As always on Friday lunchtime, we turn our attentions to PlayON, the weekly Fantasy Football game. Scouring the PlayON Price List for potential bargains, we assessing the upcoming bumper Gameweek which sees six sides play twice– unsurprisingly, then, we focus on both Manchester teams ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, whilst in-form Sunderland are also on the radar:

This week PlayON have a £1,000 GUARANTEED game on offer – you can enter the game on the multiplayer page here. PlayON are also giving FREE ENTRY into the £1,000 GUARANTEED game for all new sign-ups between now and 10.45 on Sat morning – no deposit needed.

If you’re new to PlayON, it is weekly Fantasy Football so you can dip in and out of playing throughout the season. Once your starting XI is built, you can compete for cash. 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 51% win rate up to this point. You can also create an open challenge against anyone else on the site – just click the amount you want to play for and the number of slots (number of people who can accept your challenge) on the one-on-one page .

For a more in-depth introduction to PlayON, take a look at this season’s introduction article.

Goalkeeper – Joe Hart
Priced at a mere 7.7m, the Man City stopper travels to Everton this weekend before hosting Villa at the Etihad in midweek. Manuel Pellegrini’s side chalked up their first shut-out in six attempts last Sunday and, whilst Hart may have to rely on saves for the Goodison encounter, Villa’s record of two goals in four matches is indicative of their struggling attack. David De Gea is also very favourably priced. Coming in at 7.4m, he welcomes Sunderland and Hull to Old Trafford this Gameweek and earned his first home clean sheet since January last weekend. Given their budget-friendly price tags, in comparison to other double Gameweek keepers, it’s difficult to look beyond the Manchester-based pair.

Defender – Patrice Evra
The Frenchman’s raids down the left offers the chance of points at both ends of the pitch for the Red Devils’ pair of matches. Setting you back 9.0m, Evra looks poised to start both matches and, as last week’s win over Norwich highlighted, Ryan Giggs is determined to go on the offensive and finish the season on a high. Sunderland’s Santiago Vergini is available for just 8.1m for a trip to United and home encounter with West Brom. The right-back looks to have risen above Phil Bardsley in the pecking order and offers the cheapest route into Gus Poyet’s backline, with a clean sheet to his name in last week’s resounding win over Cardiff. Coming in at 10.0m, Vincent Kompany is the cheapest of Manuel Pellegrini’s backline regulars but, with three goals to his name so far, the Man City skipper has netted more times than any defensive team-mate ahead of the matches against Everton and Villa.

Midfielder – Juan Mata
With five goals in his last four appearances, the Spaniard has finally settled at Old Trafford after a series of inconsistent displays. Mata climbed off the bench to bag a brace in Ryan Giggs’ debut at the helm last weekend and with doubts over both Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, he seems poised to be re-installed to the starting XI ahead of the pair of home fixtures – coming in at 10.5m, he looks a canny acquisition for the Gameweek. Yaya Toure’s return from injury last week proved pivotal to Manchester City’s title ambitions. The Ivorian’s goal and assist in the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace ended the Eagles’ five-match winning streak and placed the visitors firmly in the driving seat for their second title in three seasons. Priced at 10.1m for the games against Everton and Villa, Toure still looks excellent value as he attempts to add to his 19-goal haul and fire Manuel Pellegrini’s side to the summit. Adam Johnson (9.2m) could finally be set to end a recent dry spell. Granted, a trip to Old Trafford is tricky, but the home game against West Brom bodes well – the Baggies have conceded three times in three of their last five fixtures.

Forward – Sergio Aguero
Available for 11.3m in this week’s PlayON Player Price List, the Argentine could be set to deal some real damage over the double. Aguero seems the safest bet from either of the Manchester sides to start both matches and, as we’ve seen in seasons gone by, his predatory nature in the penalty box could make all the difference to City’s title bid. Robin Van Persie is still a doubt for Man United’s matches against Sunderland and Hull but, having returned to training earlier in the week, the Dutchman – who comes in at a mere 7.8m – is very favourably priced and could be a real bargain if given the game time by Ryan Giggs. Handed his first start since February last weekend, Saido Berahino fired the winner against West Ham to take West Brom a step closer to survival. Available for 10.5m, the youngster has back-to-back matches against Arsenal and Sunderland to plunder the goals again.

The Fantasy Football Scout Game

We have 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. How is Van Persie still 13.5 million? Absolutely ludicrous.

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
      • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. flag witchcraft

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
      1. doet Robin hetzelfde gewicht als een eend?

        • 7 months, 20 days ago
        1. Wat anders drijft in water?

          Great movie.

          • 7 months, 20 days ago
          1. echt klein rotsen?

            One of the very best

            • 7 months, 20 days ago
    2. Agreed, bigger drop would of caused more differential teams to end the season.

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
  2. Not worth a -8 to replace Aj and Rooney with Mata and Borini is it?

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. My team

      De Gea

      Zabaleta - Evra - Azpilicueta

      Mata - Ramsey - Sterling - Toure

      Suarez - Giroud - Aguero

      Koscielny my first sub.
      Who to captain? And does it make sense to play Koscielny instead of Sterling? Even if Arsenal get a clean sheet, I feel like all my players have a decent chance of scoring 6 points or more

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
      1. Kosc over Sterling, no brainer.

        • 7 months, 20 days ago
    2. No, depends on Rooney fitness though.

