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Extensive rotation hits FPL teams in latest round of Gameweek 16 matches

Heavy rotation has struck Fantasy Premier League managers once again as the gap between Gameweeks 15 and 16 takes its toll.

Owners of West Ham and Brighton assets are suffering the most from Tuesday’s team selections while Southampton and Leeds have proved the more reliable squads to rely on.

David Moyes has dropped Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m), Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m), Issa Diop (£4.3m) and Ben Johnson (£3.9m) to the bench, where they are joined by the returning Michail Antonio (£6.2m).

Sebastien Haller (£6.1m) still leads the line supported by Pablo Fornals (£6.1m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) and Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.5m) in attacking midfield, while Ryan Fredericks (£4.2m) occupies Coufal’s right-back berth.

By contrast, a relatively unchanged Southampton have kept key Fantasy assets such as Che Adams (£6.1m) and Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.8m) in the starting line-up, where there is also a relatively surprise return of Danny Ings (£8.3m), who missed the last match with a hamstring problem.

Marcelo Bielsa has gone for a similar approach for Leeds’ trip to West Bromwich Albion naming a completely unchanged side, which means another start for Patrick Bamford (£6.5m), Raphinha (£5.4m), Stuart Dallas (£4.8m) and Illan Meslier (£4.6m).

West Bromwich Albion line-up in a 4-4-2 formation with Callum Robinson (£5.4m) and Karlan Grant (£5.8m) leading the line.

FPL midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) returns to the Arsenal line-up for the first time since sustaining an injury ahead of Gameweek 14.

The Arsenal star is set to lead the Gunners’ line ahead of attacking midfield trio Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m), Emile Smith-Rowe (£4.4m) and Bukayo Saka (£5.2m).

Aubameyang is the sole change to Mikel Arteta’s line-up from the 3-1 win against Chelsea in GW15, as Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) drops to the bench.

A positive Covid test rules Gabriel (£5.0m) out of Gameweeks 16 and 17, at least.

Graham Potter has made six changes from the XI that began the 2-2 draw at West Ham on Sunday.

Alexis Mac Allister (£5.3m), Pascal Gross (£5.8m), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£5.4m), Davy Propper (£4.8m), budget defender Bernardo (£3.9m) and Joel Veltman (£4.3m) are all drafted in for the Seagulls.

Adam Lallana (£6.2m) misses out through injury while Ben White (£4.4m), Solly March (£5.0m), Leandro Trossard (£5.8m), Neal Maupay (£6.1m) and Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) are all on the bench.

Tariq Lamptey (£4.7m) is still sidelined with a hamstring injury. On Sunday, Potter said of the right-back:

“Tariq is going to be a few days, maybe weeks. He won’t be ready for the next game [Arsenal].” – Graham Potter

Chris Wilder has made just one change to the Sheffield United XI for their clash with Burnley at Turf Moor.

Lys Mousset (£5.8m) replaces budget midfielder Oliver Burke (£4.4m), with the Scot only fit enough for the bench due to an ongoing back issue.

That means Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) earns a third consecutive start in the Sheffield United forward line.

Having announced today that they recorded a number of positive Covid-19 tests, the Blades name seven substitutes out of a maximum of nine.

The Clarets also show just one alteration to their Gameweek 15 line-up, as Robbie Brady (£5.0m) replaces Josh Benson (£4.5m) at right-midfield.

Sean Dyche had hoped to also have Dwight McNeil (£5.7m) available, though the winger is not even fit enough to make the Burnley bench.

On the two widemen, the Burnley boss said in his pre-match press conference:

“With the two games in three days, we had to make a judgement call. We think they both have a chance [of facing Sheffield United] but we just felt the fatigue element of two games and what it might do, when you are coming out of a minor injury, we just had to make a decision.” – Sean Dyche

Gameweek 16 Line-ups

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Sanchez; Burn, Dunk, Webster; Bernardo, Propper, Bissouma, Veltman; Mac Allister, Gross; Jahanbakhsh.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Tierney, Mari, Holding, Bellerin; Xhaka, Elneny; Martinelli, Smith-Rowe, Saka; Aubameyang.

Burnley XI: Pope; Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; Pieters, Westwood, Brownhill, Brady; Wood, Barnes.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale; Robinson, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Osborn, Ampadu, Baldock; McGoldrick, Mousset, Brewster.

Southampton XI: A McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Walker-Peters; Walcott, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo; Adams, Ings.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Fredericks; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Lanzini, Yarmolenko; Haller.

West Bromwich Albion XI: Johnstone; Gibbs, Ajayi, O’Shea, Furlong; Diangana, Gallagher, Sawyers, M Phillips; C Robinson, Grant.

Leeds United XI: Meslier; Alioski, Ayling, Struijk, Dallas; K Phillips; Harrison, Klich, Rodrigo, Raphinha; Bamford.

Article written by David Munday and Colm Hayes.

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2,330 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Why is the average too high

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Clean sheets

      1. Zilla
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah that would make sense got none of them

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Bamford
      Dallas
      Southampton defence (McCarthy / KWP)

    3. Podge
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Dallas Bamford and McCarthy are highly owned Sou def too

    4. kempc23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      What is the average? Im on 26(-4) with (S)alah, Mane, Robbo, Bruno to play. No Spurs. Im hoping this might end up being good, but it depends on Spurs, and to a lesser extent Mane

  2. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    This is such a bad week if you dont own Dallas or Raphina

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Own Dallas but was so close to KDB to Raphinha and Douglas to Robertson. Costing me minimum 10 pts

    2. Doctor Evil
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I have Alioski and Bamford that will do

  3. Lukakwho
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Is the Liverpool game off or any other game?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Possibly Spurs

      1. Lukakwho
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Don’t say that please

  4. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    What are the latest news on Tot-Ful game?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Nothing confirmed yet.

