Chaps Choices – GW16

We bring to you a new format for our weekly blog posts… Chaps Choices!!  This article combines our two standard weekly blogs, Calculating The Cleanie and Punting For Gold, to create a starting eleven of Premier League Draft Fantasy Football differential picks!

This article is here to give you hints and tips to help you find your golden ticket to a big score, recommending six attacking differentials and five defenders who could score big in the upcoming gameweek.

We use the ownership statistics as per Draft Fantasy, and Fantrax with the rules being each player we highlight is required to have ownership of 35% or below (on DFF).  That way there’s a good chance each player will be a free agent in your Draft Fantasy Football League!  Use these suggestions to give your team a little boost with a one week Punt!

N.B: For the purposes of this article, we use the standard scoring systems used by Official FPL and Draft Fantasy – including bonus points.

 

Chaps Choices Starting Eleven:

GW16

FWD: Salomon Rondon

Team:  Newcastle United

Opponent:  Wolves (Home)

Ownership:  10% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 28% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The big man scored once again in GW15, adding to his brace in GW12.  Rondon looks like he’s finally fully fit, and should push on over the Christmas period.  We know he’s not the best of footballers, but he’s a decent striker, and will score 10 to 12 goals this season.  Newcastle face a Wolves side who will be fully of confidence after beating Chelsea, but they have been conceding a fair amount of goals recently.  We expect Newcastle to score, and Rondon is the focal point of their attack.

GW16 Points Scored:  5

 

FWD: Javier Hernandez

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  31% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 50% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Hernandez or Lucas Perez?  We could have gone with Perez after his two goals in GW15, and he is still a good option Hernandez is already taken in your Draft Fantasy league.  However, West Ham will look to Hernandez to lead the line against Crystal Palace, given the injury to Arnautovic.  Palace have conceded ten goals in their last eight games, and looked poor against 10 man Brighton last time around.

GW16 Points Scored:  9

MID: Solly March

Team: Brighton

Opponent:  Burnley (Away)

Ownership:  1% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 26% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Brighton went completely bonkers in GW15 although March had a quiet game in terms of attacking output.  He is somewhat an underrated Draft Fantasy player and gives managers a really good low value 5th choice midfield option.  March has so far picked up five assists this season and with a Burnley side leaking goals up next, March is guaranteed to start given the injuries Brighton picked up.  Andone is a good option is you’re after a striker… he looks fantastic when he came off the bench to replace the injured Murray in GW15.

GW16 Points Scored:  2

 

MID: Ilkay Gündoğan

Team:  Manchester City

Opponent:  Chelsea (Home)

Ownership:  24% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 86% (Fantrax)

Prospects:A bit of a rogue outsider for GW16.  But with plenty of injuries and games stacking up, Gundogan was limited to a guest appearance midweek from the bench.  Three goals and two assists in the limited game-time suggests that when he plays, he scores points.  We’d expect some Pep rotation for GW16 and Gundogan could be on the favourable end of the rotation.

GW16 Points Scored:  1

 

MID: Stuart Armstrong

Team:  Southampton

Opponent:  Cardiff City (Away)

Ownership:  1% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 26% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  A Saints player in our Punts?  We haven’t lost our minds Chaps, but the options are pretty slim pickings.  Armstrong has been at the forefront of anything half decent by Southampton.  Three goals in three games is good form and with Cardiff up next, there isn’t a better chance to score goals; unless he were to play against his own defence!

GW16 Points Scored:  2

 

MID: Robert Snodgrass

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  1% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 22% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  How much are we all loving West Ham right now?  Snodgrass in a real purple patch of form at the moment; having picked up three assists in two games.  West Ham are in the middle of a huge injury crisis but also in the middle of an excellent run of fixtures; guaranteeing Snodgrass a place in the starting 11 for the visit of Crystal Palace.  As we’ve mentioned above, Palace were very poor in GW15, so we’re expecting another big win for West Ham.

