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Fantrax EPL GW-20 Player Picks

It’s another quick turnaround for EPL teams and fantasy managers.

Pascal Groß - Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
Pascal Groß is the player making things happen for Brighton.
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What a wild set of games for the Boxing Day edition of the EPL!

Arsenal lost at home. After four matches without scoring, Man United came back from two down to beat Villa. Brighton crushed Tottenham. And Sheffield United scored four goals... two for themselves and two for Luton to lose 3-2 in a big relegation six-pointer. I love the EPL!

At the halfway point, Liverpool leads the table with just a single loss on the season. The Reds have the best defense in the league, which is how they won it in the past.

GW-20 starts with Luton hosting Chelsea, so we Fantrax managers should be shown those two lineups confirmed in the countdown hour before our Saturday (12:15 GMT) deadline.


Goalkeepers

Djordje Petrovic ($1.22, Luton vs Chelsea )

The backup keeper has made eleven saves over the last two games. He hasn’t kept a clean sheet yet, but if he keeps racking up saves like that, then he really is a good value pick, especially against a Luton side in 18th.

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Dean Henderson ($1.00, Crystal Palace vs Brentford)

Henderson has had three tough matches to begin his time in goal at Palace. He’s back at home against an inconsistent Brentford team. He’s averaging six saves over the time period. He doesn’t need much to earn back the salary used.


Defenders

Pervis Estupinan ($5.03, WHU vs BHA)

We’ve been awaiting his return, and that happened with a goal in his 45 minute sub appearance. He’s cheap. At the beginning of the season, Estupinan was high on the list for many Fantrax teams. He may be back on more now.

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Malo Gusto ($2.76, Luton vs Chelsea )

Gusto notched an assist in the win against Palace. It’s a quality matchup, and he’s cheap. He’s had flashes this season where we have seen him play with some quality. He may be able to build on his solid effort.

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Alex Moreno ($2.62, AST vs BUR)

With Digne potentially out for a spell, Moreno could be Villa’s deputy left-back for a while. There’s a lot to like about this selection. He’s getting forward, has scored recently, playing at home, cheap, and against Burnley. Sign me up!


Midfielders

Julian Alvarez ($14.54, MCI vs SHU)

Alvarez went through a bit of a slow spell. He scored at Everton. It was his fifth goal of the season to add to his six assists. He is still the main set-piece taker. Already leading the league in goals scored, Man City hosts woeful Sheffield United whose defense has conceded the most. I’m looking to add City players as much as possible.

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Jack Grealish ($6.43, MCI vs SHU)

Grealish got another start. Injuries continue to plague City, which means that Grealish should also continue. When he does, he produces points.

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Pascal Groß ($14.77, WHU vs BHA)

I’m not sure why Gross isn’t on my roster more often. Against Spurs, he neither scored nor got an assist, yet he found 18 Fantrax points. He has three goals plus six assists for the season, so he’s capable of big numbers too.

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John McGinn ($11.01, AST vs BUR)

He scored against United and nearly had a second, except for an exceptional block by Johnny Evans. He’s getting some set pieces and corners, and he’s simply involved in the game. He has five goals on the season, and Aston Villa will be looking to get back on track against 19th place Burnley.


Forwards

Ollie Watkins ($17.85, AST vs BUR)

He failed to record a shot on target in a game for the first time since September 3rd against Liverpool. He has nine goals on the season, putting him seventh in the EPL. His nine assists rank first. He really is having a great season, and it’s a great matchup for him to continue that.

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Chris Wood ($6.84, NOT vs MAN)

I can’t not recommend him after that game, and after he now has scored in two matches in a row. Man United got a win, but gave up two. Forest will be confident after the away win at Newcastle.

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Mohammed Kudus ($10.05, WHU vs BHA)

Kudus didn’t get on the scoreboard, but was a part of West Ham’s attack that put two past Arsenal. He’s still not too pricey. Apparently he prefers playing at home, with three goals in the two previous games there. Brighton plays an open style, so he’ll be looking for ways to exploit that with his speed.


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