Teams: 20 Players looks at the best fantasy football options from each team, each week. From the must starts to the best of a bad bunch, here are this week’s picks for Gameweek 21 of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal (Swansea H)
Olivier Giroud: The Frenchman may be playing second fiddle to Alexis Sanchez this season but that hasn’t stopped Olivier Giroud from being one of the most lethal finishers in the Premier League. Over the past four Gameweeks, he’s put away three goals and likewise turned provider on two occasions. Facing low-hanging fruit in the form of Swansea, Wenger may finally grant him the starting centre-forward position.
Bournemouth (Hull City H)
Ryan Fraser: The young Scot has been in scintillating form of late and as such is earning his place in the Cherries starting XI. In his past six league appearances, the wideman has scored three and teed up another. His standout game was unquestionably in Bournemouth’s victory over Liverpool but in Gameweek 20 he demonstrated his ability to torment opposition defences, helping his side to 3-3 draw with Arsenal.
Burnley (Southampton H)
Andre Gray: Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored more than Burnley’s Andre Gray of late. The 25 year old is the club’s top scorer with five goals this season, but four of those have come across the last four Premier League fixtures.
Chelsea (Leicester City A)
Pedro: The ex-Barca man was Chelsea’s stand out player over the weekend, contributing two goals and an assist as the Blues coasted into the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Crystal Palace (West Ham United A)
Christian Benteke: With Big Sam in charge at Selhurst Park you feel that Christian Benteke may be the most likely player to benefit from his normally direct style. The loss of Wilfried Zaha to the ACN will hit hard, but Benteke and Palace could very well manage a result away to West Ham.
Everton (Manchester City H)
Seamus Coleman: The Republic of Ireland captain has been arguably Everton’s player of the season so far. With Everton tightening up of late with two clean sheets in their last four matches, Coleman could benefit on that end as well as from his goalscoring prowess this term – three league goals in total.
Hull City (Bournemouth H)
Michael Dawson: It remains to be seen whether the appointment of Marco Silva can give Hull City the necessary lift they need to battle relegation. First and foremost, the new gaffer will need continual top performances from the Tigers’ top performer, Robert Snodgrass. The Scot has provided 50% of their goals this season and hanging on to him past Gameweek 21 will be a priority.
Leicester City (Chelsea H)
Ahmed Musa: The departure of Mahrez and Slimani to the Africa Cup of Nation may give the necessary opportunity for summer import Ahmed Musa to make an impression in the Premier League. With the winning two goals against Everon in th FA Cup. he’s shown he can certainly handle the opposition.
Liverpool (Manchester United A)
Phillipe Coutinho: The Liverpool talisman arrives back to full fitness just before Liverpool’s mammoth clash with Manchester United on Sunday. The Brazilian’s timely return could prove the necessary lift to lift the Reds out of their relative rut.
Manchester City (Everton A)
Sergio Aguero: The Argentine looked back to his exceedingly good self as he lead Manchester City to a comprehensive victory over West Ham in the FA Cup third round and remains City’s most potent fantasy option.
Manchester United (Liverpool H)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The big Swede has four in his last four games and likewise boasts the most touches in the penalty area of any striker in that time frame.
Middlesbrough (Watford A)
Alvaro Negredo: He may not of scored in his last three Premier League games, but with five goals and four assists in 18 starts he remains Boro’s most potent asset. Against a calamitous Watford, he’ll get more than his fair share of chances.
Southampton (Burnley A)
Virgil van Dijk: He may be linked with a move away but unlike his defensive partner Jose Fonte, van Dijk remains in Southampton’s first team plans. In what should be a cagey fixture with Burnley, the Dutchman can be in for his 16th clean sheet of the season.
Stoke City (Sunderland A)
Lee Grant: Stoke purchased the veteran permanently at the start of the January transfer window and having been one of their standout performers this season, it’s no surprise why. He has every opportunity to add to his six clean sheets for 2016/17.
Sunderland (Stoke H)
Jermain Defoe: He is the sole reason why Sunderland have chance of staying up this season and claiming 11 goals this season, it’s easy to understand why.
Swansea City (Arsenal A)
Leroy Fer: The Dutchman came on in Gameweek 20 to startling effect by creating the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace. One of the best fantasy performers in the opening stages of the season, it remains to be seen if he can recapture that form under a new managerial appointment. Against the Gunners this weekend, it won’t be so easy.
Tottenham Hotspur (West Brom H)
Dele Alli: The youngster has quite simply been the outstanding Premier League player in recent games, bagging no less than seven goals in his last four.
Watford (Middlesbrough H)
Troy Deeney: Watford are in the midst of a poor streak but Hornets’ captain Troy Deeney remains their only saving grace. Facing Middlesbrough he stands out asthe most likely to make a key impact in this coming fixture.
West Bromwich Albion (Tottenham Hotspur A)
Matt Philips: The Scottish international had been unquestionably the Baggies’ stand out performer in fantasy terms this season and with three assists and a goal in his last four he’s in red hot form coming into Gameweek 21..
West Ham United (Crystal Palace H)
Darren Randolph: The Hammers first choice stopper has been a revelation this season and with a derby against Crystal Palace on the cards he could play a pivotal role and add to his two clean-sheets in the process.