GW16 Points Scored:  8

DEF: Pablo Zabaleta

Team:  West Ham

Opponent:  Crystal Palace (Home)

Ownership:  5% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 13% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  West Ham have another home fixture to try and gain a clean sheet, as they host Crystal Palace for GW16.  The Hammers were so close to getting the shut-out against Cardiff last time around… hopefully they can do it this time against a Palace side who were very poor in GW15.  Zabaleta will surely come back into the side for Antonio, after being rested for the mid-week game.  The veteran defender will need to be rested over the busy fixture period, but he will surely come back in for this weekend.

GW16 Points Scored:  1

 

DEF: Yerry Mina

Team:  Everton

Opponent:  Watford (Home)

Ownership:  23% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 55% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  If this Chap is still a free agent in your Draft League (he is in our league) you seriously need to sign him up!  The giant Colombian defender has now established himself in the Everton side, and looks set to continue the good form he has shown so far.  Mina bagged himself three goals at the World Cup in the summer, and is bound to start scoring headers from set pieces soon!  Everton will be disappointed to have drawn at home to Newcastle in GW15, but GW16 brings them an ideal chance to right this wrong, as they face a struggling Watford side in front on their own fans.  Mina has a great chance of a clean sheet this weekend!

GW16 Points Scored:  0

 

DEF: Lewis Dunk

Team:  Brighton

Opponent:  Burnley (Away)

Ownership:  4% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 56% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Dunk makes it into our team, despite the fact that he’ll be without his defensive partner in crime Shane Duffy for GW16.  We think Brighton will still be able to keep out struggling Burnley on their own Turf.  Brighton played extremely well against Crystal Palace last time around, even though they were down to 10 men for most of the game.  Balogun came on to partner Dunk in defence, and was the one to give away the penalty via a silly challenge on Zaha.  Brighton were very disciplined and organised other than that, and they have a good chance of gaining a GW16 shutout.

GW16 Points Scored:  2

 

DEF: Saed Kolasinac

Team:  Arsenal

Opponent:  Huddersfield Town (Home)

Ownership:  13% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 69% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  The Bosnian continues to bomb forward, providing a great attacking outlet down the left for The Gunners.  Kolasinac bagged two assists against Bournemouth in GW14, and has a great chance of adding more to his season tally, as Arsenal host struggling Huddersfield in GW16.  Kolasinac will be heavily involved, as he’ll be pushed fairly far forward as Arsenal will control the play.  If he’s still a free agent in your Draft League, he’s well worth bringing in!

GW16 Points Scored:  8

 

GK: Neil Etheridge

Team:  Cardiff

Opponent:  Southampton (Home)

Ownership:  36% (Draft Fantasy Football) / 32% (Fantrax)

Prospects:  Yes, we have backed Armstrong to score against Cardiff… but its slim pickings on the goalkeepers front, and Etheridge is always good for save points if he doesn’t bag the clean sheet!  Southampton at home is a great fixture for The Blues, so snapping up a Cardiff defender could pay off.  Morrison and Bamba are good options at both ends of the pitch if you’re keeper slots are good for this weekend.

GW16 Points Scored:  8

 

GW16 Team Points:  46

GW16 Team Average:  4.2 points per player

GW16 Team Average Ownership:  13.5%

 

📝 Ownership Statistics 📝

The quoted ownership statistics were taken from Draft Fantasy and Fantrax.  Check them out if you’re after an online platform for your Draft Fantasy Football League!  Draft Fantasy uses a scoring system similar to the standard Official FPL game, where as Fantrax mainly uses the more intelligent scoring system made famous by Togga.

 

🔥 Hot or Cold Player Rankings ❄️

Our Hot or Cold Player Rankings are here to outline the current prospects of key Draft Fantasy Football Players.  Our ‘Hot‘ or ‘Cold‘ status will help take away your emotional attachment to certain Premier League players, and bring in the players that you need to help you dominate your Draft League.  Use these hints and tips to increase your chances of success!

 

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