Hot or Not - Gameweek 15

5:16pm Dec 9 2016

Who’s HOT and who’s NOT in the world of Fantasy Premier League as we approach Gameweek 15

Looking ahead to Gameweek , I have compiled a list of players containing my personal Fantasy Premier League transfer recommendations ahead of the weekend’s fixture schedule.

Sergio Aguero is suspended for the next four gameweeks, ruling him out of action for the entire festive schedule until December 30th (Gameweek 19). With this in mind, I’ll be focusing on possible alternatives in the striking department this week.

At £13m, the Manchester City forward is the FPL’s most expensive player, but not the highest scoring – meaning, there could have been a case made for transferring him out before his suspension occurred, regardless of his high-scoring week in Gameweek 13 (12 points)

Whilst the obvious choice would be to replace Aguero with someone like Diego Costa (£10.8m) or Harry Kane (£11.1m), if the rest of your team is under-performing, the following cheaper alternatives would free up more cash to allow you to address those problem areas.

So, without further ado, here are my tips for Gameweek 15 and as always, may your arrows be green! Best of luck!

HOT

Divock Origi – Liverpool

With several current injuries to key players, Liverpool will be looking to the young Belgian to lead the line as they take on a struggling West Ham side. At just £6.6m, he could prove to be an inspired choice for the next few weeks, and is now selected by only 2.9% of Fantasy Premier League players.

Having scored in each of his last three appearances in all competitions, I’m tipping Origi to continue his good run of form against the Hammers and give FPL bosses who invest their trust in him, a healthy run of rewards. With over 48,000 of you transferring him in to your squads for Gameweek 15, he’s looking to be a popular differential and a strong captaincy contender.

Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace

Despite Palace’s recent poor run of form, consisting of 6 defeats in their last 7 games, Benteke has continued to score goals and accumulate FPL points. Barring injury, he is assured of a starting place in Alan Pardew’s side every week, and, like Origi, could be the perfect stop-gap in Aguero’s absence.

The Belgian international has scored 3 goals in his last 2 games, including a brace in Gameweek 14. With a trip to second-from-bottom Hull City next on the horizon for the Eagles, I’m tipping Benteke to find the net once again and cause havoc at the KCOM Stadium.

Callum Wilson – Bournemouth

The Cherries travel to Burnley in Gameweek 15 and there are usually goals when Bournemouth come to town, and I don’t expect this encounter to be any different. Callum Wilson is their key man upfront and can be a real handful for defenders with his blistering pace.

He has scored in each of his last two appearances, finding the net against both Arsenal and Liverpool. An added bonus comes in the fact that he is Bournemouth’s designated penalty taker and at a generous £6.4m, he represents good value for money and is the cheapest of this week’s ‘Hot’ picks.

NOT

Dimitri Payet – West Ham

Whilst there’s no doubting Payet’s exceptional talent, the Hammers are woefully under-performing at the moment. At £9.1m the French international is a tad overpriced, especially when compared with the likes of Pedro, James Milner and Matt Phillips, who are all far cheaper but consistently out-scoring Payet.

Whilst I don’t think there’s any immediate danger of his value decreasing, there’s better value to be had elsewhere. If you’re one of the 9.4% of Fantasy bosses who own Payet, then you’ve a big decision on your hands… Ditch him for a current in-form midfielder in the £8m-£10m price range, or, hold for West Ham’s two next home fixtures versus Burnley and Hull City.

Lukasz Fabianski – Swansea

A popular choice at the start of the season due to his cheap price and Swansea’s relatively sound defence, the landscape has changed dramatically. Swansea are now leaking goals like it’s going out of fashion, including 9 in their last 2 games.

Ben Foster of West Brom is a cheaper and better option, the Baggies are on a good run of form and are defensively well organised. Alternatively, you might want to consider Stoke’s Lee Grant, the Potters have really hit form under Mark Hughes after a dreadful start to the season, and have only conceded 1 goal in their last 3 games.

Aleksandr Kolarov – Manchester City

Manchester City seem completely incapable of keeping clean sheets and unless they address this quickly, it will ultimately be their undoing in the Premier League title race. Despite being very expensive, no Manchester City defender has managed to hit 30 points yet.

Kolarov has an underwhelming total of 25 points, despite costing a whopping £5.8m, making him one of the game’s most expensive defenders. To put this into perspective, Tottenham’s Kyle Walker costs only £0.3m extra, yet he has 61 points and is now the highest scoring defender in the FPL.

Guardiola’s men travel to the King Power to face a struggling Leicester in Saturday’s late kick-off and will be looking to take home all 3 points.

This is a game I expect them to win, however, I don’t anticipate any clean-sheets. Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk is also an option worth considering for Gameweek 15, as his side take on a goal-shy Middlesbrough.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Hot or Not – Gameweek 15’ which was written by @DannyBryan27


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