Team FPL Connect Picks: Gameweek 16

Fantasy Premier League tips from the team at FPL Connect ensuring you have those key performing players as well as a few cheeky differentials to get the jump on your rivals from gameweek to gameweek

Hello and welcome to all the FPL managers around the world. The latest instalment of our ‘Team FPL Connect Picks’ is here!

If you’re just reading this series for the first time and have absolutely zero idea what this article is about, hit the link > https://fplconnect.blog/2017/08/10/team-fpl-connect-picks/ where the concept is introduced and explained fully.

Gameweek 15 results

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2 more differentials fired for Team Connect last week, as Gaz and Pilko added to their tallies for the season.

Lets get my poor efforts out the way first though…

Kane let me and a lot of people down last weekend, but Davinson Sanchez had a large part to play in that, as he got himself sent off early on in the second half, scuppering any chances Kane had of a masterclass in the second half.

So, not even close for my TSP shout and my differential [Fábregas] decided he didn’t want to get in on the action at Stamford Bridge – moving swiftly on!

Gaz scores points back to back for the first time all season, with a nice jump on my previous week’s take of Gylfi Sigurdsson, who’s really starting to come good with 3 attacking returns in his last 3 games.

He predicted he would score, but said he would get 10pts and Siggy only managed 9 – oooh so close – so just the 1pt for Gaz for predicting a differential scoring 5 or more points.

Pilko also scored a point with his shout of Heung-Min Son for his differential, who scored Spurs’ only goal in their 1-1 draw with Watford.

Both Gaz and Pilko looked to City players [KDB + Agüero], in what most expected to be a demolition job of West Ham, for their TSP, which was a good shout, but it wasn’t to be as City struggled to overcome the Hammers in a narrow 2-1 win where KDB only managed an assist and Agüero blanked.

So here’s how things now stand;

  1. Simon – 13pts
  2. Pilko – 10pts
  3. Gaz – 9pts

The couple of points scored by Gaz and Pilko have narrowed the gap, but I hold onto my lead going into GW16.

Gameweek 16 picks

Simon

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Salah – 18pts
  • Predicted differential; Özil – 8pts
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Justification for TSP: Liverpool have scored 15 goals in their last 3 games! Big Sam might well get the Everton defence better organised, but is it really going to be enough to stop Salah, Frimino, Mané and Coutinho in full flow? I can’t see it. Salah is THE form player over the last 5 GWs with 56 points accrued in that time. It’s been Coutinho’s turn to take the limelight in the last 2 games, but I fully expect Salah to make a return to it this weekend, where I can see Liverpool winning comfortably in a 3/4-1 win. Salah to bag another brace in this one with an assist to go with it.

Justification for differential: Özil has largely been going under the radar at just 2.2% owned at the time of writing. It is difficult to justify going for him when Ramsey is much cheaper and is currently doing better, but Özil has 2 goals and 5 assists in the last 6 GWs that he’s played and has brilliant fixtures. He’s also a much more consistent FPL asset than Ramsey historically and isn’t injury prone. It might be worth the extra investment, as you have to think a Ramsey injury or a drop in form will be inevitable at some point. Arsenal have been in good form recently and if it wasn’t for a phenomenal David de Gea, they may have 4 wins in their last 4 in the Premier League, so I’m backing Özil to continue his purple patch with an assist, clean sheet and 2 bonus against Southampton.

Gaz

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kane – 16pts
  • Predicted differential; Martial – 12pts
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Justification for TSP: This is it. It’s Kane’s time! Stoke are the worst team for conceding big chances this year and with a few key players being rested (Kane included) for their UCL match last night, they should be fully at the races. I agree with Simon’s argument that Spurs were 100% focusing all their mental and physical energy on topping their group and the Premier League got put to the back of their priorities as a result, but the UCL is done for the time being and there should be no distractions or excuses for Spurs anymore. Stoke is the perfect game for them to get back at it and I expect them and Kane to do so. Comfortable 4-0 win for Spurs and Kane to bag a brace and an assist.

Justification for differential: City haven’t looked at the races recently and lost their last UCL match last night 2-1 in Ukraine to Shakhtar. United will be high on morale after their 3-1 smash and grab win against Arsenal and even without Pogba, will fancy their chances on the weekend. Martial has been plodding along very nicely and added an assist to his tally last time out to make it 6 goals and 3 assists. There isn’t many better assets right now in the game for mins per goal/assist than Martial (571 mins played) and I can see him being the difference in the Derby. He has the talent and the form to get at the City backline and I think he’ll inspire United to a massive victory at Old Trafford. Martial will make Manchester red.

Pilko 

  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Mané – 16pts
  • Predicted differential; Sánchez – 10pts
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Justification for TSP: I’ve gotta go with someone from the red hot reds of Merseyside. Liverpool are flying right now and I don’t think any manner of Big Sam tactics is going to stop them. Salah has had the spotlight, Coutinho more recently has had it, it’s Mané’s turn to come to the fore and be the stand-out player. That’s the thing with this Liverpool side now they have their key men fit, any one of Firmino, Salah, Coutinho or Mané can bang and I think it will be Mané this week. It’s not like he’s in bad form either. In the last 5 games he’s played in all competitions, he’s scored 4 and bagged 4 assists. The only worry is rotation, but I think Klopp was taking it easy with Mané with regard to him coming back from injury. He should be fully fit now and if he starts again on the weekend, I can see him doing the business with a goal, 2 assists and of course, the statutory 3 bonus that would inevitably go with it.

Justification for differential: The main man from last season is finally beginning to show glimpses of why he was priced at such a hefty price-tag. He has 3 goals in his last 4 games and only Salah (54) and Richarlison (51) better Sánchez (42) for goal attempts in the midfield category. He’s also only bettered by those two for the amount of big chances he’s had so far this season, in significantly less playing time. Southampton have picked up slightly recently, but Arsenal are looking good right now and were unlucky not to get something against United. I expect them to win that 2-1 and Sánchez to be on the scoresheet for 4th time in 5 GWs.

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