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Short weeks lead to an abbreviated schedule… Everything feels rushed and out of sorts.  But rankings are rankings, they gotta be done.  So this week, I called in some helper elves, because why not?  Tis’ the season for FPL cheer.  So I brought in my PIC to give me his perspective for the Week 16 rankings.  Kevin DeVries (@Kevrov) handles basically everything fantasy-wise that I do, and is my co-host on two separate podcasts we do together.  So if I trust him, you should as well.  He will handle the Keepers and Middies below, and I will tackle the Defense and Strikers.  A collaborative effort amongst the masses.  Here are the Week 16 FPL rankings for all positions!

 

Keepers:

  1. Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea
  2. Fraser Forster, Southampton
  3. Lee Grant, Stoke
  4. Hugo Lloris, Spur
  5. Petr Cech, Arsenal
  6. Tom Heaton, Burnley
  7. David de Gea. man United
  8. Ben Foster, West Brom
  9. Victor Valdes, Middlesbrough
  10. Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea
  11. Loris Karius, Liverpool
  • Forster and Southampton had a rough fixture list to start the season, but things are looking much better now as they’ll face just four top-ten attacks before Cupid starts shooting arrows all over the place. This week, he’ll face a profoundly meh Stoke attack that’s scored more than one goal just four times this season.
  • It was hard putting Loris Karius on this list considering how awful he’s been the past few weeks, but Middlesbrough’s league worst attack may out-terrible Karius. Think stoppable force meets movable object.

Defense:

  1. Marcos Alonso, Chelsea
  2. Toby Alderweireld, Spurs
  3. Hector Bellerin, Arsenal
  4. Gary Cahill, Chelsea
  5. Virgil Van Dijk, Southampton
  6. Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea
  7. Kyle Walker, Spurs
  8. Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal
  9. Jose Holebas, Watford
  10. David Luiz, Chelsea
  11. Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth
  12. Aleksandar Kolarov, Man City
  13. Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool
  14. Christian Fuchs
  15. Chris Brunt, West Brom
  16. Danny Rose, Spurs
  17. Gareth McAuley, west Brom
  18. Nacho Monreal, Arsenal
  19. Joel Matip, Liverpool
  20. Winston Reid, West Ham
  • Once again Chelsea litters the list with every viable defensive option.  Watch for a Zouma sighting eventually.
  • Spurs may rotate this game-week, so be aware.  Have better options than punts on your bench.
  • The better scoring defenders will always be on the list.  Guys like Daniels, Kolarov, Fuchs, and Brunt add other things besides the clean sheet chase.
  • West Ham for as shaky as they have been could be a sneaky source of stuff this week.

Midfielders:

  1. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
  2. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal
  3. Christian Eriksen, Spurs
  4. Dimitri Payet, West Ham
  5. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
  6. Sadio Mane, Liverpool (barring non-suspension)
  7. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea
  8. Kevin De Bruyne, Man City
  9. Riyad Mahrez, Leicester
  10. Theo Walcott, Arsenal
  11. Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace
  12. Adam Lallana, Liverpool
  13. Victor Moses, Chelsea
  14. Heung-Min Son, Spurs
  15. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool
  16. Matt Phillips, West Brom
  17. Pedro, Chelsea
  18. Michail Antonio, West Ham
  19. Dele Alli, Spurs
  20. Nacer Chadli, West Brom 
  • Hazard has blanked in 3 of the last 4 weeks but all of those matches were against top ten defenses. Sunderland, on the other hand, are awful defensively and have fewer clean sheets than a teenage boy. Hazard should have a field day against Billy “how is he still a professional footballer?!” Jones.
  • Hey Sadio Mane, apparently you aren’t supposed to punch people during a match? Dele Alli got a three match suspension for the same thing last year so keep an eye out for any FA action against Mane. If he escapes punishment he will be up against a Friendless Boro defense that have only managed one clean sheet in his absence.
  • Despite being the human embodiment of “regression to the mean” Mahrez has started to look a lot better of late with two goals and two assists in his last 5 matches. He faces Bournemouth and their Schrodinger defense that is simultaneously bad and good until viewed.
  • I like Matty Phillips a lot. Like, I like like him. He’s averaged 8.6 points over the last five matches and has blanked just four times since becoming a starter. This week’s matchup is tasty but things get really bad after this so I would recommend a hit it and quit it strategy.

Forwards:

  1. Harry Kane, Spurs
  2. Diego Costa, Chelsea
  3. Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace
  4. Romelu Lukaku, Everton
  5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Man United
  6. Kelechi Iheanacho, Man City
  7. Divock Origi, Liverpool
  8. Fernando Llorente, Swansea
  9. Jamie Vardy, Leicester
  10. Salomon Rondon, West Brom
  11. Jermain Defoe, Sunderland
  12. Andy Carroll, West Ham
  • Kane looks ready to rock against the leagues worst defence.  That isn’t a made up stat that is a statement of fact.  A top candidate for the armband this week.
  • I think the early departure for Kelechi motivates the all loving hell out of him.
  • Vardy with his first triple since he was still bagging groceries for Bob’s sub and deli shop.  Leicester isn’t trustworthy to me especially away.
  • I added a 12th player because he is Andy Carroll and why not.  Man buns rule!