Friday, 7 December 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 16




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As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

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Forwards


Safe Pick – Aubameyang vs Huddersfield (H)


He may have blanked at Old Trafford earlier in the week, but the Arsenal striker has registered three goals and an assist in the two games prior to that.

Since signing for Arsenal, no other player has scored more goals in the Premier League than Aubameyang – matching Salah on 20.

With a home tie against Huddersfield Town surely we can expect the former Dortmund player to return to his goal scoring ways? With only two wins all season for the Terriers this has an Arsenal win written all over it and bodes well for Aubameyang.

Differential - Rashford vs Fulham (H)

He's not a player many Starting 11 managers will jump to after an appalling start to the season for Manchester United. However, with that said, the combination of injures and upcoming fixtures means that Rashford could be worth a cheeky punt this weekend.

With Sanchez out, Lukaku off form and Martial a doubt, Rashford’s starting place is as nailed on as they come.  He has only two goals this season but he has the natural talent to threaten any defence.

That defence this week is Fulham’s, still bottom of the table and having still conceded more goals than any other Premier League side. Even with a new manager, they have the same ragged defenders.








Midfielders


Safe Pick - Eriksen vs Leicester (A)

The debate between Eriksen and Alli has rumbled on for years and shows no sign of letting up. For me this week I favour Eriksen largely down to the form of Harry Kane who has started December in the manner we have all come to expect.

The man assisting Kane is more than likely to be set piece taker. With four assists in his last three games Eriksen is a man we can rely on.

Tottenham take on Leicester who have shown some defensive resilience lately, however I feel Spurs will be too much for the Foxes this weekend.

Differential – Anderson vs Crystal Palace (H)

With Arnie out someone has to step up and carry the Hammers forward. After impressing earlier in the season without the end product of fantasy returns Anderson has now scored four goals in his last six games.  Great returns for a midfielder!

Their opponents this weekend are Crystal Palace, who have only scored 11 goals all season – only Huddersfield Town have scored less.

West Ham have taken 10 points from a possible 15 recently. With a favourable fixture run they are a side I'm expecting to see climb up the Premier League table.






Defenders


Safe Pick – Alexander-Arnold vs Bournemouth (A)

Despite the form of Callum Wilson for the Cherries, I would still endorse Alexander-Arnold for his potential attacking returns.

Bournemouth are flying high currently. They are 7th in the Premier League, but have failed to keep a clean sheet during their last 5 games.

Wilson aside, Liverpool are defending fantastically. The injury to Gomez strengthens Alexander-Arnold's position in the Liverpool starting 11 and I expect him to start again this weekend.

Differential – Balbuena vs Crystal Palace (H)

For this weekend’s differential defender I have opted for a defender that faces a low-scoring team.

West Ham are not known for clean sheets of late but this is a side who are on the up and growing in confidence.

Balbuena had been ever present this season with the exception of the midweek rest. Fresh and ready to take on Palace he will be hoping to add to his two clean sheets and solitary goal this season.






Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Leno vs Huddersfield (H)

Quite frankly after Gameweek 15 I think it’s fair to say, there are no goalkeeping safe picks as all twenty Premier League sides failed to keep a single clean sheet between them.

Where is our best chance?  Maybe Arsenal's Leno.  Ironically he hasn’t kept a clean sheet all season and Emery's team have looked defensively weak.  But surely all of that has to change eventually?

What better chance of keeping your first clean sheet than against the side who have scored the least amount of goals this season?

Differential – Hart vs Brighton (H)

When it comes to differential’s we have plenty and as much as I dislike him, Joe Hart could be an option.  He continues to record high scores on Starting 11 due to the number of save points he is registering.

With the ever-green Glenn Murray an injury doubt, maybe, just maybe Hart has a chance for a shut out.  Can he add a clean sheet bonus to those save points?




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