It is a quick turnaround in the world of Premier League Fantasy Football as Gameweek 16 begins on Tuesday with a pair of games. The goals were flying in over this past weekend and amongst them we saw a return to form of Vardy and Lukaku in particular. Rotation could become an issue for Draft Fantasy managers as some teams have been pretty busy recently so you may have to make some tough lineup decisions and utilize those benches.
Everton v Arsenal
Arsenal got some good and bad news on defense as Bellerín is back but they have lost Mustafi for a few games so Gabriel/Holding will provide cover. On offense Giroud is pushing for a start and this could be the time. Sánchez and Özil are the safest bets but Walcott could be sacrificed. Iwobi and Oxlade-Chamberlain are also fighting for a starting spot, could be Iwobi for this one. Everton are still without Bolasie but nobody except Lukaku stepped up in his absence against Watford, maybe Lennon will be given a shot.
Bournemouth v Leicester
Vardy returned with a bang on the weekend, so now the question is was it a one off? He is a streaky player as we know so keep him in despite Leicester's road struggles. Mahrez is always a factor and Slimani continues to hold a threat, especially from headers. There is an outside chance that Schmeichel returns in net. For Bournemouth, Stanislas remains sidelined so Afobe could be a sleeper pick as he is benefiting from the playing time. Wilson is on pks and Daniels continues to push forward a lot and is becoming a solid offensive weapon for a defender.
West Ham v Burnley
A great home matchup for the Hammers means fantasy managers will be looking to exploit it. Payet, Antonio, Lanzini, Ayew, Cresswell, Reid and Randolph are the top choices but it could be worth rolling the dice with Carroll, he is due a start but it could be the next game so keep that in mind. Burnley are that team that suffers a personality change when away from their home comforts so stick with the offensive potential of Vokes and Gray if you must.
Sunderland v Chelsea
It is hard to imagine Chelsea will be tinkered with very much, if at all, but if I had to make a call on any changes then I think it would be Willian coming in for Pedro or Fabregas finding a way in but it could be business as usual. Sunderland are at home but still confidently start all your Chelsea players. As usual, it is tough to pick against this Chelsea defense but Defoe and Anichebe are your best options to grab a goal.
Middlesbrough v Liverpool
Liverpool are being led by Mané and Origi right now as Firmino is struggling to find consistency when he is not in the striker role. Lallana is back and scored on Sunday so he will be relied upon also. Middlesbrough are struggling to score goals and both Ramírez and Negredo are questionable again so the Liverpool backline has a chance at a clean sheet, but may have to make do without Lovren. Karius in net is also under major scrutiny so Mignolet could be called upon sooner than later. Middlesbrough are solid defensively at home but I expect they will allow something to this Liverpool side. Rhodes got his chance to impress and could again if the above-mentioned duo are not fit enough.
West Brom v Swansea
Swansea are another Jekyll and Hyde team right now as they seem very different on the road. Sigurdsson is the main man but Llorente is producing up front so he has become a fantasy factor now. For West Brom, their defense is a good option for this Gameweek but note that Dawson is suspended so stick with McAuley, Evans, Nyom and Foster in net. Offensively, Rondón leads the line and is being helped by Phillips who is producing great fantasy numbers this season. Chadli is pushing for a start and with such a short layoff this could be the opportunity to play his way back into the lineup.
Man City v Watford
With Agüero still out, Iheanacho should continue to deputize, but was pulled early last time out so his playing time looks to be unpredictable. But, it is home to Watford so he is worth sticking with. There could be rotation in the midfield as Sterling is likely to return and Nolito and Sané will be looking to join De Bruyne and Silva. The defense has not been reliable but it is a positive home matchup so not your worst scenario. Kolarov is the best choice and Otamendi is back from suspension. Watford welcome back Pereyra from suspension also and have a new goal threat in Okaku to join Deeney. Holebas still also holds value despite a lack of clean sheets as he is on set pieces.
Stoke v Southampton
This has low-scoring game written all over it so both defenses are worthy of starting. Southampton should have the pair of Soares and Bertrand back after they were rested for the home shutout over Middlesbrough, much to the chagrin of fantasy managers. Shawcross is probably still out so Muniesa will continue to start. So who will crack these defenses for each team. With Austin out long term, the Saints will be turning to Long, Tadic, Redmond and watch for Boufal to begin his rise. Stoke will need Arnatovic to get it going and also you need to consider Adam as he is on pks and set pieces.
Tottenham v Hull
While this is a prime matchup for Premier League Fantasy Football managers, there could be some frustrations as far as who plays. Lloris is the top goalie pick this week and the defense looks good for a clean sheet but don't be surprised it Davies and Trippier get a start either for this one or the next at home to Burnley, maybe safer to stick with the central pairing of Alderweireld and Vertonghen. Kane is fresh and along with Eriksen, due to his set piece expertise, are the safest picks but Alli and Son are also great picks if they start...Winks could see some time. And Hull? Just Snodgrass as usual.
Crystal Palace v Man Utd
Man Utd will be without Valencia (suspension) and the emerging Mkhitaryan (injury) but there is plenty of cover waiting. Darmian should move back over to right back which likely means Blind will get a start at left back. Bailly could partner Jones in the heart of the defense with Rojo making way. Ibrahimovic and Pogba seem immune to rotation but there may be changes in the offensive midfield positions as Rooney, Mata, Rashford and Lingard will all want in. Palace are led by the dynamic Zaha and the physical presence of Benteke. Puncheon misses out due to suspension.
Ok, let's all keep our collective fingers crossed for not too many lineup disruptions over the next couple of days, and remember that a full game from a guaranteed starter is often better than a 20-minute cameo from a bigger name. It's in your hands now.
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