Each week we preview the weekend’s action and provide our best advice for Fantasy Premier League, selecting the players we believe should be leading contenders for your crucial captaincy.
The weekend’s action will see Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard make his return to Liverpool, whilst Ralf Rangnick will hope to maintain his winning start in the Premier League as Manchester United travel to Norwich.
Elsewhere Chelsea host Leeds and Manchester City face Wolves at the Etihad, whilst Newcastle will hope for another positive showing at Leicester after recording their first win of the season last time out.
Ahead of gameweek 16, we’ve looked at four of the best Fantasy Premier League captaincy options.
Mohamed Salah v Aston Villa (H)
Mohamed Salah just does not miss at the moment, the Liverpool star having scored 20 goals in all competitions already after netting in the midweek Champions League win at AC Milan.
Salah’s place in the Liverpool side was a surprise given the Reds’ guaranteed place in the knockout stages, but he will once again feature as Jurgen Klopp’s title-chasing side welcome Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa to Anfield.
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The 29-year-old has blanked just once in 15 appearances so far this season, an absurd record of consistency and form that makes Salah the leading captaincy contender once again this weekend.
Backing against the prolific Egyptian has rarely worked for FPL managers so far this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo v Norwich (A)
Could Cristiano Ronaldo rival Salah as the most-selected captain this weekend?
The Portugal captain was rested for Manchester United’s midweek fixture with Young Boys, as the Red Devils concluded their successful Champions League group stage campaign.
Ronaldo is set to return as Ralf Rangnick’s side travel to 20th-place Norwich this weekend, a fixture against the Premier League’s bottom side providing the perfect chance to continue the German’s winning start in the league.
798,267 of you handed Cristiano Ronaldo the armband for Gameweek 15…
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) December 5, 2021
Ronaldo has scored six goals in 10 league starts so far this season and has blanked just once in four away fixtures, whilst he faces a Norwich side whose 31 goals conceded are more than any other side in the division.
The recent fixture against Arsenal also saw Ronaldo – who scored twice – assume penalty duties ahead of Bruno Fernandes, adding to the 36-year-old’s appeal ahead of an enticing fixture in gameweek 16.
Jamie Vardy v Newcastle (H)
Newcastle secured a first win of the season last time out, but there remains plenty of flaws in Eddie Howe’s side who rank second in the Premier League for goals conceded and expected goals against (xGA).
One man who will be hoping to take advantage of an often generous defence is Jamie Vardy, with the Leicester forward the second-highest scoring player in the Premier League this season with nine goals from 14 league starts.
Six of those goals have come at the King Power Stadium, whilst he has enjoyed a strong previous record against this weekend’s opponents with five goals from 11 career appearances against Newcastle.
Newcastle have registered just one clean sheet in the Premier League this season and Vardy will be hoping to capitalise on the struggling side’s issues as he chases down Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.
Romelu Lukaku v Leeds (H)
Is it time to gamble on Romelu Lukaku?
Lukaku returned to Chelsea’s starting side for the midweek draw at Zenit St Petersburg and scored during the 3-3 draw in Russia, the Belgian international returning to the scoresheet after a frustrating spell out injured.
Chelsea host Leeds at Stamford Bridge this weekend, with the visitors having managed just three clean sheets in the Premier League so far this season.
Romelu Lukaku scores his first goal for Chelsea since September ✨ pic.twitter.com/QfYvHKCWfh
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Leeds have also looked particularly vulnerable against ‘top six’ opposition and conceded eight goals during clashes with Manchester United and Liverpool, and Lukaku’s potential return to the starting side could prove the difference for Thomas Tuchel this weekend.
The Belgian linked well with Timo Werner in midweek and the return of the previously injured duo can boost Chelsea’s title challenge after an indifferent period of performances.