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AM's Players To Watch: Week 16

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Welcome to the AM's Players To Watch for Gameweek 16. As long-time readers of my columns will know, my advice in seasons gone by had revolved around games that would allow you to make unlimited transfers each gameweek, selecting an entirely new 11 players if you so wished. Unfortunately Yahoo Fantasy Premier League is a glorious but distant memory, while Togga, sadly, was not able to return for this campaign which put an end to the Perfect XI column I'd been penning for the past two years.


This season I'll be a bit more general in my advice. Whether you're playing Official FPL, FPL or Fantrax Draft, Fantrax Salary Cap, Sky Sports, The Sun, The Telegraph or any number of other the fantasy games available to fans each season, I'll be offering my top five picks for the week ahead, mixing "must-haves" with hunch picks and players flying under the radar. Hopefully this will offer something for everyone, whether you're considering captain options, looking to make a transfers or pick up a free agent in draft.


On to Gameweek 16 ...


Saturday 08 December
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Arsenal v Huddersfield
Burnley v Brighton
Cardiff v Southampton
Man Utd v Fulham
West Ham v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Man City
Leicester v Spurs


Sunday 09 December
Newcastle v Wolves


Monday 10 December
Everton v Watford


We're entering the busy season with games coming thick and fast throughout December and early January. After a cracking midweek full of action and goals we've got another full slate this weekend. Arsenal have the pick of the fixtures by far at home to Huddersfield while Everton at home to Watford, Manchester United at home to Fulham and Spurs away to Leicester are all worth a look. There remaining games look pretty evenly matched and so we'll be looking to identify those who could pop up with a goal or clean sheet. With that in mind, here are the players ....


Richarlison (MF - Everton v Watford) - Marco Silva decided to solve his striking problems by moving the £50million summer signing Richarlison in to a forward role, and it has certainly paid off. The Brazilian has seven Premier League goals to his name already despite missing the best part of four matches through injury or suspension and his work-rate and link up play continues to impress. His (and his manager's) former club Watford are the visitors to Goodison this weekend and both sides will feel like they have a point to prove. I'm tipping the Toffees to come out on top with Richarlison leading the way.


Sead Kolasinic (DF - Arsenal v Huddersfield) - Sead Kolasinic was a fantasy favourite at the start of last season, consistently offering defensive solidity and a genuine threat in attack. But then he got injured, lost his spot to Nacho Monreal, and it's taken time to force his way back in to side. After some fine displays under Unai Emery the Bosnian made a big mistake in midweek, but his manager doesn't sound concerned: "His head was looking down, but I said to him, Sead you had a very good match, offensively you give us a lot of circumstances ... you need to continue and most of all, be positive and learn from this action." Those words suggest Kolasinic will keep his place against Huddersfield and I'm expecting a big performance.


Romelu Lukaku (FW - Manchester United v Fulham) - Stop laughing at the back! Manchester United may not be playing well, and Romelu Lukaku is certainly not playing well, but the Belgian striker does have five Premier League goals to his name in ten starts and he'll find himself up against the worst defensive side in the division this weekend. That statement assumes Jose Mourinho puts Lukaku in from the beginning against Fulham and with Anthony Martial carrying a slight injury it seems a fair assumption. I'm backing the big man to silence his doubters - at least for a week - by scoring and helping his team to a vital three points.


Robert Snodgrass (MF - West Ham v Crystal Palace) - Another ghost of fantasy seasons' past. Robert Snodgrass was one of the most valuable mid-price midfield assets during his time at Hull City, scoring and creating goals on a regular basis, returning fantasy points galore in the process. His 2016 move to West Ham had been an utter disaster until recently, with the club loaning the Scottish star out to Aston Villa for the whole of the 2017/18 campaign, but he's found himself back in the fold until Manuel Pellegrini. The swagger and trademark set piece delivery are both back in full swing, and Snodgrass has notched three assists in his past two appearance for the Hammers. He could play a key role in the London derby with Palace this weekend.


Dele Alli (MF - Tottenham @ Leicester) - This is a bit of a hunch selection. Dele Alli hasn't found his best form this season after suffering a couple of injuries but this feels to me like the sort of match he could thrive in. The England midfielder was rested for the midweek win over Southampton which means he's a certain starter against Leicester and he's one of those players who will go and grab himself a goal when his team needs it most. And Spurs may well need it to take the three points on Saturday with the Foxes unbeaten in their last seven games.


Captain Choice: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (FW - Arsenal v Huddersfield) - The armband has been switched between just three players so far this season - Sergio Aguero, Mohamed Salah & Eden Hazard - but it's time for a change given the Gameweek 16 match-ups. Mr Aubameyang has been in red hot form for the Gunners, charging his way to the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts and he can fill his boots against David Wagner's Huddersfield.


That's it for Gameweek 16. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the new season. If you have any questions about a specific player or your own fantasy team then feel free to post them in the comments below or hit me on Twitter (@nikarg) and I will get back to you.


Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.



Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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