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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. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Ohh ffs, don’t tell me shearer has become a commentator? Sooner listen to white noise

    1. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Think he's a pundit not commentator...

    2. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Big upgrade on Carragher.

  2. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Wow hope the spurs game goes on have Kane and Son, top 150 ish ATM (only 44 points though, Kane, Son, Salah (c), and Bruno to go

    1. bixie11
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      I hope not, if Son dont play Dallas will come off bench, and nr 1 spot in my contry for Desember will be locked!!

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        He had to be in the first XI surely?

        1. bixie11
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          No, 3rd bench, had Cancelo, Taylor and Walker-peters in back 3, have good depth though. I played Meslier over Martinez this week

  3. Manani
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    what to do with taylor? Just got him in this week

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Far too early

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      If it’s hamstring he’ll surely miss min 14 days or 2 games
      Likely going to sell for Bednarek

    3. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      My plan was to ship for Leeds defender ahead of dgw, but obviously giving him this week 🙁 .....

      1. Tarby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

        I had just used WC and had him and Lawton, was planning on changing 1 to Coufal for GW19 anyway so just makes the decision as to which one!

  4. G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Bruno cappers but not owners we want a haul right?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      I just want some points, I’ll take anything lol

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        I hear that! 😆

    2. Podge
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      How do you cap someone you don’t own 😆

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Do you think I know how to play this game? 😆

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        It's a brain tickler that one eh.

  5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Time for Kilman to punish sellers ?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      He'll help the sellers when he gives away the penalty for Bruno to score.

  6. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Soucek from the bench from Kane for me. What about you guyzzz ?

    1. STEP rOVERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Nope will be down to 8 if no Son

    2. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      None left to cover if any of TAA, Robertson, Salah or Son misses out.

      17 from 5 with: Rashford, Bruno, Salah (C), TAA, Robbo and Son to go :/

    3. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Soucek for DCL

    4. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      30 points so far with Salah c Robbo Bruno to come
      Doesn’t feel too bad pending Spurs outcome
      No Kdb DCL Dias Coufal and Taylor lasted 9mins

    5. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      I will be down to 8 if Spurs don't play.

  7. Slouch87
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Threat from the rapidly increasing spread of covid far bigger an issue than football. All games should be postponed until the virus is under control. FPL becoming farcical anyway.

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      casual spotted

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        T**thead comment as usual. Grow up.

    2. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      have we controlled the virus yet??

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        No and that's the point !!!

    3. Kane and Ablett
        3 months, 19 days ago

        It is, but when two clubs are barely affected the game should go ahead to reduce future fixture pile ups, otherwise it’ll surely be 3 games a week endangering players or the Euros splitting the season

      • MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        No

        1. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Because you can't control the virus

      • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Fully agreed.

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          We have a breakthrough moment !!!!

    4. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      A two week PL break is likely to mean no split GW18, followed by the GW19 weekend games and GW17 fixtures as a DGW.

    5. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Is there a tier 5?

    6. tbos83
        3 months, 19 days ago

        What is the Saka injury?

      • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Who posted a link with 2 weeks of cancelation ?

        1. Kane and Ablett
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Rumours in the Sun started by a couple of clubs that want it, just mentioned on Amazon tv too

        2. ZLNR
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          I never hold two playing keepers. Benched McCarthy of course for Pope minor differences but it's a shame

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            How is that a shame? How....

            1. ZLNR
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Bonus and save points last time I checked will be a loss of 2

        3. thepancakeman123
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Who's the Arsenal defender to get in?

          1. Dthinger
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Holding I suppose

          2. G-Whizz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Tierney...

            1. MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              100%

          3. Tarby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 19 days ago

            None

        4. Kane and Ablett
            3 months, 19 days ago

            So what do we need to know to determine if Sheff Utd are a much classier club than Man City? Do City need 8 players and the tea lady to have tested positive to not look shamefully Machiavellian?

          • Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Bruno cap fail

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              You post fail

          • Mweene
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Could really do with Bruno blanking if the Spurs game is off.

          • Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            For the second time this month The Burke subs in with a zero

            1. Kane and Ablett
                3 months, 19 days ago

                You get what you pay for!

                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 19 days ago

                  Yep same with Balbuana