The 16th Man: Gameweek 16

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 16!

Christian Fuchs | Defender | Leicester City

Fuuuuuchs! I’ve got a soft spot for Christian Fuchs after his incredible Togga performances during the title winning season. With Ben Chilwell missing for the home win against Watford on Wednesday, Fuchs was given a chance to fill in and showed he’s still got it, putting up 17.5 points in a very solid performance. Brendan Rodgers has hinted that Chilwell is still struggling with his hip injury, meaning Fuchs could get the nod once again at Aston Villa this weekend.

Kiko Femenia | Defender | Watford

Bit of a left field pick, but Kiko Femenia is another one of those who scores well in Togga scoring. Why do I like him this week? He will be directly up against Wilfried Zaha, meaning plenty of defending will be done by the Spaniard! Femenia is also decent going forward, meaning attacking returns are for from being out of the question.

Bernard | Midfielder | Everton

Bernard was one of Everton’s very few bright sparks in the Merseyside derby, coming off the bench to set up Richarlison’s goal. Many are expecting the “new manager bounce” from the sub par Toffees, meaning Bernard’s value should receive a decent boost. Provided he is in the new manager’s plans, of course…

Tom Cleverley | Midfielder | Watford

One to stash. Watford are another club looking for the new manager bounce. Tom Cleverly has been one of Watford’s very few consistently good performers and will almost certainly be well involved in future plans. He’s still finding his way back to fitness but Watford have clearly missed his creativity.

Naby Keita | Midfielder | Liverpool

Rotation is a must at the moment, especially for Liverpool. There are murmurs that Naby Keita will start against Bournemouth tomorrow; a team who are on a horrible run of recent form and will be without arguably their best player at the moment (Harry Wilson) and half of their first choice back four (Steve Cook and Adam Smith). Keita and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are both worth gamble this week with neither of them involved in the Merseyside derby.

Aaron Mooy | Midfielder | Brighton

Aaron Mooy is on hot form lately and his assist at Arsenal topped off a good run of scoring over the last three weeks. With Brighton performing surprisingly well and their fixtures about to get much better, Mooy’s ownership of 9% should rise considerably.

Moise Kean | Forward | Everton

See Bernard. A new manager is exactly what Moise Kean needs after enduring the worst possible start to his career in England. His talent is undoubted but a run in the team is essential and much more likely with a new man in charge. Definitely worth the gamble if you have the spare roster spot.


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