The intensive month of December in the Premier League keeps going, and round 16 is particularly exciting for various reasons. The best fantasy captain is far easy to pick out, there are some cheaper priced with good form and on Saturday there will be as many as four games on the telly. Twice this season, there will be a late kick off on Saturday, in addition to the usual ones.
GW16 starts with Bournemouth vs Liverpool. As usual, the early game on Saturday is not involved in the big tournaments, but there is a 500-euro GTD single-match competition for the meeting at Vitality Stadium. The format is 5-aside, so it is quick and easy to pick your team.
Aubameyang for president?
It seems like PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (13.8M) will be the most picked captain in our fantasy tournaments. The Gabon national has scored 9 goals in the last 10 Premier League games, so we would lie if we say if he is not in good form – even though he didn’t play his best in the midweek fixture against Manchester United. Maybe he is the best the selection this week, but we are a bit concerned with the opponent. Huddersfield shocked us against Bournemouth and was unlucky to lose 1-2. The team is in very good shape, so we really think Huddersfield will be a difficult task for Arsenal.
Huddersfield’s vulnerability is that they do not have any regular goalscorers in their team. It was significant that the player who got their goal against Bournemouth was defender Kongolo. So perhaps we should have a look at Arsenal defense. One Arsenal man that we keep an eye on, with regards to form is SEAD KOLASINAC (8.9M). He has been really occupied since he came back from injury, going up and down that left side like a crazy man. Not just can he get clean sheet points, he is absolutely one of Arsenals best offensive outlets, and he is much cheaper than the Spaniard HECTOR BELLERIN (11.2M). Even if he is a bit expensive, Bellerin is in a good momentum and likes to go forward on the right side. Arsenals starting lineup will be ready in time for Fanteam’s fantasy tournament and there are a lot of competitors for the Arsenal defense, so we suggest you checking it, as there could be some cheap options in the starting XI.
A lot of cheap options on the table
Loads of options in the discount drawer this round. LUCAS PEREZ (5.5M) should be a reliable starter in the West Ham offense, acknowledging that Arnautovic is out. Perez has gotten very few chances at both Arsenal and West Ham but managed to score twice when he played instead of Arnautovic after 40 minutes. We really loved how Perez made his goals, and think there is more to come. West Ham is going up against Crystal Palace this weekend, a side that played poorly against Brighton.
ALEXANDR MITROVIC (5.9M) fascinates us. He has scored only 3 times in the last 10 fixtures, but he is always a threat for the opponents. This week he made a nice assist to Kamara for the 1-1 goal. This weekend he will go up against Bailley and the rest of the Manchester United squad, so it is going to be tough, but on the other hand, United has conceded 25 goals this far, which is a lot more than clubs like Leicester and Crystal Palace.
Southampton got rid of Mark Hughes and appointed Ralph Hasenhutti as the new head coach. We are a bit unsure how he will plan the line-up. Nonetheless, Southampton played well facing Tottenham in midweek, even if they lost 1-3, so we think the new coach will play STEVEN DAVIS (5.3M), who was one of the best players. He came on because MARIO LEMINA (7.4M) was suspended, and Lemina could be back now in his defensive midfielder spot, but it is still likely that Davis will play somewhere on the field. In past seasons, he has been used often in the attack. We do agree he is far from a certain starter, so please check the line-up as they will be available in time for the deadline. If he does, 5.3M seems like a catch.
We are shocked to see HENRIKH MKITHARYAN (10.6M) with a much cheaper price than Xhaka, Torreira, and Iwobi. Like those three, Mkhitaryan is a player who normally has a fair possibility of either scoring or getting an assist. He came on for an injured Ramsey in midweek and should have a good chance of getting himself in the starting XI. The difficulty with Henrikh is that his form is problematic. He didn’t impress against Tottenham but played better against Manchester United. In the latest 10 Premier League fixtures, he has only scored once. It is fair to say he is not as good as he once was, but the price is tempting.
Finally, we have MORGAN GIBBS-WHITE (4.8M). Who? He is an 18-year-old Wolverhampton midfielder that got his first league start of the season in midweek. If you have seen the first Wolves goal, scored by Jimenez, you will have seen the beautiful pass that played Jimenez through the Chelsea defense. That was Morgan Gibbs-White work. Playing as a false nine, the youngster got overall very high marks for his efforts and we are pretty sure he will continue in the starting XI. While other Wolves midfielders all cost more than 7 million, 4.8M for Gibbs-White sounds very fascinating.
Cheap but firm defense
Wolverhampton has something to contribute on the other side of the field also. Only five teams have conceded fewer goals than Wolverhampton this season, and since only two teams have scored less than Newcastle, it really makes sense to target the Wolverhampton defense. As a nice reward, their players are priced reasonably! Clearly, it must be easier to keep Newcastle players at arm’s length, than Chelsea players, and Wolves only conceded once against the London team. That was a crazy goal where defender Coady hit the ball into his own net, putting keeper Patricio out of play. On a regular note, the priciest one is MATT DOHERTY (6.6M) and it is not without reason. He is absolutely the most offensive Wolves defender and got an assist in midweek. RUBEN VINAGRE (4.8M) seems like a solid buy as well, even though he got criticized for his involvement in midweek. WILLY BOLY (6.0M) perhaps is the best option of the rest.
The author of this article has been playing fantasy football for real money extensively for several years and is considered an expert in the field.