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FPL Transfer Tracker - Week 16

Friday, December 7, 2018


FPL Transfer Tracker - Gameweek 16


The midweek madness of Gameweek 15 marked the beginning of the busiest part of the Premier League campaign.  The festive period, which I like to call squad rotation season, is heaven for fans and trial by fire for FPL managers. There will be six gameweeks in the next 26 days, plus additional matches for clubs in the Champions League, Europa League and Carabao Cup.  As if preparing for automatic substitutes wasn’t already a tricky task, things have become even more complicated by a handful of injuries to key forwards.  Marko Arnautovic has been ruled out for at least the next five matches due to a muscle injury. Jamie Vardy is out of Leicester’s clash with Tottenham due to a groin injury and remains a doubt for Gameweek 17. Glenn Murray is dealing with a shoulder injury and Sergio Aguero will play no part in Manchester City’s clash with Chelsea. Since a quarter of the fifteen most popular forwards are unavailable for Gameweek 16, this week’s column is a look at my five favorite forwards for the festive period.

 

 

Five Festive Forwards 



Harry Kane, £12.5m:  Harry Kane has returned to form at the perfect time.  The England international has scored in three straight matches and scored or assist in each of his last five. Kane has a very favorable matchup this weekend against Leicester City given he’s scored more goals against the Foxes than any other club in Premier League play, with 11 in seven career matches.  The Spurs striker has notched 14 goals in 16 matches over the last two seasons during the festive period and I expect that trend to continue this term, with Burnley (H), Everton (a), Bournemouth (H) Wolves (H) and Cardiff City (a) to close out the calendar year.  



Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, £11.2m:  Despite no returns in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United, Aubameyang was the most-bought player for the second straight week at the time of writing. The Arsenal striker looks set to be a top captain candidate throughout the festive period thanks to a great run of matches.  Auba has scored three goals in his last four starts and four of his next six opponents place inside the top-five in terms of goal conceded this season. Up first is Huddersfield Town, who visits the Emirates having conceded 10 goals in their last six matches on the road. Gameweek 16 is followed by equally appealing fixtures against Southampton (a), Burnley (H) and Brighton (a), as well as a visit from Fulham to open 2019.   



Callum Wilson, £7.0m:  Wilson is the obvious replacement for Marko Arnautovic.  The 26-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers this season. Wilson leads all forward in FPL assists (8) and is the joint-third highest scorer alongside Sergio Aguero and Glenn Murray with eight.  In 15 starts, the Bournemouth striker has also only posted four goose eggs and blanked in back-to-back matches once. Although Eddie Howe’s side welcomes Liverpool this weekend, Jurgen Klopp could field a weakened defense with one eye on their final Champions League group stage match.  Back-to-back matches at Tottenham and Manchester United in late December don’t worry me either, especially considering Wilson has scored five of his eight goals on the road this term.



Raul Jimenez, £6.0m:  Minutes and form make Jimenez the cut-price forward to buy. First and foremost, the Mexico international isn’t a rotation risk for the busy period.  Jimenez’s total of 71 FPL points places him level with Mitrovic and Lacazette for joint-fifth amongst all forwards, while his six assists are second best alongside Sergio Aguero.  Wolverhampton doesn’t have the best fixtures over the six gameweeks - NEW (a), BOU  (H), LIV (H), FUL (a), TOT (a), CRY (H) - but Jimenez has proven he can still get on the scoresheet regardless of the opposition.  The center-forward has played a direct hand on four of Wolverhampton’s six goals against the top-four and been involved in 57% of their tallies so far this season.   

 

 

West Ham United:  The Hammers face Crystal Palace (H), Fulham (a), Watford (H), Southampton (a), Burnley (a) and Brighton (H) to close out 2018.  The absence of Marko Arnautovic, who has ruled out for a minimum of five matches due to a hamstring strain, means Manuel Pellegrini could hand opportunities to all three of his fit strikers. Chicharito (£6.3m) scored twice at the weekend and Lucas Perez (£6.2m) scored twice after replacing Arnautovic in Gameweek 16, making them the leading candidates to start against Palace. Andy Carroll (£5.4m) is also in the equation, although a start is unlikely considering he just made his first appearance of the season.  Chicharito would be my choice at the moment since he’s started the last two matches but another good performance from Lucas could easily change my stance.  Either way, whoever wins the starting role is viable if you need a budget option.



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