What an action-packed game week 19 have we just witnessed, with Liverpool thrashing Leicester to cement their dream of finally overcoming a 30-year title drought. With the 4-0 victory, the Reds now stand 13 points clear with a game in hand.
As Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp stated, it’s a ‘crime’ for players to play just 48 hours later, which also means our fantasy managers will not have the usual time to think about changing tactics regarding their players and teams. After Wolves v. Manchester City fixture finishes Game Week 19 on today, we’ll have approximately 17 hours for game week 20’s deadline on Saturday, so let’s jump into picking our best players.
With Carlo Ancelotti’s first win for his new team against Burnley, Pickford managed to get his 2nd consecutive clean sheet for the first time since game-weeks 1 and 2, which means confidence is building at Goodison Park. Plus, Newcastle have attacking issues.
Kasper Schmeichel (£5.4, Leicester at West Ham)
The Leicester captain will look to get his clean sheets back as was a regular occurrence before facing the likes of Man City and Liverpool. The next five fixtures against mid-table teams are the perfect chances to find his form again.
Aurier has become Jose Mourinho’s key element for putting the ball in the box. Serge got an assist against Brighton on Thursday, and will likely keep his form going.
Caglar Soyuncu (£5.1, Leicester at West Ham)
The cheapest option compared to his fellow Leicester defenders, Soyuncu will be relieved to not be facing Liverpool or Man City again anytime soon. The Foxes backline was in top form against lesser sides, so with relatively easier fixtures coming, Soyuncu will look for the clean sheet bonus.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace has been impressive defensively this season but has not kept a clean sheet in the previous three games. He will be looking to control a Southampton side that will be full of confidence after securing a massive win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. This one is a risky call to make.
Lucas Digne (£5.7, Everton at Newcastle)
Digne has regained his form under new manager Ancelloti and is still an essential part of taking set pieces for his side, which is why having him in the team can be beneficial at this point in time.
Joe Gomez (£5.1, Liverpool v. Wolves)
There seems to be no team that can stop Liverpool right now, and Gomez’s presence with Virgil Van Dijk has helped the European champions keep clean sheets in three consecutive matches. He will be vital for the Reds this season.
Paul Pogba (£8.4, Manchester United at Burnley)
With Scott McTominay facing injury, Paul Pogba will start for the Red Devils and will play an integral part creating opportunities for his teammates. It would be no surprise to see him provide an assist or two.
Dele Alli (£8.9, Spurs at Norwich)
Alli just can’t stop scoring and giving out assists. He has found his feet under Jose Mourinho, helping his side earn three points by banging home the winner against Brighton. He is currently listed as a slight injury doubt, but if he passes fit, Alli will be one to star against a struggling Norwich side.
James Maddison (£7.7, Leicester at West Ham)
Maddison is someone Brendan Rodgers cannot afford to drop despite not scoring or providing an assist in the previous three games. Facing a West Ham side that has zero confidence is the perfect opportunity to regain his form.
Wilfried Zaha (£6.9, Crystal Palace at Southampton)
Zaha has struggled in his previous two fixtures, but Palace funnels its attack through the winger, which is why having him in the squad can bring fantasy points.
Mason Mount (£6.4, Chelsea at Arsenal)
The Englishman featured only in the second half when they lost to Southampton but will likely start against the Gunners. Mount will look to help his side regain its winning momentum against Mikel Arteta’s newly reformed Arsenal side
Marcus Rashford (£9.1, Manchester United at Burnley)
Rashford is having the best season in his career so far under Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer, scoring 11 goals already while providing five assists. The talisman for the Red Devils is a long-term hold, having been extremely consistent in front of the goal so far this season.
Roberto Firmino (£9.2, Liverpool v. Wolves)
Bobby Firmino scored the winner during the Club World Cup and then put the ball in the net twice against Leicester. His confidence level is sky high, and he will likely keep that momentum going forward.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.7, Everton at Newcastle)
Lewin worked well in his first game under Ancelotti by scoring the game winner. Looking to gain consistency, he has a great opportunity to continue his form against Newcastle.
What players are you planning to pick or drop having not enough time for them to rest? Are you all-in with your bench boost chip for this week? Is any player worth taking a chance in a game like Arsenal v. Chelsea? What are your strategies in such a hectic schedule? Please let us know in the comments below!