Merry Christmas everyone! It’s here, better than socks and gift cards: The player picks for Week 19 are here for you to unwrap.
We’ve barely had time to recover from the weekend where Manchester City lost, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unleashed Manchester United, and Tottenham hit Everton for six. Players from those games who did well will be in the thoughts of many fantasy managers, but we should exercise some caution as rotation is the watchword at this point of the season.
These are the men who make the list this week.
David De Gea (£5.7, Manchester United v. Huddersfield Town)
Shockingly, the Spain international has held just two clean sheets at this point. Does that follow from his World Cup disappointment, or is it yet another indicator that the Jose Mourinho era had to end? Will OGS help turn things around at the back? I’m betting that a weak Terrier offense visiting a festive Old Trafford will spell ‘CS’.
Make no mistake, Bournemouth are having a wonderful season and can score on Wednesday. Lloris will be tested and should earn save points even if he doesn’t keep the clean sheet.
I’m expecting an explosion soon from the left back, this could be the game that he defeats the woodwork.
Lucas Digne (£5.0, Everton at Burnley)
I’m in love with the way the former Barcelona player crosses the ball. The swerve, pace, and accuracy take me back to fullbacks of the 90s. Everton are lacking the center forward who will fully utilize that quality.
A low budget way into the back line of the league leaders.
A popular player in the fantasy community, AWB will be in many lineups this game week.
Time for a punt folks... If your budget is very low because you’re bringing in a high priced attacking player, then take a chance on the left back.
Eden Hazard (£11.0, Chelsea at Watford)
Maurizio Sarri will rest him soon, I just don’t think he will choose this game after losing against Leicester.
Anthony Martial (£7.4, Manchester United v. Huddersfield)
Eight goals since gw-8, coupled with the prospect of a more attacking brand of football under Solskjaer make Martial a must-own player.
Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.1, Liverpool v. Newcastle)
Going the low cost route again with Liverpool, the Swiss star should see a start in this one.
Luka Milivojevic (£6.0) / Andros Townsend (£5.8, Crystal Palace v. Cardiff)
I had to cheat here, but the key concept is to get a Palace midfielder. Special mention to Townsend his goal of the season contender this past weekend.
Nathan Redmond (£5.2, Southampton v. West Ham)
To be honest, I was all set to give this spot to Richarlison until a fact-check showed me that his last four goals have all been at home. Redmond is finding a bit of form and we need to use the budget further up front.
Harry Kane (£12.5, Tottenham v. Bournemouth)
He loves Boxing Day. Captain him.
Sergio Aguero (£11.2, Manchester City at Leicester City)
Gabriel Jesus has been decent in his absence, but the Argentine is a level above. Pep Guardiola will want him back in the starting eleven to help get back to winning ways.
Claudio Rainieri wants more clean sheets. He also needs the big Serbian to go on a scoring spree.
Boxing Day is not a holiday in the USA where I live, so I’ve done the “right” thing and taken a day off work. How will you be watching the games? What is your plan to cope with probable rotation? Please let us know in the comments!