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 15 of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal (Stoke City H)
Alexis Sanchez: A hat-trick in a 5-1 rout of West Ham makes him the joint top goalscorer in the Premier League. Nobody else is in this type of scintillating form.
Bournemouth (Burnley A)
Ryan Fraser: The 22 year old Scot made only a cameo role against Liverpool in Gameweek 14, but it was an unforgettable one. The substitute was the catalyst for the Cherries’ remarkable revival, claiming a goal and assist to power his side to the 4-3 victory. A performance like that should see the winger start away to Burnley.
Burnley (Bournemouth H)
Andre Gray: Burnley are enduring a bad run form, but a home fixture with Bournemouth could be the remedy. If the Clarets are to extract anything from the game, they’ll need Andre Gray to recapture his early season form.
Chelsea (West Bromwich Albion H)
Willian: The Brazilian’s contribution against Manchester City was a reminder to us all of his abilities. He scored the decisive goal after 20 minutes and impressed with his energy. After missing a number of games through personal reasons earlier this season, he could reclaim a starting berth.
Crystal Palace (Hull City A)
Christian Benteke: The ex-Liverpool man came up with the goods with a brace in Gameweek 14 and may have saved his gaffer’s job in the process. Palace now have the opportunity to kick off a winning run. With Hull City – boasting the second worst defence in the league, you’d back on Benteke topping up his goal tally.
Everton (Watford A)
Leighton Baines: Everton are currently embroiled in a mini-crisis with just one league win in their past nine. While their defence has been far from solid, the set-piece contribution of Leighton Baines could be key to their re-emergence, His penalty secured a draw against Manchester United.
Hull City (Crystal Palace H)
Michael Dawson: The veteran centre-half has been one of Hull’s better performers this season, but clean sheets have been hard to come by. Dawson ranks top for blocks among defenders with three and made nine successful clearances in Gameweek 14.
However, Hull and Dawson will need to step up markedly against Palace to turn the tide on their relegation-worthy form. With two goals in six a appearances this term, he’s almost as important offensively as defensively.
Leicester City (Manchester City H)
Shinji Okazaki: The reigning champions are struggling. The stars of last season have either failed to turn up domestically or in the case of Jamie Vardy, have been MIA since the last day of 2015/16.
Their startling defeat to Sunderland was followed by a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Porto. Those results will have sent alarm bells ringing at the King Power and Shinji Okazaki could be in line to benefit. Both he and Slimani have impressed up front when given the opportunity, and after his goal off the bench in Gameweek 14, Okazaki could very well usurp Vardy’s position.
Liverpool (West Ham H)
Emre Can: Despite their absurd defeat to Bournemouth, Emre Can impressed. In the creative and goalscoring void left by the injured Phil Coutinho, the German international put in a solid shift with a goal and an assist. An extended run in the first XI could pay dividends for his fantasy investors.
Manchester City (Leicester City A)
Kelechi Iheanacho: With Sergio Aguero suspended for at least four league matches, Manchester City and canny fantasy managers will have the perfect replacement lined up in Kelechi Iheanacho.
The youngster continued his knack for goalscoring in the Champions League midweek with a goal against Celtic and has claimed three goals and three assists in three domestic starts. There is no player with a better ratio of contribution in the Premier League.
Manchester United (Tottenham Hotspur H)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: We tipped the striker to perform in Gameweek 14 and he delivered with United’s only goal of the game. The big Swede has recaptured his early season form and only Harry Kane has more goals than Ibrahimovic across the last four Premier League fixtures. With those four goals coming from just nine attempts on goal, he has been nothing short of clinical.
Middlesbrough (Southampton A)
Gaston Ramirez: The mercurial playmaker was on song against Hull on Monday night, scoring the only goal of the game. He now faces his ex-employers, Southampton this coming weekend. Can he do the damage for the second week running?
Southampton (Middlesbrough H)
Oriol Romeu: Few defensive midfielders have been as impressive as Oriol Romeu this season. Over the past 14 matches he’s made 35 interceptions and has won 38 tackles, ranking among the top three midfield players in the league for both statistics. In PlayON terms this means that the Spaniard is nice little earner for just a £6.7m outlay.
Stoke City (Arsenal A)
Jonathan Walters: The Ireland international has worked his way back into Stoke’s immediate plans and should hang on to the starting centre-forward berth. Having scored the opener in 2-0 victory over Burnley in Gameweek 14, Walters will look to repeat this week.
Sunderland (Swansea A)
Jermain Defoe: The little man was on song yet again in Gameweek 14 scoring eighth goal of the season against struggling Leicester City. Few players have been as economical as the veteran poacher who has built his tally from just 36 attempts on goal and 65 touches in the opposition box.
Swansea City (Sunderland H)
Gylfi Sigurdsson: Swansea are in utter disarray at present and their 5-0 defeat to Spurs last week certainly hammered that home. If you select a Swans player in Gameweek 15, stick to Sigurdsson.
Tottenham Hotspur (Manchester United A)
Christian Eriksen: We backed the Dane last week and he duly delivered, leading Spurs to 5-0 rout of Swansea. Two goals and an assist ranked him as the highest scoring midfielder in Gameweek 14.
Watford (Everton H)
Troy Deeney: Watford are in the midst of a two game losing streak but Hornets’ captain Troy Deeney continues to shine. The striker turned creator for his side’s only goal in Gameweek 14. Facing a struggling Everton side he remians the most likely to make a key impact in this coming fixture.
West Bromwich Albion (Chelsea A)
Matt Philips: The Scottish international wideman is fast becoming one of the main men at the Hawthorns. Philips boasts a very impressive three goals and three assists in his last four Premier League games.
West Ham United (Liverpool A)
Andy Carroll: The Hammers currently look a shadow of last year’s version, struggling both to get goals and defend against them. Andy Carroll’s consolation goal was the only positive from last week’s crushing defeat to Arsenal. This week, West Ham line-out against Carroll’s ex-employers. Can he come back to haunt them? If he stays fit, you’d back him.