Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 23 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.
Week 22 was a decent one:
Courtois, Alonso, Koscielny, Baines, Walker, Hazard, Lallana, Ozil, Phillips, Sanchez, Ibrahimovic
146 points were accumulated thanks to solid contributions from the defence, Ozil, Phillips and Sanchez. It was enough to move back in to 94th in the overall standings but I need to string a few strong weeks together if I'm to push towards my target of a Top 50 finish come the end of the season.
Week 23 is our first midweek round of fixtures of 2017, with six games kicking off at 7:45pm GMT on Tuesday 31st January, one game kicking off at 8pm GMT and a further three matches taking place on from 7:45pm GMT on Wednesday 1st February. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for Tuesdays games, 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 avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat zero. Ensure you keep your eyes on the RW PL Twitter account for line-ups one hour prior to matches.
Here are your fixtures ...
Tuesday 31st January 2017
Arsenal v Watford
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Leicester City
Middlesbrough v West Brom
Sunderland v Tottenham
Swansea City v Southampton
Liverpool v Chelsea
Wednesday 1st February 2017
West Ham v Manchester City
Manchester United v Hull City
Stoke City v Everton
And the picks ...
David De Gea - At home to Hull it should be a clean sheet for De Gea and the Manchester United defence.
Hector Bellerin - At home to inconsistent Watford, there should be plenty of opportunities for Bellerin to join the attack as Arsenal dominate possession.
Charlie Daniels - Bournemouth's Daniels will be up against a Crystal Palace side struggling to adapt to life under Sam Allardyce. The left-back should score well in the PXI format.
Danny Rose - Rested for Spurs' FA Cup late escape against Wycombe, Rose will be fresh to continue his outstanding form at left wing-back against Sunderland. To be honest, you can flip a coin to choose between him and Kyle Walker.
Antonio Valencia - See De Gea, but with the added bonus of Valencia's attacking prowess down the Old Trafford right-flank.
Mesut Ozil - Another player who earned a much-needed rest in the FA Cup, Ozil should be fresh and ready to pull the strings in another home victory for the Gunners.
Christian Eriksen - Once again I'm favouring Eriksen over his Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli as I just feel the Dane's set pieces will give him the edge for the clash with the Black Cats.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan - I'm struggling to fit Zlatan in to my side for Week 23 and so it feels sensible to include a Manchester United midfielder instead. Enter Mr Mkhitaryan, who was impressive in the victory over Wigan at the weekend, grabbing himself another goal.
Kevin De Bruyne - After a rotten festive period Pep Guardiola got a reaction from his players in much improved performances against Spurs and Palace. City have more than enough fire-power to beat a Payet-less West Ham and De Bruyne should play a key role.
Alexis Sanchez - In outstanding form and at home to Watford, it would be shock if Sanchez failed to surpass 20 PXI points for the fifth week running.
Harry Kane - It's a tough call to pick between Kane and Zlatan for the second striker spot but my slight Spurs bias has me leaning towards Harry given Sunderland's gloriously shambolic defence.
That's it for Week 23. See you again on Thursday for the quick turnaround for Week 24. 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.