fantasy premier league GW16 budget midfielder tips – player rankings


Here’s our fantasy premier league GW16 budget midfielder tips article for those midfielders under £7.5m. There’s a range of stats plus commentary on each player and their next 6 fixtures. This will help you choose the best transfer for your team


First it’s important to remember that each player is ranked as a transfer target for this week. So while we generally look at fixtures, form and underlying stats a player who’s away to Man City is going to be ranked lower than someone home to Huddersfield for example. If possible a transfer should have a good fixture first up.

Firstly there’s a table of stats. Then there’s a bit of brief commentary on each player and their next 6 fixtures.

This is the 3rd player rankings article. I’ve also written a defenders and GKs player rankings article and a premium midfielders article


Fixt Ease: The ease of the mentioned fixture range from an attacking perspective. See our GW16 fixture ease article

Mins per FPL Pt. The amount of minutes a player takes to earn an FPL point. The shorter and obviously lower the number is the better

ATGS – the bookies anytime goalscoring odds for GW16.

xG and xA per 90 – the expected goals and assists per 90 minutes played from the better than excellent site See our underlying stats summary for expected goal information on teams and players.


There’s no room for the Stoke pair of Shaqiri and Choupo Moting as away to Spurs isn’t really the time to transfer them in.

fantasy premier league GW16 budget midfielders


Watford are now through 2 tough games against Man Utd and Spurs that has seen 2 blanks from the young Brazilian.   After this weekend when they play Burnley away there’s a nice run of fixtures for the left sided attacking mid.  5 goals and 5 assists in his 14 starts plus 1 sub appearance is some debut season in the premier league.  Richarlison pretty much plays 90 minutes every game and his underlying stats are excellent.

His only negative is probably an inability to get bonus points as he incredibly only has 4 for the season

Burnley (A)
Crystal Palace (A)
Huddersfield (H)
Brighton (A)
Leicester (H)
Swansea (H)


The Arsenal box to box midfielder has 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 7 games.  His underlying stats over those 7 games have also been excellent except, understandably,  for the 2 tricky games against Spurs and Man Utd.  He also has started the last 7 and played 90 minutes for 6 of those games.

The only negative is that there alternatives to him to enable rotation over the Xmas period.

Southampton (A)
West Ham (A)
Newcastle (H)
Liverpool (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
West Brom (A)


Despite the return of Benteke Zaha is still playing as a forward for all intents and purposes.  However despite that, 3 blanks in the last 3 and 3 goals in 9 games doesn’t inspire confidence.  However, he does have good underlying stats overall but again here are negatives as 2 of the last 3 games have been poor.

This is really about good fixtures over the next 4, good overall underlying stats and an advanced position

Bournemouth (H)
Watford (H)
Leicester (A)
Swansea (A)
Arsenal (H)
Man City (H)


Fabregas is a cheap way into the Chelsea attack, has good fixtures, set piece responsibility and good underlying stats.

The negatives are his deeper than ideal CM position and his pretty ordinary returns to date.  It’s only 1 goal and 3 assists in his 13 starts and 1 returning game in his last 6 starts.

West Ham (A)
Huddersfield (A)
Southampton (H)
Everton (A)
Brighton (H)
Stoke (H)


The man who infamously got 3 bonus points in his teams 1-0 loss to Man Utd when his team only had 42% possession.

He has had good returns over the season but they have been boosted by a one off 18 point haul against WBA.  Despite appearing consistent he’s only returned in 6 of 15 starts.  His underlying stats are ok but he is definitely over performing them.  He’s also in a very defensive side.

This is more about his set piece potential,  an advanced starting position and the ability to pick up bonus points.

Huddersfield (A)
Spurs (A)
Burnley (H)
Watford (H)
Chelsea (A)
Newcastle (A)


The Newcastle RAM has an advanced RW position plus a share of set pieces and good underlying stats although not delivered particularly consistently

His overall returns are very ordinary to say the least and on a downward trajectory with 1 returning game in his last 6.  The fixtures are  mixed although the next 2 offer some promise.

Leicester (H)
Everton (H)
Arsenal (A)
West Ham (A)
Man City (H)
Brighton (H)

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