Hot or Not - Gameweek 21
Posted by FFP-Danny
8:16pm Jan 11 2017
Who’s HOT and who’s NOT in the world of Fantasy Premier League asks @DannyBryan27
Happy New Year all, and welcome to my latest ‘Who’s HOT and who’s NOT’ article, featuring my tips for Gameweek 21.
This Gameweek has some cracking fixtures in store for us, the standout one being Manchester United versus Liverpool at Old Trafford, where England’s two most successful clubs lock horns once again.
Elsewhere, champions Leicester City take on current league leaders Chelsea at the King Power, Manchester City face a tricky trip to Goodison, and Marco Silva takes charge of his first Premier League game as Hull City manager, as they take on Bournemouth.
With the likes of Sadio Mane and Wilfried Zaha heading off to the African Cup of Nations, I’ll be looking at some possible alternatives to make sure those FPL points keep rolling in. As always, I wish you all the very best of luck!
Dele Alli – Spurs
- West Brom (H)
Alli is without doubt the league’s most in-form midfielder. The England international has racked-up a mightily impressive 53 points in the last 4 Gameweeks – a total which will have seen Alli-owners rocket up the table.
Kudos to you if you managed to take full advantage of this. Meanwhile, If you’ve been reaping the rewards of Sadio Mane’s fine form and are in need of a replacement, Alli is your man.
Spurs take on West Brom in Gameweek 21 – the Baggies are enjoying a superb season but will have their work cut out at White Hart Lane this weekend. Surprisingly, Alli is only selected just by 16.4% of players at the time of writing.
What’s more, he’ll set you back just £8.5m, making this a real no-brainer. Should his scintillating form continue, his value is certain to increase – so don’t delay.
Olivier Giroud – Arsenal
- Swansea (A)
After an unspectacular start to the season, the Arsenal striker has really hit form. With 30 FPL points and 3 goals in the last 3 Gameweeks, including a goal of the season contender against Crystal Palace, the Frenchman looks to be brimming with confidence.
Arsenal travel to South Wales to take on a struggling Swansea side in Gameweek 21, in a fixture where I expect the Gunners to take all 3 points – and Giroud to continue his scoring streak.
At the time of writing, Giroud is selected by fewer than 5% of FPL players, so could prove to be a real shrewd move – allowing you to pick up valuable points where others are missing out. What’s more, Arsenal have home games against Burnley at Watford to come, so now’s the perfect time to make the change and take full advantage of this hot-streak.
Robert Snodgrass – Hull City
- Bournemouth (H)
Without doubt Hull’s star performer this season, the Scottish international has chalked-up 94 points to date, putting him up there with the likes of Roberto Firmino and Kevin De Bruyne.
Fortunately, Snodgrass is nowhere near as expensive, and continues to be a real bargain at just £5.8m. Hull have a vital home fixture against Bournemouth in Gameweek 21, where they will be looking to their key man to produce more magic as they bid to avoid relegation.
At the time of writing, 9.7% of FPL managers have selected Snodgrass, including myself. I’m convinced he will continue to score points, and a straight swap for De Bruyne frees up a whopping £4.8m to improve other areas of your team.
Etienne Capoue – Watford
- Middlesbrough (H)
Once viewed as the bargain of the season, the Watford midfielder’s form has dipped dramatically. In fact, he has not scored or assisted in the last 8 Gameweeks.
Still selected by over 32% of FPL players due to his cheap price, the former Spurs man is not bringing in the rewards he once was. The Hornets are on a dreadful run of form, and now is the time to change.
If you can spare an extra couple of million, there are several more lucrative options available to you, including Matt Phillips, Robert Snodgrass, and Michail Antonio. With your second wildcard of the season now available, there’s added incentive to have a re-shuffle and remove some deadwood.
Alternatively, if you have absolutely no money to spare, Crystal Palace’s James McArthur is nearing a return to fitness after missing the last 3 Gameweeks through injury. The Scotland international is identically priced with Capoue at £4.8m, but is a more regular and consistent point scorer.
Nathaniel Clyne – Liverpool
- Manchester United (A)
Admittedly a decision that may raise a few eyebrows, however I would recommend removing Clyne for Gameweek 21.
Liverpool’s defence has been far leakier than their rivals at the top of the Premier League, and at £5.8m I don’t think Clyne is great value for money. With a trip to Old Trafford next for Jurgen Klopp’s men, a clean sheet looks unlikely.
For Gameweek 21, Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson looks an ideal replacement, as the Teesiders travel to Watford. Alternatively, if you have a little extra cash to spare, take your pick from the Spurs duo of Kyle Walker or Danny Rose, who are proving very popular choices with FPL players, and it’s easy to see why.
Salomon Rondón – West Brom
- Spurs (A)
Since scoring a hat-trick of headers back in Gameweek 16, the Venezuelan has failed to find the back of the net since.
His good form between Gameweeks 12 and 16 prompted a surge in interest for those on the lookout for a bargain in the striking department. However, this purple patch appears to have ended, so now may be a good time to look elsewhere.
If you can spare an extra £1m, the ever-green Jermain Defoe continues to deliver points on a regular basis to over a quarter of all FPL players. If that’s a non-starter, other options worth exploring for Gameweek 21 include Alvaro Negredo, Andre Gray, and Andy Carroll.
Carroll’s West Ham take on a struggling Crystal Palace at the London Stadium, where Big Sam will face his former side, while Andre Gray’s Burnley take on Southampton at Turf Moor. Burnley’s last home fixture saw Gray net a hat-trick against Sunderland – 4.6% of FPL players will be hoping for a repeat performance.
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