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Fantrax EPL GW-18 Player PIcks

Thursday deadline plus blanks for Man City & Brentford

Sean Dyche - Everton FC v Aston Villa - Premier League
Villa is streaking. Are you up to the task like Sean Dyche has been?
Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

It was quite a weekend! Man City gave up points to Crystal Palace, Everton has now won four straight, and Liverpool was held scoreless by United. We are awaiting a decision on Luton v Bournemouth FPL points after Tom Lockyer suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch, forcing the match to be abandoned. Thankfully it seems like Tom Lockyer is recovering.

Oh and there were four red cards.

GW-18 now forces some decisions, since Man City and Brentford are idle in the league. The marquee match is Liverpool vs Arsenal, with top spot on the line.

It’s going to be fun... as usual.

At least we get to see the first matchup’s confirmed lineups in the countdown hour before Crystal Palace hosts Brighton on THURSDAY.


Goalkeeper

Djordje Petrovic ( $1.00, Wolves vs Chelsea)

Chelsea’s backup keeper is only $1.00. With #1 Robert Sanchez out at least two weeks (knee), probably more, Petrovic could be the Christmas gift that keeps on giving right on into the new year. He kept a shutout in his first game, making just a single save. Wolves have just three goals over their last four, blanked by West Ham last weekend.

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Dean Henderson ($1.13, Luton Town vs Crystal Palace)

Henderson got his first start for Palace and what a result it was. He made seven saves too. Palace will want to build on the comeback win, and Luton will be playing after an emotional week that saw their captain collapse on the pitch.


Defenders

Diego Carlos ($5.60, Villa vs Sheffield United)

Carlos is the cheapest defender from a Villa side that is deservedly in third and contending for first, and this week he faces the rock-bottom team in the EPL. He has been solid, though I’m very much keeping my eye on the even-cheaper Alex Moreno, a defender who scored and had four shots on target in his first start of the season.

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Sven Botman ($4.94, Luton vs Newcastle)

With Schar potentially now out, Newcastle at least gets the Botman back (as well as the more expensive Dan Burn). He has been sorely missed. This is a good price for a good defender in a good defense with a good matchup.

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Benoit Badiashile ( $3.76, Wolves vs Chelsea)

The Chelsea defender has been consistently starting and scoring. His lowest points total was 8.5 over his last four starts. He’s not hauling, but he looks consistent at least. It’s a cheap choice and a good matchup.


Midfielders

John McGinn ($11.20, Aston Villa vs Sheffield United)

McGinn is often on set pieces and is a big part of Villa’s win streak. I’m hoping to get at least one Villa midfielder into my lineup. He has four goals plus two assists on the season. I really hope Leon Bailey gets the start, as he’s been on a tear when he’s not injured.

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Harry Wilson ($9.55, Fulham vs Burnley)

With Raul Jimenez and now possibly Willian out, options up front may be limited for Fulham. Wilson has scored twice over the last four, even when he hasn’t started. Hosting Burnley, who have conceded more times than 18 other teams in the league, he’s a differential pick worth looking into.

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Dejan Kulusevski ($11.86, Tottenham vs Everton)

It’s odd to say this is a big game between 5th and 16th. It’s a test for Everton’s defense, which has shut out four straight teams. Spurs are also ready, and Kulusevski will be gunning to build on his goal plus assist from last game.

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Marcus Tavernier ($10.16, Bournemouth vs Nott’m Forest)

Tavernier, and Bournemouth in general, remain an interesting choice. They have taken 13 points from a possible 15 to rise in the table, and they have two+ goals in each of those five games. Forest sits on the precipice of the relegation zone and just fired coach Cooper.

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Mohammed Kudus ($8.85, West Ham vs Man United)

He scored two in succession last weekend. He is the top choice up front now for the Hammers. I like players who are confident, and he will be brimming on his home turf.


Forwards

Christopher Nkunku ($1.00, Wolves vs Chelsea)

He got his first minutes of the season midweek against Newcastle. He’s a risk to start, so if you’re not ready to gamble then at least be ready to pounce on the one-dollar man before the barn door closes. For Fantrax NMA-17 where we have cover, I’m highly considering him. Chelsea spent big on him, and really could use a spark.

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Callum Wilson ($9.36, Luton Town vs Newcastle)

Wilson played midweek and last weekend, so we know he’s healthy (finally). That’s more than we can say for a lot of Newcastle players, so it looks like another start for him. They poured in three last game.


I’m staying away from the marquee matchup of the week. Are you? How’s your team? Please log in and talk to us in the comments below.

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