20 Teams 20 Players: The best fantasy options from each team for Gameweek 17

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 17 of the 2015/16 season.

 

Arsenal  (Manchester City H)

Mesut Ozil: With 13 assists already Ozil is on pace to shatter Thierry Henry’s Premier League record of 20.  It truly is amazing that some within football – notably Craig Bellamy and David Moyes – continue to doubt his ability. Arsenal will feel confident of scoring against a Manchester City side that has conceded in every game they’ve played without their injured captain Vincent Kompany.

 

Aston Villa (Newcastle A)

Carles Gil: It’s a long shot but Newcastle have an extremely shoddy defence. Don’t waste too much time on Villa players but Gil is one of the few of them with any quality.

 

Bournemouth (West Brom A)

Joshua King: No matter who it has been, Bournemouth strikers have been an exceptionally profitable position for fantasy football managers all season long. King is the current incumbent, and has scored two goals and an assist in four games. The downside is they have all eventually gotten injured, including King who has been battling a hamstring injury. Opponents West Brom have not kept a clean sheet in six games.

 

Chelsea (Sunderland H)

Diego Costa: Chelsea will hopefully be rejuvinated by the dismissal of Jose Mourinho – who seemed to have lost the dressing room this season. The visit of Sunderland should provide the perfect opportunity for the side to show everyone that it was the manager’s fault rather than their own.

 

Crystal Palace (Stoke City A)

Damien Delaney: Stoke have kept six clean sheets in eight, which makes Crystal Palace’s struggling attackers dubious options for fantasy in Gameweek 17. Instead you should look to their defense – nobody has scored less goals this season than the Potters.

 

Everton (Leicester H)

Romelu Lukaku: Lukaku has scored in six consecutive games this season, developing into one of the top strikers in the Premier League. A match up against top of the table Leicester may appear daunting at first glance, but their defence has conceded more goals than any side in the table’s top 13.

 

Leicester City (Everton A)

Riyad Mahrez: Mahrez was once again the best player on the pitch against Chelsea – adding a goal and assist to his tallies for the season. He’s now been involved in 17 goals (11 goals, 6 assists), just one less than team mate Jamie Vardy. At the moment, he’s our player of the year.

 

Liverpool (Watford A)

Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool’s ace returned from the hamstring injury that saw him miss two games, and looked his side’s biggest creative threat. He’ll continue to be the fulcrum for Jurgen Klopp’s side going forward. Before the injury he had been on a tear – scoring four goals in the previous three games.

 

Manchester City (Arsenal A)

Kevin De Bruyne: De Bruyne was left on the bench last week and City undoubtedly missed his creativity. He remains City’s most dangerous player until Sergio Aguero reaches full fitness.

 

Manchester United (Norwich H)

David DeGea: De Gea will remain the only logical option until United start to re-discover some kind of attacking threat. Norwich are woeful at both ends, so United’s players should be good options this week but they’ve failed against weak opposition too often for us to get too excited.

 

Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates his first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James Park

 

Newcastle (Aston Villa H)

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. Villa are strapped to the bottom of the table, so this should be a big week for Newcastle.

 

Norwich City (Man Utd A)

John Ruddy: Norwich City’s defence has been rudderless for most of the season, but Manchester United’s attack has been equally inept in the last two months. The 20 time league champions have failed to score in five of their last ten outings.

 

Southampton (Tottenham H)

Jose Fonte: Saints have become something of a despot for fantasy football in recent weeks -with their attackers floundering and their defence failing to keep a clean sheet in four games. Hopefully they can get back to being defensively solid against a Spurs side with just two goals in their last three games.

 

Sunderland (Chelsea A)

Yann M’Vila: M’Vila has been one of their few saving graces this season. But a better recommendation would to be to avoid Sunderland players at all costs this week against Chelsea.

 

Stoke City (West Ham A)

Jack Butland: Stoke City ‘keeper Butland has kept six clean sheets in eight games, making him the league’s in form shot stopper. He gets a home tie against goal shy Crystal Palace in Gameweek 17.

 

Swansea (West Ham H)

Baftetimbi Gomis: A goal as a substitute against Manchester City may signal the long awaited return to form of Bafetimbi Gomis. The striker started the season by scoring in four consecutive games, before falling off the map in terms of fantasy production. He should start this weekend at home to West Ham.

 

Tottenham (Newcastle H)

Harry Kane: Kane produced a dud against lowly Newcastle; a reminder to us all about the vagaries of form and match up in fantasy football. A tougher match up – against Southampton away – might net the production we expected last week. His form has been good over the last month and a half.

 

Watford (Liverpool H)

Troy Deeney: One of Watford’s strikers should be owned in season long as the pair combine to be involved in 90% of the side’s goals. Liverpool will make it tough on Watford’s defence but should concede chances on the break.

 

West Brom (Bournemouth H)

Boaz Myhill: West Brom have stunningly gone six games without a clean sheet, but this could be the week they right the ship. Bournemouth’s in form striker, Joshua King, is a major doubt with a hamstring injury which is a major break for the Baggies.

 

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 currently lacking any goal threat outside of Andre Ayew.

 

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