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 23 of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal (Watford H)
Shkodran Mustafi: Arsenal have been noticeably strengthened since the return of Mustafi from injury, keeping a clean sheet in Gameweek 21. The German’s goal contribution in against Burnley in Gameweek 23 turned out to be equally as vital, as the Gunners won by a narrow margin.
Bournemouth (Crystal Palace H)
Josh King: The Norwegian international was the best player on the park for Bournemouth in Gameweek 22, scoring a goal from midfield and claiming the man of the match plaudits.
Burnley (Leicester City H)
Andre Gray: The 25 year old stands up as Burnley’s most potent attacking threat, with six Premier League goals this season and two in his last two in all competitions. Expect Burnley to continue their impressive home form against a Leicester side in free fall.
Chelsea (Liverpool A)
Diego Costa: The Blues’ main man has focused his wandering eyes for the rest of the season and continued his remarkable goalscoring form in Gameweek 22 with his 15th goal of 2016/17. Facing a struggling and leaky Liverpool defence away next week, Costa has every opportunity to compound his dominance in the goalscoring charts.
Crystal Palace (Bournemouth A)
Jeff Schlupp: A new signing at Selhurst Park, the ex-Leicester man was Palace’s most impressive performer in Gameweek 22 as his new employers succumbed to a late 1-0 defeat to Everton. His service to Christan Benteke over the coming weeks could be integral to the Eagles survival this season.
Everton (Stoke City A)
Seamus Coleman: The Ireland captain put in another superlative performance last time out, scoring his fourth goal of the domestic season and likewise maintaining a clean sheet for the Toffees.
Hull City (Manchester United A)
Oumar Niasse: Hull’s new arrival got off to an impressive start at his new club, putting in a man of the match performance and a goal to cap Hull’s impressive EFL Cup semi-final showing against Manchester United. If Hull are to stay up this season, they’ll need more of the this against the very same opponents in Gameweek 23.
Leicester City (Burnley A)
Riyad Mahrez: Leicester’s key creator returns from the Africa Cup of Nations in time to travel away to Burnley. Without a win in his absence, hit creative input has been sorely missed.
Liverpool (Chelsea H)
Roberto Firmino: The Brazilian didn’t exactly light up the EFL Cup semi-final against Southampton, in fact he flattered to deceive. In the league at least however, Roberto Firmino has looked more akin to his previous best – scoring twice in defeat to Swansea in Gameweek 22.
Manchester City (West Ham United A)
Kevin De Bruyne: City’s playmaker claimed a man of the match performance in Gameweek 22, earning his side a draw against Spurs..
Manchester United (Hull H)
Wayne Rooney: United’s record goalscorer has looked a revitalized force in recent games and few pounds lighter to boot. Scorer of the winning goal against Stoke in Gameweek 22, expect him to line out against Hull in a repeat of their League Cup semi-final.
Middlesbrough (West Brom H)
Christhian Stuani: Middlesbrough are in the middle of a slump at present and without a Premier League win in over five games. A turnaround looks a tall order against an impressive West Brom, but at the very least Stuani is back among the goals going into Gameweek 23.
Southampton (Swansea A)
Shane Long: Southampton’s passage to the EFL Cup final was signed, sealed and delivered by Shane Long who fired past Loris Karius and Liverpool on Wednesday night. The Ireland international is enduring a return to form of late, with two goals in his last three appearances for the Saints. Relegation embattled Swansea could be next in line.
Stoke City (Everton H)
Marko Arnautovic: The Austrian is guilty of disappearing for long stretches of the season, but he’s currently in the midst of one of his hot streaks with two goals in his last two games.
Sunderland (Tottenham Hotspur H)
Jermain Defoe: There is only one realistic option in Sunderland’s ranks with the likes of Jordan Pickford and Duncan Watmore succumbing to lengthy injuries. Boasting 12 goals and two assists from the foot of the table, Jermain Defoe is the Black Cats’ chief goalscorer and creator and stands virtually alone as a sharp tool in an otherwise blunt Sunderland squad.
Swansea City (Southampton H)
Fernando Llorente: The Spaniard put together perhaps his most impressive showing to date for Swansea against Liverpool, scoring twice and generally throwing his weight around to great effect – in fact no striker other than Saloman Rondon touched the ball in the opposition penalty area more than the ex-Juve man. The Swans toppled Liverpool 3-2 in that fixture and are experiencing a mini-resurgence under the guidance of Paul Clement as they prepare to host Southampton in Gameweek 23.
Tottenham Hotspur (Sunderland A)
Dele Alli: The youngster continued his stunning goalscoring form against Manchester City, to make it eleven Premier League goals in 19 starts.
Watford (Arsenal A)
Tom Cleverly: The loan switch from Everton to Watford is already looking like an impressive piece of business from the Hornets as the sometime England international made a successful full debut in Gameweek 22. Cleverley bagged an assist and created three goalscoring opportunities in total. With key creative man Pererya out for the foreseeable future, this ex-Manchester United trainee could be creative fulcrum Waford need.
West Bromwich Albion (Middlesbrough A)
Gareth McAuley: The Baggies’ captain has had a remarkable season so far. The centre-half leads Premier League defenders – alongside Seamus Coleman – for goals this season with four in total. Three of those have come through his considerable heading ability.
West Ham United (Manchester City H)
Andy Carroll: The big man was alongside Harry Kane, the most threatening centre-forward of Gameweek 22 – clocking eight attempts on goal and three goals to his name in that goal period. The Hammers host Manchester City in their next fixture and given City’s well documented defensive frailties – number tenth in the Premier League standings for goals conceded – Carroll has the potential to dominate proceedings.