Goal’s handy Fantasy Premier League guide aims to assist your team selections over the course of the 2020-21 campaign
Manchester United have barely had time to leave the Bramall Lane pitch and head off on the team bus before the arrival of another Fantasy Premier League gameweek.
The Red Devils will be looking to build on that victory over Sheffield United to continue gaining ground on the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham, while at the other end of the table Arsenal could slip closer to the relegation spots if they fail to beat Everton.
So, as we head into gameweek 14, Goal is on hand to help with team selection advice, possible captain picks and more as you look to turn those arrows green and climb your league tables.
- Gameweek fixtures
- Team selection advice
- Who is the best captain pick?
- Who are the highest-scoring players?
|GAMEWEEK 14 CHANGES DEADLINE: Dec 19, 11:00|
Yet another impressive gameweek for Emiliano Martinez (£4.8m) saw the Aston Villa goalkeeper claim his sixth clean sheet of the league campaign and eight more FPL points.
That’s 19 from his last two games, with more likely to follow as Dean Smith’s Villa face West Brom (A) and Crystal Palace (H) in their next two matches.
An alternative, albeit costlier, option is Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope (£5.4m).
The 28-year-old has recorded 22 points over his last two games, making a total of 12 saves over the course of the 180 minutes and looks an excellent choice when considering the Clarets’ festive fixtures.
Sean Dyche’s men face Wolves at Molineux before a home clash against Leeds and then it’s back-to-back fixtures at Turf Moor against Sheffield United and Fulham, in gameweeks 16 and 17 respectively.
Despite their last-gasp defeat to Liverpool last time out, Tottenham have shown more than enough to suggest they’re capable of mounting a serious Premier League title challenge in 2020-21.
Jose Mourinho’s penchant for a defensive system with a devastating counter-attack should serve FPL bosses well and, if you don’t own them already, it’s probably a good time to try and get a Spurs defender or two in your squad.
Eric Dier (£5m) has been a mainstay in Mourinho’s back four, playing all but one of Tottenham’s league matches so far, and is the cheapest of the north Londoners’ defensive options that have been playing regularly.
With 43 points to his name, the England international is the highest-scoring Spurs defender and is likely to pick up a decent amount of points looking ahead as far as mid-January, with the likes of Fulham (H), Leeds (H) and Sheffield United (A) all coming up in that period.
Chelsea may have come unstuck in their last two Premier League matches – losing to both Everton and Wolves respectively – but that shouldn’t put FPL managers off owning their players, and that applies to Reece James (£5.3m) especially.
The England right-back has claimed 54 points already this season and continues to be a significant threat in attacking areas, with James having completed 16 crosses from open-play – four more than any other player in the division.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option at the back then Leeds United full-back Stuart Dallas (£4.6m) offers excellent value.
The 29-year-old scored his second goal of the Premier League season in the 5-2 win over Newcastle United and with Burnley (H) and West Brom (A) to come after Sunday’s huge clash with Manchester United, there could be more points on offer.
Marcus Rashford (£9.4m) was at his devastating best in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Sheffield United and now seems as good a time as any to bring him in.
The Red Devils will surely improve their dismal record at Old Trafford soon and with Leeds the visitors on Sunday, that will only likely spur on Manchester-born Rashford even more as he looks to add to the 66 points he’s earned thus far this season.
A less expensive option who will be playing in the same fixture is Jack Harrison (£5.4m).
The winger has enjoyed a productive start to the 2020-21 campaign – he’s fourth behind only Jack Grealish, Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne for chances created from open play with 30 – and Leeds have favourable fixtures to come in December after Sunday’s Roses derby.
Perhaps you’re looking for a differential option and in Curtis Jones (£4.4m) he could be the ideal selection.
The Liverpool midfielder was one of the Reds’ best players in their 2-1 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Wednesday night and while he’s only received 14 points thus far, that outing alone should see him earn more minutes under Jurgen Klopp going forward.
Patrick Bamford (£6.3m) is the most transferred-in striker heading into gameweek 14 with over 70,000 FPL managers deciding to put faith in the 27-year-old over the last few days.
Indeed, the former Chelsea forward has been one of the shining lights of the 2020-21 season and he’s now owned by 41.3 per cent of players – a figure that’s only likely to rise.
Having scored at Anfield and Stamford Bridge already this season, Bamford will have no fear of stepping out at Old Trafford to face Manchester United on the weekend as he looks for what would be his 10th goal of the league campaign.
Intriguingly, the top seven most transferred-in strikers are all English and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m), who is now owned by over 60% of FPL players, continues to offer fantastic value for his points return.
Alongside Mohamed Salah and Bamford, the Everton striker has had the most shots on target (23) in the Premier League this season while his 11 goals from inside the box is also bettered by no one.
After a slight wobble, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have recovered to win their last two league matches and a meeting with a fragile Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday offers an excellent opportunity for the England striker to add to his tally.
It’s confession time.
The last gameweek captain picks were truly awful as Bruno Fernandes (£11m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) both failed to have a significant impact, delivering two and four-point returns respectively.
Gameweek 14 is a tricky one as there is likely to be plenty of rotation across the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’, with the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United all having Carabao Cup quarter-final ties in the week.
The safest option would therefore be Liverpool and we’re going with that man Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) to continue his run of three goals in his last three as the Reds head to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Our alternative pick this week goes to Callum Wilson (£6.6m).
Newcastle host Fulham on Saturday night and after firing a blank in his last game, former Bournemouth striker Wilson will be looking to make it eight for the season in what is a huge fixture involving two of the sides at the lower end of the table.