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 25 of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal (Hull H)
Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal are once again in the midst of a crisis, following their limp and listless loss to Chelsea in Gameweek 24. Facing a resurgent Hull at the Emirates, the Gunners are in dire need of redirection and Alexis Sanchez looks the most likely candidate to give that leadership. The Chilean boasts 15 goals and eight assists in 23 starts this season.
Bournemouth (Man City H)
Josh King: The Cherries’ defence has been a constant source of disappointment over the past six games, conceding three goals or more on at least four occasions. Gameweek 24’s 6-3 defeat to Everton was the worst yet, but Josh King’s attacking play remained impressive. With four goals in his last six games, he has the ability to hurt upcoming Manchester City.
Burnley (Chelsea H)
Robbie Brady: Burnley host top placed Chelsea this weekend and boast the best home record of any team in the league. Still, the Clarets are very much the underdogs and the set-piece of Robbie Brady will be integral to their hopes of a positive result.
Chelsea (Burnley A)
Marcos Alonso: The Spaniard has technically been the outstanding defensive player of the season so far, but that statement in itself doesn’t entirely ring true. From his advanced wing-back position, Alonso is very much an attacking threat and added to an impressive goal tally in Gameweek 24 for an opener against Arsenal.
Crystal Palace (Stoke A)
Patrick van Aanholt: The Eagles are plummeting down the league under Sam Allardyce, with the likes of Benteke and Zaha failing to turn the situation around. As such, eyes turn towards attacking full-back and new arrival van Aanholt to make a difference away to Stoke.
Everton (Middlesbrough A)
Romelu Lukaku: The Belgian now sits top of the scoring charts following his four goal ambush of Bournemouth in Gameweek 24. In red-hot form.
Hull City (Arsenal A)
Andrea Ranocchia: Hull’s new arrival claimed a clean sheet and an assists for himself in the Tigers’ impressive victory over Liverpool and could indeed frustrate a misfiring Arsenal in their coming clash.
Leicester City (Swansea A)
Demari Gray: The talented youngster has been starved of real opportunity this season, but demonstrated why he should be in the side with a superb goal against Derby in the FA Cup. With the Foxes struggling, expect Ranieri to throw him into the mix come Sunday.
Liverpool (Spurs H)
James Milner: The Reds have endured a truly terrible 2017 so far and face the sternest of tests at home to Spurs on Saturday. With set-piece and penalty kick potential, Milner could be a safe bet.
Manchester City (Bournemouth A)
Gabriel Jesus: The young Brazilian import is tearing through Premier League defences with remarkable ease and clocks three goals and an assists across two starts.
Manchester United (Watford H)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: The ex-Dortmund man put together a Man of the Match performance in United’s comprehensive victory over Leicester and claimed a goal and assist for his efforts.
Middlesbrough (Everton H)
Alvaro Negredo: Middlesbrough are struggling without a doubt and have gone six weeks without a league win. As a contributor in exactly 50% of their goals this season, their prospects very much rest on the shoulders of Alvaro Negredo.
Southampton (Sunderland A)
Manolo Gabbiadini: The Saints’ new signing made a huge impression in Gameweek 24, claiming a superb strike on his full debut for the club.
Stoke City (Crystal Palace H)
Peter Crouch: There is life in this old dog yet and since coming into the Stoke starting XI, Crouch’s influence has been undeniable. Four goals in his last six starts rank the ex-England international as a fantasy darkhorse and one who could punish a haphazard Palace side in Gameweek 25.
Sunderland (Southampton H)
Vito Mannone: Between Jermain Defoe and Vito Mannone, Sunderland at least have the makings of a spine that could maintain their Premier League status. The Italian stopper rose to the occasion in Gameweek 24 with eight saves to help Sunderland to a 4-0 victory.
Swansea City (Leicester H)
Gylfi Sigurdsson: Swansea’s talismanic Icelander has spearheaded the Welsh side’s revival since the arrival of Paul Clement and could put a suffering Leicester City to the sword as the host the Champions in Gameweek 25.
Tottenham Hotspur (Liverpool A)
Harry Kane: Spurs’ main man faces a Liverpool side without a win in 2017. The England international has claimed six in his last six games and is odds on to punish a middling Reds’ defence.
Watford (Man United A)
M’Baye Niang: A Serie A import from AC Milan in the January transfer window, M’Baye Niang has already made a quick impression on the Premier League. The Frenchman was far and away the best player in the Hornets’ 2-1 victory over Burnley in last weekend, with a goal and assist to his name.
West Bromwich Albion (West Ham A)
Gareth McAuley: We’ve opted for the centre-half yet again, and as one of the highest scoring defenders in fantasy football this season it’s a bit of a no brainer.
West Ham United (West Brom H)
Pedro Obiang: The Spaniard had perhaps his most outwardly impressive match for West Ham in Gameweek 24 as he orchestrated the Hammers’ 3-1 win over Southampton. A goal and assist ranked him as one of the highest scoring defenders in the Gameweek, in fantasy terms.