As we head into Gameweek 23, 2016/17 Sky Sports Fantasy Football Champion Dan Cox highlights five players for you to consider for your fantasy XI this week.

As we enter 2019 and the second half of the season it’s time to cement your mini league position or push on and climb up the table. There are three days of action this weekend and all important decisions to be made on captains and transfers. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 12.5m

Arsenal face West Ham in Saturday’s lunchtime kick off – live on Sky Sports. And once again the Premier League joint top goal scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of my picks.

The Arsenal striker is sitting on 126 points, scoring 14 goals this term and now finds himself in 17.1% of teams. 

With West Ham conceding two goals in five of their last six home games I think there’s a good chance that there will be goals for Unai Emery’s side. And you can bet that Aubameyang will be involved in the action. 

Mohamed Salah 12.9m

Mohamed Salah is a great captaincy option for Saturday as Liverpool face Brighton at the Amex. Salah is a player you just can’t be without. With 153 points for the season and in a massive 51.7% of teams you also know that if you don’t have him – as he’s such a highly owned player. That you are risking a massive drop down the leaderboard if he scores well. Liverpool won this fixture 5-1 last season and although the Egyptian didn’t score that day, I’m predicting a strong comeback after Liverpool’s early exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Wolves on Monday. 

Paul Pogba 10.6m

Moving onto Sunday and Manchester United travel to Wembley to face Tottenham  – live on Sky Sports. And I know it’s been a while but Manchester United players are back on the radar.

Paul Pogba has endured a torrid time in the last few months. But if the first four games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign are anything to go by he’s going to be a man in demand for Sky Sports fantasy managers. In Solskjaer’s first match in charge of the Red Devil’s Pogba registered two assists and also easily achieved tier two passing bonus – finishing the match with 11 points.

But he absolutely ran riot against Huddersfield, scoring twice, taking home the MOTM and achieving passing and shots bonus for a massive 23 points.

The World Cup winner was also in sensational form against Bournemouth. Amassing 27 points from two goals, an assist, shots bonus, passing bonus and taking home the MOTM award. 

Newcastle away was an off night for the Frenchman as he just picked up two points for starting, but despite that he’s still scored 64 points in his last four games as the Manchester United resurrection continues. 

Raheem Sterling 11.5m & Leroy Sane 10.3m

Manchester City host Wolves on Monday night in the Sky Sports Monday Night Football and I think that a couple of city assists might be worth investing in. 

Whilst Wolves will be a test, I think that Manchester City are back on top form after a mid season blip. Pep Guardiola’s side had lost three out of four Premier League games. But after back to back wins over Southampton and title challengers Liverpool, plus the 7-0 FA cup demolition of Rotherham – they are looking back to their best. 

As well as facing Wolves, City also face struggling Huddersfield and Newcastle in the coming weeks so a City player could do you well over the next few game-weeks. 

In all honesty most of Manchester City’s players are all great picks but my favourite two are Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

Sterling has scored nine goals and also has eight assists. He’s also taken home the Sky Sports MOTM award twice to give him 131 points this season. Its surprising to see that’s he’s in just 13% of teams considering he’s the second highest point scoring midfielder behind Eden Hazard. 

Sterling’s team mate Sane isn’t far behind him with 112 points for the season with seven goals, nine assists and also two MOTM awards. Sane is also in a surprisingly low amount of teams, sitting at just 11.7% ownership. Which considering he’s over a million cheaper than Sterling is rather low in my opinion. 

The Stats Pack

Average remaining transfers

Top 10 – 14.4
Top 100 – 14.4
Top 1000 – 13.7
Top 5000 – 13.9

Any questions or dilemmas? Find me on twitter @dancox82 and I’ll happily answer them. 

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