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Top Transfer Targets - Week 16

by Chuck Booth
Updated On: December 6, 2019, 11:56 pm ET

Dun dun dun, another one bites the dust. Dun, dun, dun another one bites the dust. Marco Silva is out at Everton after a shellacking from Liverpool. It was a move that was in the works for a bit but the shoe has finally dropped, which is good for FPL managers. It hasn’t been announced who would take over yet but most signs are pointing to David Moyes. While that may be a fine choice for getting Everton out of the relegation zone this season, it doesn’t feel like a long term solution.

Over at Vicarage Road, a man with one of the most daring relegation escapes in Premier League history has taken charge in Nigel Pearson. Playing a 3-4-1-2 at Leicester City Pearson was able to save a team destined for relegation by putting up the best points total in the Premier League from January until May. It was Pearson that was able to set the stage for Claudio Ranieri's magical season but unfortunately, Pearson couldn't be at the helm that season due to events that took place during a preseason tour in Thailand. 

Pearson's teams are always well drilled in their responsibilities and he should have a shot at keeping Watford in the Premier League as things at the bottom are getting tight.

Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent and Punty McPunterson, a player under five percent owned who I’m backing for success each week. This article will also include players to offload, some due to injury or being dropped by their teams, and others due to performance.

Let’s look at this weekend’s fixtures:

Saturday 7 December

Everton v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Tottenham v Burnley
Watford v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Manchester United

Sunday 8 December

Aston Villa v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Southampton
Norwich City v Sheffield United
Brighton v Wolverhampton

Monday 9 December

West Ham United v Arsenal

The 40 Percent club is made up of Jamie Vardy, John Lundstram, Kevin De Bruyne, and Sadio Mané this week.

Players To Offload

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (FWD Arsenal 10.9m, 22.4%): This is a move that I couldn’t bring myself to make because adding James Maddison was a larger priority but it doesn’t look like things are getting better at Arsenal anytime soon. While Aubameyang has been their only consistent performer, looking at the value at the forward position (Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy are ALL cheaper) he’s not really a luxury worth holding. Move him for a mid-tier guy or downgrade to Lys Mousset or Danny Ings to fund a top midfielder.

Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent owned at the time of writing):

Martin Kelly (DEF Crystal Palace 4.2m, 26.1%): Move over Diego Rico and John Lundstram because Martin Kelly is now nailed on for the rest of the year. That’s right, if you played your cards right, you could’ve had your defense sorted for the low price of 12m. But looking at the upcoming fixtures for Crystal Palace, downgrade someone to Kelly so that you can upgrade another position later.

Worth your consideration (15 - 24 percent owned):

Mohamed Salah (MID Liverpool 12.2m, 21.2%): The King is rested and probably at his lowest ownership since probably entering the league versus a Bournemouth side that he owns and that has also given up crooked numbers in three of their last four games. Following the five spot that the Liverpool reserves dropped on Everton, this could be a paddling. 

Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent):

Bernardo Silva (MID Manchester City 7.9m, 10.5%): Putting Benardo here kind of breaks the category name but he returned from suspension the same way that he entered it, as a regular member of Pep Guardiola's side. Nabbing two assists versus Burnley, Benardo picked up where he left off and he will make an impact in the Manchester Darby as well.

Rolling the dice (under 10 percent):

James Ward-Prowse (MID Southampton 5.8m, 2.0%): With a slight rise in ownership since his mention as a punt play last week, Ward-Prowse deserves serious consideration for your mid-five spot. The same price as John McGinn and on every set play for the Saints, Ward-Prowse has a stranglehold on goal involvement with Danny Ings for the team.

Punty McPunterson: Chris Wood (FWD Burnley 6.2m, 1.1%): José Mourinho teams are awful against set plays. Chris Wood and Burnley dominate them. Not to mention that the Spurs backline can’t actually defend. It’s a pick so made in heaven that I know he’ll blank as I write this.