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
  3. Eriksen/Coleman to

    A: Yaya + Kolarov
    or
    B: Silva + Demi/Jones

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. A) should be woth it

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
    2. B, Demi +100

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
    3. A. Yaya/Ferdinand

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
  4. A) Rooney + Coleman > RvP + Evra -8
    B) Rooney + Colback > Wickham + MAta -8
    C) Coleman > Evra -4
    D) Hold

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
      • 7 months, 20 days ago
  5. I'd like to stick with what I said before that for those who are trying to make up ground, it is important that you take hits, especially during this stage of the season, to up your position in an effort to leapfrog the masses. It's a necessary risk, even -8. Now that Rooney's out and if you've got a good differential, I say you take it.

    -12 would be over the top.

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
  6. Would Chelski really miss Hazard?

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. of course. he has been the difference in a few games

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
  7. who is everyone captaining now rooney is a doubt? Aguero? yaya? even mata?

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. Currently on Yaya, may change to Mata

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
    2. Aguero, Mata for a punt. Yaya not on penos/away at Everton.

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
    3. RvP

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
      1. 0, 5

        • 7 months, 20 days ago
  8. Team is:

    Mannone
    Evra Cahill Kolarov Chester Bardsley
    Mata Ramsey
    Aguero (c) Rooney Suarez

    Bench: Adrian Eriksen Mutch Nolan

    Do I play any of my bench over Chester and/or Bardsley?

    Take some hits to try and get Silva in or Alonso in for Bardsley.

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. I'd definitely play Eriksen over Chester/Bardsley higher potential

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
      1. Been swapping them in and out.

        Mutch and Nolan could also explode given their fixtures though.

        • 7 months, 20 days ago
    2. eriksen in for one of them at least.
      One city mid would be handy.

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
      1. Trying to get Silva, only 0.2 ITB though.

        Nolan and Rooney > Silva and Giroud??? /Borini

        • 7 months, 20 days ago
  9. Thoughts on Silva return. Most likely to start v Everton? Bench for AVL?

    Giving Dzeko 90 in the better fixture?

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. Bench v eve, start v AVL.

      Dzeko questionable due to Silva's return.

      Still worth it though depending on bench.

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
      1. Silva not Dzeko I mean

        • 7 months, 20 days ago
        1. If you had Rooney, Aguero & Suarez, would you do Rooney to Dzeko for a hit? Only got Mutch or Chester on the bench if Rooney doesn't play.

          • 7 months, 20 days ago
          1. Mutch could score decent, but yes, Giroud, Borini possibly better options

            • 7 months, 20 days ago
            1. Cheers dude, thanks for your help.

              • 7 months, 20 days ago
  10. If papers later suggest Rooney is pretty much out, Rooney > RVP or Wickham?

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. Borini/Giroud

      Aguero if not Aguero

      Dzeko...

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
      1. I would be taking my hits up to -8 so it would have to be a DGW player and I already have 3 City including Aguero.

        • 7 months, 20 days ago
        1. Borini over Wickham, I'd take Giroud over them though you aren't guaranteed extra point for DGWer ;)

          • 7 months, 20 days ago
    2. Rvp, easier fixtures and much better team, should pay off even if he only gets 30+60 mins.

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
      1. Not looking like he's playing atm though

        • 7 months, 20 days ago
  11. Mannone

    Kos Demi Skrtel

    Ramsey Erik Mata YYT

    Rooney Dzeko Suarez.

    Good to go? 0FT left. Damn Rooney/Sturridge/Hazard doubt is infuriating.

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. Yeah, confirm and leave it!

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
  12. Why aren't more people losing Rooney? They're hardly going to chance him with the WC are they?

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. I agree

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
  13. Rooney > Wickham - Done!

    Fortune favours the brave, right?!

    Seriously though, no chance he's playing tomorrow...Hull, maybe - not good enough for me :-)

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
  14. if you could would you have

    Yaya Silva nasri and Aguero in your team?

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
  15. So here's the dilemma. Currently 2nd overall in Nepal, 44 points off first, and would love to finish top. The leader doesn't have Yaya but does have Aguero, and unlikely to bring him in given available funds etc. But it's not worth any money to finish top in that league, and in both the cash leagues I'm in, the guys in 2nd (I'm top) will captain Aguero as they too don't have Yaya.

    Do I:

    (a) consolidate the lead I have in my cash leagues and captain Aguero, mitigating the risk of them catching me

    Or

    (b) take a punt on Yaya, in the hope it pays off and I catch the leader in Nepal, simultaneously extending my lead in the cashies?

    Risk and reward at this point in the season, risk and reward.

    • 7 months, 20 days ago
    1. Thinking about it some more, as I have both there's more upside potential in captaining Yaya. I still get Aguero's single points if he goes berserk, but if Yaya goes mental I really steal a march on my opponents....

      PS. Cash leagues worth a good few hundred quid.

      • 7 months, 20 days ago
      1. Or do I throw Mata into the equation....?

        • 7 months, 20 days ago
  16. I can't afford Evra if I'm getting Silva back, anyone getting Vidic?
    Fairly nailed I hope

    • 7 months, 20 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 16

  • Foster
  • Ivanovic
  • Baines
  • Kolarov
  • Hazard
  • Sigurdsson
  • Nasri
  • Bolasie
  • Lukaku
  • Diego Costa
  • Dzeko
  • Evans
  • Downing
  • Bony

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:32pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B, Sus
Up Adrián WHM B

Defenders

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 7:05pm
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, Inj, £
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Down Baines EVE C
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs

Midfielders

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX

Forwards

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:47pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B, Vs
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Livermore HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Fonte SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
Wickham SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder