Fantasy football tips for gameweek 15 and beyond: Ilkay Gundogan, Ollie Watkins, Jadon Sancho

Mohamed Salah has done it again.

A 15-point haul in the Merseyside derby takes him to a frankly ludicrous 146 points already this season and you can make that 292 points if you’ve had him as your captain from gameweek one.

The problem is more than 4.5m Fantasy Premier League managers gave him the armband this week, so you’re not going to be gaining any ground on your rivals there – because we’re all doing the same thing.

Now you may have been able to beat the Salah system at some point in gameweeks 10 to 13 because he only managed single-figure scores, so if you’d gone with Cristiano Ronaldo against Tottenham for example, or Jamie Vardy against Watford, then you’ll have come out on top. But it’s an almost impossible game to get that right every week. More often than not, you won’t.

And if you’ve taken the gamble with Vardy or Diogo Jota as your captain this week, then you’ve already lost that bet, although at the time of writing we wait to see what Tottenham’s Son Heung-min and Harry Kane can produce against Brentford.

In fact, it’s quite easy to captain Salah and still get red arrows in a gameweek if you don’t get the other picks right around him.

As always with Fantasy Premier League, it’s about trying to balance the template team – those players that most managers have that you really can’t do without – with your differential selections to give you the best chance of success.

A typical template squad at the moment would look something like this:

Goalkeepers: Robert Sanchez, Ben Foster

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joao Cancelo, Reece James, Antonio Rudiger, Tino Livramento

Midfielders: Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Raphinha, Conor Gallagher, Emile Smith Rowe

Forwards: Michail Antonio, Ivan Toney, Emmanuel Dennis

Players such as Ruben Dias, Shane Duffy, Son, Said Benrahma, Vardy and Ronaldo could equally be in there as well because all have ownership of more than 20%.

Have a look at how many of those names you have got in your squad and see if you can replace three or four of them with players who are less than 5% owned – but who you think could go well over the next five or six gameweeks.

I put this question to Statman Dave and Chris Sutton on the Fantasy 606…

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