    2. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      cheers both

  5. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Big Sam regretting taking this job.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I doubt it

  6. jaywills
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    I played Taylor over Dallas.
    Can sombody comfort me I am so pissed

    1. Bossworld
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Same here but been watching the simulcast on Amazon and hadn’t realised he’d gone off

    2. Lukakwho
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      at least you’re called jay and not something really bad

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I have to be honest - so did I. But I have DCL

    4. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      You don’t get him off your bench? 😯

    5. A girl has no name
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Same here, now hoping the Spurs game gets called off

    6. dark91
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Dallas will come in as someone in your squad won't play

    7. The Road to Turfdom
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Correct decision, very unlucky. Leeds are dreadful defensively and Dallas is massively over performing his stats. Burnley Sheffield United is CS gold dust.

      1. jaywills
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Exactly my thoughts but the way this season is going!
        Cheers

    8. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      why would u bench an attacking defender over a non attacking one? And Wbrom was a good fixture, only yourself to blame

    9. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      you must have an unbelievable team...

    10. jaywills
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Im not the only one then. At least I cna justify the decision. Sorry lads!

  7. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    C'mon guys, you know we'll all miss Covid-era FPL in a season or two when it's all predictable again

  8. Bossworld
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Dallas being second on my bench has cost me cup qualification I reckon. Doh

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Was against WBA, if you can’t play him against them then when could ya?

  9. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Tales of woe

    Brought in Konsa - ill and missed 2 games. Back for his blank vs Chelsea of course
    Brought in Vester - injured before playing
    Brought in Taylor - injured 1 pointer
    Adams 1 pointer
    Coufal out

  10. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    3 - Lacazette (30)
    2 - Holding (29)
    1 - Saka, Marí (28)

    3 - Mee (42)
    2 - Tarkowski (30)
    1 - Pope, Pieters (26)

    3 - Stephens (30)
    2 - McCarthy (28)
    1 - Fabianski (26)

    3 - Dallas (38)
    2 - Rodrigo (37)
    1 - Alioski (31)

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Fabianski, Pope, and McCarthy absolute hauls

    2. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      In another universe Taylor and Vestegaard would be on max baps

  11. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Southampton cleanie killing me. Plenty double defence in my ML

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      everyone has them. 100% EO. I have to get them in

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Should have onboarded one, kills me as well. The differential to counter them in my team is Taylor and you know the story!

    3. fiveyears
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      You'd hope their fixture run will make non-ownership a bit less painful in the coming weeks!

    4. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Pathetic from West Brom.

  12. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 22 days ago

      My ML rival is such a snake. Has Strujik 3rd on his bench like. He even put him after Mitchell who was playing Leicester and is still getting his points. Has Raphina, Bamford, KWP and Pope as his only 4 played so far.

      1. Kane and Ablett
          3 months, 22 days ago

          That’s why it’s worth investing in a playing bench this time of year

      2. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Is one gaol to wipe at least one of those disgusting cs's too much to ask for ?

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Sheffield scoring and West Hame scoring would be lovely

          1. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Not. Gonna. Happen...

      3. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Rashford haul needed

      4. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Need a WBA goal for jammy BamBam BAPs.

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          You should lose points for calling him BamBam

          1. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Look around, mate. I’m far from the only one.

        2. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          😆

      5. Right In The Stanchion
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Thank god VC Bruno If Spurs is off

      6. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Why can’t Southampton just concede?!!!!!!

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          they will, they will. we have to be optimistic

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            They’re an absolute joke! It’s like nobody can score against them! And without Vestergaard! It’s so annoying!

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              League is ours for the taking

      7. TopwithKlopp
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Anyone know if Michell (Crystal Palace) will get more game time after a good outing last game?

        1. Kane and Ablett
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Woy Hodgson would

          • My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            It'll be guesses mate

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Nope, Roy hates him

        2. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          0-1 Wolves incoming
          Bruno missed pen

          1. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Ban

        3. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          We are too good!

        4. Lukakwho
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Why is there even talk of Spurs being off? What’s the source.

          1. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            JFGI.

          2. yalala
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            The virus

        5. lordkippe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          So 16 with Bruno, Dier and Salah cap left. anyone Worse?

          1. yalala
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Site kicked me off, I forgot my login and password

          2. SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            On 17 with 4 to go. Not much better.

        6. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Brewster I need you

        7. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I always flop in a cup qualifying week.

        8. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Burke YC

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            lmao - there goes my one point

          2. Balls of Steel
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Beautiful...just to cap off the incoming 1 pointer from my bench I will now receive a big fat 0 🙁

          1. Daniel - When to BB?
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            only if we get free WC

          2. fiveyears
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Reminder that the first break in March was supposed to be three weeks.

            Think they should carry on with the testing in place as it is.

        9. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Absolutely sick of McCarthy keeping all these clean sheets. What happened to the Soton who got dumped by Spurs 5 times

          1. Tango74
              3 months, 22 days ago

              So why don’t u buy him?

              1. Rolls-Royce
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Martinez

          2. moment
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            hooooollllllldddddd

          3. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Southampton defence looks like a must

          4. Svidde
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            You guys reckon taylor will be out for a long time with the hamstring?