Another morning, another red arrow,
another Gameweek waitin’ up ahead…
Make another transfer, to fix my team…
Whether in London, in Reykjavík, or near the Harlan county line, Fantasy Premier League players welcome the fixture pileup in December as it gives them the chance to quickly make up for all the mistakes earlier in the season. With that in mind let’s dive into All Things FPL’s (ATFPL) Gameweek 15 preview and its captain picks, heavy hitters, clean sheets, punts, and the big ol’ rumbling gut.
There is not much more left to say about Sergio “Kun” Agüero’s Fantasy status. The ATFPL writers have been singing his praises all season long and will continue to do so given he stays injury free. He’s reached essential status and should be your default captain pick. The discussion every week becomes whether there is any other heavy hitter with a much better fixture. This Gameweek, the answer is no.
If for some strange reason you don’t have Agüero in your FPL team, there are two differential captain picks to consider: Christian Eriksen and Charlie Austin.
Eriksen is very much a risk but one that comes with a big upside—he’s seventh in goal attempts (40) and tied for thirteenth in key passes (28) . The gifted Dane’s five goals is on course for a 13 goal season although his single assist is a surprise given his nine in almost 2000 minutes last season. He’s Spurs’s linchpin and as such is almost guaranteed bonus points when he scores, a likely outcome this Gameweek against Crystal Palace.
Charlie Austin is included in the captain picks on the back of a red hot streak of five goals and an assist in six matches. He has the numbers to back up the results with 47 goal attempts for the season—third overall—and looks set for at least a few more in QPR’s home game against Burnley.
Despite the lack of goals, Raheem Sterling is ticking along nicely, delivering assists to keep his owners content. He’s on 66 points, sixth most in the game, which is a fine number considering Liverpool’s mixed performances. Should Brendan Rodgers get Liverpool firing again, Sterling could be one to watch out for.
Chelsea look unbeatable at the moment and must be mentioned in some way. Eden Hazard earns significantly more Fantasy points at home than away so Diego Costa is ATFPL’s choice. He is back in action after serving a one match suspension against Tottenham. He is averaging a goal per game and is on 70 points, behind only Agüero and Pellè, despite having missed three matches and finishing only three game.
Alexis Sánchez continues to impress, getting Arsenal’s winner in a hard-fought match against Southampton. He could have had more if not for a fantastic performance from Fraser Forster, as noted in this week’s What We Learned. He’s your pick of Arsenal players and a decent heavy hitter despite the Gunners generally struggling away at Stoke over the years.
Samir Nasri notched his first assist since Gameweek 2 in Manchester City’s win against Sunderland. He’s recently back from injury but is now finding his feet, playing more minutes that in his previous four games. Currently only in 1.9% of teams, he’s a fine differential on the back of 12 key passes in the last four Gameweeks—joint third for midfielders— and three goal attempts.
Christian Benteke was back with a bang last Gameweek, delivering the winning goal for Aston Villa’s away game at Selhurst Park. With West Brom and Sunderland among the opponents in the next five, Benteke could be a shrewd investment, especially as Leicester—the fourteenth worst team in the league for goals conceded away from home—are next up.
Nikica Jelavić provided the assist for Sone Aluko’s equaliser against Everton, reminding us of his Fantasy value—he is available for the cheap price of 5.8 million. Battling with Austin and Danny Ings for the budget striker of choice, Jelavić could become more relevant during December if his early season form is anything to go by.
The ATFPL Clean Sheet Consortium likes the look of …
…Chelsea’s César Azpilicueta, for the second Gameweek in a row. Chelsea just look so hard to break down.
…Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton as a budget pick facing a lacklustre Leicester attack.
…James Chester, back in Hull’s starting lineup, against West Brom who are only averaging 0.50 goals a game away from home—only three teams are faring worse.
Big ol’ Rumbling Gut Pick
Eduardo Vargas has been lively for QPR, but inconsistent and only delivered Fantasy points in Gameweeks eight and nine. But with QPR on a great scoring run at Loftus Road—two or more goals in the last five home games–ATFPL’s gut rumbles for the speedy Chilean.