After a previous weekend filled with FA Cup action, the Player Picks for our weekly Fantasy Football game return this Friday lunchtime. As always, we’re on the lookout for potential bargains in our assessment of this week’s PlayON Price List:

If you’re new to PlayON, read this season’s introduction article for more information. If you’re already a PlayON player, read on for our selection of this week’s targets…

Goalkeeper – Tim Howard
The Everton stopper is available for just 8.7m ahead of a very favourable home clash with Norwich on Saturday afternoon. Howard has already registered eight clean sheets this term and entertains a goal-shy Canaries side that have found the net just twice in the last four Gameweeks – with Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin all in with a chance of returning, the Toffees looks a strong shout to pick up a first shut-out in six attempts. Cardiff’s David Marshall comes in even cheaper at 8.5m for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first league game at the helm – West Ham are the Bluebirds’ visitors this weekend and Sam Allardyce’s side have been far from prolific on the road, scoring seven times in 10 matches. Fulham’s home clash with Sunderland is also on our radar. Keep an eye on the injury news for this one – if first-choice stopper Maarten Stekelenburg (7.8m) fails to make it, David Stockdale, at 7.2m, will get the nod against a Black Cats side that have drawn blanks in three of the last five Gameweeks.

Defender – Danny Rose
Tottenham’s fit-again left-back will set you back a mere 7.7m this weekend for a home game against Crystal Palace. Rose’s forays down the flank should provide crosses aplenty for the home side’s in-form front two and, bearing in mind the Eagles have scored just twice in the last four Gameweeks, Tim Sherwood’s side will be optimistic of delivering a second successive shut-out at White Hart Lane. If you decide against a Fulham keeper, John Arne Riise costs just 7.9m for the visit of Sunderland. The Norwegian has started six of the last seven under Rene Meulensteen and his eye for goal is favoured by the PlayON Scoring Matrix. Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne is even cheaper, with a price tag of just 6.8m for a home clash against West Brom. The right-back is back to full fitness and, having grabbed a goal against Burnley in the FA Cup last weekend, will be confident of shaking off the competition from Callum Chambers for a starting berth against the Baggies.

Midfielder – Steven Gerrard
Finally free from a hamstring injury, the Liverpool skipper is set to make his first league start since Gameweek 15 this weekend as the Reds make their way to Stoke. Gerrard’s spell on the sidelines means he is priced at just 8.1m for the Britannia encounter and, having produced a goal or assist in nine of his last 10 starts, his attacking consistency makes him a superb value pick against Mark Hughes’ side on Sunday afternoon. The PlayON Price List also smiles kindly on Manchester City’s David Silva this week. Having served a one-match ban last time around, the Spaniard comes in at 8.9m for a trip to injury-hit Newcastle, whilst, on the other side of Manchester, Adnan Januzaj sets you back 8.8m for the visit of Swansea and has scored or assisted in three of his last four starts.

Forward – Clint Dempsey
Back at Craven Cottage on a two-month loan, the US international is handed the chance to make an immediate impact in his first home game against fellow-strugglers Sunderland. Dempsey is likely to be fielded on the left of midfield – a position which harvested 29 league goals over his final two seasons at Fulham and, priced at a bargain-basement 7.4m, he could prove a canny acquisition. Watch out for the injury news from Anfield, too – if Daniel Sturridge recovers in time from an ankle complaint, he also costs 7.4m for the trip to Stoke. For those who reckon Swansea can upset the odds at Old Trafford again, Wilfried Bony is on the market at 10.6m and has notched three times in two games against both Manchester clubs since the turn of the year.

How To Play

PlayON is weekly Fantasy Football for free or for cash, so you can dip in and out of playing throughout the season. Once your starting XI is built (you can keep changing your team right up to two hours before the first kick-off – 10.45 on Saturday morning), you can compete for cash. Entering a multiplayer game for a set stake, you’ll have a chance of winning your share of the pot should you finish high enough in the rankings.

Similarly, you can challenge other players to one-on-one games, selecting the amount at stake. The likes of Robbie Fowler, Les Ferdinand and OptaJoe are all playing the game and are there to be challenged for free or for £1. The Fantasy Football Scout team is also available to be challenged and has a 52% win rate up to this point.

The Fantasy Football Scout Game

We’ve also got a £2 multiplayer game, dedicated to our community, which is now open and the prize pot is building.

Challenge Your Mates

You can also set up your own multiplayer games with your mates to play for bragging rights only or for cash. Create your own game at www.playon.co.uk.

Finally, a reminder that we have published a strategy guide, offering some tips for getting the most from your PlayON lineup, right here.

