Team FPL Connect Picks: Gameweek 17

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!

Before we continue, there’s been another slight change to the scoring system.

We’ve noticed that it’s actually very difficult to predict the top-scoring player of the week and we felt like it would be a good idea to reward our TSP choices with a point if they score 10+, as 10+ points represents a decent effort and return.

So, the new scoring will apply when totting up last week’s efforts and from this point onwards.

If you’re just reading this series for the first time and have absolutely zero idea what this article is about, hit the updated link > where the concept is introduced and explained fully.

Gameweek 16 results

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  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Salah – 18pts

My TSP Mo Salah, notched yet another goal in the derby, 3 bonus and a clean sheet, going off before Everton scored their equaliser, giving him a total of 11pts and because he scored 10 or more, giving me a point, thanks to the new scoring system we’ve now put in place. Wasn’t quite as big as I had predicted, but it was another double-figure haul ensuring a tidy total for those who gave him the armband.

  • Predicted differential; Özil – 8pts

Nothing on the differential front for me, as the German playmaker could only manage 2pts in their game against Southampton where they struggled to score, finally breaking them down in the 88th min in a 1-1 draw.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kane – 16pts

Kane notched a brace in their game against Stoke, where they pummelled them, as they often do, 5-1. One assist would have been enough for Kane to hit my player predicted return, as well as the top scoring player for the week, so I wasn’t too far away from a big return this week! His 12pt return was enough to get me a point for hitting 10 or more in the new rules.

  • Predicted differential; Martial – 12pts

Again, a close call for some points here, as Lukaku missed an easy chance from 5 yards in the Manchester derby, which would have been assisted by Martial. So, unlucky again but 0pts from this.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Mané – 16pts

No points from my TSP this week. Mané could only manage the 2pts, having not been a part of the goal Liverpool scored.

  • Predicted differential; Sánchez – 10pts

Slightly better on the differential side of things though, as the in-form Chilean just about grabbed me a point for his assist for Giroud’s late equaliser at Southampton, bagging me a point for my differential scoring 5 or more points.

Gameweek 17 picks


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Coutinho – 15pts
  • Predicted differential; Lingard – 8pts
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Justification for TSP: I’ve gone with Coutinho here because I have a feeling that this game may suit him and Liverpool may need him more than the others, in order to break down what is likely to be a double-decker bus parked by Pardew’s WBA. WBA have conceded the 2nd most amount of shots outside the box away from home, which is probably a decent stat, as it displays that they’re reducing their opponents to shots outside the box mainly. This might work against most, but Coutinho is an expert at shooting from long-range and we’ve seen him score from it many a time. I think this makes him the most likely to break the deadlock and I can see him dominating this game.

Justification for differential: I see a lot of hate for Lionel Jesse from football communities I’m a part of on social media and I honestly don’t understand it. He works hard, has endless energy and is solid player from a technical stand point. Whenever I watch him, I don’t see him make many mistakes and he pops up with some brilliant goals – important ones too. He’s just £5.8m and has 3 starts in his last 3 games in the Premier League, along with 3 goals and an assist, as well as 5 bonus points. With Mkhitaryan seemingly out of the fold now, Lingard has come in and very much taken his chance. He deserves this chance and I think Mourinho will continue to give him game time. United host Bournemouth at Old Trafford and they need to bounce back badly. I can see them doing it and Lingard being amongst the goals.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Kane – 17pts
  • Predicted differential; Lanzini – 8pts
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Justification for TSP: I was surprised to see, considering I was last to choose this week, that the boys allowed me to have Kane. After his brace and Spurs’ dominant performance and result on the weekend, I’m expecting Spurs and Harry in particular, to really hit form now. Brighton have been solid defensively over the course of the season so far, I’ve been impressed, but I think the last two games have shown their frailties – 5 conceded to Liverpool and 2 away to Huddersfield doesn’t promote too much confidence from a defensive stand point heading into Wembley. Teams do seem to get a boost from playing at Wembley, but I think with Spurs’ sights firmly set on the PL, they’ll go to work and win this one comfortably 3-0 with Harry getting all 3 – his first hattie of the season, and he’s due one, with 6 braces in all competitions so far!

Justification for differential: Probably not someone in many people’s considerations, but West Ham are starting to pick up form, with encouraging displays against City and last time out against Chelsea – a 1-0 win where Lanzini assisted the only goal that was wonderfully well worked by Arnautovic and Lanzini, and well-taken. Arsenal aren’t the best on the road and West Ham showed last time out they can rise to the occasion of a London derby and I think they’ll likely do the same again. With form picking up and the fixtures looking brilliant, at £6.8m and only currently selected by 0.6% of players, Manu could be a cracking differential, as he’s their prime creative outlet, on corners and free kicks etc. I can see them giving Arsenal a tough game, as they did Chelsea, and Lanzini amongst the points.


  • Predicted TSP (top scoring player of the week); Agüero – 17pts
  • Predicted differential; Austin – 13pts
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Justification for TSP: Pep decided to give the Argentine the night off for the trip to Old Trafford at the weekend – an unused substitute. Obviously saving him for the far more difficult away game in South Wales (I’m sure Man United fans will agree). Seriously though, City are irresistible at the moment and the completely controlled and dominated the game at OT with their high press and ball retention. With all this talk of Huddy, Southampton, West Ham and now United keeping the score down and how teams may have just found a way to almost stop City, I’m expecting them to shut everyone up with a battering here. Swansea I think just won’t be able to cope with the quality that Peps team possess. Kun will show Pep why he should play in the next big game and bag 2 goals and an assist. Sidenote – Sané to be back in the points in this one too.

Justification for differential: Finally! A lot of us (I know I have), have been screaming for the lad to be an FPL option, given the lack of options in that cheaper 3rd striker slot in our teams. Could we now have it? I’m a massive fan of Charlie and always have been. A natural goalscorer who has been sat on the bench most of the season for a team that have been struggling to find the net. Well FINALLY, Pellegrino has seen sense and stuck him on the pitch. That’s all you have to do, he does the rest. 18 goals in a poor QPR team showed us that. As he’s proved over the last 4 gameweeks, where he’s bagged himself 4 goals – give this man chances and he will stick them in the back of the net! He almost had 2 in the opening 10 minutes against Arsenal on Sunday. This midweek game sees the Saints take on a Leicester side in good form, but one that is still conceding goals. I see Austin bagging 2 here and max bonus points.

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