Premier League football came to an anti-climactic end for 2020 this week. With all that’s happened in the last 12 months, maybe that’s apt. The average FPL team score for Gameweek 16 was just 37 points with the highest score being 95 points. Just 12 goals in 8 games meant the highest-scoring players in this round were defenders. Read on to learn everything you need to know about Gameweek 16 in the FPL.
Ben Mee will have felt very hard done by following the referee’s decision to blow a foul against him in Burnley’s previous game, against Leeds. Mee was adjudged, quite harshly, to have fouled Illan Meslier in the Leeds goal. However, he fared very well in gameweek 16 and was actually the top-scoring FPL player of the round.
Mee bagged the only goal of the game as Burnley beat Sheffield United at Turf Moor. He scored 15 FPL points thanks to that goal, a clean sheet and some bonus points. Mee was selected by just 0.8% of FPL teams overall. Yet, almost 28,000 managers brought him in for gameweek 16. That’s a lot of FPL players who will be delighted with their decision-making.
Burnley defenders were worth their weight in gold with James Tarkowski and Erik Pieters both scoring 8 points. Goalkeeper Nick Pope earned 6 points for the game. For the second consecutive round, not a single Sheffield United player scored higher than 2 FPL points.
Leeds United hammered Sam Allardyce’s West Brom 5-0 at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening. The home side should have been high on confidence after holding league champions Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in their previous outing. Yet, Leeds arrived and dismantled the hosts with relative ease.
The top FPL scorers from this game were Leeds’ Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski, both defenders and both earning 12 points. Alioski is owned by 2.5% of FPL sides with Dallas being selected by 14.2% of managers. Dallas was signed by over 112,000 FPL managers for the West Brom fixture in what was a very good move for all involved.
Leeds had four other players who also picked up 8 points each - Jack Harrison, Raphinha, Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo.
Arsenal won 1-0 at Brighton to make it two consecutive victories for Mikel Arteta’s side. Rob Holding was the standout FPL performer, earning an FPL score of 9 from the clean sheet and some bonus points.
Pablo Marí and Alexandre Lacazette were the next-best Arsenal players on 7 points each. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno scored 6 for the clean sheet, as did Héctor Bellerín, Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka.
More than 6,400 managers sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a move that reflects the poor form the Arsenal striker has shown this season. He has managed only three league goals so far. Aubameyang’s total FPL score against Brighton was 3 points.
Almost 1.9 million FPL managers captained Mohamed Salah for Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle. Surely The Reds would be biting back after their disappointing 1-1 draw against West Brom last weekend? Well, in truth, Liverpool did play better and created scoring opportunities at St James’ Park. Unfortunately for Jürgen Klopp and FPL players everywhere, Salah could not convert any chances that fell his way. It is only the second time this season that Salah has gone two league games in a row without scoring.
Nearly 27,000 managers had already bit the bullet with Salah, transferring him out before the Newcastle game. They may be patting themselves on the back for now but it’s highly likely they will be scrambling to get the top FPL scorer back in their squads before too long.
Andy Robertson, Alisson Becker and Trent Alexander-Arnold were Liverpool’s top three FPL players from gameweek 16, scoring 9, 6 and 6 respectively.
The hosts had Frederico Fernandez as their top scorer with 9 points. Karl Darlow made some great saves to keep Liverpool at bay and was given some bonus points to go with his clean sheet. His FPL score was 8.
Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son were the second and third-most captained players for gameweek 16. Of course, Spurs’ fixture with Fulham was then called off on Wednesday due to COVID-19 concerns. It’s at times like these that FPL players begin to realise the importance of giving their vice-captain selections just as much consideration.
David De Gea rolled back the years with his match-winning performance against Wolves. Manchester United snatched the victory late-on thanks to De Gea’s heroics and an injury-time winner from Marcus Rashford. De Gea earned 10 FPL points for the round making him the best goalkeeper selection to have.
Elsewhere, Olivier Giroud scored 8 points after his goal against Aston Villa while Jack Stephens was Southampton’s top scorer (9) from their 0-0 draw with West Ham.
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 16. The deadline for Gameweek 17 is Friday, January 1st at 16:00 GMT.
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