20 Teams 20 Players: The best fantasy options from each team for Gameweek 21

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 21 of the 2015/16 season.


Arsenal  (Liverpool A)

Mesut Ozil: Ozil has proved his doubters spectacularly wrong this year with one of the best seasons by an attacking midfielder in the Premier League era. His 16 assists through 20 games put him on pace to shatter Thierry Henry’s record of 20. After a quiet performance in Gameweek 20, he should bounce back against a Liverpool side that has the 4th worst defensive record in the league over the last six weeks.


Aston Villa (Crystal Palace H)

Carles Gil: Gil scored last time out for a Villa side that is completely wretched both in terms of fantasy and reality.


Bournemouth (West Ham H)

Charlie Daniels: Bournemouth have been improved defensively – keeping two clean sheets over their last three games. Daniels also added a goal against Watford and faces a West Ham side that has been patchy in front of goal with five goals in their last six games.


Chelsea (West Brom H)

Willian: Willian scored yet another spectacular goal in Gameweek 20 and has been one of the big surprises of the season. The Brazilian has added four assists in his last four Premier League games and his form appears to be unaffected by the change in manager. After a strong start, opponents West Brom have struggled defensively for a couple of months, keeping just a single clean sheet in their last ten fixtures.


Crystal Palace (Aston Villa A)

Wilfried Zaha: Crystal Palace defenders have been the favoured option this season, but a trip to bottom placed Villa means we’re willing to risk picking an attacker. Zaha has only contributed three goals and two assists this season, but to the eyeball he looks a more dangerous player than that.


Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates after scoring Everton's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England.


Everton (Man City A)

Romelu Lukaku: Lukaku scored against City in the League Cup semi-final taking his tally for the season to 19 in all competitions. He also picked up a minor injury which bears watching, but if available we’d expect him to find the net once again.


Leicester City (Spurs A)

N’Golo Kante: Both of Leicester’s big guns Vardy and Mahrez have cooled off somewhat but Kante has remained a force in the centre of the park. He’ll be called upon to do a ton of defensive work against a Spurs side that could be considered the form team in the league.


Liverpool (Arsenal H)

Christian Benteke: Benteke hasn’t looked particularly comfortable in Jurgen Klopp’s system but he has found the net twice in the past two three weeks.


Manchester City (Everton H)

Yaya Toure: Yaya Toure has been in his best form for a couple of years – finding the net three times in his last four games and adding an assist. It appears that those who wrote him off were premature at best and he’s made a mockery of our decision to remove him from our fantasy team in Gameweek 16.


Manchester United (Newcastle A)

Anthony Martial: Despite his tender years, Martial has been United’s most threatening attacking player whether lining up out wide or in a central striking role. He faces a Newcastle back four without a clean sheet in eight consecutive games.


Wayne Rooney (R) of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mate Anthony Martial (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 2, 2016 in Manchester, England.


Newcastle United (Man Utd H)

Rob Elliot: United have been struggling badly for goals and Elliot has been in pretty solid form despite the best efforts of his team mates.


Norwich City (Stoke City A)

Alex Tettey: Norwich have a noticeable absence of fantasy relevant talent and Tettey is by no means high on our priority list. The midfielder has found the net twice in the last month, however, and Stoke have struggled some against the weaker teams.


Southampton (Watford H)

Jose Fonte: Apart from the dismantling of Arsenal it’s been a tough run for Southampton both on and off the field. Their performances on the pitch have been weak and players such as Sadio Mane are clearly looking for a way out. Throughout it all, though, Fonte has remained a stalwart of the team and has led the side with leadership from the back.


Sunderland (Swansea A)

Jermaine Defoe: Defoe has scored four goals in his last five starts for Sunderland, making him clearly the best striker Sam Allardyce has at his disposal. Big Sam has even gone so far as to say that “if he can continue being as good, and as clinical as he was last weekend” then he will gladly persist with the ex-Spurs man as his starting striker.


Stoke City (Norwich H)

Xherdan Shaqiri: Stoke’s “power cube” was effectively nullified by the old master Pulis in Gameweek 20 as WBA ran out as 2-1 winners. Still, Shaqiri – who had hit form in the four games prior with two goals and two assists – is quickly becoming a talisman at Stoke and could give struggling Norwich serious problems at the Britannia.




Swansea (Sunderland H)

Gylfie Sigurdsson: Swansea showed spirit in Old Trafford, with Gylfie Sigurdsson putting in one of his better performances in a season that’s been overwhelmingly disappointing. He got on the scoresheet, but through the use of the his head as opposed to a trademark long range effort.


Tottenham Hotspur (Leicester City H)

Dele Alli: Following in the footsteps of his idol Steven Gerrard, Dele Alli is trearing up the Premier League notebook in some style this season. The 19 year old scored an fine volley against Everton last time out to make it two in his last four games. Intent on hitting the net lately, the youngster has had more efforts on goal in that time – 13 shots – than any midfielder bar Phillipe Coutinho.


Watford (Southampton A)

Ben Watson: Watford’s unsung defensive screen has been a well kept secret in PlayON Daily Fantasy Focus this season. The ex-Wigan man has made the most amount of interceptions of any player over the last four games and ranks second only to Gareth Barry for clearances among midfielders with four. A differential diamond in the rough.


West Brom (Chelsea A)

Darren Fletcher: Expect the Scotland captain to pick up his fair share of defensive contributions in a tough prospect at Stamford Bridge.


West Ham (Bournemouth A)

Andy Carroll: The Geordie giant has had a few false dawns following persistent injury layoffs in the past but the hope for Slaven Bilic and many fantasy managers is that the now 27 year old can start to put consistent performances across the board. The striker has two in his last two games and is relishing his role as the focal point in this talented side.


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