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FPL 2023-24 – Three Things We Learned In Gameweek 16

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Gameweek 16 came to an end this past weekend with a number of key takeaways from a Fantasy Premier League point of view. We pinpoint three things for FPL managers to focus on when looking forward to Gameweek 17.

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SAKA CONSISTENT, BUT SON HAULS HIGHER!

Whilst Bukayo Saka (£9.0m) is owned by well over 50% of fantasy managers, the ownership of Heung-Min Son (£9.6m) is just over 20% less than that of Saka’s as it stands. However, the numbers suggest that Son is the better fantasy asset to own at this point. Although Saka has gained at least one attacking return and a minimum of 5 points in every fixture from Gameweek 12 and onwards, the Arsenal winger is yet to record a double-figure points-haul since Gameweek 6. Meanwhile, Son has managed four scores of 10 points or more in the same timeframe. The Spurs star now boasts an overall total of 113 points this season, 19 more than Saka. Something to consider ahead of Gameweek 17.

DO YOU REPLACE HAALAND?

No doubt the dominating conversation from an FPL standpoint this week will be the fitness and availability of Erling Haaland (£14.0m) in Gameweek 17, after the Norwegian forward missed his side’s win over Luton at the weekend. Having not been pictured in training so far this week and following the fantasy bombshell that his close friends and family sold him ahead of Gameweek 16, this leads many to believe that Haaland won’t be available for Man City’s Gameweek 17 home fixture vs Crystal Palace. With the European champions in Club World Cup action during Gameweek 18, this would mean we may not see the Premier League’s top goalscorer and FPL asset until Gameweek 19 at the earliest. Pep Guardiola has stated that Haaland will return to training on Thursday, so it would be wise not to pull the trigger on a replacement just yet.

DON’T SLEEP ON BOURNEMOUTH ASSETS!

It’s time to give Bournemouth the FPL credit they deserve following four wins in their last five league games. Striker Dominic Solanke (£6.6m) boasts eight goals and 73 fantasy points this season, whilst defender Marcos Senesi (£4.4m) is coming off the back 29 points across the last two gameweeks, having scored and kept clean sheets in both. At excellent value, both should hold serious appeal for those searching for a new forward and/or defender moving forward.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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