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Week 16 Official FPL Player Picks

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Leicester City v Leeds United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round
Good vibes
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Made my first ever trip to the West Coast last weekend friends, let's hope I brought back some of the good vibes and sunshine to the picks this week.

On Sunday, our eyes will be focused on events in Manchester and Liverpool, but a focused #FPL manager will have already set his team up for returns in places like Burnley and South London. Let's forward to the picks.

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Keepers

Jonas Lossl (£4.6, Huddersfield v. Brighton)

Only one clean sheet in nine means good vibes are needed here. A home game against a fellow promoted team is a good way to add to that.

Lukasz Fabianski (£4.6, Swansea v. West Brom)

The Pole is in my team this week, I'm always confident of my players coming up against West Brom.

David de Gea (£5.8, Manchester United v. Manchester City)

It's probably going to be the first and last time anyone facing the formidable City attack will be included in the picks. With his amazing display last week, and with his manager’s inclination to park the bus, he's a good shout this week.

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Defenders

Mamadou Sakho (£5.0, Crystal Palace v. Bournemouth)

Do you believe in a Roy Hodgson effect? Palace are looking for a third clean sheet in a row, so it's time to invest.

Ben Davies (£5.6, Tottenham v. Stoke)

The early season favorite should enjoy lots of raids down the left to go along with possible clean sheet points.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.9, Chelsea at West Ham)

I would not be surprised with a clean sheet plus bonus from a player having his excellent season.

Dejan Lovren (£5.3, Liverpool v. Everton)

This is a going way out on a limb pick folks: Liverpool are on a good run, and Sam Allardyce may set up Everton to keep things tight (and not score).

James Tarkowski (£4.6, Burnley v. Watford)

Watford will make them work hard for a clean sheet, but Burnley have already kept four of them at home in the early season.

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Midfielders

Riyad Mahrez (£8.4, Leicester at Newcastle)

Playing in Saturday’s spotlight game, the Algerian is looking to recapture his player of the year form.

Wilfred Zaha (£6.9, Crystal Palace v. Bournemouth)

To use an American sports term, he is currently the "franchise player". Is he worth of such a tag? Can he live up to it? I don't know, but I think he can produce this week.

Eden Hazard (£10.8, Chelsea at West Ham)

A man not presently in my team... Do as I say friends and not as I do.

Sadio Mane (£9.4, Liverpool v. Everton)

Teammates have gained all the headlines of late. The Senegalese will make the local clash his turn to shine.

Alexis Sanchez (£11.8, Arsenal at Southampton)

There's no chance of leaving the Chilean out, so we will have to find some low budget strikers, because he adds to the big money players occupying the midfield berths.

Matt Ritchie (£5.7, Newcastle v. Leicester)

If Newcastle get something offensively in this game, he will play a part in it.

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Strikers

Harry Kane (£12.8, Tottenham v. Stoke)

Ready to work on joining Messi and Ronaldo on stage next year.

Tammy Abraham (£5.9, Swansea v. West Brom)

Back from injury last week and ready to return to scoring ways.

Chris Wood (£6.4, Burnley v. Watford)

Another budget-friendly forward with a friendly fixture.

Left a few big names off the list up front this week. Don't hurt me for it folks. Can you name a low-budget player whom I forgot to mention who will score 8+ this week?