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 14 of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal (West Ham United A)
Alexis Sanchez: Given the performances he’s putting in at the moment it’s hard to opt for anyone else but the Chilean. He has four in his last four Premier League games and in West Ham he arguably the perfect opponents to rack up more.
Bournemouth (Liverpool H)
Callum Wilson: Goal-shy West Ham are reportedly interested in securing the services of the Cherries’ marksman and it’s easy to see why. In his last six games, Wilson has scored three and although it’s not exactly a prolific record, he’s a natural finisher capable of far more. Against a Liverpool side with just two clean sheets, he could further his tally still.
Burnley (Stoke City A)
Sam Vokes: The Welshman has been one of Burnley’s outstanding performers this season and his four goals have made up a third of all the Clarets’ overall total this season.
Chelsea (Manchester City A)
David Luiz: The Brazilian has been an absolute rock since returning to the Bridge and Gameweek 13 was the first time the Chelsea defence had conceded in seven games. Despite the quality of this week’s opposition both Luiz and Chelsea’s overall defensive system have the ability to frustrate and deny. Even if that opponent is Manchester City.
Crystal Palace (Southampton H)
Christian Benteke: Crystal Palace have been on a torrid run of form but the performances of Christian Benteke have stayed relatively high. The Belgian scored one and set up another in 5-4 defeat to Swansea and now has five in 11 appearances. Southampton are a stern test but the Eagles currently have few others to make a difference.
Everton (Manchester United H)
Idrissa Gueye: The defensive midfielder’s input this season has been solidly effective even if Everton are experiencing middling form. In PlayON fantasy football terms, few better Gueye for defensive contributions.
Hull City (Middlesbrough A)
Robert Snodgrass: We put him forward as a selection every week and more often than not he delivers. In the League Cup midweek, the Scot came up trumps yet again as he led Hull to a penalty shoot-out win over Newcastle.
Leicester City (Sunderland A)
Islam Slimani: The Algerian international is fast replacing Jamie Vardy as the Foxes’ chief goalscorer and he showed that once again in Gameweek 13, grabbing the equalizer in a 2-2 draw. This weekend’s opponents Sunderland have kept just one clean sheet in 2016/17 and represent prime opponents for Leicester to straighten out their disappointing league form.
Liverpool (Bournemouth A)
James Milner: The ex-Man City man has been a revelation at left-back this season supplying defensive and well as attacking nous from his converted position. However his designated role as set-piece man, and most importantly penalty taker has seen him become a lucrative fantasy option.
Manchester City (Chelsea H)
Sergio Aguero: He’s now got ten goals in ten starts and just when you consider leaving him out he always strikes. Never doubt this man, not even against the best organized defence in the league.
Manchester United (Everton A)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: The big Swede looks back on song in recent weeks putting away goals and man of the match performances against West Ham in both the Premier League and the League Cup. An Everton defence in disarray could struggle to deal with the resurgent striker.
Middlesbrough (Hull City H)
Alvaro Negredo: The Spaniard flew back into fantasy consciousness with a brace against Leicester and could be a canny choice when Boro face up against Hull this coming Monday.
Southampton (Crystal Palace A)
Charlie Austin: The ex-QPR man is flexing his consistent goalscoring abilities over the Premier League this season and now has six for the season. Against a Palace that shipped five goals last weekend, Austin could further that tally.
Stoke City (Burnley H)
Joe Allen: The Wales international returns from suspension this weekend and despite Stoke’s victory in Gameweek 13, he was badly missed.
Sunderland (Leicester City H)
Jermain Defoe: The Sunderland striker remains their undisputed talisman and his forward partnership with Victor Anichebe is starting to bear fruit. The Foxes are up next in Gameweek 14 but the champions may struggle to overcome the Black Cats.
Swansea City (Tottenham Hotspur A)
Leroy Fer: The Dutch midfielder more closely resembled the player he was at the beginning of the season in Gameweek 13, as he extended his Premier League tally to six goals in total.
Tottenham Hotspur (Swansea H)
Christian Eriksen: After a tame start to the season, the Dane is starting to look more like his old self. His goal against Chelsea was well taken and he was threatening despite the loss.
Watford (West Bromwich Albion A)
Etienne Capoue: Watford’s all round midfield man has been their stand out player this season, claiming five goals in the Premier League thus far.
West Bromwich Albion (Watford H)
Gareth McAuley: You sense a Baggies fixture with Watford will be a tight affair and it could present the ideal environment for Gareth McAuley to continue his fine defensive form. However his three goals this season prove that he can make a telling opportunity at the other end too.
West Ham United (Arsenal H)
Darren Randolph: The Ireland international has taken his opprtunity as the first choice Hammers goalkeeper and has effectively replaced Adrian as first choice. He was heroic against Manchester United to keep the score at 1-1 and Slaven Bilic will need more of the same in Gameweek 14.