Captain Picks and Tips - Gameweek 17

11:09am Dec 15 2016

A mid-week upset caused by Tottenham’s Harry Kane left Fantasy Premier League bosses raging with anger, but can he repay their faith in Spurs’ Gameweek 17 clash with Hull City

Welcome to Gameweek 17’s Fantasy Football Pundits Captain Tips and Picks article, where, as always, we aim to point out the obvious captaincy picks which you should be considering this weekend, followed by a cheeky gamble for those who wish to go against the grain.

Last weekend saw goals, goals and even more goals in the Premier League, with Saturday’s six fixtures accumulating a staggering 29 goals, which broke the record for the most goals scored in a day of Premier League action with 6 or less games.

As Spurs put 3 past Mike Phelan’s struggling Hull City on Wednesday night, one might have expected the most popular captaincy choice of the week, Harry Kane, to have delivered the good with goals and assists. Unfortunately (but not for some) is with the Great Dane, Christian Eriksen who stole the show with 2 goals, 1 assist and 3 bonus points.

Would it be too much of a knee-jerk reaction to give up on Kane after 1 week of no returns? Yes, I think so. So let’s kick off our Top 3 captaincy picks and tips for Gameweek 17 with the man himself, Mr Harry Kane…

Pick 1

Harry Kane – Spurs

  • £11.3m
  • 20%
  • 2
  • Burnley (H)

Where better to start with than Tottenham’s man of the moment Harry Kane, who is in fine form of late, barring Wednesday night’s blank versus Hull. After a slow start to the season, Kane is really kicking on now with 7 goals this season, with 5 of those scored in his last 6 outings.

Kane has 64 FPL points to his name so far and given that he missed 5 matches due to injury between Gameweeks 6 and 10, this isn’t a bad return. If Kane had played in those 5 games, I’d like to think that Kane’s overall score would be amongst the likes of Defoe, Lukaku and Ibrahimovic.

Spurs have been hit and miss this season; exiting the Champions League stage at a disappointingly early stage and despite starting the season with a 12 match unbeaten run in the league, they drew far too many games. The majority of those draws came away from White Hart Lane, while on their own patch, they’ve looked very impressive.

They are unbeaten at home in the league this season and they have won their last 2 matches at home (5-0 against Swansea and 3-0 against Hull). With a home game against Burnley to come this weekend, there’s every chance that they could produce a similar scoreline – in fact, I’m pretty certain of it.

Burnley have been terrible on the road this season and have lost every game except a 0-0 draw away at Old Trafford. They would have lost this game as well if it wasn’t for a freakishly impressive performance from Tom Heston and some abysmal finishing by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With Sergio Aguero still banned, many FPL managers have pinned their hopes on Kane or Diego Costa to fill the void left by the Argentinian, but Harry Kane would be my pick for this weekend given the fixture, and that he takes Tottenham’s penalty kicks.

With only a 20% TSB (teams selected by) percentage, some might say (and I agree) that Harry could still be considered as a differential, with the likes of Defoe, Lukaku, Zlatan and Costa proving more favourable in FPL teams overall.

With some Fantasy Premier League managers likely take the armband away from Kane after his Gameweek 16 performance against Hull, this could be the week the England international fires big and provides healthy returns for those FPL boss who stuck with him.

Pick 2

Christian Eriksen – Spurs

  • £8.5m
  • 11%
  • 19
  • Burnley (H)

Up next, our second candidate for Gameweek 16 is Christian Eriksen, who also is in a rich vein of form at the moment, much to the Spurs fans delight.

When looking at Eriksen’s recent form, it’s quite incredible, as the Great Dane has bagged 5 goals, 2 assists and 8 FPL bonus points in his last 4 Premier League games – Wowzers!

In Gameweek 14 he produced an 18 point haul against Swansea with 2 goals, 1 assist and 2 bonus points. He then netted twice, created 1 assist and grabbed all 3 bonus points in Gameweek 16, giving him a total score 49 points scored in his last 4 games.

