Coming into the week 15 Premier League fixtures fantasy Premier League managers will need to stay up to date on all of the injury news and expected lineups as they become available. With injuries to both Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla many FPL managers, including myself, are certainly scrambling to find replacements. Fortunately there are plenty of them out there.
If you are playing in a season long league, such as the official game, replacing Sanchez and Cazorla should be simple enough. While they have both contributed with their fantasy stats there are plenty of options that are actually cheaper.
Assuming that your team already has Riyad Mahrez at 6.8 or cheaper, there are other options to fill up the 11.1 that Sanchez now frees up.
Aaron Ramsey looks sure to start for the next several weeks, provided he stays healthy, and is a decent pick up at 8.0. With Sanchez out, the Gunners will surely be looking to Ramsey to pick up some of the scoring slack from midfield.
If you’re looking at more of a differential play you could always take the risk of adding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at 5.5. He has played the full 90 in just one match this season, so he is a pretty big risk, but could start to see more playing time. The other Arsenal option would be Joel Campbell at 5.0 who has played in the last four matches.
Everton’s Ross Barkley is a quality pick at 7.2 having picked up 13 and 19 points in gameweek 14 and 13. He’s already the third best midfielder in overall points in the official game (remember that Kevin De Bruyne started the season late) and Everton have a favorable run of fixtures coming up.
This might also be the time to swap Sanchez for either Kevin De Bruyne at 10.7 or take a look at Eden Hazard at 10.9. Chelsea also has a string of winnable fixtures coming up and if they get going Hazard will certainly be one of the players scoring the goals for them.
A final option is Phillipe Coutinho. He is currently listed as questionable for Sunday’s match, but according to Premier Injuries, he has a 75% chance of playing. His current cost is 8.4 which is certainly doable if you are unloading Sanchez. Now is the time to go for him as well with Liverpool another team that has some excellent matches coming up.
Looking at some of the upcoming favorable fixtures there are three teams that have a good stretch of winnable matches including Chelsea, Everton, and Liverpool. Here is what their fixture list looks like over the next few matches:
Chelsea face: Bournemouth (H), Leicester City (A), Sunderland (H), Watford (H), Manchester United (A), and Crystal Palace (A). There are a few tricky matches in there, but facing Bournemouth, Sunderland, and Watford could give them a massive boost.
Everton: Crystal Palace (H), Norwich City (A), Leicester City (H), Newcastle (A), Stoke City (H), and Totteham (H). Out of all of those matches I’m expecting some great fantasy points from Everton players. It’s now time to stock up on Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Delofeu, and Ross Barkley and watch your offensive points pour in.
Liverpool: Newcastle (A), West Brom (H), Watford (A), Leicester (H), Sunderland (A), and West Ham (A). By the time that Liverpool faces Leicester they could already have had three wins in a row and have momentum in their favor. Either way, these are great matches for the likes of Alberto Moreno, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Christian Benteke among others.
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This weekend the top team matchups include Arsenal over Sunderland, Chelsea over Bournemouth, Everton over Crystal Palace, Leicester over Swansea, Liverpool over Newcastle, Man City over Stoke, Southampton over Aston Villa, and an even match of Watford v Norwich.
I would certainly look to stack Everton, Liverpool, and Southampton players considering who they are facing. Chelsea should do well against Bournemouth, but it’s hard to say considering the form of the two teams while Arsenal’s injury woes could even out their match against Sunderland.
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