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AM's Perfect XI - Week 16

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 16 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Download the apps via the link below and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements:

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Once downloaded, open the app and register an account. Once registered, click the Fantasy tab at the bottom of the app screen. Then from the Fantasy screen, click the arrow at the top of the app screen to select Perfect XI.

We've set up a Rotoworld PL Private League where you can challenge myself and the rest of the RW PL team over the course of the season. To join it download the app and then click the below link from your device, or find us from the Featured Leagues tab:


Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek of Premier League fixtures, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions for each position. The main 11 players listed won't necessarily be the exact players selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas to get you thinking. Hopefully you'll find the advice useful, whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.


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I'm on a roll in PXI right now with another 200 point haul in Week 15 pushing my team up to 180th in the overall rankings. Hazard, Coutinho, Silva, De Bruyne and Otamendi were the main contributors and I'm just 50 points off the Top 100 as we approach the busy festive period. Whoop!

Week 16 is a standard weekend round of fixtures with the first game kicking off at 12:30 GMT on Saturday between West Ham and Chelsea. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for this game but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player from your squad right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This wonderful flexibility allows you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat ZERO. Just make sure you keep an eye on the starting line-ups as kick off approaches each week by following the Rotoworld PL Twitter account.

Here are your Week 16 fixtures:

Saturday 09 December
West Ham v Chelsea
Burnley v Watford
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
Huddersfield v Brighton
Spurs v Stoke
Swansea v West Brom
Newcastle v Leicester

Sunday 10 December
Southampton v Arsenal
Liverpool v Everton
Man Utd v Man City

As always we want to focus on the players from teams with the most winnable match ups and so we turn our attention to Chelsea visiting West Ham, Tottenham hosting Stoke and Liverpool at home to Everton. Arsenal attackers could be of interest for their trip to Southampton, as could Leicester attackers at Newcastle and there should be goals in the Manchester derby. The remaining five matches all look like low scoring draws on paper and so we'll look for some defensive option that could offer fantasy value.

I've received some feedback on twitter that my recent picks have been "too obvious", but right now those obvious players are the ones performing week in week out. Picking them has taken me from 1000th to 180th in the past month and so if I suggested anything else in this column I'd be lying. As always I'll try to offer some differentials in the honourable mentions ...

Nick Pope - home to Watford. This game is likely to end 0-0, 1-0, 0-1 or 1-1. Whatever the outcome Pope tends to make plenty of saves and should be close to a double digit points return

Honourable Mentions: Thibaut Courtois away at West Ham, Hugo Lloris at home to Stoke

Sead Kolasinac - away at Southampton. Continues to impress in the left-wing back role, defensively solid and superb going forward.
Kieran Trippier - home to Stoke. Created SEVEN goalscoring opportunities in Tottenham's last home match against West Brom with some terrific crosses. Likely to start and offer a similar threat.
Marcos Alonso - away at West Ham. Up against the ageing Pablo Zabaleta. A clean sheet beckons alongside attacking points.
Andreas Christensen - away at West Ham. Hunch. Christensen's PPG average in PXI is poor but he always looks dangerous at set pieces. Could pop up with a goal against the Hammers, hence I'm doubling up on Chelsea defenders.

Honourable Mentions: Ben Mee at home to Watford, Harry Maguire away at Newcastle, Shane Duffy away at Huddersfield, Nicolas Otamendi away at Manchester United, Ahmed Hegazi away at Swansea

Eden Hazard - away at West Ham. If this pick needs to be explained to you then you should probably call it quits now.
Philippe Coutinho - home to Everton. Coutinho's form since returning from injury is absolutely insane, with four goals and five assist in just seven starts. This culminated in a stunning 42 point performance at Brighton last weekend. Everton beware.
Wilfried Zaha - at home to Bournemouth. These are the games Palace must win to get out of trouble and they will be expecting their talisman Zaha to step up. I think he will.
Son Heung Min - at home to Stoke. With Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli both short on form and Spurs lacking a cutting edge it feels like Son's pace is a necessity for Spurs at the moment. The South Korean star has bagged a few goals recently too, but check the pre-game line-ups on Saturday in case I'm wrong about his starting status this weekend.

Honourable Mentions: Mesut Ozil away at Southampton, Kevin De Bruyne away at Manchester United, Pascal Gross away at Huddersfield, Riyad Mahrez away at Newcastle

Harry Kane - home to Stoke. The press are predicting Kane has earned himself a much needed rest against Apoel on Wednesday night which should leave him fresh to score a brace against the Potters on Saturday afternoon. Please Harry ... please.
Mohamed Salah - home to Everton. The Toffees have improved in the past couple games but their defence is woefully short of pace and Salah should be able to take full advantage to add to his 12 Premier League goals.

Honourable Mentions: Alvaro Morata away at West Ham, Alexandre Lacazette away at Southampton, Jamie Vardy away at Newcastle, Sergio Aguero away at Manchester United, Richarlison away at Burnley

That's it for Week 16. Check out our Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. If you have any questions about the Perfect XI game or general questions about a player or your own team then feel free to post them below or ping me on Twitter (@nikarg) and I promise to get back to you.


Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.

Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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