So we are 16 weeks into the FPL season, and still no one has any idea of how the league is going to end up, with Leicester leading the pack and Chelsea finding themselves 1 point away from relegation. It’s a given Vardy is going to score every week, well usually anyway, and with United and Liverpool both dropping points the gameweek 16 was full of disappointment and a lack of places to look at for excitement and Fantasy Premier League points. However, there were pieces of absolute magic which could have potentially secured you 117 points. No one could of guessed this week’s line up, unless you were some sort of mastermind, so let’s have a look how close you were to getting close!
Jack Butland – Butland records his 7th clean sheet of the season so far and makes himself one of the top performers as his displays throughout this season has been nothing but top tier and with a clean sheet against West Ham to add to his record, he’ll be happy with only conceding 14 goals all season, one of the lowest! 3 bonus points saw him rise to 11 points for the gameweek and a deserved man of the match award.
Allan-Romeo Nyom – First up, we have Nyom who assisted the only goal in the quiet 1-0 win against Sunderland earning him enough points to get into the 3 man brick wall others call a defence. He gained 3 bonus points to add to his clean sheet and assist which now means a total of 7 clean sheets for Watford this season, a team definitely capable of causing a few upsets!
Joel Ward – We have quite a low scorer in Ward with a clean sheet and 2 bonus points being enough to put him into the dream team. He didn’t do much special but considering only 5 teams managed to keep a clean sheet Pardew will be happy with this one, especially against an attacking Southampton side and with the win they climb the table to 6th with a few decent games to come over Christmas. Champions league spot? Who knows anymore….
Philipp Wollscheid – Wollscheid partners up with his keeper this week thanks to another clean sheet and 2 bonus points for his efforts.
Jordan Henderson – Again the midfield is the key area this week with the first of 5 being none other than our captain this week, with Henderson making his return after a series of injuries. He finished off a good move as well as assisting a 96th minute equalizer as Liverpool seemed to struggle against West Brom… Klopp won’t be a happy man!
Riyad Mahrez – Next up, we have the remarkable Mahrez, who continues to impress every week as he managed to put Leicester 2-0 up against Chelsea and put them back to the top of the Premier League, giving fans a Christmas to look forward to! He’s now scored 4 in half as many games and takes his tally to 11 for the season. He has now been featured 8 times out of a possible 16, making him the most frequent face in the dream team! I’m running out of things to say about him, lets just go with “incredible” this week!
Yohan Cabaye – Cabaye was a regular back when he played for Newcastle and once again he has shone under Pardew as he banged in a goal and kept a man of the match performance up for a full 90 minutes to secure the 1-0 win against the Saints. Palace have been a force this season, with some high profile wins and also scrappy wins, the perfect solution every Prem team are trying to master. They don’t play boring football either, they’re a big team to look out for this season!
Aaron Ramsey – Ramsey makes a consecutive appearance this week after another goal to keep Arsenal’s streak up as they managed to qualify for the last 16 in the UCL against all odds, and will be excited to be 2nd in the Premier League. Maybe this will brighten the mood after drawing Barcelona in the next stage but they’ll need performances from players like Ramsey to be able to at least compete with the players Barca have.
Joshua King – Finally we have King from Bournemouth, who managed to score one in their shock result against United leaving Van Gaal struggling to find a solution to their boring football philosophy. He played class this weekend, and it is rewarded by his 3 bonus points as Bournemouth looked to be in control of the game and a nice goal secured a needed 3 points which will spark confidence after their injury troubles with Callum Wilson.
Romelu Lukaku – The Belgian tank makes an appearance for not the first time and this week he saw Everton through a 1-1 draw with Norwich, which was quite a shock result considering the form the Toffees are in. Lukaku now has 12 goals and 4 assists this season but has been featured in the dream team 5 times and will grow from this result as they look to bounce back against Bournemouth next week.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – Finally we have Mitrovic, who inspired Newcastle to a late minute winner against Newcastle to secure 6 points in their last 2 games, the same Chelsea have managed in 7 games. A string of results were needed to leapfrog them out of the bottom 3 and this will be the perfect confidence boost as the rapid forward also got the assist to close the game out and give Newcastle fans something to cheer about!
So how did the week go for you? Success or failure? Vardy scored, standard; who do you think will be captain next week? Let us know @FPL_Updates
Written by Morgan Kidson