We’re approaching a key part of the season where games are going to come thick and fast. Not only have we got the Christmas flurry to come but Gameweek 16 is a midweek treat to look forward to with European group stage commitments completed.
Rotation is set to be a big factor so it’s vital that your bench has players to step up if called upon and your entire squad should have players who are as secure as can be.
This needs to be taken into account with every transfer you make from here on out. Taking Arsenal for example, wing positions are far from guaranteed, making Ozil the best attacking option having been rested during the recent international break and little competition for his important role in the team.
Choosing players who are unlikely to be rotated isn’t cheap but if you balance your squad with important players from teams further down the table, it is possible. There’s no time to be dragging any deadweight and transfer hits are encouraged if necessary to get your squad into shape for this important period. Anyway, with lots to think about, let’s shove some coal in that furnace!
So without further ado, here is our weekly FFA Select XI, where we’ve chosen 11 players in a valid formation who we think will score highly this gameweek…
- Claudio BRAVO [BUR(A), 5.5m] – With 2 wins in their last 6 games, City are going through a bit of a rough patch but as we saw in Gameweek 10 where they smashed 4 past West Brom, they shouldn’t be underestimated. Anything less than a victory at Burnley won’t be tolerated by Pep and a clean sheet is a distinct possibility.
- Carl JENKINSON [BOU(H), 5.0m] – For anyone with transfers to burn, Jenkinson is a decent short term differential with Bellerin out for a few more weeks and an ownership of just 0.1%! With Bournemouth, West Ham and Stoke in the next 3 games, Jenkinson will also be encouraged to get forward too.
- Christian FUCHS [MID(H), 5.4m] – Leicester have guaranteed top spot in their Champions League group and Ranieri wants them to bring their European form into their domestic fixtures. To sum up Fuchs’ attacking potential, in the last 4 gameweeks, he’s created 5 chances whilst having 4 attempts at goal too.
- Jose HOLEBAS [STO(H), 4.8m] – Back from suspension, Holebas will be raring to go against Stoke. Sharing set piece duty with Pereyra, Holebas has the potential to pick up assists not to mention the 2 goals he’s already scored this season too.
- Roberto FIRMINO (C) [SUN(H), 8.8m] – Liverpool drew a rare blank against Southampton but we shouldn’t forget that they smashed 6 past Watford in the previous gameweek. Firmino got a goal and 2 assists in that game and we’re giving him the captain’s armband in Gameweek 13.
- Gylfi SIGURDSSON [CPL(H), 7.2m] – Results haven’t fallen Bob Bradley’s way but Siggy has come out to say how the team is fully behind their new manager and his training methods. With 2 assists and a goal in the last 3 games, Sigurdsson is a key part of Bradley’s team and against a Palace side that leaks goals, further attacking returns could be on the cards.
- Philippe COUTINHO [SUN(H), 8.7m] – Sunderland are on a bit of a roll but travelling to Anfield is a very different proposition to facing Bournemouth and Hull. Sunderland will struggle to cope with Liverpool’s attack and doubling up with Firmino and Coutinho is a sound policy for any fantasy manager, especially as Liverpool have great fixtures up until the New Year’s Eve.
- Mesut OZIL [BOU(H), 9.6m] – As we mentioned above, Ozil is less likely to be rotated over the busy Christmas period but whether he can justify his expensive pricetag remains to be seen. At home to Bournemouth though, we’re happy to give him the opportunity to impress and fight for a spot in our fantasy squads.
- Juan MATA [WHM(H), 7.4m] – Mata and Mourinho look to have buried the hatchet, with Mata forcing his way into United’s starting eleven in the last 4 gameweeks. He’s delivered some impressive statistics too during this period with 11 attempts on goal and 12 chances created for team mates. Against the Hammers, Mata has a strong opportunity to build on the goal he scored last week.
- Sergio AGUERO [BUR(A), 13.2m] – With strikers like Defoe, Kane and Costa delivering, there’s talk of ditching Aguero in some fantasy circles. It’s true that his upcoming fixtures could be kinder but with 3 goals and an assist in his last 3 games, we’re not quite ready to turn our backs on Aguero and expect him to deliver against a Burnley defence that conceded 4 against West Brom.
- Salomon RONDON [HUL(A), 6.5m] – Rondon ended his goal drought in the emphatic victory over Burnley on Monday night, picking up an assist in the process. He looks like a tidy striker who is capable of leading the line and causing more misery for a Hull defence that conceded 3 against Sunderland.
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