Friday, 13 December 2013

Fantasy Premier League 2013-14: Gameweek 16

With two weeks to go before The Blogger is back at home, the end-of-stay rituals are well underway. Souvenir hunting and gift shopping cut right into the otherwise sacrosanct Thursday, but it was time well spent (They have a pet zoo with dogs, goats, guinea pigs and rabbits on top of a shopping mall!).

Galatasaray's rousing triumph, Napoli's heartbreak and the ucl_fraude clown - It's been an eventful week, huh? It's only going to get better with a December schedule that pits the current top four against each other.

Meme of the week

Gameweek 16 fixtures

Man City vs Arsenal
Cardiff vs West Brom
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Everton vs Fulham
Newcastle vs Southampton
West Ham vs Sunderland
Hull City vs Stoke City
Aston Villa vs Manchester United
Norwich vs Swansea
Tottenham vs Liverpool

Player Picks


Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea and Everton striker

Romelu Lukaku (8.5) - After a couple of wonderful performances away to Man United and Arsenal, Everton host Fulham and Sunderland (who've both been conceding around 2 a game away from home) in the next 3 games and travel to Swansea, who have the third worst home defence in the division.

Wayne Rooney (11.1) - For a team in crisis, 2 away goals per game isn't an untidy record and given the good schedule, the return of the Rooney-RvP partnership could kickstart their season. Wazza has served out his ban for accumulating yellows and is priced much more favourably than the Dutchman.

Steven Fletcher (7.3) - Sunderland have been among the goals lately, and their next two games see them travel to West Ham (who have a bad home defence) and host Norwich (who have a dismal away defence). There is no reason to break the template of success up front for him, but in case you aren't loaded and need a striker, he has potential.


Oscar (8.8) - Oscar made a return to the Chelsea team with an assist in the Champions League. The Brazilian's price dropped by 0.3 during his injury layoff and a run of three home games in four starting with second-from-bottom Crystal Palace looks promising.

David Silva, Manchester City midfielder
Silva lining

David Silva (9.1) - City's matches against fellow top four members are at home (where they have been scintillating), plus they face Fulham on their next trip and Palace at home before the new year. Silva capped his return from injury with a goal in Munich, has averaged 6 FPL points per game this season. A good option for a Gerrard replacement.

Leroy Fer (5.9) - Fer is Norwich's in-form man with 3 goals and an assist over the last 5 matches. The Canaries have two home games (Swansea, Fulham) over the next three gameweeks, including a trip to Sunderland. You could do worse.

Ravel Morrison (5.1) - He's fallen off the suspension tightrope and picked himself up, is cheap and has three home games in the next four starting with basement team Sunderland.


Sylvain Distin (5.2) - If you picked up Coleman at 5.0 at the start of the season and still have him, kudos. If not, it's not all bad - Investment and returns on the Toffees defence are set to go up with Everton's (very) favourable schedule.

Mike Williamson (4.4) - With the top four clubs facing each other at least twice heading into the new year, the era of the Cheap Defender is upon us. Newcastle host Southampton and Stoke and travel to Crystal Palace over the next three games. Begging for attention at that price.

Ben Turner (4.1) - Cardiff host West Brom, Southampton and Sunderland over the next four gameweeks, potentially making Turner good value for money.

James Chester (3.8) - His early-season injury saw his price drop to below 4. His return coincided with trips to Arsenal and Swansea, so investors didn't exactly flood the gates. Hull have an outrageous home defensive record (bettered only by Manchester City), and have three home games over the next four gameweeks. Quite possibly the best option around for a fifth defender.


Tim Howard (5.8) - The more expensive Tim has a great long-term fixture list and with Everton performing at the level they have so far, he could be a keeper (pun intended)

Tim Krul (5.1) - Came away from Old Trafford with a clean sheet, is cheaper than Howard and has a favourable three matches.

David Marshall (4.6) - Price is on his side, and the schedule could be worse.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Gameweek 16 team
Suarez + Coutinho vs Dawson. Rooney vs Guzan. YOLO.

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