Fantasy Premier League GW15 – All You Need to Know
What a week of football this has been with three sets of Premier League fixtures within the space of 9 days! Just two of GW14’s matches saw under 2 goals scored which meant just one thing for Fantasy Premier League managers – tonnes of fantasy points! Arsenal, United, Liverpool and (surprisingly) Everton were teams who scored 3 goals or more last weekend, but which players have made themselves worth looking at for the upcoming matches?
Below you’ll find the Gameweek 15 (GW15) starting lineup for the Free Super Tips Fantasy Premier League team, candidates for the captain’s armband, and some other potential transfer options worth consideration.
Team FST Gameweek 15 Line-up
Deadline – 2nd Dec 11:30
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FST – Captain
Mohammed Salah (Liverpool) – £9.8m
Is there anybody better than Mohammed Salah in the Premier League at the moment? Salah has adjusted back to life in England with ease and his 2 goals off the bench against Stoke City last weekend means that he’s played a role in a massive 15 of Liverpool’s 28 goals this season (12 goals 3 assists). He’s in unreal FPL form, averaging 12.75 points per match over his last four outings, and is also the top-ranked FPL midfielder for shots in the box and shots on target. Saturday’s opponents, Brighton, aren’t in the worst shape at the back, but it’s hard to bet against the Egyptian at the moment.
Other GW13 Captain Alternatives
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £10.7m
To the disappointment of many FPL managers (including us), Hazard played just under 10 minutes off the bench against Swansea City during the week, which likely indicates that Conte wanted him well-rested for this weekend. Since GW 9, Chelsea’s mercurial talent does looks to be back among the FPL elite though, recording 3 goals, 3 assists and a massive 9 bonus points over his last five starts for the Blues. The Belgian is also Chelsea’s designated spot-kick taker – yet another bonus on top of his world class individual talent – and a favourable fixture at home to Newcastle on Saturday makes him another safe option for the captain’s armband.
Wayne Rooney (Everton) – £7.2m
Needless to say that Everton haven’t had the best start to the season, and Rooney’s ownership numbers have plummeted at the combination of poor form and reduced game time. During the week at home to West Ham was a whole different story though. With speculation of Big Sam taking over the vacant managerial position (now-confirmed), Everton looked revitalized, and Wayne Rooney put in one of his best performances in years, scoring a hat-trick against the Hammers to impress the former-England boss. Notably, Rooney has taken the maximum 3 bonus points in four of the five matches he has scored in, and we like his chances to add to his tally at home to Huddersfield this weekend.
Harry Kane (Spurs) – £12.8m
Harry Kane is starting to rebuild momentum – a goal in each of his last two outings – following back-to-back blanks against Crystal Palace and Arsenal. After three 20+ goal seasons in the Premier League, there’s really no doubting what Kane is capable of, and, most importantly, when Kane does find the back of the net, he tends to bring those coveted bonus points with him. He’s earned 14 of these so far this season – more than any other player in FPL – and he should be looking to add to that tally against Watford this weekend.
FST – Ones to Watch
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – £6.0m
Xherdan Shaqiri is well on course for his best ever Premier League season, registering 3 goals and 5 assists already this term. While the Potters looked subdued at home to Liverpool last weekend, it could have played out a whole lot differently if keeper Simon Mignolet was correctly sent off for his tackle deep into the first half. Stoke look to bounce back against the struggling Swansea City on Saturday though, and with the Swans having allowed 39 shots on target in matches on the road this term – a total exceeded only by West Ham United (45) – Shaqiri looks like the key to unlocking the Swansea back line.
Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) – £5.4m
Arsenal have conceded just one goal (against Stoke) while center back Shkodran Mustafi has been on the pitch this season. Mustafi is the cheapest way into Gunners’ defense and looks a bargain at just £5.4m. With 1 goal, 3 clean sheets, and 5 bonus points to his name over his last three outings, he’s one of the most in-form FPL defenders at the minute. Man United are not the easiest opponents, but Mourinho does tend to come out on the defensive away from home against the big sides, so we do like the odds on the Gunners to keep a clean sheet on Saturday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) – £4.6m
With the run of fixtures Crystal Palace have coming up over the next few weeks, the Eagles remain a sensible source of investment, especially with such low ownership numbers. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is starting to fulfill his potential as a standout bargain midfielder, completing 90 minutes in each of the last five matches, over which he’s recorded a goal and two assists. Palace’s opponents this weekend, West Brom, have conceded the most shots (57) over the last four Gameweeks, and 11 goals in their last four outings at The Hawthorns.