Boxing Day Picks

Julian Finney

I haven't posted anything for quite a while so decided to give you my thoughts on who's valuable for this gameweek. As you know it's gonna be very busy in the next couple of days and you wanna get your picks right, as there's nothing worse than having one of your players rested and then coming on in the last 10 minutes to commit a foul or two. So let's get straight into my picks.


Howard- Premium Gk pick hosting Sunderland. Very likely to get a CS, 4 pts for the win, and maybe a couple of saves.. A bit too pricy for my tastes though, as I'm looking to bench a player or two who aren't fillers..

Szczesny- Playing a West Ham side with minimal threat right now.. Arsenal will want to shut out the hammers and get the win after getting thrashed by City and playing out a 0-0 draw against Chelsea, dropping 5 pts in 2 games.

Guzan- Probably going to be my picks this week.. Budget keeper with a high chance of a CS/win

Lloris- Many people have lost faith with Lloris but he's still a top keeper and hosting a West Brom side who have scored once in the last three games.

Krul- Playing at home against Stoke.. Not much more to say really. If I'd got him at his BD price he would've been my keeper.


Phil Jones- Whether he's playing at CB or in midfield, Jones has been producing consistently recently even without the CS

Baines/Oviedo- There is a dilemma here. Oviedo has been playing well lately, but Baines should be fit for Sunderland. There is no need, though, to rush Baines back with Oviedo playing so well. Whoever starts will be a good pick, but we need to check team news. They'll probably share time, though, which sucks.

Jagielka- To avoid a headache, pick the captain, Jagielka, who has been performing very solidly of late which explains his 14 price tag.. Should repay you nicely if you decide to go with him

Debuchy- Hosting Stoke

Walker- Great pick this week, especially if you have him at a cheaper price. Should get defensive and offensive points hosting West Brom with his setpieces.

Ward- One of the players I'm hanging onto for the long run.. Very consistent phantom producer regardless of CS status and doesnt commit many fouls or get cards..

Vermaelen- Got the armband Monday night with Kosicleny out and everyone knows how much he likes to attack. Only fear is Wenger starting Koscielny since he should be back for the trip. He shouldn't rush him back though because he doesn't need to, and he's had plenty of experience with the consequences of rushing players back in the past.

M. Olsson- Very consistent in the past couple of weeks, averaging 10 points per game in the last 5 and hosting Fulham.


Taarabt- Playing as a FWD and is definitely going to be in my side given the amount of shots he takes per minute

Coleman/Pienaar/Barkley/Osman- They're all great picks this week but you have to be wary who starts.. If only Coleman got CS points

Cabaye- Hosting Stoke and is a premium pick this week who should repay you nicely

Lallana- Very consistent performer in real life and sometimes it does't translate into fantasy points but should get his share of points at Cardiff.

Cazorla- On his day, Rosicky can get you a brace, and with him filling in for Ramsey in his more attacking role, he'd be a good differential to those sticking with Ramsey and Ozil. BUT, Cazorla was rested against Chelsea and should start possibly in Rosicky's position against West Ham and we know from last year what he can do.

Walcott- I always look at defensive trends of the other team when trying to pick attacking players, and West Ham have struggled to deal with pacy right wingers this season, so Walcott should have a field day against them. Walcott's price has gone down to about 14 after the Chelsea match, but be wary of his starting role as Wenger might not play him given that he recently returned from injury.

Bannan- A different option I'm thinking about this week.. On setpieces for Palace so he should have a good performance against Villa.

Januzaj- I love him. He's just so good in real life and in fantasy.. Wins a lot of FKs and is a steady performer. Only problem is Moyes rarely plays him for 90 minutes

Oscar- Hosting Swansea and is due a goal sometime soon.

Delph- Another nice differential who got back from suspension last week and could have a big performance hosting Palace.

Henderson- Playing just behind Suarez and loving it. Looking like a new player in real life and in fantasy. I have him @7 so he's definitely staying, just need to decide whether it's on the bench or in the 11.


Suarez- No description needed

Rooney- Rooney LOVES scoring against Hull and last time out he scored 4 against them so...

Hazard/Mata- Both should start against Swansea who are playing poorly lately. Chelsea have scored 16 goals in their last 7 matches, including the 0-0 draw on Monday, so Hazard and Mata should have opportunities to get points this week.

Snodgrass- Definitely in my team. I'm getting him and getting rid of Redmond because he's taken away set piece duty. Should get plenty of phantoms at home against Fulham and maybe a SP goal.

Lukaku- We all know how Lukaku tends to score big when everyone drops him. He's averaged 4.75 pts in the last 4 games and maybe this is the week he bags a brace. Sunderland will struggle to deal with his strength with Brown out.

Kozak- Benteke is very likely to miss the trip to Palace so Kozak is a nice budget option for those looking for something different.

My team so far:

Guzan- Ward-Debuchy-P.Jones- Cabaye-Taarabt-Henderson-Barkley- Rooney-Snodgrass-Suarez

Bench: Oviedo, fillers

Definitely not the final team and changes will be made. Looking at Pienaar/Cazorla/Walcott/Coleman/Januzaj to stengthen the midfield. Might also stick Oviedo in, instead of Debuchy and replace him with a cheap starter. This proves that the BD does still help because had I gotten Barkley on the BD I wouldn't have this problem.