Thursday, 5 December 2013

Gameweek 15 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In tribute to Luis Suarez's dazzling 24pt performance last week, I don't see a need to look anywhere else for this week's captaincy.

Luis Suarez- Suarez exploded as predicted last gameweek, notching 4 goals and 1 assist. He now leads the league in goals, as well as outscoring 8 other Premier League teams all by himself. This weekend he is up against a dodgy West Ham defence, who has struggled lately without CB Winston Reid. It's pretty simple from an FPL perspective: if you own Suarez, captain him. If you don't own him, do everything in your power to get him and captain him. At the moment Suarez is absolutely on top of his game, and will clearly stop at nothing. He has the killer instinct that many strikers lack, and shows no mercy to weak defenses. At this point in time, Suarez is averaging a ridiculous 11 points per game, and has played 90 minutes is every game bar 1. With such short rest between gameweeks, Suarez is the best choice for the armband, as his energy rarely runs out, and he will be raring to go at the weekend.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I  fancy three teams for a clean sheet.

Crystal Palace at home to Cardiff

Liverpool at home to West Ham

Swansea at home to Hull City

SUSPENSION TIGHTROPEThis week, Wayne Rooney, Ravel Morrison and Jonas Olsson all fell victim to their 5th yellow cards respectively, earning each of them a 1 match ban. Here are some viable replacements for each:

Romelu Lukaku (8.2)- Everton's talisman on-loan striker has been bringing home the goods as of late, and his fixtures are set to turn for the best. Starting GW16, Everton have one of the best schedules leading up until Christmas, and if Rooney is too much of a burden to carry this week, Lukaku is a great replacement. Although this transfer may be a week early, Lukaku is rising in price and may do some damage at the Emirates as well.

Barry Bannan (4.4)- Having scored 1 and assisted 1 in his last 4 games, Barry Bannan may turn out to be a bargain at only 4.4. Although he does play for Palace, Bannan frees up a lot of cash in the midfield, which can benefit players planning to rotate their 4th and 5th mids up until Christmas. Also, Palace has a favorable fixture schedule coming up with some very winnable matches. With Palace looking to turn their season around, Bannan's set piece duty may benefit owners, as he looks to pick out target man Chamakh and co. on set plays.

Sylvain Distin (5.1)- Like I said above, Everton's fixtures are great starting GW16, and most fantasy managers will look to Everton defence as a good source for points. Distin, priced at only 5.1 is the cheapest of the Everton back-line, and is nailed on. He could be a great differential to highly owned Seamus Coleman and Phil Jagielka, and allows you to save your cash to upgrade elsewhere in your fantasy squad.

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