Player selection this week is crucial, as multiple teams have double-match exposure in Premier League fantasy. Manchester United (Aston Villa, Crystal Palace), Manchester City (at Chelsea, at Newcastle), Liverpool (at Bournemouth, Everton), Arsenal (Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion), West Ham United (at Leicester, Watford), Everton (Southampton, at Liverpool), Newcastle (Swansea, at Manchester City), Crystal Palace (at Arsenal, at Manchester United), West Brom (Watford, at Arsenal), and Watford (at West Brom, at West Ham) all have two matches in this gameweek.
The teams with the best matchups of that group are Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal. However, there is no guarantee that some players will play in both matches. With that said, there are definitely some great plays this week that should be targeted for your teams.
David De Gea (MUN) – At home against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, this is a "make whatever adjustments you have to make to get him in your team" pick. Seriously. You have the league doormat in Villa, a side that has scored a total of 23 goals in 33 matches. And then you have Crystal Palace, a side with just 35 goals in that same time frame, and who has taken just one win out of their last SIXTEEN matches. DDG will start both matches for United and if he doesn’t have two clean sheets, I will be absolutely shocked.
Petr Cech (ARS) –Different keeper, same situation. Crystal Palace doesn’t score a lot, and they’re going to the Emirates. Then, Arsenal hosts a West Brom side scoring less than a goal per match, and has only one away win since Week 10. Cech, just like DDG, should get the start for both matches, and should easily rack up a clean sheet in each.
Joe Hart (MCI) – Another goalkeeper in a top side, facing two opponents. Unlike DDG and Cech, though, his matches are not as easy. First, City travels to Chelsea, followed by a trip to Newcastle, where the Magpies have played decently. However, Hart should get plenty of save opportunities and should get at least one, if not two, victories on the week.
Hector Bellerin (ARS) –Last week was the first time in four matches that the young defender failed to record 9 or more points. With a goal and three assists over the past four, he has been in fine form. Now he has a double match week against the aforementioned Crystal Palace and West Brom, and he should get plenty of chances at home to push forward in attack.
Christian Fuchs (LEI) – The Foxes’ defense has gone five matches without allowing a goal. That is amazing, even though the teams they have faced haven’t been the best, it is still impressive. Now they take on a West Ham side coming off of a short week, in a situation where they know a win at home puts them ever so close to a stunning Premier League title.
Danny Rose (TOT) – Right on Leicester’s heels are Spurs, and they have allowed only one goal in their last four matches. Danny Rose, despite just one assist in that timeframe, has 24 points in those four matches. With the London side knowing they must win to keep pace with Leicester, Rose should get plenty of chances to push the play against a Stoke side that allowed four goals last weekend at Liverpool, and have a young unproven keeper in net.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (MUN) – Such a promising young defender, with such a cheap price (only 3.9m in the official game!!!), is a sneaky pick in this double matchweek. He may only start one of the two matches but he should play in both. Throw in the fact that he has such a tasty pair of matchups this week, and he’s worth taking a chance on.
Alexis Sanchez (ARS) – Arsenal play two teams that have allowed a combined 86 goals in 66 matches. Alexis has 38 points over his last five matches, racking up three goals and three assists. I am captaining him during this slate, and I’m expecting a very nice haul from the winger.
Dimitri Payet (WHU) – The best midfielder (in my opinion) in the Premier League has two matches this slate, traveling to Leicester and hosting Watford. Always a threat to score from set pieces, he has three goals and four assists over his last seven matches, and while he might not get as many points against the Foxes, the matchup against a Watford side that have lost six matches on the trot is one that will have the Frenchman salivating.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA) – It seems like ages ago when I was on here discussing how Sigurdsson was one of the biggest disappointments of the Premier League season. 2016 has been very kind to the man, with nine goals and two assists to his credit since the turn of the year. He has scored in four of his last five matches, and while Newcastle have played decently at home, I expect the run to continue for the Swansea talisman.
Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) – Since returning from injury, the Belgian has been a key player for the blue side of Manchester. He scored a goal in his return against Bournemouth, and then scored midweek against PSG in the Champions League. KDB was a beast before he got hurt, and he should get plenty of playing time against Chelsea and Newcastle.
Romelu Lukaku (EVE) – The troll has returned. Four matches, ninety minutes played in each….and he has zero goals and zero assists. Everton have struggled at times as of late, but Lukaku has two chances to get goals 19 and 20 this week. They host Southampton and then travel to Anfield for the Merseyside Derby, where anything can (and often does) happen. Everton have little to play for at this point besides pride, but don’t think for a second that Lukaku doesn’t want to get to that twenty goal mark. I think he gets halfway there—or better—this week.
Marcus Rashford (MUN) – When you factor his cost and the matchups he has this week, Rashford is another United player worth stashing on the roster and starting. The youngster has truly had a dream season, and after scoring again in the FA Cup quarterfinal against West Ham, his confidence is high. Rostering him allows you to spend money elsewhere, as he has a very low price still. He probably won’t play the full 180 minutes in this matchweek, but he’s great value for a goal or two.
Jamie Vardy (LEI) – With the title so close they can taste it, Vardy got goals 20 and 21 last week in a 2-0 win at Sunderland. Only one match this week means his ceiling is a bit lower than some, but can you bet against him when he’s facing a tired West Ham side, knowing he has everything to play for? I’m not. He will be in my starting lineup for sure.
Sergio Aguero (MCI) – The most expensive player in fantasy Premier League, Kun gets two chances to score this matchday. He is coming off of a pair of matches with goals, snagging a goal against Bournemouth and West Brom. Chelsea is a bit tougher of a matchup, but I doubt Newcastle will prove much of a challenge to the dangerous forward. He should prove to be worth his cost this week.
Daniel Sturridge (LIV) -- Facing a Bournemouth side that conceded a total of seven goals to Manchester City and Spurs prior to their win last week, Liverpool has to be licking their chops. Sturridge will cause them problems. The striker has two goals and a helper over the past three weeks, and he gets a shot at the Cherries' defense, followed by an Everton team that has struggled this season.