20 Teams: 20 Players looks at the best fantasy football option from each team, each week. From the must starts to the best of a bad bunch, here are this week’s picks for Gameweek 16 of the 2015/16 season.
Arsenal (Aston Villa A)
Olivier Giroud: Fresh off a mid-week hat-trick that secured Arsenal’s qualification into the knockout phase of the Champions League, Giroud is sure to be full of confidence ahead of a visit to bottom placed Villa. The Frenchman has scored 12 goals in 14 appearances dating back to October and should be fancied to find the net against a side without a win and with just one clean sheet since opening day.
Aston Villa (Arsenal H)
Jordan Ayew: Southampton shipped six goals at home to Liverpool in midweek, so their defence is exploitable if Villa can find the skill to take advantage. Jordan Ayew leads the Premier League’s bottom ranked club with three goals for the season. Nonetheless, Villa players are best avoided in fantasy.
Bournemouth (Man Utd H)
Arthur Boruc: Boruc led the Premier League with seven saves last week – while keeping a clean sheet against champions Chelsea to boot. This week, he plays a Manchester United side that have played out 0-0 draws in five of their last ten fixtures.
Chelsea (Leicester City A)
Willian: The Brazilian has been by far Chelsea’s standout performer all year, and helped secure their Champions League spot with another goal against Porto. He gets a crack at top of the table Leicester City, who despite their undoubted abilities, have conceded more goals than 12 Premier League clubs this season.
Crystal Palace (Southampton H)
Yannick Bolasie: Found the net twice last week and with Wilfried Zaha injured, the onus will be on Bolasie to lead the Palace attack once again.
Everton (Norwich A)
Romelu Lukaku: If it weren’t for Jamie Vardy’s record breaking exploits, all of the talk would be about the sensational form of Romelu Lukaku. Yet another reject off of Jose Mourinho’s scrapheap, Lukaku has scored in five consecutive Premier League games. His opponents, Norwich, have kept just one clean sheet all season.
Leicester City (Chelsea H)
Jamie Vardy: Vardy’s streak was broken last week, with Riyad Mahrez doing all the damage for Leicester. Look for him to bounce back against the Champions, who will likely leave him more space to counter-attack and have plenty of slow footed defenders for him to torment.
Liverpool (West Brom H)
Simon Mignolet: West Brom have scored just 14 goals from 15 appearances, making this a prime match up for Liverpool’s ‘keeper.
Manchester City (Swansea City A)
Kevin De Bruyne: Many of City’s main attacking option have been injured for the most part, but De Bruyne has been a mainstay since joining from Wolfsburg. He also gets a match up against a massively struggling Swansea side and should have a great chance to add to his four goals and six assists.
Manchester United (Bournemouth A)
David DeGea: United boast the best defensive record in the Premier League – in large part because of the play of their Spanish goalkeeper, who makes a stunning save seemingly every week.
Newcastle (Tottenham A)
Georginio Wijnaldum: Wijnaldum’s has scored eight goals already this season – a remarkable return for a midfielder in his first Premier League season. In a side with limited options, the Dutchman is by far the best option on a weekly basis.
Norwich City (Everton H)
Nathan Redmond: Redmond is Norwich’s top scorer this season with four, a sad indictment on how things have gone for them in recent weeks. Fortunately, Everton’s defence has been accommodating to opposing attackers.
Southampton (Crystal Palace H)
Graziano Pelle: Pelle and Southampton haven’t been in the best of form, but the visit of a Palace side that hasn’t kept a clean sheet in their last four games could be the tonic he needs.
Sunderland (Watford H)
Yann M’Vila: M’Vila had a goal later chalked down to an assist in season-long Fantasy Premier League, and leads Sunderland in fantasy points for the season.
Stoke City (West Ham A)
Xherdan Shaqiri : We finally saw the best of Shaqiri against Manchester City and now it is time for the former Bayern Munich man to kick on. If their dynamic attackers can find top gear, Stoke could easily qualify for Europe this season, but the consistency just hasn’t been there this season.
Swansea (Man City H)
Andre Ayew: Ayew has scored nearly double the amount of fantasy points of any other Swansea player and has been carrying the team ever since Bafetimbi Gomis’s fruitful August/September run turned sour. Ayew’s purchase in the summer is the only thing currently keeping the Swans out of danger.
Tottenham (Newcastle H)
Harry Kane: Kane gets a mouthwatering match up against the Newcastle side most famous for conceding five goals against Sergio Aguero earlier in the season. Kane has been one of the form strikers of the Premier League in the past month and a half – scoring seven in his last six.
Watford (Sunderland A)
Troy Deeney: Both of Watford’s strikers are approaching must start fantasy status and the combination is becoming one of the Premier League’s deadliest. Deeney has scored five in his last six games and added assists in each of his last two.
West Brom (Liverpool A)
Jonny Evans: Evans has been a surprisingly consistent performer since making the move over from Manchester United, and will likely be tested early and often against a Liverpool side that will spend most of their time attacking but have scored just once in their last two games.
West Ham (Swansea H)
Adrian: West Ham kept a clean sheet last week and face a Swansea side shorn of their manager and from the performances on the pitch, their spirit too. They also appear to be lacking any goal threat outside of Andre Ayew.