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 22 of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal (Burnley H)
Alexis Sanchez: Fielding both the Chilean and Olivier Giroud, Arsenal looked fluid and threatening with both attackers chipping in on the 4-0 rout of Swansea. Facing a Burnley side who’ve struggled away, Sanchez will play a key role.
Bournemouth (Watford H)
Junior Stanislas: The Cherries have endured a tough run of results of late, conceding three goals in three of their last five games and likewise losing three of them. As such, defensively, Bournemouth aren’t a great investment but Junior Stanislas – with four goals and five assists this term – has been their bonafide star player this term and could be in line to put an abject Watford to the sword.
Burnley (Arsenal A)
Tom Heaton: Burnley’s talismanic stopper was their star performer in Gameweek 21 and kept Southampton at bay to claim a 1-0 victory for the Clarets. No Premier League goalkeeper has made more saves – 87 – than the England international.
Chelsea (Hull City H)
Marco Alonso: The left wing-back has been one of the top defensive performers in Premier League this term and displayed that most convincingly in Gameweek 21 as the Spaniard powered home two goals to earn Chelsea a 3-0 win.
Crystal Palace (Everton H)
Yohan Cabaye: The Frenchman hasn’t quite been in his best from during his tenure at Palace but perhaps from a surprising angle, Cabaye has consistently scored highly in defensive attributes this season – namely 53 interceptions. Ranking only behind Ander Herrera in that regard.
Everton (Crystal Palace A)
Tom Davies: The youngster put in an outstanding performance in Everton’s 4-0 demolition in Manchester City and could become a major fantasy differential down the line. A goal and an accomplished performance in Gameweek 21 is not to be sniffed at.
Hull City (Chelsea A)
Abel Hernandez: Marco Silva has had an impressive start to life at Hull and if he can keep coaxing performances out of Abel Hernandez – scorer of a match winning brace in Gameweek 21 – the Tigers may be in with a shot of Premier League survival.
Leicester City (Southampton A)
Jamie Vardy: This England international has been a far cry off his best, as depicted in the 2015/16 season. That said, Vardy – in the absence of Mahrez and Slimani – is the Foxes’ primary hope in getting points on the board this Gameweek and for the remainder of the African Cup of Nations tournament.
Liverpool (Swansea H)
Phillipe Coutinho: The Liverpool talisman could receive his first league start in weeks, as the Reds look to bounce back with a win off the back of two straight league draws.
Manchester City (Tottenham Hotspur H)
Sergio Aguero: The Argentine may have turned in a disappointing showing in defeat to Everton, but he remains the most likely candidate to fire City out of their current rut. Even if that means overcoming a Spurs side at the peak of their powers.
Manchester United (Stoke City A)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The big Swede came to the rescue against Liverpool, equalizing in the last few minutes of the game and claiming his fourteenth goal of the season. Without him and his considerable influence on the field, United could be faring markedly worse than during the van Gaal era.
Middlesbrough (West Ham H)
Victor Valdes: The Boro number one was the outstanding keeper of Gameweek 21, foiling Watford on no less than five occasions. It could be a tougher ask with West Ham rolling into town, but Valdes is one of the main reasons that they boast the tightest backline outside the top seven.
Southampton (Leicester City H)
Jay Rodriguez: Injury-struck for the best part of two seasons, Jay Rodriguez has been edging his way back towards top form this season and his three goals from five starts show attacking promise for Southampton – particularly in the absence of Charlie Austin.
Stoke City (Manchester United H)
Peter Crouch: The target man is having something of an Indian summer in recent times, claiming three Premier League goals from five starts for Stoke and in Gameweek 21 no player claimed more touches in the opposition box – 16 – than the veteran striker.
Sunderland (West Brom A)
Jermain Defoe: Not an original choice, but Jermain Defoe is certainly the sensible option in Sunderland’s ranks having hit the net on 12 occasions from 21 starts this season.
Swansea City (Liverpool A)
Gylfi Sigurdsson: The situation in South Wales hasn’t improved to any great degree under the guidance of Paul Clement and as such, the only real source of fantasy points or leadership at the club lies at the feet of the Icelandic talisman.
Tottenham Hotspur (Manchester City A)
Harry Kane: Spurs’ hat-trick hero and inspirational front-man is the only choice, as Pochettino’s men prepare to face a Manchester City side at their lowest ebb in years.
Watford (Bournemouth A)
Troy Deeney: Watford haven’t lit up the league in recent weeks, but Troy Deeney remains the Hornets’ most valuable performer having bagged four goals and three assists in 19 starts this season. A three game dry streak is a minor concern, but facing a porous Bournemouth in Gameweek 22, the Watford captain could be in for a rewarding day out.
West Bromwich Albion (Sunderland H)
Claudio Yacob: The Argentine breaker may not stand out as an obvious fantasy choice, but in PlayON terms, Yacob is a useful asset. Only Kante, Cabaye and Herrera have more interceptions than the West Brom man, who boasts 46 in all games this season.
West Ham United (Middlesbrough A)
Michail Antonio: The Hammers’ utility man has been picking up the creative slack left behind by the potentially departing Dmitri Payet and his three assists in Gameweek 21 will attest to that.