Fantasy Premier League Week 16 Transfers and Tips: Mahrez to take it to the Bridge
Squad rotation is causing plenty of headaches for Fantasy Football managers across the land, but Paul Robinson has delivered some gems recently and he's back with the lowdown on GW16...
"The Algerian was my Punt during the week and he duly delivered with a stunning performance and 13 points."
Six to like
Mohamed Salah - £13.0m. The Liverpool forward started on the bench at Turf Moor during the week, but that was just to give him a bit of a rest and he still came on and contributed with an assist. He might not be putting the ball in the net as often as he did last season, but he's still the sixth highest scoring player in the FPL game this year, and Bournemouth have kept just the one clean sheet in their seven most recent outings at home.
Anthony Martial - £7.6m. Anthony Martial returned to the starting XI for Manchester United against Arsenal and he delivered a seven point haul for those who kept faith in him. He's now scored seven times and assisted once in his last seven matches and while he has a knock, Jose Mourinho seemed quite positive about his chances of being fit in his press conference. On Saturday they face a Fulham side who are still conceding goals.
Felipe Anderson - £7.1m. I am keeping faith in the Brazilian midfielder despite his blank against Cardiff on Tuesday. The positives were that West Ham still won and scored three goals, so it's not like he's playing in a struggling team, and his sumptuous display - and 10 points - in the game prior at Newcastle still lives in the memory. They have Palace at home, and Roy Hodgson's men were awful at Brighton during the week.
Sead Kolasinac - £4.9m. If you watched the Man United v Arsenal game on Wednesday, you would have seen Kolasinac in some extremely advanced positions and while the Gunners aren't certainties to keep a clean sheet against anyone, attacking returns appear to be a real possibility for this cheap defender. It is also worth noting that they face Huddersfield at the Emirates on Saturday, so the clean sheet is more likely than against most other teams.
Riyad Mahrez - £8.5m. The Algerian was my Punt during the week and he duly delivered with a stunning performance and 13 points. He isn't guaranteed to keep his place, but can Guardiola really ignore him - especially as they will need his extra bit of creativity away at Stamford Bridge.
Richarlison - £7.1m. I am yet to get it right with my Everton midfielder selection, but this time I'm plumping for Richarlison for the Toffees' home game against Watford on Monday. The Hornets are on one of their bad runs of form, and while they ran Man City close on Wednesday, it still ended in their fourth defeat in five matches. Everton need to pick things up following a bit of a lacklustre display against Everton, and Richarlison is hopefully the man to do it.
Charlie Austin - 5.5m. This is a bit of a left-field one, but Charlie Austin could prove to be worth every penny of his £5.5m at Cardiff this weekend. Ralph Hasenhüttl has stated that his preferred system has two strikers in it, so while Austin has struggled for pitch-time this year, he appears to be an almost nailed on starter on Saturday. He came off the bench to net a consolation against Spurs at Wembley, and while Cardiff have been doing well at home, they have still been conceding goals.
Eden Hazard - £11.0m. The Belgian forward started the season like a train as he carried over his excellent World Cup form into the Premier League. An small injury curtailed that though, and since he's been back he's made five league appearances without scoring. He's also failed to find the net in Europa League games and internationals since his last goal on October 7th. Chelsea have an exceptionally tough fixture against Manchester City on Saturday evening, but Hazard is certainly due, and he can cut it with the best in the world.
Two to avoid
Romelu Lukaku - £10.7m. The other Belgian who is struggling a bit at present is Romelu Lukaku, and while I think Hazard can turn it around, I'm not so sure about Lukaku. Jose Mourinho has clearly fallen a bit out of love with him of late, and he isn't even guaranteed to start against Fulham. Even if he does, his whole game has been weak lately, and he's scored just one goal in his last nine league appearances - six of which were starts.
Callum Wilson - £6.5m. The Cherries striker is actually in my team, but I don't hold out too much hope for this weekend. He may have picked up his eighth goal and eighth assist against Huddersfield on Tuesday, but Bournemouth were lucky to come away from that match with a draw - let alone the win they got. Jurgen Klopp will be restoring the big guns back to his Liverpool side at the Vitality, and they have kept two clean sheets from their last four away from Anfield.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £11.2m. Mr Aubameyang filled this role in GW15 and while Arsenal scored twice at Old Trafford, he wasn't involved in either. His credentials are just too hard to ignore for a home fixture against Huddersfield though, as he has 10 goals to his name this term and three assists. He was exceptionally dangerous in the North London Derby, and he's the kind of player who can easily rack up two of three goals.
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*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW16 is 11:30 on Saturday.