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Week 12 Official FPL Player Picks

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Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The scheduling gods have blessed us this weekend friends. The north London, Rome, and Madrid derbies all happen on Saturday. As a result, make sure you mow the lawn, finish that assignment, and take the lady out on Friday night.

On Sunday, the Golden State Warriors come to town, and I hope to get tickets to see the basketball version of Manchester City in person. The only thing left to do is to ensure we set our FPL teams and hope we see green arrows on Sunday evening. Let's roll out the picks.

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Keepers

David De Gea (£5.7, Manchester United v. Newcastle)

The man behind the tightest defense in the league is a pretty good bet for another clean sheet.

Asmir Begovic (£4.5, AFC Bournemouth v. Huddersfield)

The Cherries have only kept two clean sheets to this point; visiting Huddersfield give them a shot at number three.

Nick Pope (£4.5, Burnley v. Swansea)

Only the top three have allowed fewer goals than Burnley.

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Defenders

Marcos Alonso (£6.9, Chelsea at West Brom)

Could be a big week for the Spanish wing back, a clean sheet plus attacking returns is not far fetched.

Jose Holebas (£5.0, Watford v. West Ham)

Javier Hernández has a knock, who else presents a goal threat?

Bruno (£4.5, Brighton v. Stoke)

Another cheap defender to help us to afford the big names up front. Two clean sheets in the last three.

Scott Dann (£4.7, Palace v. Everton)

I don't believe Palace have kept a clean sheet all season, but now is as good a time as any to correct that. Roy Hodgson would have used the break to get things right.

John Stones (£5.7, Manchester City at Leicester)

While a clean sheet is more likely in the other half of Manchester, Stones is capable of scoring one at the other end.

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Midfielders

Mo Salah (£9.4, Liverpool v. Southampton)

Deservedly rested by Egypt, and with doubts over Coutinho and Mane, we look to Salah to continue his devastating form.

Richarlison (£6.4, Watford v. West Ham)

He will not be this price next season, and he may no longer be on this team. Enjoy the value while you can.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.1, Manchester City at Leicester City)

Picked a name out of a hat.

Wilfried Zaha (£6.8, Crystal Palace v. Everton)

A second Palace player, I'm not off my medication folks. Everton have been that bad.

Pascal Groβ (£5.9, Brighton v. Stoke)

Top ten in both key passes and assists, he looks to hold the key to Brighton having attacking success.

Mesut Ozil (£9.3, Arsenal v. Tottenham)

A gamble against Spurs superb defense, but I think this game has goals and the German has the quality to unlock even a defense of this quality.

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Strikers

Romelu Lukaku (£11.5, Manchester United v. Newcastle)

...has lost ground to some other big names lately. Scored for Belgium and should return to goalscoring form at Old Trafford.

Alvaro Morata (£10.3, Chelsea at West Brom)

A player who seems factory built for the Premier League, strong golden boot candidate.

Harry Kane (£12.8, Tottenham at Arsenal)

Speaking of golden boots.

Gabriel Jesus (£10.5, Manchester City at Leicester City)

See deBruyne, Kevin.

Went with the wealthy options up front folks, which explains the low budget defenders and midfielders that were sprinkled in. Do you agree with these picks, or are you thinking I left someone out? Let me know in the comments below!