You have to be over 18 to enter cash games at PlayON. If you do wager some cash, please remember to gamble responsibly. PlayON is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.

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  1. Rate my WC Team please

    Stones Riise Ryan Bennet
    Anderson Cleverly Obertan Pennant
    Bendtner Phillips Ji Dong-Won


    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. Don't like the Anderson punt to be honest. Would rather Fletcher myself.

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
    2. Come on, you can do better than cleverly, lucas?

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  2. Bye bye Wayne, Theo and Ravel...

    Welcome Romelu, Christian and Mesut

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. which Christian?

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  3. sorry..lost on last page

    simple one... yaya or silva?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. Silva if chasing, Yaya otherwise.

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  4. Gentlemen, there is a new article.

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  5. Migs - 4m
    Coleman - Kolarov - Clyne - Vlaar -Molsson
    Özil - Hazard - Silva - Sterling - Januzaj
    Suarez - Rooney - Lukaku

    Already made Theo to Özil.

    A) Bench Rooney and go with this team
    B) Take a hit for Rooney out
    C) WC

    Thanks guys

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  6. Well this was hectic! Stick to the DZ me. Haha Time for bed. Night all!

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. night night!

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  7. Opinions please gentlemen:

    A) Gerrard and Giroud
    B) Ozil and Negredo

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  8. Best replacement for Rooney until Aguero is fit and ready???

    A) Lukaku
    B) Giroud
    C) Adebayor

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. I went for Adebayor (had Lukaku already)

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  9. My current WC team due to too many players out.
    (Looking at Negredo to Aguero when fit)

    Mert, Coleman, B.Turner
    Ozil, Hazard, Lallana, Januzaj
    Suarez, Negredo, Lukaku

    Bench: Cabaye, Ward, Chester, (Davis)

    1. Any issues with team?
    2. Who to captain this GW?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  10. Am i good to go this week?

    Coleman Clyne Burner
    Ozil Yaya Hazard Cabaye
    Negredo Suarez(c) Lukaku(vc)

    Davis RavMo Ward Collins

    0 free transfers and .3 in the bank!

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. I pondered on Burner but people are questioning whether he will retain is place.
      Any views on Erikson rather than Cabaye?


      • 2 years, 26 days ago
      1. Will stick with cabaye for now, planning to swap him for ramsey when he is back

        • 2 years, 26 days ago
  11. I pondered on Burner but people are questioning whether he will retain is place.
    Any views on Erikson rather than Cabaye?


    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. Reply fail to Tezmore

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  12. Hey guys, need some help with the most boring of boring WC questions: what's a good mid for £4.3m.


    Thinking I'll just save the 0.1 and go for a £4.2m:


    Any good ones out there?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. That Alex Pozuelo cat for Swansea might be a good shout in that price bracket. I think he's finding a more secure spot in the team. At least he should be. Just an idea.

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
      1. Yeah, they have a good gw28 fixture too, but they will be getting some of their wingers back from injury by then too...

        • 2 years, 26 days ago
        1. They have a good fixture this weekend. And a few others before gw28. Also, he's probably better than any of the others coming back from injury. Just depends on whether or not manager is up for him getting ample pitch time.

          • 2 years, 26 days ago
      2. I might just go for him actually, seems to guarantee 1pt with chance for more!

        • 2 years, 26 days ago
        1. I had him in my WC team before I changed some things around getting Rooney out yesterday. Think he's as good a 4.2 player as you will find.

          • 2 years, 26 days ago
    2. there was a great post by the guy with a Lucas Radebe grav, should have been hot topic'd IMO.

      I'll try to find it for you... 1 min

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
      1. Ok thanks!

        • 2 years, 26 days ago
          1. Wow thanks a lot! That's a great post :)

            • 2 years, 26 days ago
  13. Simple one:
    Negredo or Giroud?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. Short term Negredo, medium term Giroud imo.

      Til end of season neither lol.

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
    2. Negredo for me.

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  14. Guys, Rooney->Adebayor or Negrredo? The comprison tool says Ade, but I have a feeling Negredo will score big against that depleted Newcastle defence.

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. Negredo out of those two..

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  15. Plan was to always hang onto the WC until the last minute and take a hit ontop off my already done Walcott to Lallana. Would you WC or what transfer would you do with this lot?

    DDG (Harper)
    Coleman Amorebieta Debuchy** (Brown Whittaker)
    Lallana Hazard Cabaye* Sterling (Jedinak)
    Suarez Lukaku Rooney**

    A. WC
    B. Debuchy to Azpi (-4), play Brown, bench Rooney
    C. Rooney to Negredo/Ade (-4), play Brown, bench Debuchy
    D. B and C (-8), bench Brown

    Any thoughts much appreciated.

