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Week 14 FPL Player Picks

There are plenty of options to choose from this weekend in the Premier League. Here are the players we are recommending for your FPL teams!

Jack Butland has allowed one goal in his last six matches. Don't be surprised to see another clean sheet Saturday.
Jack Butland has allowed one goal in his last six matches. Don't be surprised to see another clean sheet Saturday.
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Week 14 Fixture List

AFC Bournemouth v Everton

Sunderland v Stoke City

Manchester City v Southampton

Aston Villa v Watford

Crystal Palace v Newcastle

Leicester City v Manchester United

Tottenham v Chelsea

Liverpool v Swansea City

West Ham United v West Brom Albion

Norwich City v Arsenal

Best Bets for 2+ Goals: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton, Crystal Palace

Best Bets for a Clean Sheet: Arsenal, Everton, Stoke City, Liverpool


Jack Butland -- The top scoring goalkeeper in fantasy football is taking on a Sunderland side that will get some chances playing at home. Look for Butland to get his sixth clean sheet in seven matches, with a few saves to go along with it.

Tim Howard -- With Everton hosting a struggling Bournemouth side, the Toffees should take care of business and win this one easily. Howard looks a near lock for a clean sheet, but might not face as many shots.

Petr Cech -- Arsenal travels to a Norwich side that is in poor form, losing five of their last six. They've also only scored twice in their last four matches. The Gunners should get the job done, and Cech should have a bagel in the goals allowed column.

Hugo Lloris -- Only Manchester United have allowed fewer goals than Tottenham. In a derby match, anything is possible. However, it would not be shocking to see Jose Mourinho parking the bus at White Hart Lane, which could lead to a clean sheet.  It also would not shock anybody if Chelsea went for it, which means Lloris should rack up some decent saves. Either way, he's a solid play.


Chris Smalling -- The best defender in the game, on the team with the best defensive record in the Premier League. He is always a threat from set pieces as well, and has the ability to negate Jamie Vardy. A bit of a risk going up against the leading scorer in the league so far, but until he gives me a reason, I'm going to continue to ride his hot streak.

Scott Dann -- Also always a threat to score on set pieces, he is taking on a Newcastle side that isn't the greatest. A clean sheet is very likely for Crystal Palace.  Throw in the fact that he costs 1.5m less than Smalling and it's a wonder why he's only owned by 11 percent of all teams.

Nacho Monreal -- While his point totals have slipped a bit recently, his performances have not.  He continues to be a key component of the Gunners forward attack, and his cost is still under 6.0m, which is somewhat of a relative bargain. Facing a Norwich side that is not the strongest attack, I expect Arsenal to rebound from a poor performance last weekend, and a clean sheet is highly likely.

Glen Johnson -- Nobody saw this coming.  Over the past seven matches, Johnson has recorded a whopping 42 points, scoring at least 5 points in six of those contests. Now, he faces a Sunderland team that has more bark than bite. I would not be surprised at all to see him rack up another solid performance in the Stoke City defense.And with an ownership still sitting under 3 percent, he's a great way to gain some ground on the competition.

Toby Alderweireld -- Owned by almost 20 percent of owners in the game, and for good reason. Alderweireld is tied for third most points for a defender in the game. When you consider that he only costs 5.4m, that is a bargain. Facing a Chelsea side in a rivalry match is always a risk, especially when the instigator Diego Costa is involved, but I fancy Tottenham to get the win here and a clean sheet would not shock me at all.

Erik Pieters -- Another beneficiary of a Stoke City side taking on a weakened Sunderland squad, he is also in great form. With 25 points over the last three matches, he is coming off a match in which he registered an assist in their win over Southampton. With five clean sheets in their last six matches, Stoke is a team to stack defensively, and Pieters should be right there with Johnson. With a cost of less than 5.5m and ownership under one percent, he's a steal.


Ross Barkley -- The English midfielder finally broke out last weekend, registering two goals and a helper in Everton's 4-0 romp over Aston Villa.  Now he sets his sights on a Bournemouth team that has allowed ten goals in their last four matches, and have been a fantasy gold mine for midfielders. Look for the Toffees to coast to another win this week, with Barkley being one of the main cogs in the machine.

Yannick Bolasie -- Crystal Palace have been one of the surprise teams of the season, and Bolasie's play has been a major factor. The club's form has dipped in recent weeks, and Bolasie's play has suffered along with it. Now they travel to a Newcastle side that has a pair of 3-0 losses in their last four matches, and are just out of the drop zone. Look for Bolasie and fellow Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye to rebound and get back on track this weekend. Bolasie should be the focal point of the attack, and don't be surprised to see him register a goal, an assist, or even both.

