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 27 of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal (Liverpool A)
Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal’s game off last weekend means they enjoy a very slight advantage over their similarly well rested opponents, Liverpool in Gameweek 27. Leading Arsenal’s scoring charts this season and with a brace in their previous Premier League outing, Alexis Sanchez is the obvious man to stump for.
Bournemouth (Manchester United A)
Josh King: The Cherries’ defence has been a consistent source of disappointment this season, conceding 51 goals this term and eight in their last three league games. As such, the wise option would be to invest in of their in-form attackers. Josh King – an ex-Manchester United man – has four goals in his last five appearances and is good value to hurt his old employers in Gameweek 27.
Burnley (Swansea A)
Robbie Brady: The January signing has been an immediate boost to the Clarets since his arrival, boasting a goal and assist in just two starts. Facing the leakiest backline in the league this weekend, the Irishman could boost those tallies further.
Chelsea (West Ham A)
Cesc Fabregas: The Spain international is feeling his way back into Antonio Conte’s plans of late and his performances are repaying his manager’s faith. Fabregas now has two goals and an assist in his last two Premier League appearances.
Crystal Palace (West Brom A)
Patrick van Aanholt: The Eagles look to be stabilizing at present, having endured a remarkable freefall down the table under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce. Patrick van Aanholt has been a beacon of positive play over that difficult time and led his new side to victory with a winning goal in Gameweek 26.
Everton (Tottenham Hotspur A)
Romelu Lukaku: The Belgian joins the likes of Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez at the summit of the scoring charts with 17 in total this season but will be tested against a miserly Spurs defence in Gameweek 27.
Hull City (Leicester City A)
Andrea Ranocchia: Hull’s Italian import has been steadily effective since his arrival from Internazionale in January. Ranocchia should again benefit from Marco Silva’s organization as they look to nullify a resurgent Leicester this weekend.
Leicester City (Hull City H)
Danny Drinkwater: Jamie Vardy may be back among the goals, but perhaps even more key to Leicester’s sudden upturn has been the performances of Danny Drinkwater. The England international has come alive of late, supplying a goal and scoring one across his last two matches in all competitions.
Liverpool (Arsenal H)
Philppe Coutinho: The Brazilian maestro was Liverpool’s only spark of ingenuity in an otherwise torrid performance in defeat to Leicester.
Manchester City (Sunderland A)
Leroy Sane: The young German is starting to very much find his feet in recent games, forging an frightening understanding between Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero and likewise getting among the goals – two in his last two in all competitions.
Manchester United (Bournemouth H)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Already United’s talisman, Ibrahimovic is fresh off his Cup winning exploits and Bournemouth look like a soft target.
Middlesbrough (Stoke City A)
Alvaro Negredo: Middlesbrough will hope that the four goals Stoke shipped to Spurs last weekend is a sign of things to come in Gameweek 27. With six goals and dry run of last, Alvaro Negredo could certainly do with adding to his tally.
Southampton (Watford A)
Manolo Gabbiadini: The Saints’ new man is a joy to watch and his scoring record since his arrival in England has been simply phenomenal. Five in three starts.
Stoke City (Middlesbrough A)
Peter Crouch: Stoke’s shocking turn against Spurs may have been more a blip than anything last week and Mark Hughes’ men will look to rectify it in Gameweek 27. Peter Crouch is in the midst of a rich vein of form – four Premier League goals – and could be the man to steer them back to victory.
Sunderland (Manchester City H)
Jermain Defoe: Sunderland are experiencing a truly awful run in recent times, winning just once in a spread of nine league games. That record will not be turned against Manchester City, but the likes of Jermain Defoe will certainly receive goalscoring opportunities.
Swansea City (Burnley H)
Fernando Llorente: The ex-Juventus and Bilbao man shook Chelsea with a well taken goal in Gameweek 27 and should be in line to capitalize on the paltry away form of upcoming opposition, Burnley.
Tottenham Hotspur (Everton H)
Harry Kane: A hat-trick and a generous assist were delivered in Gameweek 26 from the Spurs talisman. Can he follow such a performance against altogether more sturdy opposition in Everton?
Watford (Southampton H)
Troy Deeney: The Watford captain has once again been their best player this season and with four goals in five games, the 28 year old is enjoying his hottest streak so far.
West Bromwich Albion (Crystal Palace H)
Gareth McAuley: No centre-half in Europe’s top five leagues has more goals than this Baggies’ stalwart – Gareth McAuley now boasts six in total this season.
West Ham United (Chelsea H)
Sofiane Feghouli: The Algeria international is beginning to come into his own at West Ham and looks like a player who could go some way to filling the Payet sized gap in the Hammers starting XI.