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. C with Negredo

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
      1. Ta, that's what I'm currently edging towards.

        • 2 years, 26 days ago
  16. What's your thoughts on these two combinations (when Ramsey's back fit)?
    A) Nasty, Ramsey, Adebayor
    B) Ward, Ozil, JRod

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  17. Chances of Ravel starting this week?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  18. New Article Posted
  19. Negredo or Giroud for Rooney -4 worth it?

    Already have Suarez Lukaku

    Damn you pigface
    Damn you to hell!!!!!!

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  20. Defensive options! Tough call:

    A) Coleman and terry

    B) Baines and Zabalets

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
    1. Baines and Zaba imo, both very attacking and Baines can ride out tough fixtures with set pieces.

      • 2 years, 26 days ago
  21. Davis (mannone)
    Coleman koscielny chambers turner Chester
    Yaya hazard gerrard eriksen mutch
    Adebayor Suarez Lukaku

    Currently playing wildcard

    Any suggestions?


    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  22. pick any 2 of the following as stand ins until Aguero returns...

    JRod, Lukaku, Giorud, Bony, Welbeck, Sturridge, Negredo

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  23. Sturridge expected to start this week?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  24. what would be ur ideal wc 5 defenders! not going too expensive but more well balanced?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  25. Hello, I make three changes (-8) or WC???

    My Team (Gameweek 20):
    - Krul
    - Coleman, Koscielny e Glen Johnson
    - Hazard, Lallana, Cabaye e Sterling
    - Suárez, Negredo e Podolski
    Subs: Boruc, Lovren, Ivanovic e Daniel Johnson (Cheap pick, Aston Villa)

    A: Change Krul, Cabaye e Podolski for:

    1. Szczesny and Lukaku + 5.5 midfielder (Who???)
    2. Szczesny and Giroud + 5.7 midfielder (Who???)
    3. Szczesny and Adebayor + 6.5 midfielder (Who???)
    4. Szczesny and Bony + 6.9 midfielder (Who???)
    5. Szczesny and Berbatov + 7.2 midfielder (Who???)

    B: Use Jan WC now.

    What is the best choice??? If you choose option B, you can give suggestions on the 11 I must choose, I would appreciate answers, Thank You. :-)

    Help, Please. :-)

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  26. Who to bench, Barkley or podolski?

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  27. How should I lineup?

    Marshal (Boruc)
    Coleman Johnson(doubtful) Shawcross – Whittaker, Baker (doubtful)
    Silva Oscar Barkley(doubtful) Januzaj – Fer
    Suarez Rodriguez Lukaku

    • 2 years, 26 days ago
  28. Hold on FPL call me selfish but how are you not giving an assist for my man Skrtel on that Suarez goal?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. It wouldn't even have been an assist with last season's rules.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago

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Last updated: 26 Jan, 2016 10:34pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hennessey CPL C, Vs, £
Down Butland STO C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI A
Up Forster SOT A
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
Up Fabianski SWA A
No Change Boruc BOU B
No Change De Gea MUN B
No Change Cech ARS B, VsX
Up Foster WBA C, VsX


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 9:04am
Player Club Factors
Up Ivanovic CHE A, Vs
Up van Dijk SOT A
Down Baines EVE B, Vs
Up Dann CPL C, Vs
Up Cresswell WHM B, Vs
Up Williams SWA A
No Change Dawson WBA C
Down Alderweireld TOT B
No Change Daniels BOU A, £
No Change Fuchs LEI A
No Change Van Aanholt SUN A, VsX
Down Bellerín ARS C, VsX
Down Smalling MUN C
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Johnson STO B
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
Up Roberto Firmino LIV A, Vs, OoP
Up Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Barkley EVE C, Vs
Up André Ayew SWA A, OoP
Up Eriksen TOT A
Down Ozil ARS C, VsX
No Change Mahrez LEI C, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS C, VsX, Inj
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Willian CHE B, Vs, Inj
No Change Wijnaldum NEW B
Down Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
Up Silva MCI C
No Change Johnson SUN B, VsX


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Aguero MCI A
No Change Kane TOT B
Up Vardy LEI C
Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
No Change Ighalo WAT C, VsX
Up Rooney MUN A
Down Lukaku EVE C, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
Up Afobe BOU A, £
Down Austin SOT B, Inj

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension
Player Team YC
Colback NEW 9
Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 8
Yacob WBA 8
Byram WHM 8
Westwood AVL 7
Diego Costa CHE 7
Huth LEI 7
Can LIV 7
Mangala MCI 7
Shelvey NEW 7
Pieters STO 7
Dele Alli TOT 7
Dier TOT 7
Noble WHM 7

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