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Gameweek 16 in the Fantasy Premier League was an absolute disaster for many as two games were canceled due to positive COVID-19 results, resulting in an average score of just 37.
Premium assets like Manchester City and Tottenham were made inactive when their meetings against Everton and Fulham were abandoned. This makes GW17 all the more important to recover and start the new year on the right note.
Looking ahead to the first round of 2021, Chelsea City will host the weekend’s big game, while Manchester United and Spurs will welcome Aston Villa and Leeds United.
In the meantime, Arsenal and Liverpool travel to West Brom and Southampton.
Here are some tips to guide you through GW17.
CAPTAIN – HARRY KANE | TOTTENHAM | 11.0M.
Tottenham started the season on fire but has predictably subsided as we hit mid-season. Harry Kane echoes this shape when he’s been faded out in his last three outings. The removal of his GW16 device only served to further frustrate managers.
The English skipper remains the top scorer among strikers this season, however, and a loss of confidence could prove costly as Jose Mourinho’s side take on Leeds United and its high-octane football brand.
Kane and Spurs will have had a few days off, an undeniable advantage during this overburdened festive schedule. Marcelo Bielsa’s expansive Gung-Ho style also plays a role in the strength of North Londoners in transition.
That should give Kane a lot of scoring chances and opportunities.
BRUNO FERNANDES (11.2m) is a captaincy candidate in every game and has an amazing seven double-digit moves to support that this season. Son Heung-min is an option too, of course, but if you’re looking to get away from Spurs, the United talisman is a surefire choice, even against a formidable Villa squad.
CHRIS WOOD (6.2 m) is massively below average at the moment and it should only be a matter of time before he gets good. He has the third highest xG in the league in the last three GWs and missed four big opportunities.
TO GET ONE
ROMAIN SAISS | WOLVES | 5.0 million
Romain Saiss has been brilliant for the Wolves lately and the best player on the pitch in their narrow 1-0 loss to United. In the last three GWs he has been number one defender in gunfire , Recordings in the box  and shots at the target . He’s a real threat from set pieces and Brighton was palpably vulnerable in those scenarios.
ONE TO AVOID
KURT ZOUMA | CHELSEA | 5.9M.
Like Spurs, Chelsea have gone through a rough patch, hurting premium defender Kurt Zouma’s FPL production. The Blues have only conceded one goal in their last five games. Zouma was rested in GW16 but a return this week doesn’t look attractive either as it faces City. Another disadvantage is the fact that Chelsea does not appear in Blank Gameweek 18.
BUKAYO SAKA | ARSENAL | 5.2M
Arsenal are just starting to dig their way out of a hole after two wins and have great games straight away too. A big part of her mini resurgence was the formidable Bukayo Saka. The energetic youngster has been a driving force for the Gunners with one goal and two assists in the last couple of GWs and is available for a very reasonable price.
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