Roberto Firmino -- The Brazilian midfielder was a crucial part of the 4-1 beatdown of Manchester City last weekend, and after the match Jurgen Klopp praised him repeatedly. He stated that Firmino was told to stop dropping back and to play as a psuedo striker, and it paid dividends as the playmaking midfielder was involved in multiple goals. With Klopp coming out and saying that Firmino is their new striker purchase, he is a midfielder who should be highly owned as he will garner more scoring chances. Facing a Swansea side that has allowed six goals in three matches is a great way for him to follow up his terrific performance.

Willian -- I am not big on Chelsea this week against a Tottenham side in a derby match. That said, if Chelsea score in this match, Willian will likely play a crucial role.  Be it from a cross or a set piece, he has been creating multiple chances for his teammates recently. And now, he's becoming a free-kick wizard, as his goal against Maccabi Tel Aviv shows. His one-step run-up is very difficult for a keeper to react to, and his six free-kick goals are twice what any other Chelsea player has scored in a season since 2010-11. While four of them have come via the Champions League, his prowess is undeniable, and in a heated derby, there will likely be lots of fouls. That means lots of free kicks, and lots of chances for Willian to drop our jaws yet again.

Mesut Ozil -- Fifty-six points in the last six matches will get you listed here all the time. Facing a team like Norwich just enhances that. With all the attention that Vardy has gotten for his scoring streak, Ozil's streak of seven matches with an assist is just as impressive. The German midfielder has silenced many of his cricits, and there is little to make you think the streak won't continue this weekend.

Filippe Coutinho -- Few have enjoyed the managerial change at Liverpool like Coutinho. A double-digit scorer each of his last three matches in the Premier League, the playmaker has scored four goals in that time frame, with an assist to boot. While his fitness is a concern going into this weekend, his partnership with Firmino is a very fantasy-friendly one. If he's healthy, he's a must-start.

David Silva -- Maybe no player has been missed more by any team this season, than Silva has been by Manchester City. After a nine match absence, the Spanish dynamo returns to face a Southampton side this weekend that will be without Grazianno Pelle in attack. Silva should immediately pay dividends, as his ability to create and break down defenses should benefit Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Raheem Sterling as they seek to reclaim their spot at the top of the table.


Jamie Vardy -- There are many known things in the world. Water is wet. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Jamie Vardy scores a goal in the Premier League. If that trend continues on Saturday, the striker will set a new Premier League record for consecutive matches with a goal. In doing so, he will need to break the stingiest defense in the league, which will not be an easy task. Personally, I think the streak ends this weekend. That said, until the streak does come to an end, you have to keep having him in your lineup.

Romelu Lukaku -- The troll is starting to become a beast. Four goals and two assists in his last three matches see the Belgian striker beginning to assert his physical dominance on opposing defenders. Poor Bournemouth now has to try to find a way to stop him. Right now, only Lukaku seems to be able to stop his terrific play, and unless he decides to become a troll again, I would be surprised to see anything less than a double-digit point performance.

Olivier Giroud -- Having scored in four of Arsenal's last five league matches, Giroud is now the Gunners' top scorer on the season. With Walcott likely still missing out this weekend, the striker job is locked in for the Frenchman. With Ozil and Sanchez around him, he should be in for a profitable match yet again.

Harry Kane -- With seven goals in his last four league matches, the young striker has returned to form. Facing a Chelsea side that has allowed 23 goals on the season, the form should continue. Kane will be the focal point of the offense, as his link-up play with the midfield has been stellar. There will likely be fouls aplenty in this match, and a penalty goal could be in the cards as well.

Alexis Sanchez -- Four straight league matches without a goal or an assist for Sanchez is somewhat shocking. However, he busted out midweek when he scored a brace against Dinamo Zagreb. His fitness appears to be back, and Norwich should provide little resistance to his attacking skill. Look for him to score this weekend, possibly more than once.

Anthony Martial -- It appears that LVG has returned to his senses, as Martial was returned to his preferred striker role midweek against PSV. I don't see that changing for a crucial match against Leicester City this Saturday. The young striker has been in poorer run of form lately, but that could be attributed to his shift to the wing. Playing central against a defense that hasn't been solid at times is a good formula for him to get back on track.

Did we miss any players that you have an eye on? Do you agree with the players listed, or do you think we are too high on someone? Post your thoughts in the discussion section below as we prepare for Week 14 in the Premier League!