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Top Fantasy Premier League Transfer Targets: Week 15

by Johnathan Wright
Updated On: December 3, 2021, 4:33 pm ET

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Fantasy Premier League (FPL) continues this week for Gameweek 15. With Gameweek 14 ending just two days ago, it is important to double-check each team's latest injury reports and see if coaches will be making any rotations to their starting eleven. 

Starting with some positive injury news, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, and Kevin De Bruyne could all feature in Manchester City's match this weekend. Also, Bukayo Saka replaced Emile Smith Rowe after 70 minutes during Arsenal's Thursday match against Manchester United, showing that his muscle problem is nothing to worry about. While most teams are beginning to get some of their previous injured players back, Chelsea can still not overcome the injury bug. The Blues will be without four players as they travel across London to face West Ham United on Saturday. Trevoh Chalobah was the latest person to join Chelsea's injury list as he hurt his hamstring in the Watford win. N'Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovacic, and Ben Chilwell will be the other three out for this weekend's affair. However, Timo Werner, Reece James, and Jorginho have both been deemed fit for the squad and are available. 

You can keep up with all Premier League news on the NBC Sports Edge site HERE.

Looking at our NBC Sports league, we have co-Managers of the Week, as Drew Szymanski and Enus St Clair both finished with an impressive 113 points. Drew, manager of lingardinho, triple captained Mohammad Salah, raking in a total of 45 points, and received additional double-digit performances from Mason Mount, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Sergio Reguilón.

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Enus, manager of Wantyme, did not play the triple captain but gave the armband to Salah as well. He also received the double-digit points from Mount, Ronaldo, and Reguilon, but what pushed Enus above the rest was his combination of Diogo Jota and Emile Smith-Rowe in the midfield. 

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While Manager of the Week is an excellent achievement, we have entered into December, so it is time to announce the Manger of the Month for November. Congratulations to Shannon Moscoso, manager of Mo Mané Mo Problems, for scoring a remarkable 329 points in November and being crowned the Manager of the Month for the NBC Sports League. 

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Top Transfer Targets will look at the roster tiers in FPL, breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as The 40 percent or more club, 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, and under 10 percent. 

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Let's look at this week's fixtures:

Saturday, December 4

West Ham v Chelsea

Newcastle v Burnley

Southampton v Brighton

Wolves v Liverpool

Watford v Manchester City

Sunday, December 5

Leeds v Brentford

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Tottenham v Norwich

Aston Villa v Leicester

Monday, December 6

Everton v Arsenal

No explanation needed (40 percent or more rostered):

Mohamed Salah and Michail Antonio once again remain the only two players in the 40% club. Salah has been selected by 72.9% of managers, as Liverpool will be on the road against Watford. Antonio is owned by 40.4% for West Ham's home game against Chelsea. However, another blank from the Jamaican could see him relegated from the club if his current transfer trend continues.  

Don't get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent rostered):

Cristiano Ronaldo (FWD Manchester United 12.3m, 28.2%): Ronaldo surpassed 800 career goals during the Arsenal match on Thursday and should continue his scoring this weekend against Crystal Palace. Despite the quick turnaround, Ronaldo is expected to be in the starting eleven for new manager Ralf Rangnick's first match with the side. Rangnick believes the Portuguese striker will fit in well with his high pressing playstyle, saying he's never seen a player at Ronaldo's age so physically fit. However, perhaps the biggest reason to pick up Ronaldo is that he has become the primary penalty kick taker ahead of Bruno Fernandes for United. Ronaldo buried one from the spot during Thursday's match. 

Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):

Raphinha (MID Leeds United, 20.7%): Raphinha is one of the most electrifying players to watch in the Premier League this season. Despite his inability to put together a double-digit fantasy performance this season, his current form and upcoming opponent make him a nearly must-have for the week. Raphinha has scored three goals in his last four games and leads the team in shots (38), shots on target (13), and chances created (23). Leeds United will be host to Brentford this weekend. The Bees had conceded twice in each of their last three away games.  

Solid if not Steller (10-15 percent rostered):

Mason Mount (MID Chelsea 7.4m, 13.2%): Mason Mount is averaging 1.02 goals plus assist per 90 minutes this season, ranking him third in the Premier League behind only Mohammad Salah and his teammate Reece James. The only concern with Mount this season is that he has been unable to stay on the pitch. He has missed three games already this season and is only averaging 63.8 minutes in the games he plays. However, given Mount's latest form and Chelsea's recent injury list, Mount is likely to play the full 90 minutes against West Ham on Saturday. 

Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):

Takehiro Tomiyasu (DEF Arsenal 4.6m, 4.1%): Takehiro Tomiyasu has been excellent for Arsenal this season. The Gunners will be up against an Everton side who are in a funk offensively, scoring just one goal in their last four outings, providing Tomiyasu with high shutout potential. However, he is also likely to earn offensive bonus points. The Japanese defender has been licensed to get involved in the attack and has made far more forward runs than Ben White in Arsenal's recent outings. Tomiyasu has had ten shot-creating actions in his last four Premier League matches. 

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Johnathan Wright

Johnathan Wright is a betting content creator for NBC Sports EDGE. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Sport Analytics and also writes for ClutchPoints and FanSided. You can follow him on Twitter for more insight @JwrightOfficial.