Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 17 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game, which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Find the apps here and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements: https://www.playtogga.com
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Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions. The players listed won't necessarily be the exact 11 selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas and get your brain whirring. I'll be listing a combination of the must-haves and slightly riskier options, alongside the odd hunch. Hopefully you'll find this useful whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.
The midweek fixtures were kind to many of us. My side:
Lloris, Walker, McAuley, Reid, Alonso, Mane, Eriksen, De Bruyne, Payet, Costa, Kane
Despite the poor returns from Costa & Kane I was able to break past the 200 points barrier for the first time since October and move back in to the Top 80 in the overall standings. I also won an extremely rare £300 on an eight-game accumulator on Wednesday night thanks to Ibra's late winner, so it certainly tis the season to be jolly!
Week 17 begins with a standard Saturday 12:30 GMT kick off as runaway leaders Chelsea head to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace. Away win, shirley? Regardless, it's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for this match, but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This flexibility will allow you to prevent the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat zero which becomes even more handy as we enter the busy festive period. Ensure you keep your eyes on the RW PL Twitter for line-ups one hour prior to matches.
Here are your fixtures ...
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Middlesbrough v Swansea City
Stoke City v Leicester City
Sunderland v Watford
West Ham v Hull City
West Brom v Manchester United
Bournemouth v Southampton
Manchester City v Arsenal
Tottenham v Burnley
Everton v Liverpool
And the picks ...
Hugo Lloris - For the second time in four days my picks are Tottenham-heavy and with good reason, as the North London club host Burnley in Week 17. The Clarets have yet to win an away game and have scored only one goal on the road, while Spurs are rampant at home. I'll be fielding Lloris in net once again.
Danny Rose - Spurs are likely to dominate possession against Burnley which usually leads to Walker playing as a right winger and this brings with it a bucketload of attacking points. There's the potential clean sheet too.
Kyle Walker - Spurs are likely to dominate possession against Burnley which usually leads to Rose playing as a left winger and this brings with it a bucketload of attacking points. There's the potential clean sheet too.
Marcos Alonso - Repeat after me: "Alonso is by far the top PPG (points per game) scoring defender in the Perfect XI fantasy format so you'd be a fool not to pick the Chelsea man while his side remain in this form." The leaders' trip to Palace is immensely winnable and again, you wouldn't be shocked by a shut-out.
Aaron Cresswell - Regular readers will know Winston Reid is my usual go-to West Ham defender when the Hammers have a home fixture but something is leading me towards left-back Cresswell for the Week 17 home clash with struggling Hull. Assist? Goal? Who knows ... but gamble with me.
Christian Eriksen - Hopefully you followed this column and backed Eriksen in Week 16 as the Dane put on a masterclass with two goals, an assist and 40 Perfect XI fantasy points. He has five in his last four Premier League appearances and you wouldn't bet against further improvement on those stats as Burnley visit White Hart Lane.
Dimitri Payet - It's Payet. It's Hull at home. It's a no-brainer.
Adam Lallana - Points chasing? Perhaps. But Lallana has always been a purple-patch fantasy performer and right now he's getting in to the box more than Firmino, Mane & Origi combined. The England man is also effective in big games and they don't come much bigger than a Merseyside derby at Goodison.
Paul Pogba - Are there signs that Pogba really was worth £90million? Maybe. For that sort of cash what everyone wants to see is the midfielder grabbing a game by the scruff of the neck a-la Keane / Viera back in the day and driving his side to victory. I'm certainly starting to see that in flashes, and Manchester United's money-men will be awful relieved. Pog will be key to the potential victory at a tough West Brom side.
Harry Kane - You let us all down in Week 16, Harry. Don't let it happen again against Burnley. It will ruin Christmas.
Jermain Defoe - One thing on this earth is certain; if you feed Defoe chances he will score goals. The veteran striker may be 34 years old but he's doing his single-handed best to keep Sunderland in the Premier League with eight strikes in 16 games so far this season. He can push towards double figures against inconsistent Watford.
That's it for Week 17. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to see a whole bunch of great content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. Feel free to comment below to us know how you're getting on so far. And of course, good luck to all managers this week.