FPL Game Week 16 Tips
Game Week 16 Tips
Game Week 16 is coming round faster than an Anthony Joshua left right combo with the next Fantasy Premier League fixtures set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday night as we are treated to two game week’s in the space of 4 days. The gameweek 16 deadline closes at 6.45PM (GMT) on Tuesday 13th December and you can be sure that someone in your mini-league will miss the unobvious deadline – so you might want to keep it quiet on the banter front this week (at least until 7pm on Tuesday).
GW15 was a mixed bag in terms of points for many FPL managers with some of the dead certs making their presence felt (Diego Costa scoring his 7th goal in 9 games), Sadio Mane amongst the assists and the likes of Siggy (Swansea) continuing his excellent run of recent form. For others, it was a bit like a return to last season with Dimitri Payet grabbing a few points and Jamie Vardy scoring not only his first of the season but doing so with an explosive hat-trick against Man City.
With GW16 coming up so fast there is little time to consider major changes but there will be plenty of managers looking to either use their soon to expire wildcard or even be considering taking points hits with multiple transfers. There are some standout fixtures this week and it is also perhaps a good idea to look to game week 17 as there are some players who might justify a points hit if you are looking to take advantage of back to back easier fixtures.
Game Week 16 Picks
A few fixtures standout this week but the key ones for us are the Chelsea trip to Sunderland (that should be infinitely easier than playing a well organised West Brom side) and the Spurs game at home to Hull City. Before we look at those two games in more depth – just a word on some of the fixtures that we didn’t fancy so much this week.
Liverpool head to Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening following a frustrating 2-2 draw with West Ham at Anfield. Whilst Liverpool have been pretty free scoring this season, Middlesbrough have been pretty resolute at the back. Rarely do the North East team concede more that a goal and more than 2 would be a surprise for this side that has adapted to the rigours of the Premier League well. Mane (if avoiding retrospective action for pushing Andy Carroll), Lallana and Origi are the danger men for Liverpool but don’t expect this to be a whitewash – if you have their players then great – if not, this isn’t a week to break the bank (and the points) to bring them in.
Everton face Arsenal on Tuesday night in a fixture that often delivers goals. Lukaku got back on the scoresheet last weekend but Everton are still in dire form at present. Arsenal can retake top spot in the league with a win here and I expect them to grind out a result - Sanchez, Ozil and Walcott are of course the key men – but again – I expect this to be a more drawn out affair and wouldn’t be scrambling for these players this week. If you are desperate to bring one in then Sanchez is the one to opt for. West Ham take on Burnley in what they will be targeting as a must win game and Man Utd face Crystal Palace who are conceding goals for fun and there is plenty of differential to be had from players on both of these teams – discussed at length on this week’s Sunday night podcast.
Sunderland Vs. Chelsea
This is a huge game for both sides and as the table shows it is for very different reasons that both teams need to take all 3 points. Top plays bottom as Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening and a recent revival for Sunderland seems well forgotten after a dismal display at the weekend losing 3-0 in South Wales to Swansea. Diego Costa is the danger man and is the consistent performer for Chelsea and if you don’t have any defensive coverage you will probably want to bring in a Chelsea defender – Marcos Alonso is probably the best bet.
Eden Hazard can never be ignored and could be a decent differential captain pick for game week 16 if you fancy going against captain obvious.
Spurs Vs. Hull City
Spurs faced a very decent Man Utd display on Sunday and their next two games could not be further from the opposition they have faced in recent weeks. This should be a easy(ish) win for Spurs with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen being amongst the key players.
We don’t usually advocate minus points but if you are filling up on Spurs players for the back to back game week’s against Hull and Burnley are well worth it – Eriksen is my preferred midfield pick based the fact that he takes all the set pieces – with Harry Kane an absolute must for this week.
For more discussion on the other top tips for gameweek 16 then be sure to check out our GW16 and 17 podcast here.