As mentioned above in Kane’s piece, Spurs have a decent fixture against Burnley so it wouldn’t surprise me to see Eriksen hit another double figures points tally, especially with the Clarets still win-less on the road.

Eriksen is a steal at £8.5m, especially with the likes of Mahrez, Nolito and Martial with higher price-tags and producing a lot less in terms of FPL points. Eriksen has 86 points to his name this season and for a mid-range priced player, this is very solid.

He’s also a massive danger from set pieces, which is yet another positive attribute to look for when deciding on who to captain each week and with Spurs now 1/5-on with the bookmakers to beat Burnley in Sunday’s 4pm kick-off, I struggle to see him not grabbing a handful of FPL points.

Pick 3

Dimitri Payet – West Ham

  • £9.1m
  • 9.9%
  • 3
  • Hull City (H)

Our final regular captaincy pick this week is West Ham’s star-man Dimitri Payet, who has looked to be back to the player we saw and loved last season, after a pretty poor start to the current campaign.

Payet is one of the best play-makers in Premier League football on his day and if West Ham had a regular goal-scoring striker, Payet would be more of a threat if he could rely on his striker to convert his created chances. Payet does still have 7 assists this season so this statistic alone proves his attacking credentials, but can big Andy Carroll help his cause.

As we have seen on so many occasions in the Frenchman’s season-and-a-half in English football, he’s an incredible threat from set-pieces, and that’s where a heavy chunk of his points came from last season, making him an elite FPL option.

Payet has struggled to adapt to life at the London Stadium, as have the rest of the West Ham team in all fairness. They did however win in midweek against Burnley so this hopefully has boosted their confidence ahead of Hull’s visit to their new home this weekend.

I think it’s safe to say without any offence being caused that Hull City are abysmal away from home, having lost their last 6 games by an aggregate score of 19-2 and haven’t scored in their last 4 games on the road. If Payet does put on a show this weekend, there’s a very good chance this could be 7 away defeats in a row for the Tigers, further damaging their survival chances.

Having said that, The Hammers have won only 3 of their games at home this season, which each game ending 1-0.

Payet is an expensive asset at £9.1m but given his recent form and West Ham’s upcoming fixtures, I think it’s worth the investment. Despite a less explosive season so far compared to the last campaign, Payet does still have 67 FPL points to his name, which puts him up there with the likes of Pedro, Allen and Sterling.

With Payet such a potent threat from set-pieces and Hull’s poor defensive record away from him, I think that both West Ham and Dimitri Payet will put on a show this weekend and move even further away from the Premier League relegation zone.

The Gamble

Fernando Llorente – Swansea

  • £6.2m
  • 4.4%
  • 2
  • Middlesbrough (A)

Finally, our gamble this week is Swansea’s in-form striker, Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard has 4 goal, 1 assists and 6 bonus points in his last 4 games and I can see him grabbing plenty of points at the Riverside on Saturday afternoon.

For a player who is valued at just £6.2m on FPL, a 55 point return is decent and with Swansea’s upcoming fixtures looking fairly kind on paper, there’s every chance that his points tally will dramatically increase.

Llorente saved the day with 2 goals in a dramatic 25 minute cameo in the thrilling 5-4 win against Crystal Palace in Gameweek 13, which has given Bob Bradley no choice but to throw the ex Atheltic Bilbao and Juventus man into his starting XI.

Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough has the potential to be high scoring affair, with Alvaro Negredo leading the line for Boro in a battle of the Spanish veteran, it should be an entertaining game at The Riverside. Whoever comes out on top will earn 3 valuable points and if Swansea do win, they will move level on points with Aitor Karanka’s men.

With Gylfi Sigurdsson on hand to create chances for Llorente, it’s a surprise to see Swansea in such a dangerous league position. Having said that, The Swans do seem to be slowly accustoming to life under Bob Bradley and looking at their upcoming fixtures, this could be the perfect time to take the plunge and get Llorente into your FPL teams.

As always, I hope that the above selections have given you plenty to think about and I wish you all the very best for Gameweek 17.

May your arrows be green.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips Captain Tips and Picks – Gameweek 16’ which was written by @holtdaniel123

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