FPL Gameweek 17 Tips – Midfielder and Striker Transfers
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 17 Tips:
Last week we saw Sergio Aguero limping off at the Etihad Stadium just two minutes in to the game and just as FPL managers had wiped away their own tears this week, those who had brought Dzeko in to replace the Premier League top scorer were again reminded of the cruel nature of football as Dzeko sustained a calf injury in the warm up. So it was left to Frank Lampard to pull a pretty insipid City team over the line in a game that saw blanks for the likes of Yaya Toure – much to the frustration of FPL managers.
Luckily, gameweek 16 did not turn in to a drab affair with the usual Chelsea players involved in the points with the likes of Costa and Hazard grabbing goals and a particularly devastatingly dazzling performance from the latter. Giroud reminded us of why he is Arsenal’s number one striker with some top quality, ruthless finishing in front of goal and we were treated to another top performance from Alexis Sanchez.
Although we saw an Andy Carroll and Sakho blank at West Ham, the Stewart Downing supporters were again richly rewarded with a goal and three bonus points. At £6.2m he is a very good prospect for the season going forward – maybe one to consider when it comes to January wildcard time.
FPL Gameweek 17 Tips:
We are about to head in to the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period, and I’m talking Premier League Christmas fixtures as opposed to fighting through the Christmas shopper hoards in retail parks up and down the country. GW17 is the last gameweek before Christmas and GW18 and GW19 come just two days apart, so expect to see more complaints from Premier League managers with regards to a grueling Christmas schedule that is sure to bring injuries amongst all the excitement. Also, expect some squad rotation from those teams that have more squad depth.
So why I am bringing all of this up this week?
Well, if your team is fully fit and suspension free then this could be a week to save your transfer for the following week. There are two ways of looking at this – you set your team up this week for the next 3 fixtures (GW17-19) or you stick with what you have and save two free transfers for GW18. Some of this will also depend on your wildcard philosophy – and whether you are looking to use it at the beginning of January.
For me, setting up for the next three games then looking to mop up on January 1st is a good enough option so I will base these FPL tips on this strategy.
FPL Strikers for Gameweek 17, 18 and 19:
I am going to look at these options for GW17 but with an eye on GW18 and GW19 too.
Wayne Rooney – Villa (a), Newcastle (h), Spurs (a)
Although Manchester United have two away fixtures in this run, Rooney is a good pick for a few reasons. He is still just £10.5m which is a very good price for a top striker, he is the United captain and is one of the only strikers they have who will be fit enough to play in all three games. Rooney showed us once again against Liverpool why he is a good choice and that he is bang on form. There are potential goals in all of these games with United having more than enough up front to score at least two in each game. Expect Rooney to be involved in all of them – a good Christmas gift to give your FPL team a boost.
Diego Costa – Stoke (a), West Ham (h), Southampton (a)
Whilst these are not the easiest fixtures that Chelsea will face this season, there is no doubting the importance that Mourinho places on the Brazilian born Spanish striker. Diego Costa has a great opportunity to go top of the striker rankings by the time Aguero returns and he is physically well suited to the physicality of the Premier League. He has adapted from La Liga with almost consummate ease and he is the kind of striker who will not be bullied by a tough Stoke defence. West Ham at home in gameweek 18 could be a good opportunity for Costa to add to his tally having already bagged 12 Premier League goals this season.
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The Risky FPL Striker Transfer: Stevan Jovetic (Man City)
With Man City’s next three fixtures, whoever does get the nod up front for the Sky Blues will have a good chance of grabbing a few goals. The questions is
Do I take the risk of a Man City Striker in Gameweek 17?
Well if you fancy the risk – this could pay big with these next three fixtures:
- GW17 - Crystal Palace (h)
- GW18 - West Brom (a)
- GW19 - Burnley (h)
At just £7.8m Jovetic could be the man to go to… if his fitness was guaranteed then he would be a top tip for the week. This is all about risk management. We will wait on this one and it could be a late addition. With Dzeko picking up the fresh injury at the weekend then Jovetic could start. FPL say he has a 75% chance of playing and that could well be enough for me to take a risk. One thing is for sure – there will be goals in these games!
FPL Midfielders for Gameweek 17, 18 and 18:
The midfield options are little more expansive, but I am choosing two players to focus on here away from the usual suspects. I have already mentioned Downing, if you have him – keep him in for this week, but West Ham then go on a tough run of fixtures until January so he is not one to bring in over Christmas.
David Silva – Crystal Palace, West Brom (a), Burnley (h)
Although not strictly a player away from ‘the usual suspects’ he could be overlooked by many as he returns to full fitness. He played the full 90 minutes against Leicester and I expect him to be fully involved in each of these games. Just 5.4% ownership at the moment and a very good price of £8.8m, this assist machine is sure to fill your stockings with FPL points this Christmas. If you need a cheaper alternative then Frank Lampard is a good shout at just £5.4m.
Eriksen – Burnely (h), Leicester (a), Man Utd (h)
At just £8m Eriksen still represents excellent value and Spurs have an opportunity in their next two games to get their Premier League season back on track following a good result at Swansea. Eriksen has been slowly finding his feet this season and now could be the time to reap the rewards on this consistent performer. If Spurs start firing against these lesser sides then Eriksen could find himself amongst the goals.
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