Each week you should be scanning the free agent market in your mini league looking for value pick ups that other managers have missed. These players won’t cost you your place in the Waiver Queue but can provide the extra few points you need on a short term basis. Here we give a full lineup of potential free agent players for Gameweek 15.
< You can learn more about this transfer tactic (called “streaming”) in our article FPL Draft Transfer Tactics: Streaming. >
After a record breaking GW13, Gameweek 14 was a pretty poor one for this column and the difficulties of trying to second guess rotation are apparent to everybody. Chelsea & Liverpool’s lineups in particular caught many by surprise. Adam Lallana and Andy Carroll both missed out on matchday squads completely due to injuries that weren’t publicised until after the Gameweek deadline had passed and to rub salt in the wound our tip Manuel Lanzini missed a penalty! When streaming the choice can often be between speculative picks that might not play or “safe” picks that probably won’t offer much return but as ever we continue to ride the highs & lows of fantasy football and will always publish our results good or bad. Gameweek 15 is by some distance the hardest one yet for predicting lineups!
GOALKEEPER: Lee Grant, 14.4% owned, Stoke City Vs Swansea City.
Swansea’s highlight of their defeat by Chelsea was Renato Sanches passing the ball to an advertising hoarding that was “wearing” the same colour as his shirt. The irony is that is one of the few accurate passes he has played for Swansea as it went straight to the company’s logo. As previously mentioned I ain’t no fan of Sanches (as a player of course, nothing personal) and have seen precious little production alongside his elite technique to justify the hype that has followed his fledgling career. His Swansea side as a whole have failed to score in 5 of their 7 away matches this season.
DEFENDERS: Charlie Daniels, 34.8% owned, AFC Bournemouth Vs Southampton.
Southampton have only won once away from home all season and have only scored 4 away goals in 6 League matches. Daniels offers the best potential attacking returns of any Cherries defender.
Antonio Rüdiger, 16.6% owned, Chelsea Vs Newcastle United.
Rüdiger was on the shortlist for the weekend before he scored the winner on Wednesday night and hopefully that will secure his place in the team. Chelsea have plenty of defensive options including an expected return for Cesar Azpilicueta but with a crucial Champions League tie next week GW15 may be the time for Conte to rest fellow centre half Andreas Christensen.
Mamadou Sakho, 1.6% owned, West Bromwich Albion Vs Crystal Palace.
Sakho makes the shortlist for this column most weeks when Palace have a decent fixture with his all action style likely to see him receive Bonus Points (8 in 9 appearances) and cause havoc at both ends of the pitch. West Brom haven’t won at home since the opening day of the season.
Kieran Gibbs, 9.2% owned, West Bromwich Albion Vs Crystal Palace.
Gibbs proved his attacking potential with an assist in GW14 and will look for increased returns in what could be a more adventurous Baggies team under new boss Alan Pardew. Opponents Palace haven’t won away all season with an aggregate score of 0-13 across their games on the road.
🚨 Gibbs has been described as questionable for the game this weekend. An alternative is fellow Baggies defender Nyom who should start at full back on either flank.
Jonjoe Kenny, 0.1% owned, Everton Vs Huddersfield Town.
Everton’s defensive options have been depleted through injuries with Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka, Michael Keane, Ramiro Funes Mori and Leighton Baines all missing the win over West Ham. Right back Kenny has started each of the last 6 matches and put in his best performance at this level on Wednesday night, playing a key role in Wayne Rooney’s second goal. Opponents Huddersfield haven’t scored a goal in any of their last 6 away games.
MIDFIELDERS: Shaqiri, 22% owned, Stoke City Vs Swansea City.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record Shaqiri has never played as well for Stoke as he is playing now and that is because this is his longest run of sustained fitness and first team appearances since joining the Potters. Swansea are in a terrible run of form and the Swiss maestro can take full advantage.
Matt Phillips, 7% owned, West Bromwich Albion Vs Crystal Palace.
One of the players who may enjoy a more expansive style of football in the post Pulis era is attacking midfielder Phillips who had 9 assists in 2016/17.
🚨 Matt Phillips has been described as “struggling” to be fit for the weekend. Alternatives are Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting or Ruben Loftus Cheek.
FORWARDS: Charlie Austin, 14.1% owned, AFC Bournemouth Vs Southampton.
His playing style not best suited to an away trip to the Etihad, Austin faces another away fixture along the South Coast at Bournemouth. Whether or not he leads the line is as yet unclear but he averages a League goal every 75 minutes this season compared to one every 224 minutes for the more mobile Gabbiadini and fellow Forward Shane Long hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since February and only has 3 League goals since May 1st 2016.
Oumar Niasse, 6.1% owned, Everton Vs Huddersfield Town.
Niasse returns after his controversial diving ban and will be fresher than Everton’s only other out and out centre forward option Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Niasse was one of the very few bright sparks during the Merseysiders dismal run and will be looking to impress his new manager against a Huddersfield side who haven’t scored away from home since the opening day.
Christian Benteke, 39.7% owned, West Bromwich Albion Vs Crystal Palace.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends as we back the big Belgian to break his duck for the season with Palace showing clear signs of improvement. Roy Hodgson will be desperate to win against his old Club West Brom for whom new boss Alan Pardew is also facing HIS former club.
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