The 16th Man: Gameweek 15

A good Fantrax manager successfully builds a starting XI to be feared. A winning Fantrax manager builds a fearsome squad of 16 to be reckoned with!

The aim of this feature is to provide you with several options with which to fill that 16th roster spot ahead of a match day. If it doesn’t work out, you can simply dump them back on to the Waiver Wire.

For one reason or another, the players who feature in this article every week won’t be one to use a waiver on and will certainly be too much of a risk to start in our Differential XI, whether that be due to the fact they’re coming back from injury or working at earning a recall.

Here are your 16th man contenders for Gameweek 15!

Jeffrey Schlupp | Defender | Crystal Palace

We tipped Jeffrey Schlupp last week in this column and he came off the bench to get on the score sheet. Rotation is inevitable if Andros Townsend is indeed carrying a knock. Bournemouth at home on Tuesday is an ideal fixture to start him in and it certainly helps that it’s so early on in the gameweek so you can simply drop him if needed.

Angelino| Defender | Manchester City

See the Differential Potential article. And the waiver wire one actually.

Phil Foden| Midfielder | Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has certainly talked the talk with Phil Foden but will he actually walk the walk? With the fixtures piling up and Manchester City in need of a life after a couple of below par performances, if we’re ever going to see the gifted youngster given a chance, it’s got to be now.

Sofiane Boufal | Midfielder | Southampton

The enigmatic character of Sofiane Boufal showed itself once again when it was announced that he’d fallen foul of his own coffee table. He shook off the knock in time to turn the game around against Watford at the weekend, replacing a lacklustre Nathan Redmond to add life into a stagnant Southampton. A start against Norwich at home would be a deserved reward.

Marc Albrighton | Midfielder | Leicester City

Purely a stab in the dark and a hope that rotation is to come, but Marc Albrighton is exactly the type of squad player you want and need at this time of year. The home fixture against Watford on Wednesday would be a good one for him to start in.

Ismaila Sarr | Forward | Watford

Ismaila Sarr was probably the only staff member associated with Watford who came out of Saturday in a better place having put in a decent performance. After scoring the opening goal at St Mary’s, will Sarr now find himself more involved under the new manager? Certainly worth a punt.

Kelechi Iheanacho | Forward | Leicester City

After being out in the cold for the whole of the campaign, Kelechi Iheanacho provided the stand out moment of the Premier League season so far with his last gasp winner against Everton. With Ayoze Perez blowing hot and cold (mostly cold), will Iheanacho be given the chance to claim a place in the Foxes lineup?

Moise Kean | Forward | Everton

To say Moise Kean hasn’t taken to life in England so far would be an understatement. However, the Italian starlet looked very bright coming off the bench and nearly put the game beyond Leicester with an early effort that nearly caught Kasper Schmeichel off guard. Kean is exactly the type of player to start and thrive in the Derby setting. You heard it here first…


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