarlison over Son imo if you have Kane, the manager just loves Richarlison so he’s a must have for me due to that reason, Son will get rotated…

      • Brookyboy says:

        Currently on my wc and can see you are going down some of the roads ive been down ! smile I had Kiko in one of mine then thought better of it.Think i’m going relatively cheap in defence though.What about Digne instead of Bellerin ? Couple of rough fixtures coming up which can be covered by Schindler then Evertons fixtures really open up.

        • AT says:

          Cheers Brooky. I had Digne in an iteration earlier today. I think I want Arsenal covered for the next few at least! I’ve knocked that attack on the head for now!

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