FPL GW17 Tips: How to survive another Blank Gameweek

We have Gameweek 17 of Fantasy Premier League today, but there are many question marks about this gameweek.

How you will manage your team during few upcoming rounds can have huge impact on your overall ranking.

In previous gameweek, we have an unexpected postponement that have huge impact on teams of many FPL managers. In FPL GW17 we will see at least one postpomenent (Brentford vs. Manchester United) again, with other few matches (Brighton, Spurs) at risk as well-

We have some simple advice for you based on this experience:

1. In this uncertain period, leave your transfers as close to deadline as possible. If there is another unexpected postponement, maybe next time we will get notified just few minutes before the deadline. Wait for all information before you make a transfer.

2. Do not captain and vice captain player from the same fixture. Pick your captain and vice captain from different fixtures just in case that the game with your captain gets postponed.

3. Sort your bench the right way. Read how to manage and how to correctly sort your bench from our FPL GW13 Tips.

Now, let’s dive into our FPL GW17 Tips.

Who is the best captain in FPL GW17

We will keep the captaincy section short once again.

If you would like to know more about the process we use to select the captain every gameweek, read our article: How to pick the right captain in FPL?

According to this decision-making process, we think Salah is the best captain in FPL GW17.

Mané is our number two, and Sterling is the number three captain pick. 

IMPORTANT!: Make sure your vice captain is from as early game as possible. If gameweek gets cancelled and Salah does not play, but both Tuesday games go on as planned, make sure you have vice captain from Tuesday game so you get at least some points.

What bookies odds say about GW17

As usual, we converted bookies odds into probabilities using our Odds to probability calculator, to assess the potential of gameweek 17.

Clean sheet odds for GW17

Liverpool (56 %) is the most likely team to keep a clean sheet in GW17. Bookies also favor Chelsea (54 %) and Manchester City (53 %) to keep a clean sheet in GW17.

Bookies expect 5.06 clean sheets in gameweek 17 In last season, we were used to a rate of 5.89 per clean sheets gameweek. This season we have seen clean sheets at the rate of 5.625 clean sheets per gameweek.

Liverpool and Arsenal are due to the correction in their clean sheet count, we expect both teams to concede goals in the upcoming gameweeks.

Due to correction in the number of clean sheets: Liverpool, Arsenal

Liverpool overperformed their defensive expectations the most from all teams. The reds should have kept 6.23 clean sheets instead of 10 according to our expected clean sheets table.

Due to an improvement in the number of clean sheets: Watford, Leicester

Watford underperformed their defensive expectations the most from all teams. They should have kept 2.66 clean sheets instead of 0 according to our expected clean sheets table.

You can see the expected clean sheets table and clean sheet odds for all Premier League teams here.

Goalscoring odds for GW17

Salah (60%) leads the any time goalscorer odds table for GW17, but who is just a few % behind?

You can look at all most likely goalscorers here.

FPL GW17 Team - scout selection

Now let’s look at our FPL team for GW17. Salah is our captain, Bernardo Silva vice-captain. 

Goalkeeper

Martinez

5.5 m | NOR (A)

Defence

TAA

8.2 m | NEW (H)

Dias

6.1 m | LEE (H)

James

6.3 m | EVE (H)

Lowton

4.4 m | WAT (H)

Midfield

Salah (C)

13.1 m | NEW (H)

Bernardo Silva (VC)

7.7 m | LEE (H)

Jota

8 m | NEW (H)

Foden

8.0 m | NEW (H)

Attack

Watkins

7.6 m | NOR (A)

Pukki

5.9 m | AVL (H)

Conclusion

We hope our FPL GW17 tips helped you to gather some useful information before the deadline.

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Good luck in FPL GW17!

Further reading: FPL Tips for success

Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Four top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.